Hits Parade — AlphaGalileo Top 5
Our hit parade compiles the press releases with a higher number of visits in January 2010:
1. Religion, Gender and Human Rights: Challenges for Multicultural and Democratic Societies — ESF-LiU Conference — European Science Foundation — 07/01/2011
A new conference will examine the nexus of religion, gender, identity, human rights and politics bringing together scholars across a wide range of relevant disciplines. The event will take place on July 2011 at Linköping, Sweden.
2. Planck’s new view of the cosmic theatre — European Space Agency — 11/01/2011
Following the publication by ESA of the first full-sky Planck image in July last year, the first scientific results from the mission have appeared. Drawn from survey of the entire sky at millimetre and submillimetre wavelengths, the catalogue contains thousands of very cold, individual sources which the scientific community is now free to explore.
Planck investigates the cosmic infrared background. This image shows the location of the first six fields used to detect and study the Cosmic Infrared Background. The fields, named N1, AG, SP, LH2, Boötes 1 and Boötes 2, respectively, are all located at a relatively high galactic latitude, where the foreground contamination due to the Milky Way's diffuse emission is less dramatic. Credits: ESA/Planck Collaboration
3. Knee protectors can form allergenic substances on the skin — University of Gothenburg — 11/01/2011
Common rubber products can form isothiocyanates in contact with skin and cause contact allergy. This is the conclusion of research carried out at the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). Isothiocyanates are a group of reactive substances that are potent contact allergens.
4. Effective use of power in the Bronze Age societies of Central Europe — University of Gothenburg — 11/01/2011
Leaders of the so-called tell-building societies had the ability to combine several sources of power in an effective way in order to dominate the rest of the population, which contributed towards creating a notably stable social system points out a thesis in archaeology from the University of Gothenburg (Sweden).
5. The ‘mad’ Egyptian scholar who proved Aristotle wrong — Institute of Physics — 06/01/2011
Ibn al-Haytham’s 11th-century Book of Optics, which was published exactly 1000 years ago, is often cited alongside Newton’s Principia as one of the most influential books in physics. Yet very little is known about the writer, considered by many to be the father of modern optics.
The Scholar and the Caliph. This is a work of fiction – a fanciful re-imagining of a 10-year period in the life of the medieval Muslim polymath Ibn al-Haytham (AD 965–1040) considered by many historians to be the father of modern optics. Living at the height of the golden age of Arabic science, al-Haytham developed an early version of the scientific method 200 years before scholars in Western Europe, and is most celebrated for the seven-volume Kitab al-Manazir (Book of Optics).