Imagine a visit to a doctor where a simple blood test provides the key to your genetic code, and with that information, the doctor can base your care precisely on the treatment that will work best for you. No longer will it be one medicine, dosage, or treatment plan fits all—each patient will get the care that best fits his or her genetic makeup.
Novel DNA sensing technology could revolutionize modern medicine."
Now consider (from Physicsworld.com) that "Physicists claim further evidence of link between cosmic rays and cloud formation." Such a linkage would matter because the intensity of cosmic rays in Earth's vicinity varies with the solar magnetic field. (Yes, the sun's magnetic field varies.) Naturally, more research is needed ...
Extreme 'Solar Storms' May Have Caused Twenty Six Recent 'Satellite Glitches': Study." Because I used a coronal mass ejection (the most dramatic type of solar storm) as a plot element in Energized, I found that especially interesting.
Meanwhile, Scientific American informs us that "Electron Appears Spherical, Squashing Hopes for New Physics Theories." (Too round for the electron to have any meaningful dipole moment, to be specific.)
Time after time, attempts to move beyond the Standard Model of particle physics have fallen flat. Supersymmetry, in particular, is looking less and less likely as a New Improved Model. That's too bad, since supersymmetry underpins many attempts to move string theory beyond fun with numbers.
From the social sciences, consider (from TIME), "America’s Mood Map: An Interactive Guide to the United States of Attitude." Living, as I do, next door to West Virginia, I had to read any article starting "West Virginia is the most neurotic state ..." Take TIME's test to find out which state most suits you.
The top 9 obsolete tech gadgets." Right after the holidays, it's good to know what gadgets not to buy :-)