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The kilo is dead. Long live the kilo!

>>An old artifact kept in a vault outside Paris is no longer the standard for the kilogram. Now, nature itself provides the definition by David L. Chandler For 130 years, a cylinder made of a platinum-iridium alloy and stored in a suburb of Paris called

In cancer research, a winding road to discovery

>>Book by MIT professor examines the circuitous history behind the investigation of cancer as a contagious illness by Peter Dizikes In 1961, people in the suburb of Niles, Illinois, experienced what they termed a “cancer epidemic.” Over a dozen children in the town were diagnosed

The (evolving) art of war

  >>In new book, political scientist Taylor Fravel uncovers the modern history of Chinese military strategy  by Peter Dizikes In 1969, the Soviet Union moved troops and military equipment to its border with China, escalating tensions between the communist Cold War powers. In response, China

Explosions of universe’s first stars spewed powerful jets

>>Instead of ballooning into spheres, as once thought, early supernovae ejected jets that may have seeded new stars by Jennifer Chu Several hundred million years after the Big Bang, the very first stars flared into the universe as massively bright accumulations of hydrogen and helium

Ocean activity is key controller of summer monsoons

>>Results may help researchers interpret ancient monsoon variations, predict future activity in the face of climate change Results may help researchers interpret ancient monsoon variations, predict future activity in the face of climate change. Each summer, a climatic shift brings persistent wind and rain to