5,000 MSW Followers, 1,000 Cool Maps, and 1 Exomoon: Our Picks of the Week

[7 – 11 April 2014] The editors’ note about your science week

While some of us at MyScienceWork have been following the adventures of #svMSW ("MyScienceWork Does Silicon Valley") from afar, 5,000 of you have been following us! Today, the counter rolled over in honor of our 5,000th Twitter follower. Thanks to all of you out there for being with us! And now, here’s some news that was worth following this week.

While some of us at MyScienceWork have been following the adventures of #svMSW from afar, 5,000 of you have been following us! Today, the counter rolled over in honor of our 5,000th Twitter follower. Thanks to all of you out there for being with us! And now, here’s some news that was worth following this week.

 

This week, on the MyScienceWork menu:

This past Monday was World Health Day. Recently, France’s national biomedical research institute, INSERM, conducted a poll on Europeans’ perceptions of research. Find out just what those are, in:

Biomedical research spells “hope” in Europe, despite certain lack of knowledge

 

Some favorites from around the web:

One interesting result of the INSERM poll was the revelation of how unsure many citizens are about scientific terms and concepts: understanding is often not great. As debates on these topics tear through society, do we not think about the importance of science journalism and communication…? Two pieces from the past week had thoughts to share on the matter:

Society needs more than wonder to respect science

What science communicators can learn from listening to people

(Flickr / snoopsmaus)

A piece of IT news that affects us all and we’d do well to understand was the announcement of the “Heartbleed” bug affecting the security of all sorts of internet sites we all use regularly. Check out this video from cloud security expert Zulfikar Ramzan on how the vulnerability works:

What Is Heartbleed? The Video

You’ll watch it later, you say? That could be because you inherited, in part, a tendency to procrastinate from your parents:

Procrastinating? Blame Your Genes

Do not put this one off:
Find out immediately about the possible discovery of the first-ever exomoon – a moon found circling a planet beyond our solar system!

First 'Exomoon' Around Alien Planet Possibly Found

Back on earth, the US Navy has found a way to use seawater to produce fuel. This could be a significant breakthrough as a source of renewable energy.

Goodbye, Oil: US Navy Cracks New Renewable Energy Technology To Turn Seawater Into Fuel, Allowing Ships To Stay At Sea Longer

And, finally, just because maps are cool, you should know that the New York Public Library has scanned over 1,000 old maps, available for the public to explore.

Trace the past with NY Public Library's Open Access Maps Project

 

Next Week:

The comet-chasing space probe, Rosetta, will need a reliable map of the surface of comet 67P before attempting to land on this small, flying, spinning target, in November. Join us next week at the #CNEStweetup with experts from the Rosetta mission to get the low-down on the probe’s next steps and what could come out of this exciting mission.