This week, science news saw asteroids gaining rings, the edge of the Solar System potentially extended, and MyScienceWork taking off for Silicon Valley. Read all about it in our selection of the week.
Credit: Scott S. Sheppard: Carnegie Institution for Science
This week, on the MyScienceWork menu:
First things first: today marks the launch of European Women Researchers Day, an initiative aimed at improving gender balance in science with workshops and other opportunities to help women researchers advance in their career. The launch event is happening in Paris, so MyScienceWork will be on the scene and tweeting (#EWRD), but you can also watch and participate online. You’ll find the details in:
Many other projects are underway around the world to assist women in science, or to help get them there in the first place. We interviewed the engaging Mayana Zatz about some of her favorites. Her answers involved “scientific dowries” and the São Paulo public transport system…
Maybe in your city, too, there’s something thought provoking happening in the subway, but don’t stay down there too long. The sun, it seems, has many more effects on our brain than you might think. This even goes for fetuses and blind people! Take a look at some of the research in:
And for some members of the MyScienceWork team, more sun is in the forecast: we’ve been accepted at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valey for a 3-month program. California, here we come!
Some favorites from around the web:
Last week’s big news – results possibly showing the first direct evidence for inflation and the Big Bang – has this week been called into question. But that’s ok, that’s science at work. Find out where some cosmologists see a problem in:
Don’t feel bad if proof of the Big Bang is yet to come, because there may be not only a new dwarf planet beyond Pluto, but possibly another giant, too!
And not only that, but:
If that last story had been illustrated with a sexy model posing on the surface of asteroid Chariklo, neuroscientist and blogger Dean Burnett would have had something to say about it.
Although “sex sells”, maybe placing science in its historical context is a better way to get students hooked. Andrew Holding thinks so.
When looking at the history of popular science itself, the question arises:
In energy news,
Plus, at a summit in The Hague, with the goal of countering the threat of nuclear terrorism, several countries agreed to reduce their stockpile:
In a category on its own, filed under "Cool", a step forward has been made in translating the language of dolphins! Algorithms are used to detect patterns in their whistles and could also reveal information about primate communication.