News, events and legislation!

Posted: December 9, 2012 in Events, Jobs, Life as a post-doc, Policy, Science

“The US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will boost postdoctoral stipends and launch two new grant programmes as part of its response to two sobering reports on structural problems in the US biomedical workforce.”

“The region, located above the Arctic Circle, or 66 degrees north latitude, suffered record low snow cover and sea ice, while at the same time seeing warmer-than-average sea temperatures, increased green space and vegetation growing seasons, and a boom in Sun-driven plankton production, according to an annual report card from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), released online Wednesday.”

“We knew this day would come: NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft, launched in 1977, today still traveling away from Earth at a rate of 35,700 miles-per-hour, has entered into a new region of space at the end of the solar system, NASA announced on Monday.”

“An emergency-veterinary clinic with offices in Seattle and Renton has issued an alert about a possible outbreak of the parvovirus, which can be especially deadly for puppies.”

“Astronauts aboard Apollo 17 treated the globe to its first full view of itself on 7 December 1972, snapping the iconic Blue Marble photograph after travelling more than 32,000 kilometres in just over five hours. Very nearly 40 years later, scientists on Wednesday treated the world to its latest self portrait — this taken at night and appropriately named Black Marble — at the American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, California.”

“Congress is considering whether to turn three top-secret sites involved with creating the atomic bomb into one of the country’s most unusual national parks.”

Climate talks at UN conference not going well. ““The fact that it was so hard to achieve even Doha’s modest steps underscores how tough it will be to deliver a truly meaningful accord in three years,” Elliot Diringer, executive vice president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions in Arlington, Virginia, said in a prepared statement.”

“A collective of academic and industry players are planning to create 1,500 induced pluripotent stem cell lines from 500 patients to push forward drug discovery in areas such as diabetes, dementia and pain.”

“A bill that would end invasive research on chimpanzees in the United States is this week the subject of behind-the-scenes negotiations in the US Senate. There, supporters are vying to bring it to an up-or-down vote in the coming days, while opponents are doing all they can to prevent this from happening.”


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