On November 14, 2014, experts from fields as far-ranging as human cognitive neuroscience and neural computation, animal life science, anthropology and culture, space science, current and future technology, and emergency management converged on Radcliffe’s annual Science Symposium to conduct a broad, cross-disciplinary investigation of navigation and way-finding.
Fig 1: Dusty olivine-bearing chondrules from the Semarkona meteorite. Optical photomicrograph of chondrule DOC4 showing the location of dusty olivine grains. Image taken in reflected light with crossed polarizers. [From: Roger R. Fu, et al., "Solar nebula magnetic fields recorded in the Semarkona meteorite," Science DOI: 10.1126/science.1258022. Reprinted with permission from AAAS.]
Figure 8:An example of a microfabricated array of TES bolometers, an 88 pixel, dual polarization TES bolometer array made at NIST for the SPTpol experiment. TES detectors are micro-machined from thin films deposited on silicon wafer substrates which means TES-based devices are fundamentally fabricated as arrays. [from K.N. Abazajian, et al., "Neutrino physics from the cosmic microwave background and large scale structure," Astroparticle Physics, v. 63.]
Professor Christopher Stubbs is a member of the High-Z Supernova Search Team which, together with the the Supernova Cosmology Project, have been awarded the 2015 Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics "for the most unexpected discovery that the expansion of the universe is accelerating, rather than slowing as had been long assumed."
Electrodes and electrode arrays capable of recording electrical signals from neurons come in an increasing number of shapes and sizes, and researchers are continuously adding capabilities. Nature Methods profiled several scientists working on new types of electrodes which are delivering ever more electrophysiological information from both intracellular and extracellular measurements, among them Prof. Hongkun Park's research group and its work on vertical nanowire electrode arrays.
Members of the Optical Society, a leading professional organization for those who study the science of light, have elected Prof. Eric Mazur to serve as OSA vice president in 2015. He will serve one year as vice president, followed by one year as president-elect, president in 2017, and past-president in 2018. (Read the Press Release.)
Figure 2(a): Coherent control of reporter spins. Rabi oscillations between spin states with a variable-width pulse (red points) with an exponentially damped fit (blue line). Inset: rf pulse sequence. [From: A. Sushkov, I. Lovchinsky, N. Chisholm, R.L. Walsworth, H. Park, and M.D. Lukin, "Magnetic Resonance Detection of Individual Proton Spins Using Quantum Reporters," Phys. Rev. Lett. 113, 197601 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.113.197601. Copyright ©2014 by The American Physical Society]