Archives for March, 2012

Earthquakes are once again in the news, this time in Mexico. Although it is only the biggest quakes that make international headlines, we might take a minute to contemplate other quakes – the ones you’ll never feel. So-called “slow” or “silent” earthquakes slip so softly they don’t even show up on regular seismographic equipment. As…

The patterns of the dark craters on the near side of the Moon have spurred the imagination of observers from all cultures: Some visualize a woman, others a rabbit, or, like most of us, they see the “Man in the Moon.” Near side The explanation as to why we always see the Man in the…

A somewhat accidental discovery and random meetings between proteins in a cell: These are the subjects of two new online articles. Each, it its way, involves a technological advance that will, in turn, lead to further scientific discovery. The first involves a partnership between a physics group and a cancer-research group. Among other things, such…

What would you say are the strongest three factors associated with the salaries of major-league baseball players? According to a popular, well-established algorithm, the main influential factors are walks, intentional walks and runs batted in. How much does he earn? But a paper recently published in Science reports on a new data analysis tool, which…