It’s official: NASA won’t rename the James Webb Space Telescope

The most powerful space telescope currently in operation will retain its controversial name. The James Webb Space Telescope launched in December 2021 amid calls for the observatory to be renamed. The observatory was named in 2002 after government bureaucrat James Webb, who served as the second administrator of NASA during the 1960s. But opponents of … Read more

Official measures of research ‘impact’ are failing to keep pace with socially-networked academics

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A survey of how academics use social media to encourage people to interact with their research argues that much of the public value of their work is probably being overlooked in official “impact” assessments. The study, published in Learning Media and Technology, analyzed more than 200 examples of how academics discuss … Read more