Tag: Science

Researchers use AI to determine which face masks work best for COVID-19

A growing range of face masks are popping up around the world, but many haven’t proven their effectiveness against COVID-19. A new technique developed at Duke University aims to measure which ones provide the most protection by counting the respiratory droplets they emit during speech. The system is compromised of a black box, a laser, and […]

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El volcán Sinabung hace erupción en Indonesia

Dos personas toman fotos al volcán Sinabung mientras hace erupción en Karo, Indonesia, el lunes 10 de agosto de 2020. (AP Foto/Sugeng Nuryono) Más MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — El volcán Sinabung, en Indonesia, hizo erupción el lunes, arrojando material volcánico a una altura de hasta 5.000 metros (16.400 pies) y depositando ceniza en las aldeas. […]

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Algorithm reveals some of us have DNA from a mystery ancestor

Interbreeding gets a bad rap these days, but early humans loved a bit of interspecies action. Genes from fossils show our ancestors had entanglements with both Neanderthals and an ancient group called Denisovans. But new research suggests they also got it on with another mystery relative, whose DNA still exists in people today. Scientists from Cornell University […]

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Guano revela más colonias de pingüinos en la Antártida

Las marcas apuntan a una mancha de guano de pingüino en una imagen capturada por el satélite europeo Sentinel-2 el 26 de agosto del 2019. Científicos británicos dicen que existen más colonias de pingüinos emperadores en la Antártida de lo que se pensaba. (Copernicus Sentinel-2/ESA via AP) Más BERLÍN (AP) — Científicos británicos dicen que […]

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The kids aren’t alright

Coronavirus in Context is a weekly newsletter where we bring you facts that matter about the COVID-19 pandemic and the technology trying to stop its spread. You can subscribe here. Hola Pandemic Pals, I took a walk on the beach this morning before work. Everyone has a story about what they were going to do in 2020 if […]

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How thermal cameras can play a key role in slowing down the coronavirus spread

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the world has rushed to deploy infrared thermal imaging cameras (also known as infrared radiometers) to measure people’s temperature and the technology has become big business. Since the pandemic began, thermal cameras have been deployed in areas of high-density foot traffic such as airports, shopping centers, nursing homes, factories, […]

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China’s Homegrown GPS Is Now Fully Operational

XICHANG, June 23, 2020 — A carrier rocket carrying the last satellite of the BeiDou Navigation … [+] Satellite System blasts off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China’s Sichuan Province, June 23, 2020. China launched the last BDS satellite from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center at 9:43 a.m. on Tuesday. (Photo by […]

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How America’s Low Science Literacy Fueled the COVID Crisis

It’s no news that the United States has an uneasy relationship with science. While students come here from around the world to earn their college or post-graduate science degrees in our excellent research programs, our own high-school age students exhibit lower scientific literacy than those in many other developed nations. Many Americans hold religious or […]

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Researchers use neuromorphic chips and electronic ‘skin’ to give robots a sense of touch

We take our sense of touch for granted. Simple tasks like opening a jar or tying our shoelaces would be a whole lot more complex if we couldn’t feel the object with our hands. Robots typically struggle to replicate this sense, restricting their ability to manipulate objects. But researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) might have […]

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Scientists modified a strain of cannabis to kill cancer cells

It’s well-documented that chemical compounds found in cannabis, especially cannabidiol (CBD), are effective at treating the symptoms of many forms of cancer. But now there’s evidence that it could potentially cure the disease by attacking cancer cells. Cancer researcher Matt Dun, of the University of Newcastle in Australia, recently finished a three-year long study indicating […]

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A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Humanity joins the hivemind

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  It’s pretty easy to think up new ways for robots to destroy us. We’re pretty squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us dead? Maybe our future […]

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Country diary: an ancient organism rises from the grass

My route home was badly overgrown and I made slow progress, looking down at the rocky, uneven ground and concentrating on keeping a good foothold. Bees and small moths swirled up from around the wild flowers and long grass at the base of the hedge, then something much bigger blundered away from under my feet. […]

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