joebowman.scienceblog.com – Mammillaria or the nipple cactus is one of the most popular of all cacti genera. Named for the characteristically pronounced tubercles, mammillaria as a genus are globose to […]
Until recently, work on biological clocks that dictate daily fluctuations in most body functions, including core body temperature and alertness, focused on neurons, those electrically excitable cells that are the divas of the central nervous ... Read more
New research from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa reveals a large part of the the heavily urbanized area of Honolulu and Waikīkī is at risk of groundwater inundation—flooding that occurs as groundwater is lifted ... Read more
Researchers have shown for the first time that Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and schizophrenia have a shared genetic origin, indicating that the causes of these diverse conditions are ... Read more
As little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, according to an international study led by ... Read more
Tau pathology is one of the defining features of Alzheimer disease (AD), which is the most common form of dementia in older age. While symptomatic treatments exist, there are currently no preventive therapies for AD. ... Read more
It is well known that as plants grow, their stems and shoots respond to outside signals such as light and gravity. But if all plants have similar stimuli, why are there so many different stem ... Read more
June 16, 2017 will mark two years since construction on California’s planned total 800-mile high-speed rail system got underway. It could be year 2033 when the entire project is completed or 18 years from start ... Read more
Section of the SESAME Main Accelerator Ring (Image credit: Bennett, Sophia Elizabeth/CERN) The latest issue of Accelerating News has been published and is now available to read online. In this issue: CESSAMag delivering impact – Completed at the end of 2016, the CESSAMag fulfilled all of its objectives. Accelerator Fault Tracking at CERN – AFT […]
Katarina Anthony Determination of the relative strange-to-light quark fraction (Rs). Bands: Present result and its uncertainty contributions from experimental data, QCD fit, and theoretical uncertainties. (Image: ATLAS Collaboration/CERN) New precision measurements of the W and Z boson cross sections show the proton contains more strange quarks than previously believed. The protons collided by the LHC […]
The latest issue of Accelerating News is now online and available to read. In this issue: A year of success for HL-LHC - The HL-LHC project achieved several important milestones in 2016. Moedas on SESAME and science diplomacy - EU Commissioner for R&I on SESAME as a model for science diplomacy. LINAC4 reaches target energy of 160 MeV - CERN's […]
a clear enhancement around the Bc+ mass in the D0 and K meson invariant mass spectrum. The contribution of the Bc+→D0K+ decay, shown as the red Gaussian distribution, is observed with a statistical significance of 5.1σ (Image: CERN) The LHCb collaboration presented several new results at the 9th International Workshop on the CKM Unitarity Triangle (CKM2016), which took place last week […]
Virginia Greco Participants to the CERN-hosted Design Characteristics of a Novel Linear Accelerator for Challenging Environments workshop, held on 7-8 November 2016. On 7-8 November 2016, CERN hosted a workshop on the Design Characteristics of a Novel Linear Accelerator for Challenging Environments. At this event, 70 experts in various fields relating to radiotherapy for cancer […]
The second issue of “On Track”, the AIDA-2020 EU project newsletter, is now available online. In this issue: the journey of the beam telecscope built for the AIDA-2020 project; the installation of the CERN Neutrino Platform dual-phase Time Projection Chamber prototype; the AIDA-2020 First Annual Meeting; and the Energy and time management with high-granularity silicon […]
Anaïs Rassat The Institute for Electric and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference 2016 (NSS/MIC) will take place in Strasbourg, France from 29th October to 6th November. CERN will have a strong presence there related to its contribution to High Energy Physics, medical imaging, health and safety, and knowledge transfer and […]
The human-machine interface helps visualise the measurements from industrial control and automation systems. Day-to-day LHC operations require a large number of highly specialised control systems, one such example being the system to manage the complex LHC’s cryogenic system. For over 15 years, CERN has been using a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system called Simatic […]
The latest issue of Accelerating News has just been published. In this issue, find out more about the approval of the ARIES proposal, and why it has been a great success; read about the "Achromatic Telescopic Squeezing" scheme, a new optical scheme which will be a key solution to the various challenges of the HL-LHC upgrade; or find out more […]
Andrew Purcell The young researchers have been co-funded by the European Commission as fellows at CERN and enrolled in doctoral programmes at the Maynooth University and Dublin City University (Image: Andrew Purcell/ CERN) ICE-DIP, the Intel-CERN European Doctorate Industrial Program, is a European Industrial Doctorate scheme led by CERN. Building on CERN’s long-standing relationship with Intel through CERN openlab, […]
Tool use by sea otters to break open well-armored food is not necessarily a family matter, according to a new study published this week by […] The post Tool use by sea otters has little to do with genetic ties: Smithsonian study appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
“She liked to say her vessels just simply don’t hold water,” Robyn Kennedy points out while standing in the warm light of a room where […] The post Rules Don’t Apply: June Schwarcz’s Remarkable Copper Foil & Enamel Vessels appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Dead zones affect dozens of coral reefs around the world and threaten hundreds more according to a new study by Smithsonian scientists published in the […] The post Dead Zones May Threaten Coral Reefs Worldwide appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
More than a century ago, cherry trees made beautiful backdrops for photos—just as they do today. Pictured here are three young women dressed in kimonos […] The post A Walk Among the Cherry Blossoms appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. A materials scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, she has spent the past eight years studying plastics […] The post Microplastics in our environment: A conversation with Odile Madden, Smithsonian plastics scientist appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
The story of our nation can be told in many interesting ways. One of them is through art. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is a […] The post Taína Caragol: Putting a focus on Latino faces at the National Portrait Gallery appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
New species don’t just spring out of thin air. Speciation, the evolutionary process by which new and distinct species arise, usually takes millions of years. […] The post Simultaneous hermaphrodites: Understanding Speciation in fish called “hamlets” appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
One of the most important long-term projects to impact the video game industry is going on at the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of […] The post Preserving the stories of Video Game Pioneers appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.
On Earth Day weekend, the Smithsonian will convene the first Earth Optimism Summit, a three-day event featuring more than 150 scientists, thought leaders, philanthropists, conservationists […] The post Smithsonian To Convene Earth Optimism Summit April 21–23 appeared first on Smithsonian Insider.