Volume 11 - October-December 2010
Story 1 - 13/10/2010 - THE VIEWPOINT by Lulu Rodriguez
Why We Should All Care about Science Writing
The mass media are considered the most available and sometimes the only source for most of the public to gain information about scientific discoveries, controversies, events, and the work of scientists. Science reporters play a crucial role in developing a public that is literate about science so that people are able to make wise choices about issues with scientific underpinnings and become active participants in defining policy options.
Story 2 - 20/10/2010
According to French philosopher Voltaire (1694-1778) the perfect is the enemy of the good, thus not exactly desirable. As recent results show, however, where scientific research is concerned this may not always hold true.
Story 3 - 28/10/2010
Scared of needles? Fear no more! A new injection technique could make the needle obsolete by replacing it with a flash of light.
Story 4 - 10/11/2010
Darkness Amplification by Stimulated Absorption of Radiation, No Kidding!
In the 60s, the anti-laser concept was invented alongside the laser concept. It was a joke then, but recent research shows how interesting physics does lie within this concept.
Story 5 - 23/11/2010
Many are afraid of darkness, but who gets spooked by light? Light has now been used to condition rats to fear, teaching us about fear memory formation.
Story 6 - 6/12/2010
Tiny Mirrors in the Sky to Fight Global Warming
Tiny particles in the atmosphere play a decisive role in determining the Earth’s temperature. Can nanoparticles be deployed to fight global warming?
Story 7 - 15/12/2010
Shades of 3D Vision
How does the brain recreate a 3D world from the 2D images the eyes capture? Recent evidence shows that shadows and light may be even more important than was originally thought when it comes to the recreation of a 3D world in the brain.