You will pardon a placeholder post for just a little bit as I am trying
to coordinate both loading a video reviewing the excitement that October 2009 has brought and the information you need to
pursue the information further.
This information is further
elaboration of this video which you may have followed from another site:
Saturn has all the fun with new adornments in the form of a
newly discovered ring made of particles of dust so fine that infrared imaging was required to see it! I enjoyed this video about this new ring. If you prefer to read,then visit Space.com for more!
NASA sent a probe called LCROSS (Lunar Crater Observation
and Sensing Satellite) to the moon to search for water, presumably in the form of ice! The best place to find out more is
to visit NASA's website!
Ah, the Nobel Prizes. They stand out as the most prominent recognition for scientific investigators, although there are many others. Every year,
there is some controversy or another, whether it is concern that someone was overlooked or perhaps new categories should be
recognized. Regardless, it is always fun to imagine the representative of the Nobel Prize committee waking up the lucky recipients
with a phone call.
This year, these phone calls went to:
Medicine and Physiology "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase"
Physics "for groundbreaking achievements concerning the transmission of light in fibers for optical communication"
and "for the invention of an imaging semiconductor circuit – the CCD
Chemistry "for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome"
I shall elaborate more on these in a while! thanks so much for your interest in science!
The Age of Entanglement and Uranium Wars: Book reviews
I am happy to present to you two new book reviews. I had originally filmed
them in a video together, but found it to be way too long, so I edited them apart without adjusting some of the wording, so
watching one individually may be just ever so slightly confusing! I am now doing my book reviews in conjunction with
Science Cheerleader because I like what she does in her outreach activities to the general public and, well, she wanted a book reviewer! Eventually
my reviews will feature her logo on them, so watch for that and don't forget to visit her site!
I haven't forgotten about the
excitement that each October brings: The first being my birthday (yay!) that I just happened to discover is shared with the
amazing and classy Neil deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist who appears regularly on NOVA! Even more momentous are the announcements of the Nobel prizes in
Medicine/Physiology (which fell on my birthday this year), Physics and Chemistry. Check back again soon for those announcements.