Archive for the ‘Environment’ Category

Astronomers detect ancient signal from first stars in universe

For additional information on this breakthrough, NSF has produced the video “The birth of the first stars.”
For the first time, astronomers have detected a signal from stars emerging in the early universe. Using a radio antenna not much larger than a…

Yes, Rockets CAN Fly in a Vacuum

“Rockets can’t fly in space! There’s no air for the engine to burn in space! And there’s no air for the rocket to push against in space! WE’VE NEVER LEFT EARTH!”

So goes the cry of people who don’t believe we landed on the Moon — at le…

Enrico Fermi: The Last Man Who Knew Everything

David N. Schwartz talk about his latest book, The Last Man Who Knew Everything: The Life and Times of Enrico Fermi, Father of the Nuclear Age.  


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This Is Why Some Bats Have Hairy Tongues

Nectar-drinking bats possess hairy tongues, and now scientists reveal these hairs are designed to maximize how much sweet nectar the bats can guzzle.

The South American Pallas’ long-tongued bat, Glossophaga soricina, dips its long tongue in and out of…

A Startup Mentality Gives Public Research a Lift

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Defense became the latest agency to adopt a burgeoning start-up boot camp pioneered by the National Science Foundation’s Errol Arkilic.

In 2011, Arkilic reached out to Steve Blank, a Stanford University pro…

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