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  • polar yearScientists Getting Warmed Up for International Polar Year (IPY) 2007 [NSF] - The National Science Foundation announced the funding of nine education and outreach projects that are intended to "create a variety of educational programming, materials, multimedia, presentations and field experiences to engage the public during IPY." The educational initiative is part of a larger group of planned IPY activities, which include research, education, and outreach. IPY 2007 will actually last two years during which scientists will be able to observe two continuous annual cycles at the north and south poles. The event also coincides with the opening of the new, state-of-the-art Amundsen-Scott South Pole Research Station. (Photo: A. Garner, NSF)
  • Drug Raid Unexpectedly Recovers Materials from Los Alamos National Lab [CNN] - A drug raid of the home of a former Los Alamos National Lab subcontract employee recovered materials taken from the lab, reportedly including computer files. LANL Director Michael Anastasio released a statement on the LANL website saying, "we are fully cooperating with the FBI on this matter, and we intend to do everything possible to guard against any criminal activity, particularly where a breach of security may be involved. In fact, when informed on October 19 by local police of this suspicious activity, we immediately engaged the FBI." [Update: The LANL Director's statement has been removed.]
  • How to Be Great at Anything [Fortune] - It's simple. First, practice really, really hard getting better at one thing for ten years. According to the article, "'The ten-year rule represents a very rough estimate, and most researchers regard it as a minimum, not an average.' In many fields (music, literature) elite performers need 20 or 30 years' experience before hitting their zenith." Let's see four years of college, four to six years of graduate school, one or two years as a post-doc, five or so years 'til tenure....
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