Friday, March 20, 2009

Science Friday 032009

Computer Science Programs Make a Comeback in Enrollment By JOHN MARKOFF, NYTimes
For the first time in six years, enrollment in computer science programs in the United States increased last year.

The Fall and Rise of the Right Whale By CORNELIA DEAN, NYTimes
SUNNIER DAYS A North Atlantic right whale and calf off Florida. The whale remains endangered, but its population has more than tripled in a century. Researchers say the right whale offers proof that simple conservation steps can have a big impact, even for species driven to the edge of oblivion.
Audio Slide Show: A Slow Comeback for the Right Whale

In One Ear and Out the Other By NATALIE ANGIER, NYTimes
Why the best jokes are the most difficult to remember.

Accepting the Risks in Creating Confident Doctors By RICHARD A. FRIEDMAN, M.D.
Both medical students and patients seem to understand that a lot of practice, sprinkled with a few errors, is necessary to make a medical expert.

Blobs in Photos of Mars Lander Stir a Debate: Are They Water? By KENNETH CHANG, NYtimes
Several photographs taken by NASA’s Phoenix Mars spacecraft show what look like water droplets clinging to one of its landing struts.
Scientist at Work

From Bipolar Darkness, the Empathy to Be a Doctor By ELISSA ELY, M.D., NYTimes
Dr. Alice W. Flaherty uses the racing mind of her manic phases to drive her ideas into forceful, highly personal treatments.

The Conficker Worm: April Fool's Joke or Unthinkable Disaster?
The sophisticated Conficker worm, which has infected millions of computers worldwide, will activate on April 1. But what will it actually do?

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