Planet Kevin can’t come fast enough

Calling all scientists, calling all scientists: We need to travel faster than light, stat. Get on it. On Monday, the European Southern Observatory discovered 50 new exoplanets, including one that orbits in the habitable zone of its star 36 light years away from us. The planet may not have water — and if it did, […]

Scientists monitor air as fire burns near N.M. lab

The Associated Press LOS ALAMOS — As crews fight to keep a New Mexico wildfire from reaching the nation’s premier nuclear-weapons laboratory and the surrounding community, scientists are busy sampling the air for chemicals and radiological materials. Their effort includes dozens of fixed-air monitors on the ground, as well as a “flying laboratory” dispatched by […]

Scientists studying kangaroo rats’ reactions to moon

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Eastern New Mexico University graduate student Amy Behnke, left, and Assistant Professor of Biology Zach Jones test a camera they set up to monitor the movements of kangaroo rats at the Natural History Museum Prairie Preserve near Portales. After learning how best to set up the camera at the preserve, […]

Seismic presentation set

CNJ Staff A seismic engineer from Albuquerque will host a presentation on earthquakes and New Mexico volcanoes 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Clovis Carver Public Library. Leo Sandoval is one of four scientists hosting presentations in five New Mexico communities. Titled EarthScope: Taking the Earth’s Pulse, the presentation is part of a New Mexico Museum […]

Global warming far from most pressing issue

Freedom New Mexico A nongovernmental panel of renown scientists recently concluded that not only is the slight warming of the atmosphere in recent decades insignificant, there now are signs of cooling. And even so, temperature fluctuations most likely are naturally occurring, and a resumption of warming would even be beneficial. That’s why we find great […]

Letters to the Editor: Firefighting dangerous business

Sometimes I find it hard to believe smart people with educations can have such a lack of common sense. This whole issue with firefighters’ pay is a no-brainer. Most city employees don’t have the continuing education that a firefighter/paramedic must have to keep his or her license. I understand that the police fill in for […]

Extreme heat recorded before CO2 began rising

By Freedom Newspapers While Americans were being stampeded at great cost and inconvenience into combating the presumed horrors of manmade global warming, some news largely went unnoticed last week. Instead of 1998 being the “hottest year” in the continental United States since 1880, as some global warming alarmists claimed, it turns out 1934 was. Instead […]

Solar system’s ninth planet deserves better

By Freedom Newspapers Things were looking so good for Pluto a couple of weeks ago. Scientists meeting in the Czech Republic voted to admit three more heavenly bodies to the family of “planets” orbiting our sun. This pragmatic Planet Definition Committee only submits proposals deemed likely to win approval from two-thirds of the 3,000-member International […]

Academicians don’t give public enough credit

by Tibor Machan Many attorneys of notorious defendants have argued that their clients were unable to receive a fair trial because of the publicity associated with the crime of which they were accused. Such arguments are pretty common and similar to those that prompt venue changes. This is also a mantra of people who wish […]

Team of scientists exploring Mars named rock formation after city

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The outcrop shown was named Clovis because of its arrowhead shape. Courtesy photo: New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. By William Thompson: Freedom Newspapers Clovis is sharing its name with a large rock formation on Mars. Scientist Larry Crumpler, a member of the Mars Exploration Rover science team, said the “Spirit” rover came […]

Proving/disproving relativity what science is all about

Freedom Newspapers After some delays, it now looks as if the spacecraft designed to test Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity finally will be launched Monday from Vandenberg Air Force Base. Assuming the launch finally happens — and surely it will eventually — this is exciting news for two reasons. The first is that instruments […]

Bush administration manipulates facts

Leonard Pitts Jr. Two plus two — I have this on good authority — equals four. So how do you feel about that? Do you support that interpretation or do you think it should be changed? Yes, I know. You’re wondering if I’ve lost my mind. Well, asking that question tells me something about you. […]

Bush has not politicized, but challenged science

Editorial Accusations leveled last week by the Union of Concerned Scientists that the Bush administration is politicizing science opened audacious new frontiers in hypocrisy. That’s not only a case of the pot calling the kettle black, but it turns reality on its head. Perhaps no group in history has done more to politicize science than […]

NASA should stick to exploration and science, let voluntary sectors do the rest

No question, the color photos from NASA’s Spirit Rover on Mars are exciting, and the potential for discovering more about the Red Planet is downright exhilarating. Scientists and technicians from NASA deserve hearty congratulations. The landing has even uncovered an unexpected and “strangely cohesive” (as science investigator Steve Squyres put it) subsurface material that scientists […]

Research closing in on cancer

The small news story last week about scientists led by Zheng Cui, M.D., at Wake Forest University piqued our curiosity: The scientists had discovered a cancer-resistant mouse and were curious and perspicacious enough to study him further and discover that the resistance was genetic and inheritable. Could this really have some application for human beings? […]