Physicist Ernest Moniz, the White House has announced, is in line to become the undersecretary of the Department of Energy (DOE)--the number three official at the agency. This is welcome news to researchers, who hope to gain a high-level advocate for science programs in the department.
Today is the 89th birthday of naturalist Miriam Rothschild, a self-trained English naturalist and the world's foremost authority on fleas. Rothschild had no formal education growing up, but learned about insects from her zoologist father and an uncle who was an avid specimen collector.
Eugene Shoemaker, co-discoverer of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet that crashed into Jupiter 3 years ago, died today in a two-car accident in central Australia. He was 69. His wife and longtime scientific collaborator, Carolyn, suffered broken bones, and is in stable condition.
WASHINGTON--Nobel laureate Daniel Carleton Gajdusek pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse yesterday. Gajdusek, 73, who is currently free on $350,000 bail, is expected to serve a jail term of between 9 months and 1 year and be on probation for 5 years.
Rivalry between two of the world's top medical journals broke into print this week when The Lancet of London ran a letter in its 15 February issue criticizing its competitor, The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) of Boston, Massachusetts, for lax editorial policies.
It's official: Yale University announced today that David A. Kessler, who has headed the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the past 6 years, will be the next dean of the university's School of Medicine.
There's finally some good news for new Ph.D.s in mathematics: Unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since spring 1990, according to a recently released annual survey from three mathematical societies. But not all the numbers in the new survey were rosy.
Will he stay or will he go? ScienceNOW reported in a story yesterday that Columbia University geochemist Wallace Broecker had quit as research coordinator for Biosphere 2, the ecology lab in the Arizona desert. Now it appears that Broecker may stay.
Just as Biosphere 2, the glass-enclosed laboratory near Tucson, Arizona, seemed to be getting onto a stable scientific track, one of its leading scientists, Wallace Broecker, has resigned as research coordinator.
Washington--Painting perhaps the grimmest picture yet of Russian science, a Russian governmental think tank here today presented eyebrow-raising new data on everything from the accelerating scientific brain drain to the decline of federal R&D spending.
Mary D. Leakey, the distinguished archaeologist and matriarch of the famous Leakey clan of scientists, died last night in Nairobi, Kenya. She was 84. Leakey made numerous major discoveries--of both stones and bones--that shaped the study of African prehistory and human evolution.
Washington, D.C.--The fight between the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Harold Liebowitz, its ousted president, appears to be over. This week, NAE officials paid Liebowitz $687,500, and in return he relinquished any claim to the job he held until June.
A collection of Albert Einstein's letters, including some eyebrow-raising ones to his first wife, and a 1913 manuscript on relativity theory were sold at auction today for about $1.3 million at Christie's in New York.