Letters to the Editor
A statistical education Odds are it’s wrong, but the chances that statistics is to blame are slim and fat. Tom Siegfried (“Odds are, it’s wrong,” SN: 3/27/10, p. 26) accurately portrays the importance of statistics in the conduct of science. However, his failure to clearly distinguish between the misuses of statistics and its methodological limitations leads to misleading conclusions about...
WHISTLING SWANS DYED TO STUDY MIGRATION ROUTE — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been dyeing whistling swans vivid colors to learn more about their migratory movements. With their wings, tails or other body parts colored blue, yellow, green or red, the swans are easier to observe both when flying and resting on the ground. The Service is interested in determining over which states the...
May 12 Students can visit scientists or conduct their own experiments to celebrate National Lab Day. Find local events at www.nationallabday.orgMay 27 – 30 The Association for Psychological Science hosts its annual meeting in Boston. See www.psychologicalscience.orgJune 4 – 8 The American Society of Clinical Oncology meets in Chicago. See www.asco.org04/23/2010 - 16:35
View a list of some of the world's leading laser facilities at the bottom of this article.
Lasers and light seem as inseparable as snow and cold: If you have one, you have to have the other. From presentation pointers to Darth Vader’s lightsaber, lasers have become synonymous with brightly colored beams of visible light.
But it wasn’t...
Sidebar : Beyond the Ruby Laser
After nine months of intensive study, physicist Theodore Maiman was hoping for a flash of brilliance.
It was spring 1960, and Maiman had been working with an assistant, Irnee D’Haenens, at the Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu, Calif., to see if he could generate a new type...