Over the past few days there’s been buzz around whether the melted-down reactors at Fukushima Daiichi are near “cold shutdown”. Since the nuclear crisis began, achieving cold shutdown has been the major goal of the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which runs the plant. Loosely speaking, it would mean that the stricken reactors at the plant no longer require active cooling and that the immediate nuclear crisis is more or less over.
Determining what dinosaurs ate is normally a process of informed guesswork, but not for one lucky team of researchers. Rather than having to rely on analysing teeth or looking for bite marks, they could simply look at the inside of their fossil.
It’s finally official: the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has withdrawn its approval of the drug Avastin (bevacizumab) to treat advanced breast cancer. Avastin retains its approval for some other colon, kidney, and brain cancers.
Last night, at a ceremony in London, Gavin Pretor-Pinney was named as this year’s Royal Society Winton Book Prize winner. His winning book, The Wavewatcher’s Companion, is his second, and followed naturally in the footsteps of The Cloudspotter’s Guide. He told me “many waves are revealed by clouds”, and that the act of watching clouds and waves is “rounding and calming”. When I asked if he had a trilogy in him, Pretor-Pinney said he was uncertain but that: “what interests me is the ordinary, finding what’s exotic in our surroundings, seeing the miraculous in what is around us.” The Wavewatcher’s … Read more