Around the turn of the 20th century, the world witnessed the birth of what they thought was an almighty cure: the antibiotic. "We became convinced overnight that nothing was beyond reach for the future. Medicine was off and running," wrote Lewis Thomas, a physician and essayist, in his autobiography.
Last month, at the usual classy, mood-lighted Geek Bar, Jessica B. Turner, plant researcher and enthusiast reminded listeners not to forget about the plant kingdom. These photosynthesizing organisms are essential to our lives and our planet.
As part of C2ST’s monthly Speakeasy event, Dr. Turner spoke about the vital and innovative conservation efforts happening around the world and her research on conserving the man-shaped root, American ginseng.
Vital vegetation: How do we use plants and what roles do they play on our planet?
On Easter Sunday beam began to circulate again in CERN's Large Hadron Collider. The world's highest energy particle accelerator resumed operation after a two year shutdown to modify its magnets so it can collide protons at twice the former energy. At half the energy, LHC "Run 1" discovered the Higgs boson; now scientists are excited to have a more powerful instrument to learn more about the Higgs boson and possibly see evidence of the Dark Matter in the universe (if it is due to a particle that can be produced in LHC proton collisions, of course).
In recent years, there has been movement towards a common, centralized set of standards across the United States which has led to the implementation of the Common Core in 43 states. The emphasis of the Common Core is on math and literacy, which left a need for a set of science standards as well. This led to the development of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), and together these standards are helping to shape modern education, while also spurring much debate over the goals and outcomes of education.