Archive for the ‘Community Life’ Category

X-ray source may never be built

January 16, 2014 Leave a comment

The US National Science Foundation has spent millions on the development of a novel X-ray source that may never be built, I reported last month for Nature.


Cylotrons to make cheaper neutrinos

July 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Physicists’ grass-roots planning exercise — known as Snowmass after the mountain resort where it has often taken place — is likely to discuss the use of cyclotron technology for making neutrino beams to study the symmetry between matter and antimatter. A story profiling the DAEdALUS experiment is online at Nature.

Jamaican dance study found to be fraud

Nature article on evolutionary biologist Robert Trivers’ extraordinary efforts to retract one of his own papers.

US science’s go-to guy

February 28, 2013 Leave a comment

My profile for Nature of the most influential non-scientist in US science, Norman Ralph Augustine.

Agencies urged to check for overlapping grants

January 30, 2013 Leave a comment

The results of my Freedom of Information Act project, with Conor Myhrvold, to scrutinize pairs of similar grants is now out in Nature.

US collider flagged to close early

January 29, 2013 Leave a comment

The Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider has lost out in an evaluation of three leading US nuclear science facilities, and may have to close in a flat-funding scenario. It’s pretty much the outcome mapped out in a story of mine last August.

Pfizer loses $700,000 in gold dust

December 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Local paper isn’t sure what the company might have been using the gold for — my guess, based on their scientific publications, is microparticle-mediated vaccines.