Monthly Archives: May 2021

Scientists find molecular patterns that may help identify

Scientists have begun to look for extraterrestrial life in the Solar System, but such life may be microscopically or profoundly different from Earth’s life, and biosignatures can be based on life with a different evolutionary history based on the detection of particular molecules. May not apply. A new study by a joint Japan / US-based… Read More »

Crashing Chinese rocket highlights growing dangers

This weekend, a Chinese rocket booster, weighing around 23 tons, came back to Earth after spending more than a week in space – with some critics, including NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, responsible for the poor planning by China Is held. Pieces of rockets called Long March 5B are believed to have fallen into the Indian… Read More »

How scientists are tuning in to the universe, man

You are driving on the freeway listening to the radio, but you are getting stagnant. Enjoy it. This is the voice of the universe. You are driving on the freeway listening to the radio. Unfortunately, radio is picking up something stable. Sounds a bit bitter, doesn’t it? You might be surprised to know that static… Read More »

Building a university to deliver work-ready engineers

Helping to build a university from scratch is the hardest job in my life, but the effort has paid off. Here, I stand at a learning space at the New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) in Hurford, UK. We were originally planning to begin directing in March, but the epidemic has pushed our… Read More »

How a scientist is addressing inequity in human-genomics research

Joining a newly established laboratory as her first PhD student gave Sameera Asgari a great foreshadowing of life as an independent researcher and gained insight into setting up a research program from scratch. The work of computational biologist Samira Asgari focuses on communities and individuals that are often overlooked in studies on human genetics, particularly… Read More »

Pay gap widens between female and male scientists in North America

In North American education and industry, female scientists with PhDs earn significantly less than their male counterparts, receiving two reports that examine wages in the United States and Canada. The US National Science Foundation’s Survey of Arned Doctors tracked more than 55,700 people who earned PhDs between 1 July 2018 and 31 June 2019, including… Read More »

Science outreach in my mother tongue

Flavia Viana and Ana Tales are postdoctoral researchers who left Portugal for their studies or research. They both volunteer with Native Scientist, a non-profit organization based in London, which runs science-communication workshops for children across Europe. The organization aims to inspire children to pursue higher education and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by… Read More »

The sound of stars

As a musician, and director of the Multiverse Concert Series – a non-profit organization that combines music and science in live performances – I strive to create musical metaphors for science dreams and descriptions to share with the audience I am I think bringing artists and scientists together on stage can help them communicate the… Read More »

How to shape a productive scientist–artist collaboration

Art can be a powerful medium for discovering the deeper meaning of scientific endeavor. Collaboration between scientists and artists is underway around the world, and daily postings on social media with the #SciArt hashtag show that often-different domains are merging in a refreshing and exciting way. Although many such collaborations primarily aim to engage and… Read More »