Favorite Stories

Astronomy and Space:

Venus Revisited (Astronomy Magazine)
Brown Dwarfs: The Little Stars That Couldn’t (Astronomy Magazine)
FACEOFF! The Moon’s Oddly Different Sides (Astronomy Magazine)
To Get Rid of Space Junk, Shoot It Down With Lasers (Smithsonian.com)
Sealing wax and string? — A group of students in Germany hope to build a cut-price planet-hunter (The Economist)
Astrophile: Big Blue Star is an X-Ray Oddball (New Scientist)
Tiny ‘Nanoflares’ May Solve Sun Mystery (Space.com)
Did Huge Impact Shape Planet Mercury? (Space.com)
Weird Supernova May Blow Away Star Explosion Theories (Space.com)
Biggest Black Hole Blast Ever Could Solve Cosmological Mystery (Space.com)

Physics and Materials:
Mystery Particle To Make Devices Even Tinier (Discovery News)
Quantum Dropleton: Weird New Particle Acts Like Liquid (Livescience.com)
27 Dimensions! Physicists See Photons in New Light (Livescience.com)
Proton Radius Is Smaller Than Physicists Had Thought, New Research Shows (Livescience.com via HuffPo)
The ‘Unparticle’ May Lurk In Earth’s Mantle (Livescience.com via NBC News)

Technology:
Why It’s So Hard for the CIA to Hack Your Phone (Tom’s Guide)
How ‘Anonymous’ Shopping Data Reveals Your Identity (Tom’s Guide)
How You Can Hide Your Smartphone Data from Thieves—and the Cops (Scientific American)
How Ceramics Could Prevent Nuclear Disaster (PopSci)
Quantum Computer To Log On To Quantum Internet (Discovery News)
Military’s New Radio: Laser Beams (Discovery News)
Nuclear Reactor Powered By Spent Fuel (Discovery News)
Many Sheriff’s Deputies Unaware of Massive Hacktivist Data Breach (archived from Technewsdaily.com)

Environment:
Shell Shock — A mysterious ailment threatens Maine’s lobster fishery (The Economist)
Alternative Source of Tire Rubber Gains Traction — With the tropical rubber tree under threat from climate change and disease, tire manufacturers are reviving efforts to produce latex from a desert shrub (Scientific American)
Mixing Seawater and Nuke Fuel: Still Murky (Discovery News)
Reducing the barnacle bill  — Ships’ hulls are kept clean using poisonous chemicals, but a number of cleaner alternatives are being pursued (The Economist)
Waters of change — An accidental experiment in America shows how evolution happens (The Economist)
Big ships go green with retro technology (New Scientist)

Living Things and the Brain:
Origin of Life Story May Have Found its Missing Link (Livescience.com)
Consciousness-Raising: Kick-Starting the Brain’s Dopamine System May Revive Some Vegetative Patients (Scientific American)
Tissue.prn: Desktop Printer Technology Used to Lay Down Regenerated Skin Cells to Treat Burns in Mice (Scientific American)
Could Genetic Diseases Be Cured in the Womb? (Livescience.com)

Other Stuff That Was Just Plain Interesting:
First PrincipalsBeatles or Stones? Statistical analysis of music reveals the truth about its periods of revolution (The Economist)
‘Crackpot’ Theory of Everything Reveals Dark Side of Peer Review (Livescience.com)