Archive by date | October 2012

Where US foreign doctorates go after they graduate

America’s science system relies heavily on foreign talent – but do immigrants stay in the United States after gaining their doctorates? According to a report published yesterday by the US National Science Foundation, the answer is: about two-thirds of them do, although stay-rates vary by country.  Read more

Vostok’s microbes elusive in first measurements of surface water

A first analysis of the ice that froze onto the drillbit used in last February’s landmark drilling to a pristine Antarctic lake shows no native microbes came up with the lake water, according to Sergey Bulat of Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute (Russia) and CNRS in Grenoble (France). The very uppermost layer of Lake Vostock appears to be “lifeless” so far, says Bulat, but that doesn’t mean the rest of it is.  Read more

To sleep, perchance to forget fears

A Eunuch's Dream by Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, via Wikimedia Commons

Traumatic memories can be manipulated in sleeping mice to reduce their fearful responses during waking hours.  The finding, announced by  Stanford University researchers at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, suggests that sleep-based therapies could provide new options for treating conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Read more

ORCID launches to give researchers unique identity codes

A registry that will grant researchers unique identifying number — helping readers of the literature to distinguish between authors with similar names — launches today. ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID, is supported by funds and input from member institutions, publishers (including Nature Publishing Group) and scientific societies. It should integrate with existing researcher identification systems and make it easier for universities and funding agencies to track scientists’ output (see ‘Scientists: your number is up‘). Researchers can register at and add information about their publications to their ORCID records.  Read more