Archive for January, 2012

Fellow faculty protest US arrest of Iranian professor

January 30, 2012 Leave a comment

An update on the case of Iranian electrical engineering professor Seyed Mojtaba Atarodi, arrested in California in December, is available online at Nature’s news blog.


Arrested Iranian was visiting US for health reasons

January 27, 2012 Leave a comment

Visiting semiconductor scientist Seyed Mojtaba Atarodi may have fallen foul of export laws linked to US sanctions against Iran, I report today on Nature’s news blog.

Theoretical physicists back underground neutrino experiment

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

The letter, sent 19 January to the US Department of Energy, is a boost for the Long Baseline Neutrino Experiment, I report today on Nature’s news blog.

US indicators reveal Asian growth

January 26, 2012 Leave a comment

Increases in research investment by the United States may not be sufficient to maintain the country’s top position as science becomes more global. See Tuesday’s story on the S&E 2012 Indicators report from the National Science Foundation.

US report calls for research strategy on nanotech risks

January 25, 2012 Leave a comment

A National Academy report, covered today on Nature’s news blog, echoes some of the calls made in my December story on the quality of the nanotoxicity literature.

US authorities take tougher stance on plagiarism

January 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Three recent misconduct cases concluded by the US Office of Research Integrity have involved plagiarism; the result of a more aggressive stance taken in response to cases surfacing from the wider-spread use of plagiarism checking technology. See my article for Nature.

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Mathematician claims pencil puzzle proof

January 6, 2012 Leave a comment

My article for Nature describes how Gary McGuire proved Sudoku needs at least 17 clues; by using a smart algorithm and 7 million CPU hours supercomputing time.