Short Science, June 9, 2013

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 09 June, 2013, 2:37am

Genes and particle physics the hot items

Genomics and particle physics - offering different perspectives on the fundamental nature of life and the cosmos - are the two hottest areas of scientific research. Eight of the 21 most closely followed scientists last year studied genes and their functions, while the single most-cited paper covered the hunt for the long-sought Higgs boson particle, according to a Thomson Reuters survey. It was the third year in a row in which genomics researchers topped the rankings, in terms of authoring the most highly cited scientific papers, underscoring the central importance of genetics in biological science and medicine. Reuters


China set for another manned space flight

China will launch its next manned rocket in the middle of this month, carrying three astronauts to an experimental space module, according to state media. In the latest stage of an ambitious plan to build a space station, the Shenzhou 10 spaceship and its rocket have already been moved to a launch area at a remote site in the Gobi desert. Xinhua


Archimedes the star of Rome exhibition

One of the leading scientists in classical antiquity, Archimedes, is the star of an exhibition in Rome which includes modern applications of his best known discoveries. "Archimedes: Art and Science of Invention" is on at the Capitoline Museums until January 12. "There has never been an exhibition on Archimedes," said Paolo Galluzzi, head of the Galileo museum in Florence, one of the organisers with the Museum of the History of Science in Florence and the Max-Planck Institute in Berlin. AFP


Russian earth-mapping satellite stops working

A Russian satellite launched last year to map the Arctic has stopped working, says a space industry source. In the latest disappointment for the country's once-pioneering space programme, the orbiter, Zond-PP, was the first of five earth-mapping satellites being developed by Russia. Launched last July, it was expected to have a three-year lifespan. Reuters