Friday, September 19, 2008

Science Friday 091908

INTERACTIVE FEATURE: Testing Your Approximate Number Sense, NYTimes
Take a test to measure estimation skills, which may be related to an innate ability to do other kinds of math. Related Article: Gut Instinct’s Surprising Role in Math

When Academia Puts Profit Ahead of Wonder By JANET RAE-DUPREE, NYTimes
The University Small Business Patent Procedures Act is under increasing scrutiny by swelling ranks of critics, who charge that it has distorted the fundamental mission of universities.

David Pogue: Nontechies, This One’s for You by David Pogue, NYTimes
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who divide the world into two kinds of people, and those who don’t... (Video of Peek email)

Making America Stupid THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN, NYTimes
Unless we make America the country most able to innovate, compete and win in the age of globalization, our leverage in the world will continue to slowly erode.

Nuclear Monument (slide show) by Stuart Isett for The New York Times
The source of plutonium for the bomb that was dropped on Nagasaki was designated a landmark.

Chicago Unveils Multifaceted Plan to Curb Emissions of Heat-Trapping Gases
The blueprint would change the city’s building codes to promote energy efficiency, and it calls for installing huge solar panels at municipal properties and building alternative fueling stations.

Transformer Glitch Shuts Down Biggest Atom Smasher By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
In a statement Thursday, the European Organization for Nuclear Research reported that physicists stopped using the Large Hadron Collider just a day after starting it up last week.

A Maybe Planet, Orbiting Its Maybe Sun By DENNIS OVERBYE, NYTimes
Astronomers have published a picture of what they say might be the first image of a planet orbiting another Sunlike star.

Scientist at Work David B. Goldstein: A Dissenting Voice as the Genome Is Sifted to Fight Disease By NICHOLAS WADE, NYTimes

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