Exceptional discoveries today & projects for tomorrow: Our picks of the week

[14 – 18 April 2014] The editors’ note about your science week

Today, MyScienceWork has been enjoying the First Day of Tomorrow event (#FDOT2014) to “meet those who are creating the future”--in medicine, robotics, food production, business... Before their projects become realities in our daily lives, you can follow the progress of many like them, here, in our news of the week.

Today, MyScienceWork has been enjoying the First Day of Tomorrow event (#FDOT2014) to “meet those who are creating the future”--in medicine, robotics, food production, business... Before their projects become realities in our daily lives, you can follow the progress of many like them, here, in our news of the week.

 

This week, on the MyScienceWork menu:

First of all, if you follow the science news on the MyScienceWork facebook page, you may, in fact, be missing out: the site’s policies are such that you may not be seeing all our posts. Not to fear! One super simple click will fix that:

How to stay tuned with MyScienceWork on social media

Now that that’s sorted, ready for a more challenging task? How about verifying 40,000 lines of a mathematical proof? Not in the mood? Pretty much only a computer would be, but some have reservations about letting machines check the math that underlies so many of the basic functions in our society. Still, many a mathematician and computer scientist is convinced that this is the way forward, as they’ll be meeting to discuss in Paris, throughout the spring. Find out more in:

Check My Math: Using Computers to Verify Formal Proofs Holds More Promise than Doubt

This week, MyScienceWork was ready, as always, for the latest space news from the CNES. At this month’s “Space Tuesday” (Mardi de l’espace), we learned about the probe that’s been traveling for a decade towards its rendezvous with a comet:

Is Rosetta ready to reveal the comet’s secrets?

 

Some favorites from around the web:

 The #CNEStweetup fell right in the middle of the action as Rosetta’s lander, Philae, awoke somewhere out near Jupiter, and sent back the first shots of the probe:

Image: Rosetta's Philae lander snaps a selfie

Other amateur astrophotographers had a field day this week with the eclipse of the moon:

Blood Moon Photos: Total Lunar Eclipse Pictures from April 15, 2014

Slightly less run-of-the-mill than your average, gorgeous lunar eclipse:

Kepler Has Found the First Earth-Sized Exoplanet in a Habitable Zone!

In another domain entirely, but just as polar opposite to “run-of-the-mill”:

In This Insect, Females Have Penises And Males Have Vaginas

Also exceptional, but far sadder, is the news of a deadly avalanche on Mt. Everest:

Avalanche Kills 12 Climbing Guides in Deadliest Day Ever on Mt. Everest

For some, this is a special weekend, as Easter falls this Sunday. While you are fully authorized to sicken yourself indulging in chocolate this weekend, careful that you don’t neglect your vitamin C intake for too long, lest you suffer the same fate as Columbus’ men:

Scurvy Ravaged Christopher Columbus's Crew

Finally, to get a break from all the Easter indulging, try this linguistic approach to the subject:

Why Is Good Friday Called “Good Friday”?

 

A good weekend to all, however you spend it.