Science Online London 2010: How is the Web Changing Science?

Nature, Mendeley, and the British Library present Science Online London 2010, September 3-4, 2010 — British Library. How is the web changing the way we conduct, communicate, share, and evaluate research? How can we employ these trends for the greater good? This September, a brilliant group of scientists, bloggers, web entrepreneurs, and publishers will be […]

Finally! Wireless Power: WiTricity

Goodbye wires… ‘MIT team experimentally demonstrates wireless power transfer, potentially useful for powering laptops, cell phones without cords. Imagine a future in which wireless power transfer is feasible: cell phones, household robots, mp3 players, laptop computers and other portable electronics capable of charging themselves without ever being plugged in, freeing us from that final, ubiquitous […]

C&EN on Vitamin B-12 Mystery

Vitamin B-12 Mystery Is Solved. ‘Enzyme structure reveals that one vitamin is cannibalized to make another. By capturing the structure of the sole missing link in its biosynthesis, scientists have solved a long-standing mystery surrounding vitamin B-12. Vitamin B-12 is one of the largest of the known nonpolymeric natural products. Its biosynthesis is well-understood, with […]

Deciphering the DNA Code

A Cryptologist Takes a Crack at Deciphering DNA’s Deep Secrets. ‘Thirty years ago, Nick Patterson worked in the secret halls of the Government Communications Headquarters, the code-breaking British agency that unscrambles intercepted messages and encrypts clandestine communications. He applied his brain to “the hardest problems the British had,” said Dr. Patterson, a mathematician. Today, at […]

Electromagnetism Animations at MIT

Visualizing Electricity and Magnetism at MIT. ‘We are using visualizations in teaching physics interactively in freshman courses at MIT (classes of 500 students). We combine desktop experiments with visualizations of those experiments to “make the unseen seen”. Our visualizations are organized into five categories: Vector Fields, Electrostatics, Magnetostatics, Faraday’s Law, and Light. Here we present […]