STEM

Project 1640

Project 1640 offers new way to search for planets beyond our solar system

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It’s taken more than six years of development, but a new imaging system for the Palomar Observatory’s 200-inch Hale Telescope finally started capturing images last month, and promises to aid significantly in the search for planets outside our solar system (otherwise known as exoplanets). With the suitably mysterious name of “Project 1640,” the new instrument […]

Trout

Magnetic Cells Give Sense of Direction to Fish

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After spending 3 years at sea and traveling up to 300 kilometers away from home, a rainbow trout can swim straight back to its original hatching ground, following freshwater streams inland and rarely heading in the wrong direction. This remarkable feat of navigation likely relies on many senses; the fish have superb eyesight and smell. […]

Education

Why the Internet Isn’t Going to End College As We Know It

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The idea that Internet is about to do to college what it’s done to journalism and entertainment seems to be coming dangerously close to conventional wisdom in certain elite circles. Here’s blogger/economist Tyler Cowen yesterday at the Aspen Ideas Festival: Look at the music industry. It’s been completely overturned by the Internet. My vision of […]

Higgs Boson

Higgs boson in plain English, and why it’s so important

Scientists at CERN have today announced that they’re 99.99% sure that they’ve found a new sub-atomic particle, and that it is likely to be the elusive Higgs boson – often referred to as the “God Particle”. That’s all well and good, but what does it all mean? Let’s break it down. What is the Higgs […]