According to the International Astronomical Union (IAU), the arbiter of planetary and satellite nomenclature since its inception in 1919, all new craters must be named after an artist, composer, or writer who was famous for more than 50 years and has been dead for more than three years. See the current list of named Mercury craters.
The name should not have any political, religious, or military significance. It is also essential that there be no other features in the Solar System with the same name, she said. For example, Ansel Adams is not eligible because there is a feature on the Moon with the name Adams (even though it was not named for Ansel). Participants can check their ideas against the list of named Solar System features and enter the name in the “Search by Feature Name” box in the upper-right corner.
The Council of Canadian Academies has released a report from the Expert Panel on the State of Canada’s Science Culture entitledScience Culture: Where Canada Stands. The report (In Focus, short version here) looks in-depth at science in Canadian culture. Although the expert panel likely has a slight bias towards Canada, it does not surprise me that Canada ranks so well in so many of the criteria. For example, Canada ranked first among populations with an interest in new scientific discoveries, populations with science literacy, and populations with the lowest reservations towards science. As expected, the United States was quite a bit lower than Canada in many rankings, including reservations towards science (11th, part of the reason CauseScience exists!). However, the United States did rank second for public support for government funding of scientific research (higher than 80% of the population)! I highly recommend taking a look at the In Focus or full version of the report for graphs of the rankings and lots of information about what a science culture is and how they looked at it. Many, many cool ideas here about science, culture, education, and society. It is a great resource! For a quick summary, news article here from TechVibes, and key findings below.
Canadians have positive attitudes towards science and technology and low levels of reservations about science compared with citizens of other countries.
Canadians exhibit a high level of engagement with science and technology relative to citizens of other countries.
Canadians’ level of science knowledge is on a par with or above citizens of other countries for which data are available.
Canada’s performance on indicators of science and technology skills development is variable compared with other OECD countries.
We’ve posted frequently on the negative effects (ie fraud) resulting from the current hyper-competitive nature of the American science enterprise. From the ASCB COMPASS blog, another thoughtful perspective on how hyper-competition may be influencing science.
We’re coming up on one whole year of Absurd Creature of the Week! So to celebrate, we’ve used a super-secret, super-complex algorithm to choose the most absurd of the absurd—to pit them against each other in mortal combat. For the next week and a half, we’ll present you with matchups. The first round is split into categories like Battle of the Freaky Sex and Battle of the Mind-Controllers, but after that, it’s every creature for itself.
Through the BioArt competition, FASEB aims to share the beauty and excitement of biological research with the public. FASEB encourages the submission of captivating, high-resolution images and videos representing cutting edge, 21st Century biomedical and life science research. These laboratory-based images must be original photographs, illustrations, or videos submitted by current or former US federally-funded investigators, contractors, or trainees and/or members of FASEB constituent societies. Each submission must also include a nontechnical, 100-word caption that describes the image or video and articulates the broader relevance of the science represented. When viewed in conjunction with the caption, submissions should be both visually arresting and clearly communicate a cutting edge bioscience concept.