Archives: April 2016

IN THE SEARCH FOR ALIENS, ONE SCIENTIST PITCHES FOR SATURN’S MOON ENCELADUS

In our search for extraterrestrial life, Carolyn Porco thinks we should think about worlds, not planets, and she’s keeping an eye on Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons. Although it is mostly covered in a fresh, clean layer of ice that bounces back any sunlight that hits the surface (at noon,...

ARE WE WIRED TO THRASH WOMEN LEADERS WHO FAIL?

Researchers lead by Victoria Brescoll, a social psychologist at Yale School of Management who studies gender stereotypes, gave participants a fictional news story about a police chief in a major city where violence at a protest rally had left 25 people seriously injured. The gender of the chief was switched...

THIS BEAUTY DESIGNED THE TECHNOLOGY THAT POWERS BLUETOOTH, WI-FI AND GPS  

If you’ve used Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi, the person you need to thank is a Hollywood bombshell who got bored of being typecast and decided to use her talents in science instead of acting. Heady Lamarr (pictured, active 1930-58) played the femme fatal in movies, but wasn’t the typical looks-obsessed...

LIKE BLACK HOLES ON EARTH

Surrey NanoSystems, a British company based at Newhaven, has developed the blackest black ever created. “Vantablack”, the material, is made from carbon nanotubes, with the “Vanta” standing for “vertically aligned nanotube array”. Each tube is just a few nanometres thick and a few hundred nanometres tall. Because of its structure,...

THE CORELLATION BETWEEN GOLD AND GLOBAL POWER, WHETHER PAST OR PRESENT

A 2012 paper by two economists at the University of Santa Cruz showed that “the intensity of holding gold is correlated with ‘global power’— by the history of being a past empire”. For example, the Netherlands, an imperial heavyweight in the 17th century, holds the world’s 10th largest gold reserves,...

WANT TO SAVE COMPANY MONEY ON BUSINESS TRAVEL? SEND WOMEN ON THE TRIP

Women book business travel tickets earlier than men, saving companies valuable cash, research published on HBR.org reveals. On average, women buy their tickets two days earlier than men, although millennial women show the smallest difference in advance planning. The study also found that the older any traveler, man or woman,...

WOMEN IN INDIAN AVIATION: FROM JUNE, THEY WILL PILOT FIGHTER PLANES AS WELL

Mohana Singh, Bhawana Kanth and Avani Chaturvedi (pictured, l-to-r) are on course to become India’s first women fighter pilots. Women have been flying helicopters and transport aircraft in the IAF since 1991, but clearance for fighter aircraft has come only recently. The three women are undergoing training at the IAF...

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