Two major prizes are signaling a sea change in research culture, according to Nature. One is in neuroscience and the other is in human brain mapping–but both encourage researchers to publish negative results. “Research cannot be self-correcting when information is missing. The sorts of information most likely to stay in the shadows come from the negative results and replication studies that these two prizes put into the limelight.” Read more here.
By now, you’ve heard that both the House and Senate have passed new tax legislation, which has been heavily protested by students. Why? Because it will change how tuition reimbursements are taxed. Some say that this is a fault of the university systems, not just of the government. Still, the House and the Senate voted on two different bills and need to reconcile and vote it through all chambers before it’s fully passed. Here’s how it might affect you. Read more here.
“Rick and Morty’s unique spin on the multiverse isn’t meant to reflect real physics. Yet physicists who study the cosmos appreciate the fact that it is bringing an esoteric scientific debate, whether there is such a thing as the multiverse, into the public spotlight.” So says Slate.com, which eyeballs the unusual underpinnings of the science (such as it is) behind Rick and Morty. Read about it here.
This summer, University of Pennsylvania engineering students took first place in the Formula SAE competition. Their black steel electric race car went from zero to 60 in a whiplash-inducing 2.6 seconds! Read more about their win here.
A team of seven University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering undergraduates won first place and earned the top prize of $20,000 in this year’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams (DEBUT) challenge for their efforts to develop low-cost tools to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease before patients show symptoms. Read the story here.