Archive for the ‘science’ category

Mar 31, 2020

To Protect Ourselves From Bioweapons, We May Have to Reinvent Science Itself

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, military, science

Getting far better at predicting what research will produce may be the only way to save the world.

Mar 30, 2020

Coronavirus Halts ESO’s Science Operations

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

Despite COVID-19, ESO’s ELT still aims for 2025 ‘first light’

Mar 21, 2020

Universities urge U.S. leaders to boost science budgets

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, science

Four organizations representing the nation’s major research institutions and medical schools today wrote to congressional leaders, urging them to increase research spending at federal science agencies by some 15%, or $13 billion, in order to prevent students and researchers in all scientific disciplines from going broke, to help closed laboratories restart once the pandemic eases, and to cover other unanticipated costs to the academic research enterprise.

Academic scientists plead for help to both conquer COVID-19 and limit its damage.

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Mar 19, 2020

Meet the Robin Hood of Science, Alexandra Elbakyan

Posted by in categories: open access, science

How one researcher created a pirate bay for science more powerful than even libraries at top universities.

Mar 19, 2020

Russia aims to revive science after era of stagnation

Posted by in categories: climatology, government, robotics/AI, science

In 2018, Putin approved a national research strategy that stretches to 2024. It calls for more money, extra support for early-career scientists, and some 900 new laboratories, including at least 15 world-class research centres with a focus on mathematics, genomics, materials research and robotics. Last year, the government completed a sweeping evaluation of scientific performance at its universities and institutes; it has vowed to modernize equipment in the 300 institutes that made the top quartile. And it says it wants to strengthen previously neglected areas, including climate and environmental research (see ‘Russia’s climate-science ambitions’).

Some researchers see promise in planned reforms.

Mar 15, 2020

How science is on a mission to extend the human lifespan – to 1,000?

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, science

Along with academic research departments around the world, private sector medical technology companies are getting in on the action, seeking ways to increase longevity and health span.

Mar 12, 2020

Liz Parrish of Bioviva-Science on InspiredInsider with Dr. Jeremy Weisz

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, life extension, science

Reversing aging with gene therapy:

Check out — Insider Stories with Top Leaders and Entrepreneurs on with Dr. Jeremy Weisz.

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Mar 11, 2020

Two-dimensional metals open pathways to new science

Posted by in categories: quantum physics, science

An atomically thin materials platform developed by Penn State researchers in conjunction with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and Oak Ridge National Lab will open a wide range of new applications in biomolecular sensing, quantum phenomena, catalysis and nonlinear optics.

“We have leveraged our understanding of a special type of graphene, dubbed epitaxial graphene, to stabilize unique forms of atomically thin metals,” said Natalie Briggs, a doctoral candidate and co-lead author on a paper in the journal Nature Materials. “Interestingly, these atomically thin metals stabilize in structures that are completely different from their bulk versions, and thus have very interesting properties compared to what is expected in .”

Traditionally, when metals are exposed to air they rapidly begin to oxidize—rust. In as short as one second, can form a rust layer that would destroy the metallic properties. In the case of a 2-D , this would be the entire layer. If you were to combine a metal with other 2-D materials via traditional synthesis processes, the during synthesis would ruin the properties of both the metal and layered material. To avoid these reactions, the team exploited a method that automatically caps the 2-D metal with a single layer of graphene while creating the 2-D metal.

Mar 9, 2020

Chip Walter talks “Immortality, Inc.” & the science behind human immortality

Posted by in categories: computing, life extension, science

Journalist Chip Walter visited our friends at Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library earlier this month to discuss his new book, “Immortality, Inc.” Walter discusses the resources (both the brilliant people and astonishing amount of money) being dedicated to seeing if people do, in fact, have to die.

Mar 6, 2020

Short Wave Celebrates Black Excellence In Science

Posted by in category: science

Advocates for diversity in STEM have a saying: You can’t be what you can’t see. We need to do a better job of celebrating the accomplishments of underrepresented scientists, so that the next generation can more easily imagine themselves joining the ranks of the scientific community.

To close out Black History Month, we wanted to take a moment to highlight just a few of the many incredible black scientists we’ve featured so far on the show. Their bios are below, along with links to the episodes they appear in.

On Short Wave we strive to make the diversity of our guests reflect the diversity of our audience. If there’s a scientist from an underrepresented group that you know of who’s doing awesome science and you think we should feature them in an episode, drop us a line at [email protected].

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