Deadly Tides Mean Early Exit for Hot Jupiters (08/09/2010)


Bad news for planet hunters: most of the "hot Jupiters" that astronomers have been searching for in star clusters were likely destroyed long ago by their stars. In a paper accepted for publication by the Astrophysical Journal, John Debes and Brian Jackson of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., offer this new explanation for why no transiting planets (planets that pass in front of their stars and temporarily block some of the light) have been found yet in star clusters.

Spacecraft to Fly Into the Sun (07/09/2010)


Flying into the sun's corona is suicidal to be sure, but scientists want to find out how the sun's atmosphere is heated.
Why the sun's atmosphere is nearly 200 times hotter than its visible surface is a long-standing mystery. A new spacecraft, called Solar Probe Plus, aims to find some answers.

Zap, They're Dead! New Water Filter Electrocutes Bacteria (07/09/2010)


America has some of the cleanest drinking water on earth, but in many developiong countries, clean water is oftentimes hard to come by. Bacteria and other nasty organisms give rise to such waterborne illnesses as cholera, typhoid and hepatitis.

Miniature Auto Differential Helps Tiny Aerial Robots Stay Aloft (06/09/2010)

Microrobots could be used for search and rescue, agriculture, environmental monitoringEngineers at Harvard University have created a millionth-scale automobile differential to govern the flight of minuscule aerial robots that could someday be used to probe environmental hazards, forest fires, and other places too perilous for people.

Shape-shifting UAV designed for stormy sea rescues (31/08/2010)

People often need to be rescued at sea because of stormy weather – exactly the kind of conditions in which it is not safe to fly. Nonetheless, fully-crewed helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft are regularly sent out into such weather to perform maritime rescues, endangering both the crew and the expensive aircraft themselves. Soon, however, a new type of unmanned remote-control aircraft may be able to do the job.

Lab made cornea offers new hope for restored vision (26/08/2010)

Custom-made "biosynthetic" corneas can restore vision in humans as well as donor corneas a new study reveals.

Corneas made in the laboratory have markedly improved the sight of 10 Swedish patients with significant vision loss.

Rich exoplanet system discovered (25/08/2010)

Astronomers have discovered a planetary system containing at least five planets that orbit a star called HD 10180, which is much like our own Sun.

 

Fields Medal – Ngô Bảo Châu (20/08/2010)

Ngô Bảo Châu is being awarded the 2010 Fields Medal for for his proof of the Fundamental Lemma in the theory of automorphic forms through the introduction of new algebro-geometric methods.
Ngô Bảo Châu was born on June 28, 1972, in Hanoi, Vietnam. After secondary school in Vietnam, he moved to France and studied at the Université Paris 6, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris. He completed his PhD Degree in Orsay under the supervision of Gérard Laumon. He is currently Professor in the Faculté des Sciences at Orsay and Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In September 2010, he will start his new appointment at the University of Chicago.

Climate Change Affects Geographical Range of Plants, Study Finds (16/08/2010)

Researches at the University of Gothenburg have shown how climate change many million years ago has influenced the geographical range of plants by modelling climate preferences for extinct species. The method can also be used to predict what effects climate change of today and tomorrow will have on future distributions of plants and animals.

Vietnamese gov’t after honored mathematician (12/08/2010)

The Vietnamese government is making efforts to invite Ngo Bao Chau, whose mathematics research has earned international acclaim and awards, to work in the country.

During a visit to Chau's family Sunday, Deputy Prime Minister, Nguyen Thien Nhan, said the government is willing to offer the best working and living conditions to Chau, whose groundbreaking mathematical proof was honored by TIME Magazine as one of the top ten scientific discoveries of 2009.