Letters to the Editor
Museums for web surfers04/08/2015 - 12:00 Animals, Climate, Science & Society
Lila Guterman’s “Enjoy scientific curios collected over decades” (SN: 3/7/15, p. 28) invited readers to check out a chemist’s online collection of fascinating objects and watch videos showing how they work.
“It’s been said that 90 percent or more of the objects that museums like the American Museum of Natural History own are hidden away in storage,” commented...
As all readers of Science News know, scientific knowledge advances relentlessly. Whether it is news of a potential new drug for Crohn’s disease, an aurora detected on Mars or a science fiction–like 3-D printer that makes objects from a pool of goo, each issue is chock-full of the latest exciting developments. But sometimes it’s useful to look back and take stock of where we are and...04/08/2015 - 11:45 History of Science, Pollution, Astronomy
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On a chilly Saturday evening in March, unfazed by more than 6 inches of new snow, hundreds of people crowded into Shriver Hall at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore to hear the East Coast premiere of “Cosmic Dust,” an orchestral piece set to images of deep space. A trumpet fanfare conveyed the immense power of an exploding star; a cascade from the violins...
The Science Life
View the slideshow04/07/2015 - 14:15 Astronomy, Science & Society
An astronomer by training but a photographer at heart, Zoltan Levay creates images of the cosmos with one of humankind’s most advanced optical instruments: the Hubble Space Telescope. Producing photos with the telescope, he says, is not that different from shooting mountains and rivers in national parks. “We’re just shooting landscapes of the universe instead,” he...
An award-winning image illustrates the promise and challenge of delivering drugs to tumors inside the body. The pink blotches in this micrograph are fluorescent dye attached to biodegradable polymer microcapsules. The capsules gathered in a mouse’s lungs over the course of about a week. The polymer gradually erodes like the candy shell on a Tootsie Pop, releasing the cancer-fighting drug...