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Element of the week: einsteinium | video

What do Ivy Mike, plutonium and Gabon, Africa share in common?<p>This week, we meet the element einsteinium, which has the atomic symbol <b>Es</b> and the atomic number <b>99</b>. The atomic symbol was originally <b>E</b> but was later changed by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) to conform to …

What's behind the avalanche of performance metrics in our universities?

In a much-discussed opinion piece in this week's <i>Nature</i>, Colin Macilwain rails against the 'avalanche' of performance metrics threatening to damage our universities. The themes of the piece are familiar ones: the decline of the university as a self-governing body of academics and increasing threats …

Sequestration Ushers In A Dark Age For Science In America

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- On the first floor of Jordan Hall at the University of Virginia School of Medicine is a 12-by-8 room that, at first glance, looks like a rundown storage space. The floor is a mix of white, teal and purple tiles, in a pattern reminiscent of the 1970s. Trash cans are without …

Technology Turns Any Surface Into a Multi-Touch Display

Microsoft and Ubi Interactive worked together to develop technology that turns any surface into a multi-touch screen. The set-up requires a …

A magnetar at the heart of our Milky Way

Radio astronomers are using a pulsar with a strong magnetic field to investigate a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.<p>Astronomers …