• "Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) awarded Dulles, Va.-based Orbital Sciences Corp. a $75 million contract to develop the final design for a radically new space architecture in which traditional, large spacecraft are replaced by clusters of wirelessly connected orbiting modules…. dubbed System F6, short for Future, Fast, Flexible, Fractionated, Free-Flying spacecraft…. [T]he new space architecture has the potential to transform space systems in much the same way that the Internet changed many aspects of daily life. “System F6 is not just an incremental improvement in technology, but rather a fundamental transformation of the entire space community,” Burgess stated in the news release. “Fractionated and networked architectures could be the answer to recurring problems that debilitate the space sector, including significant cost increases, late deliveries, launch mishaps and on-orbit failures.” "
    (tags: cubesat space)
  • "While the scientific process is typically seen as a lonely pursuit — researchers solve problems by themselves — Dunbar found that most new scientific ideas emerged from lab meetings, those weekly sessions in which people publicly present their data. Interestingly, the most important element of the lab meeting wasn’t the presentation — it was the debate that followed. Dunbar observed that the skeptical (and sometimes heated) questions asked during a group session frequently triggered breakthroughs, as the scientists were forced to reconsider data they’d previously ignored. The new theory was a product of spontaneous conversation, not solitude; a single bracing query was enough to turn scientists into temporary outsiders, able to look anew at their own work."
  • "My laboratory (The Laboratory For Complex Thinking & Reasoning: Genes, Brains, Cognition) conducts research that spans the domains of Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Science, Educational Neuroscience, and Cognitive Neuroscience. The overall focus of our research is to discover and foster the psychologically and educationally important mental processes underlying Thinking, Reasoning, Problem Solving, and Creativity. Our recent research using fMRI has been on analogical reasoning, causal reasoning, and conceptual representations of scientific concepts. The goal of our work is to harness these findings in ways that facilitate the learning of concepts in both science and the arts and facilitate their transfer into the real world."
  • "Evaluating scholars simply by tallying their citations is "like saying Britney Spears is the most important artist who ever existed because she's sold 50 million records," said Johan Bollen, an associate professor of informatics and computing at Indiana University at Bloomington, as he introduced a daylong workshop on academic metrics here on Wednesday. "That's not how we do things in the real world," Mr. Bollen continued. "And I don't think we should do things like that in scholarly assessments either. … We need to find ways to take trust, prestige, and influence into account.""