NASA successfully launched a new polar-orbiting satellite today, a small but notable success that should stave off a much-feared gap in basic weather and climate measurements for at least a few more years. Read more
The long-awaited new branch of the Jackson Laboratory (JAX) may have finally found a home. Last night, the Connecticut legislature approved $291 million in bonds to fund the new laboratory, which will use computer and animal models to study complex diseases.
The nonprofit X-Prize Foundation has launched a $10 million competition to accurately sequence 100 genomes from 100 centenarians over the course of one month.
Ben Franklin’s account of his electric kite experiment (1752) and Isaac Newton’s first ever paper (1672) are among 60,000 historical scientific papers now freely accessible online, after Britain’s Royal Society opened up its journal archive.