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Antarctic Science Season Gears Up With Searches for Meteorites, Neutrinos, and New Life Forms

...ough February. The bulk of the research -- astronomy and astrophysics, earth science, glaciology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and biology -- is supported out of NSF's McMurdo Station, located on Ross Island, and at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station, inland on the heights of the ice cap. Other p...

Early Career Development Grants Foster Faculty Research And Education

...ugh the ionosphere, including radar systems, radio astronomy telescopes, ocean surface wave monitoring systems and high frequency communications. She also plans to integrate thiswork into the development of new methods for teaching image processing which are made possiblethrough advances in high performance c...

University Of Chicago Researcher Receives Packard Fellowship

...ields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, astronomy andcomputer science to support basic research. "I'm very excited about the award," he says. Long studies how genes evolve. He uses sophisticated computer softwareto compare and contrast thousands of genes at a time. "This is...

AAAS Annual Meeting And Science Innovation Exposition

...rom advances in medicine to the latest research in astronomy and physics. The meeting will feature scientific findings that encompass a range of disciplines. More than 125 multidisciplinary sessions featuring more than 500 speakers will include research on topics including the influence of diet, estrogen, an...

X-Ray Concentrator Will Expand Window On High-Energy Universe

... interesting in X-rays." Then came the Uhuru small astronomy satellite, NASA/Marshall's three large HighEnergy ...ng incidence optics"are used in a variety of X-ray astronomy telescopes, including the Chandra X-rayObservatory (formerly called the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics ...

Gold Finds Life, Energy, Controversy In Earth

...pringer-Verlag, $27),Cornell Professor emeritus of astronomy Thomas Gold argues that subterraneanbugs are us -- or at least they started the whole evolutionary process, and thatthere's no looming energy shortage because oil reserves are far greater thanpredicted. In the hands of anyone other than Gold, the rea...

National Science Board approves five new NSF Science and Technology Centers

...ge of visual distortions that willimpact fields in astronomy through opthamology. A behavioral neurosciencecenter (led by Emory University in Atlanta) will attempt to break new ground inunderstanding how behavior emerges from the interaction of the nervous system'smolecular components. A new center for envir...

Nearby supernova may have caused mini-extinction, scientists say

...ffects,"said Brian Fields, a visiting professor of astronomy at the U. of I. "Increasedcosmic-ray bombardment could have affectedEarth's biosphere by enhancing the penetration of harmful solar ultravioletradiation and by increasing the global cloudcover, leading to a 'cosmic-ray winter' and a mini-extinction."...

Science and Amersham Pharmacia Biotech award Young Scientist Prize

... beginning with a "fascination" with chemistry and astronomy at a young age. In high school he worked for Rockwell Science Center on a project involving superconductors, and at Stanford University he became interested in biology and biochemistry. He enrolled in a joint M.D./Ph.D. program at Johns Hopkins, chan...

We are not alone - or are we?

...e Earth's unusual character with students in their astronomy and geological sciences classes. The scientists don't argue that life is rare. In fact, recent evidence showing simple microbial life can survive extreme conditions on Earth is an indicator that such life also might be widespread in the galaxy and th...

Astrobiologist and national security expert Christopher Chyba named 2001 MacArthur

...6) from the University of Cambridge and a Ph.D. in astronomy (1991) from Cornell University under the guidance of the late astronomer Carl Sagan a long-time advocate of planetary exploration.Receiving a MacArthur Fellowship can be a life-changing experience, according to the foundation, but Chyba doesnt fores...

Ancient supernova may have triggered eco-catastrophe

...arciso Benitez, an associate research scientist in astronomy in the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University, says the missing smoking gun that brought the clues together was the revelation that a stellar cluster with many large, short-lived stars prone to producing supernovae had pa...

Rice, Brookhaven physicists decode initial stage of cell fusion

...ang, Sam and Helen Worden Professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University and the senior author of the Science paper. "Our research will help scientists who are studying these proteins. Scientists know cellular fusion begins when cell membranes form an initial junction, a tiny hole between the two cells....

Boston chemist wins national award for protein research

...ecame interested in science, Hancock said he liked astronomy but particularly chemistry as a boy growing up in Australia. "I had a great time in the garage with a chemistry set," he remembered, then added with a laugh, "Let's just say it's still standing." Hancock received his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees f...

UCLA receives NSF award for plasma research

...tigator for the grant and professor of physics and astronomy and electrical engineering. "It will provide a nec...Science and Technology Institute and a physics and astronomy professor; and Phil Pritchett, a research physicist....

Mars mission scientist will live a 25-hour day

...ay/night cycle," says Squyres, who is professor of astronomy at Cornell. "They rely on a vision system to avoid obstacles," and being solar powered they must operate during daylight and "sleep" at night. Because the rovers' daily communications windows also are tied to this cycle, Squyres, along with more tha...

Teachers turn to Tolkein to explain physics

...ings trilogy." Larsen uses Tolkien's references to astronomy to discuss real planets, stars and constellations. She also builds on a discussion of calendar systems in The Return of the King to introduce the relationship between days, years and seasons to heavenly phenomena. In search of the greatest ever equ...

ASU researchers demonstrate new technique that improves the power of atomic force micrscopy

... an ASU professor in the department of physics and astronomy said the new technique allows an atomic force microscope to "see," on a nanometer scale, the chemical composition of molecules. "Atomic force microscopy has a resolution down to an atomic level, but until now it has been blind to identifying specifi...

Secretary of Energy announces seven E.O. Lawrence Award Winners

...daptive optics and its application in ground-based astronomy to correct telescopic images for the blurring caused by light passing through the atmosphere. Max is professor and astronomer at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a physicist at the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at LLNL. ...

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