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  • The Colors of Water
    on 26/01/2022 at 13:48

    Much like the sky, rivers are rarely painted one color.

  • X-59 Wind Tunnel Testing at NASA Glenn
    on 25/01/2022 at 13:28

    This colorized schlieren image is of a small-scale model of NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology airplane.

  • Studying the ‘Lost Habitable’ World of Venus
    on 24/01/2022 at 14:25

    NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is designing mission concepts to survive the planet’s extreme temperatures and atmospheric pressure.

  • Hubble Sights a Sail of Stars
    on 21/01/2022 at 13:00

    The spiral arms of the galaxy NGC 3318 are lazily draped across this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. This spiral galaxy lies in the constellation Vela and is roughly 115 light-years away from Earth.

  • Peering Through a Window to the World
    on 20/01/2022 at 14:13

    In this image from Jan. 9, 2022, NASA astronaut Kayla Barron peered out from a window inside the International Space Station’s cupola.

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  • AI breakthrough could revolutionize how we research dinosaur fossils
    on 27/01/2022 at 05:10

    One of the most promising applications of artificial intelligence technologies is the identification of tumors from high-resolution medical imagery. Can the same techniques be used to help paleontologists more quickly analyze similar scans of dinosaur fossils? Researchers reported some of the early answers—and remaining challenges—in a new paper published in Frontiers in Earth Science.

  • Earliest known report of ball lightning phenomenon in England discovered
    on 27/01/2022 at 00:00

    Researchers have discovered what appears to be the earliest known account of a rare weather phenomenon called ball lightning in England.

  • Fossil snail shells offer new tool for analyzing ancient ocean chemistry
    on 26/01/2022 at 21:49

    A collection of fossil shells from marine snails and clams is challenging a theory that says the world’s deadliest mass extinction was accompanied by severe ocean acidification.

  • Culture plays role in children’s acceptance of gender-diverse peers
    on 26/01/2022 at 21:48

    Shown four images of hypothetical peers—a boy playing with cars and trucks, a girl playing with cars and trucks, a boy playing with a Barbie and dollhouse, and a girl playing with a Barbie and dollhouse—children from Thailand and China were then asked a simple question: Would you want to be their friend?

  • X-rays will make plant diets of the future more tasty
    on 26/01/2022 at 21:47

    Imagine taking your favorite treat—a Mars bar or cream puff—and beaming it with X-rays to map out what makes it so delicious. Then, picture being able to transfer some of those magnificent qualities and tastes to healthier, more sustainable products.

  • Getting in gear: Researchers create a slow light device with high optical quality
    on 26/01/2022 at 21:46

    Researchers including a postdoc at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have created a gear-shaped photonic crystal microring that increases the strength of light-matter interactions without sacrificing optical quality. The result is an on-chip microresonator with an optical quality factor 50 times better than the previous record in slow light devices that could improve microresonators used in a range of photonics applications, including sensing and metrology, nonlinear optics and cavity quantum electrodynamics.

  • NASA Greenland mission completes six years of mapping unknown terrain
    on 26/01/2022 at 21:11

    To learn how ocean water is melting glaciers, NASA’s Oceans Melting Greenland mission extensively surveyed the coastline of the world’s largest island.

  • Will the COVID-19 pandemic make waste management more uncontrollable?
    on 26/01/2022 at 20:59

    The outbreak of COVID-19 has changed our lifestyle, and even the environment around us, such as the reduction of carbon dioxide and nitrogen dioxide emissions and the alleviation of water pollution. A more obvious change is that the production of waste related to pandemic prevention has increased significantly. For example, the main component of disposable masks we use every day is plastic fiber. It is estimated that hundreds of billions of masks are used every month around the world. As the largest producer of masks, China’s daily output in March 2020 has exceeded 100 million. Before the pandemic, the world produced more than 300 million tons of plastic every year, most of which eventually entered into nature and decomposed into small plastic particles.

  • When light loses symmetry, it can hold particles
    on 26/01/2022 at 20:59

    Optical tweezers use light to immobilize microscopic particles as small as a single atom in 3D space. The basic principle behind optical tweezers is the momentum transfer between light and the object being held. Analogous to the water pushing on a dam that blocks the stream, light pushes onto and attracts objects that make the light bend. This so-called optical force can be designed to point to a certain point in space, where a particle will be held. In fact, the optical trapping technique has so far won two Nobel Prizes, one in 1997 for holding and cooling down single atoms, a second in 2018 for offering biologists a tool to study single biomolecules such as DNA and proteins.

  • Three, two, one: astronomers predict SpaceX space junk will hit the Moon
    on 26/01/2022 at 20:16

    A chunk of a SpaceX rocket that blasted off seven years ago and was abandoned in space after completing its mission will crash into the Moon in March, experts say.

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  • How the Physics of Resonance Shapes Reality
    by Ben Brubaker on 26/01/2022 at 17:07

    The same phenomenon by which an opera singer can shatter a wineglass also underlies the very existence of subatomic particles. The post How the Physics of Resonance Shapes Reality first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • Researchers Build AI That Builds AI
    by Anil Ananthaswamy on 25/01/2022 at 17:02

    By using hypernetworks, researchers can now preemptively fine-tune artificial neural networks, saving some of the time and expense of training. The post Researchers Build AI That Builds AI first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • How Infinite Series Reveal the Unity of Mathematics
    by Steven Strogatz on 24/01/2022 at 14:36

    Infinite sums are among the most underrated yet powerful concepts in mathematics, capable of linking concepts across math’s vast web. The post How Infinite Series Reveal the Unity of Mathematics first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • In a Numerical Coincidence, Some See Evidence for String Theory
    by Natalie Wolchover on 21/01/2022 at 14:58

    In a quest to map out a quantum theory of gravity, researchers have used logical rules to calculate how much Einstein’s theory must change. The result matches string theory perfectly. The post In a Numerical Coincidence, Some See Evidence for String Theory first appeared on Quanta Magazine

  • Any Single Galaxy Reveals the Composition of an Entire Universe
    by Charlie Wood on 20/01/2022 at 15:22

    In computer simulations of possible universes, researchers have discovered that a neural network can infer the amount of matter in a whole universe by studying just one of its galaxies. The post Any Single Galaxy Reveals the Composition of an Entire Universe first appeared on Quanta Magazine

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