Archive by date | January 2013

Scientists voice support for student to mark two years of his jailing in Iran

Scientists voice support for student to mark two years of his jailing in Iran

Scientists and students at the University of Texas in Austin released a short documentary about Omid Kokabee, a doctoral student at that university, on 30 January to mark his second year of detention in Iran on a controversial conspiracy sentence.  Read more

US lawmakers propose easing limits on foreign scientists and engineers

America is starting to look like a more welcoming place for foreign scientists and engineers. On 29 January, a group of US senators proposed legislation to vastly increase the number of visas for skilled workers. And earlier this week, President Barack Obama and a group of lawmakers separately floated more sweeping proposals to liberalize immigration policy.  Read more

FDA approves antisense cholesterol drug

The US Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that it has approved Kynamro (mipomersen), an “antisense” drug designed to treat a rare condition that causes the accumulation of extremely high levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. Antisense drugs are strands of nucleic acid, such as DNA, designed to bind to and inactivate the RNA produced by a given gene.  Read more

Antarctic lake mission reports historic breakthrough

The more than 300 lakes discovered in the last couple of decades beneath the mighty Antarctic ice sheet have been sealed from the outside world for probably several million years. Today, a team of US Antarctic researchers proudly announced they have accessed one of the last unexplored frontiers on Earth.  Read more

Scientists sniff for hazards during drilling rig spills

Scientists sniff for hazards during drilling rig spills

Within weeks of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were taking air samples near the spill via one of the agency’s Hurricane Hunter aircraft (pictured). At a time when official estimates said the spill was about 5,000 barrels a day, the group’s measurements suggested that number was many times higher, as it proved to be.  Read more