Nature – Science search engine links papers to grants and patents.

The Dimensions database promises a financial perspective on scholarly literature.

Schools Tap Secret Spectrum to Beam Free Internet to Students

Pioneering school districts tap an obscure public asset to put broadband into students’ homes.

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Bridging the gap in science





Dawn of Private Space Science Symposium 2017 | #DPSS17

Dawn of Private Space Science 2017Bringing scientists, foundations, corporations, policy makers & private spacelines under one roof to chart the future of space science @ Columbia University
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Team America Rocketry Challenge Winners

Missouri Students Win National Championship in World’s Largest Rocket Contest

Festus High School Rocketry Club out launch nation’s top teams, will represent U.S. at International Competition in June

The Plains, Va. – Proving their impressive prowess with science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills, the Festus High School of Festus, Mo., captured first prize at the Team America Rocketry Challenge’s (TARC) Final Fly-off, held Saturday near Washington, D.C. They defeated the top 100 teams from across the United States, to win the world’s largest rocket contest.

“After we won, most of us weren’t sure whether we wanted to scream or run eight miles because that’s how much energy we had,” said 16-year-old Grace Basler, who was participating in TARC for the first time.

Devin Lorenz, 24, led the team as mentor and sponsor and is also a TARC alumnus from the Festus High School TARC team that finished runner up in the 2008 Final Fly-off.

“I’m amazed,” said Lorenz. “I didn’t even consider this a possibility. We wanted to get them to TARC and make sure they had a good time. It’s just an amazing accomplishment. I’m really proud of the team.”

To achieve victory, the team Rylie Martin, 16, Ashton Croft, 15, Grace Basler, 16, Christopher Carden, 18, Cydney Breler, 18, Timothy Ruesche, 17, Ryan Brown, 17, Ed Bohart, 17, and Joel Marler, 17, had to design and launch a rocket capable of meeting precise engineering standards and mission requirements while protecting a raw egg throughout the flight of the rocket. The top-10 teams divided more than $100,000 in scholarships; the “STEAM-y Rocketry Club” won $20,000 and a trip to the International Rocketry Challenge in June, courtesy of the Raytheon Company.

“Our Team America Rocketry Challenge winners and all the students who competed demonstrated great skill, determination and spirit today,” said Aerospace Industries Association President and CEO David F. Melcher. “We’ll be rooting for our champions to keep the international title with the U.S. for the third consecutive year. We’re very proud of all the teams that helped make TARC’s 15th anniversary a memorable one.”

Since 2002, more than 65,000 middle and high school students have experienced hands-on engineering through the award-winning TARC program, developing skills to assist them in careers in STEM and aerospace.

TARC, the aerospace and defense industry’s flagship STEM program, is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association, the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) and more than 20 industry partners, including the Raytheon Company, the Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin Corporation and Thales USA.

“This is the 12th year that Raytheon has sponsored the Team America Rocketry Challenge, and each year we find the level of individual and collective team commitment to be truly inspiring,” said Thomas A. Kennedy, Raytheon Chairman and CEO. “As the rocket scientists of tomorrow, the young competitors exude an enthusiasm that is every bit as important as their knowledge and use of STEM. Together, you see the promise of leadership for our next-generation workforce and the technology advancements of the future.”

For complete competition results and high-resolution images please contact or visit the Team America Rocketry Challenge site.



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Renowned French scientist Cécile De Witt dies at 94

It is with great sadness that IHES learnt of the death of Cécile DeWitt-Morette, Jane and Roland Blumberg Centennial Professor in Physics at the University of Texas – Austin, occurred on 8 May 2017.  A renowned French scientist, she worked at the frontiers of mathematics and physics. Although she decided to lead her career in … Continue reading “Renowned French scientist Cécile De Witt dies at 94”
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Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest. Approximately 5,000 students from across the nation compete in TARC each year. The contest challenges students to design, build and fly a rocket to safely carry a raw egg payload to a specific altitude and back within a certain amount of time. Top placing teams split more than $100,000 in cash and scholarships and the overall winning team will travel to Europe to compete in the International Rocketry Challenge taking place at either the Farnborough or Paris Air Show, depending on the year.

Team America Rocketry ChallengeThe Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world’s largest student rocket contest. It is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR).
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New York City March for Science – April 22, 2017!

Photos from the

New York City

March for Science

April 22, 2017!

PPPL and Max Planck physicists reveal experimental verification of a key source of fast reconnection of magnetic fields

Physicist Will Fox with Magnetic Reconnection Experiment.

Physicist Will Fox with Magnetic Reconnection Experiment.

Magnetic reconnection, a universal process that triggers solar flares and northern lights and can disrupt cell phone service and fusion experiments, occurs much faster than theory says that it should. Now researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) and Germany’s Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics have discovered a source of the speed-up in a common form of reconnection. Their findings could lead to more accurate predictions of damaging space weather and improved fusion experiments.

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Lecture: John Carlstrom – What Do We Know About The Big Bang?

John Carlstrom gives the plenary lecture at the New Horizons in Inflationary Cosmology Templeton Conference organized by the Stanford Institute for Theoretical Physics.

