February 20, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - With scant snowfall and barren ski slopes in parts of the Midwest and Northeast the last couple of years, some scientists have pointed to global warming as the culprit. Then, when a whopper of a blizzard smacked the Northeast with more than two feet of snow in some places earlier this month, some of the same people again blamed global warming. How can that be? It's been a joke among skeptics, pointing to what seems to be a brazen contradiction. But the answer lies in atmospheric physics.
April 29, 1986
On March 16, you carried an article by Jim Detjen, "Scientists refusing 'Star Wars' funds. " On April 18, you published a Letter to the Editor by William D. Todhunter complaining that "a scientist . . . can be so interested in trying to destroy a necessary defense system. . . . It is an obvious indication of the lack of the 'best minds' in the country when they fail to realize that the destruction of SDI would favor the Soviet Union in its attempt to overcome the governments of the world as stated in the Communist Manifesto.
August 20, 2011
TRENTON - Environmental officials are tracking an unusually large algae bloom off the Jersey Shore. Officials say the bloom, which extends nearly 100 miles, is not expected to pose any danger to people or marine life. It is believed to be a naturally driven event, with the mass of microscopic plants growing on nutrients pulled up from deep waters by upwelling. The bloom is several miles offshore and runs along roughly two-thirds of the New Jersey coastline, from the southern end of Monmouth County to Cape May. - AP
June 30, 2000 |
Swedish scientists announced yesterday that they have developed robots with "fingers" small enough to potentially pick up an individual human cell. The microrobots, barely bigger than the period at the end of this sentence, might eventually have the ability to distinguish between healthy and damaged cells. Arrays of such robots might one day perform surgeries with a precision that would make the scalpels of the most skilled surgeons seem like the blundering of bulls in china shops.
August 2, 2002 |
The Earth appears to have grown less round - fatter around the middle and flatter at the poles - since 1998, a finding that has scientists struggling for an explanation. A team from Raytheon Co. and NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center, both in Greenbelt, Md., measured this shape shift by monitoring tiny changes in the orbits of nine satellites. The finding, published in today's issue of the journal Science, was unexpected, lead researcher Christopher Cox of Raytheon said. He suspects that the cause is water shifting toward the equator.
May 29, 1986 |
"Having fun at the convention?" The woman delegate from Massachusetts cast an indignant eye upon the questioner. "Fun? Certainly not!" You bet your biosphere, Bunky. This is the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and if you are looking for whoopee cushions and electric bow ties, you are barking up the wrong convention. Ask an expert. "It's grim," said social psychologist James W. Pennebaker of Southern Methodist University. He had been asked to describe the social atmosphere of the convention, which brought about 4,000 scientists to town on Sunday for a week of papers, programs, symposiums and seminars.
January 16, 1991 |
The Big Bang theory, which holds that the origin of the universe was a mass the size of a single atom that exploded and scattered matter throughout the cosmos, has been declared invalid. The Infrared Astronomical Satellite has revealed that the universe is full of superstructures and companion supervoids that appear far too vast to have formed since the Big Bang. Many scientists and textbooks have taught the Big Bang theory as fact for decades. Those who inquired after other possible origins of the universe, including the theory that a God might have created it all, often have been denounced and their ideas expelled by court order on grounds that they are not "scientific.
January 25, 1997 |
French scientists say they have identified a Paris family in which three people might have infected one another with the AIDS virus through casual contact. The hypothesis runs counter to hundreds of scientific studies over the last decade that have proven the virus is passed on primarily through unprotected sex or infected syringes. But the French researchers, who acknowledge that fact, said they could find no other explanation for the mysterious case of patients PA, SI and RO - the code names they gave the three family members to protect their identities.
October 11, 2005 |
In a Pennsylvania courtroom, the legal debate grinds on over whether to teach "intelligent design" alongside Darwin's theory of evolution. But for the overwhelming majority of the scientific community, the debate was over long ago: Evolution won. "A lot of us don't think about this anymore, and we don't worry about it anymore because it is settled," said Paul Sniegowski, an associate professor of biology at the University of Pennsylvania....
May 24, 1987 |
The new ceramiclike materials known as superconductors - developed in the last six months by scientists in Philadelphia and around the world - promise nothing less than a technological revolution akin to the development of the transistor and computer. They could lead to the development of 300-mile-an-hour trains, faster and smaller computers, electric cars and still-undreamed-of advances, scientists say. But a growing concern among some scientists threatens to dampen the excitement over the latest advances.