Speaking before a crowd of supporters in Tehran’s Azadi Square, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced today that his nation had enriched some of its uranium to 20% Uranium-235—a significant step towards developing a nuclear weapon.
There’s plenty of press today about the National Ignition Facility (NIF), an ambitious project to drive fusion energy using a massive array of super-powerful lasers. If this sounds like some sort of devious James Bond plot, you’re not too far off: NIF’s primary job is to verify that the United State’s nuclear stockpile is working well.
The parasite that causes the most severe form of malaria is circulating in gorillas, according to a new study contributed to PNAS by Academy member Francisco Ayala of the University of California, in Irvine. Scientists previously thought only humans carried this deadly form of malaria (press release).
A recently-retired atmospheric scientist at NASA has been fined $10,000 and sentenced to one year’s probation for directing tens of thousands of dollars in NASA contracts to his wife’s company (Washington Examiner). Read more