Are century-old, original images of the cosmos worth saving in an era of digitized astronomy? NOVA Next contributor Shraddha Chakradharreports on the Plate Stacks Collection of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the questions it brings up.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- Hack your memory with this counterintuitive trick .
- Some time-tested advice for dealing with trolls , courtesy Albert Einstein.
- The Big Bang may have created a mirror universe where time runs backward.
- We’re starting a NOVA Virtual Book Club! More details here .
- This year is expected to be the deadliest for corn drownings since 2010.
- This week we celebrated Computer Science Education Week. Check out NOVA Labs’ Cybersecurity Lab, and see why physicist are pondering the limitations of quantum computers .
- Some people would willingly travel to Mars even if it meant dying a few weeks after arriving.
- Maternal DNA evidence suggests that Viking women were actively involved in the settlement of new lands.
- On Tuesday, President Obama wrote his first line of code .
- Scientists have ruled out comets as the primary source of terrestrial water.
- Volcanoes may be masking the severity of global warming.
- An estimated 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic , weighing 269,000 tons, is distributed across the ocean.
- A bad hangover may be a consequence of your genetic makeup .
- A temperature inversion caused the Grand Canyon to become filled to the brim with clouds on Thursday.
- Many nursing homes are still prescribing schizophrenia drugs to calm dementia patients.
- Why running hurts every part of your body.