A group of mostly Spanish male and female physicists and physicists have expressed their rejection of Alessandro Strumia's repeated statements on women's access to his discipline, which have been harshly criticised for their lack of rigour. This letter is an initiative of the Association of Women Researchers and Technologists (AMIT).
Back in 2004, Andre Geim and his colleague Konstantin Novoselov isolated graphene. This kicked off the development of a new material that, despite not having unveiled all its potential yet, earned them the Nobel prize in Physics in 2010.
More than 600 experts from 43 countries have gathered in San Sebastian this week to exchange ideas and share their work on this substance. Their ultimate goal: to take this material out of the laboratory to make the promised revolution a reality. This is the Graphene Week, which this year has received the visit of the ‘father’ of graphene, Andre Geim.
He never won a Nobel prize and lost several scientific wagers, but Stephen Hawking's contributions to the field of cosmology are undoubted. First-line physicists tell Sinc the ideas of the popular scientist that have helped us to better understand our universe, from black holes that emit radiation and vanish to quantum seeds that create galaxies or space-time curvatures that lead us to the Big Bang.
Two years ago, researchers from Iowa State University (USA) published a study which concluded that spider silk conducts heat as well as metals. Now, a team from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) has repeated the experiment and the results throw this discovery into question. This has reaffirmed the need to validate scientific findings before proclaiming their validity in the press.
The properties of these lead bricks recovered from ancient shipwrecks are ideal for experiments in particle physics. Scientists from the CDMS dark matter detection project in Minnesota (USA) and from the CUORE neutrino observatory at the Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy have begun to use them, but archaeologists have raised alarm about the destruction and trading of cultural heritage that lies behind this. The journal ‘Science’ has expressed this dilemma formulated by two Spanish researchers in the United Kingdom.