News Roundup: Why the Sun Lost Its Spots
- While modeling plasma flows deep inside the sun, scientists may have found an explanation for why some sunspots cycles (like the most recent one) are weaker than others. “It’s the flow speed during the cycle before that seems to dictate the number of sunspots. Having a fast flow from the poles while a cycle is ramping up, followed by a slow flow during its decline, results in a very deep minimum.”
- Risky business: In defending President Obama’s vision for space exploration that relies upon commercial space companies, NASA administrator Charles Bolden says the country must “become unafraid of exploration. We need to become unafraid of risks.”
- Bad timing: Just as Apple unveils its new iPadâ€”and Steve Jobs uses the opportunity to gloat about his company’s superiority in apps compared to Google’s Android systemâ€”Google had to take 21 apps off the Android Market because they were infected with malware.
- The journals of Harvey Cushing, the father of neurosurgery, include admirable documentation of his own mistakesâ€”giving medical historians a window into the birth of modern surgery around the turn of the 20th century.
- Ex-governator Schwarzenegger to U.S.: Follow what I did in Cal-i-forn-i-a for reducing reliance on fossil fuels.
- Study: The painkiller ibupuprofen could cut the risk for developing Parkinson’s disease.
- The dance of the stars + the bioluminescence of the lakes = a big, jaw-dropping “whoa.”