Our understanding of the origin, evolution and make-up of the Universe has undergone dramatic and surprising advances over the last decades. Much of the progress has been driven by measurements of the fossil light from the big bang, called the cosmic microwave background radiation, which provides us with a glimpse of the Universe as it was 14 billion years ago. This talk will discuss what we know about the Big Bang and how we learned it. We will also talk about the new questions we are asking about the origin of the Universe and the experiments being pursued to answer them, peering back to the beginning of time.

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US Supercomputer Needs More People Power

US supercomputer needs more people power

A large computing network that has helped design cancer drug candidates and search for extra-terrestrial life is struggling to maintain its volunteer network.

A citizen science initiative that encourages public donations of idle computer processing power to run complex calculations is struggling to increase participation.

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The Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS)

The Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS)

The Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) is the major national source for data to support fundamental research on the results of public and private investments in discovery, innovation, and education. It provides credible data and rigorous findings about the productivity and public value of the research enterprise to inform effective policy-making, support outreach, aid in research management, and expand the state of knowledge.

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Who feels the pain of science research budget cuts?

Who feels the pain of science research budget cuts?

Not much science will get done without the money to fund people and equipment. Michael Pereckas, CC BY

What are research dollars actually spent on? Rather than looking at artifacts like publications and patents, a new initiative directly tracks the people and businesses that receive research funding.
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See Photos From the Apollo Space Missions Through Astronauts’ Eyes

Apollo Mission Photos

Going to the Moon Through Astronaut’s Eyes

These never-before-seen images provide a new perspective on the iconic mission.
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Quantum Questions Inspire New Math

Quantum Questions Inspire New MathIn order to fully understand the quantum world, we may have to develop a new realm of mathematics.
Mathematics might be more of an environmental science than we realize. Even though it is a search for eternal truths, many mathematical concepts trace their origins to everyday experience. Astrology and architecture inspired Egyptians and Babylonians to develop geometry. The study of mechanics during the scientific revolution of the 17th century brought us calculus.

Remarkably, ideas from quantum theory turn out to carry tremendous mathematical power as well, even though we have little daily experience dealing with elementary particles. The bizarre world of quantum theory — where things can seem to be in two places at the same time and are subject to the laws of probability — not only represents a more fundamental description of nature than what preceded it, it also provides a rich context for modern mathematics. Could the logical structure of quantum theory, once fully understood and absorbed, inspire a new realm of mathematics that might be called “quantum mathematics”?

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A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost

Thomas Royen who solved the Gaussian correlation inequality (CGI)

Thomas Royen at his home in Schwalbach am Taunus, Germany.

When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming.

As he was brushing his teeth on the morning of July 17, 2014, Thomas Royen, a little-known retired German statistician, suddenly lit upon the proof of a famous conjecture at the intersection of geometry, probability theory and statistics that had eluded top experts for decades.

Known as the Gaussian correlation inequality (GCI), the conjecture originated in the 1950s, was posed in its most elegant form in 1972 and has held mathematicians in its thrall ever since.
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NASA Discusses Discovery of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets

Original air date: Feb. 22, 2017 10 a.m. PT (1 p.m. ET, 1800 UTC) NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope has revealed the first known system of seven Earth-size planets around a single star. Three of these planets are firmly located in the habitable zone, the area around the parent star where a rocky planet is most likely to have liquid water. The discovery sets a new record for greatest number of habitable-zone planets found around a single star outside our solar system. All of these seven planets could have liquid water — key to life as we know it — under the right atmospheric conditions, but the chances are highest with the three in the habitable zone. The briefing participants were: Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington Michael Gillon, astronomer at the University of Liege in Belgium Sean Carey, manager of NASA’s Spitzer Science Center at Caltech/IPAC, Pasadena, California Nikole Lewis, astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore Sara Seager, professor of planetary science and physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge For more information on exoplanets, visit:

Why Doesn’t Antimatter Anti-Gravitate?

antimatter anti-gravity?

If there were some type of matter that had negative gravitational charge, it would be repelled by the matter and energy that we are aware of.

Every massive particle exerts a gravitational force. So what do antimatter particles do?

Why aren’t there any particles that fall upwards in the gravitational field of Earth? It would be so handy – If I had to move the couch, rather than waiting for the husband to flex his muscles, I’d tie an anti-gravitating weight to it and the couch would just float to the other side of the room.

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Series of New Posts: Lectures, talks, podcasts, etc…

I will be starting a regular series of posts of lectures, talks, podcasts, etc. If you have requests for topics, please feel free to comment on this post or send me a message via the contact links. The first of these posts is below:

On Oct. 7, 2015, Perimeter Institute Director Neil Turok opened the 2015/16 season of the PI Public Lecture Series with a talk about the remarkably simplicity that underlies nature. Turok discussed how this simplicity at the largest and tiniest scales of the universe is pointing toward new avenues of physics research and could lead to revolutionary advances in technology.

2017 Career Handbook by Science (AAAS)

2017 Science Career Handbook (AAAS)
Science Careers has teamed up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in many different fields. The profiles included in this booklet give you a sense of the types of organizations that are accepting resumes and the kinds of positions they offer. We’ve also included some articles with some general tips and advice on job searching.
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