Algorithmnast writes: This blog entry points out that NASA's project WFirst (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Telescope) is under threat of being delayed by cost overruns for the Webb Space Telescope (Hubble's successor). If they don't hurry, then the EU may in fact be first to field a Dark Energy surveillance telescope — leaving Wfirst being... second.
While the EU project Euclid (scheduled for 2018) is not a sure thing, American scientists are worried that they'll be left out in the dark if they don't launch first.
Algorithmnast writes: While researchers could already turn normal body cells into stem cells with the potential to become any other cell, those other cells had the unfortunate tendency to become cancerous. However, the new technique described in TFA is said to not have that problem, and be twice as fast as the old technique.
The article is a little light on details if you're into biology, but is still excellent — no more issues with tissue rejection