Daily Archives: August 19, 2011

  • Symphony of Science

    Another slow news day during which I was completely overworked… so you all are treated to another songification of our mutual idols.

  • Carl Sagan

    It’s a slow news day, and I worked through the weekend so I’m taking a night off. In place of our usual nightly rundown of the news, I hope you’ll accept this wonderful auto-tuning of one of our collective heroes. For more, check out the Symphony of Science:

  • The Countdown to 8/12/2011

    There’s not a ton of space/astrobiology news today, but some good new stuff related to science and climate policy in today’s edition of Science…

    3… What does the debt deal mean for science and government-funded research? A news & analysis piece tries to answer that question. The gist is that in the short-run the deal is neutral to slightly good… but in the long run the impacts could be harsh, particularly on current and future postdocs. It boils down to this: part of the raising-the-debt-ceiling agreement was a commitment to flatten federal budgets. That means we’ll spend essentially the same amount

  • The Countdown 8/11/2011

    I missed yesterday, and there’s some big news to report.

    3… Hydrogen: it’s what’s for dinner. A new Nature paper (and commentary ) by Petersen et al. explains the discovery of a new energy source (hydrogen) for symbiotic organisms living on oceanic vents. This is big news because it both expands the set of proven chemical sources for biological communities, and because it backs up theories on how the available energy for metabolism help define the biological possibilities in a particular environment…

    2… Nucleobases, the building blocks of DNA, have been found on meteorites recovered from Antartica. If this work – to

  • Belated Countdown…

    I didn’t get to the countdown yesterday, as I fell asleep reading grant proposals. Something tells me that might happen again in the near future. So if I miss a night, that’s why. Anyways, on to yesterday’s countdown…

    3… I don’t think many people in the public sphere are aware of the personal sacrifices made by those pursuing an academic career. And I don’t think scientists talk about these things enough amongst ourselves. Well, there was an interesting article published in PLOS One, with the provocative title “Scientists Want More Children.” Lots of fantastic data contained therein, all leading to the