Month: January 2020

After a disaster strikes, people will try to rebuild their homes and replace personal possessions consumed by fires and floods. The emotional and psychological impact will need an indefinite time to overcome. In massive evacuations of children and families, children need more attention or support services in the aftermath of natural disasters. Disasters and mental
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Hello Nature readers, would you like to get this Briefing in your inbox free every day? Sign up here Researchers worry soot may have damaged rock art in the Blue Mountains, similar to these stencils in Red Hands Cave.Credit: Marc Anderson/Alamy Thousands of ancient Aboriginal sites and artefacts have probably been damaged or destroyed by
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The Space Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Space ISAC, will launch an unclassified portal where companies can share and analyze cybersecurity information. WASHINGTON — A space industry organization created to share intelligence on cyber threats is holding its first meeting this week with representatives from government agencies to discuss cybersecurity concerns across the national
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Researchers say they’ve mimicked the voice of a 3,000-year-old Egyptian mummy by recreating much of its vocal tract using medical scanners, 3D printing and an electronic larynx. In a paper published Thursday by the journal Scientific Reports, the authors say the technique allowed them to produce a single sound – somewhere between the vowels in
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The TripAdvisor homepage Daniel Acker | Bloomberg | Getty Images TripAdvisor is planning to cut 200 jobs, or 5% of its total workforce, a source familiar with the matter confirmed to CNBC on Thursday. Most of the cuts are said to be in the company’s experiences division. Experiences, which includes a range of activities from
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WASHINGTON — NASA will turn off an aging infrared space telescope in a week, citing the complexities of continuing to operate the spacecraft as it drifts away from the Earth. On Jan. 29, the Spitzer Space Telescope will transmit the last of the science data that the spacecraft has collected. Controllers will then effectively turn
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Making connections: artificial intelligence has been used to predict how light flows around nanoparticles. (Courtesy: University of Southampton) Artificial intelligence has been used to quickly and accurately model the 3D flow of light around arbitrarily shaped nanoparticles. Peter Wiecha and Otto Muskens at the University of Southampton in the UK demonstrated the modelling approach using
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China’s transport ministry suspends all transportation services going to and from the central city of Wuhan as the country takes a drastic step to contain a contagious disease that has killed at least 15 people, stricken hundreds, and reached other countries. The nation-owned People’s Daily newspaper posted in its official Twitter account that nobody would be allowed
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23andMe Co-Founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki speaks onstage during TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2017 at Pier 48 on September 19, 2017 in San Francisco, California. Steve Jennings Home DNA-testing company 23andMe is laying off about 100 people, or 14% of its staff, on Thursday, in the wake of declining sales. The layoffs primarily cover the operations
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WASHINGTON — Firefly Aerospace says it had an “anomaly” during a Jan. 22 static-fire test of the first stage of its Alpha rocket under development, an incident that prompted evacuations and road closures in the vicinity in the test site. The Burnet County, Texas, Sheriff’s Office said in a statement posted to its Facebook account
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SYDNEY (Reuters) – A Canadian-owned C-130 Hercules air tanker crashed while fighting bushfires in Australia’s alpine region on Thursday, killing all three of its crew, authorities said. A plane releases fire retardant over forest during bushfires in South Turramurra, New South Wales, Australia November 12, 2019 in this screen grab obtained from a social media
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Exploded star: the crab nebula is believed to have been created by the explosion of an intermediate-mass star. (Courtesy: NASA/ESA/ J Hester and A Loll, Arizona State University) Intermediate-mass stars expire via thermonuclear explosions, rather than gravitational collapse, according to experiments and calculations done by an international team of astrophysicists led by Oliver Kirsebom at
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Researchers worry soot may have damaged rock art in the Blue Mountains, similar to these stencils in Red Hands Cave.Credit: Marc Anderson/Alamy Indigenous communities and archaeologists fear thousands of historic Aboriginal sites and artefacts have been damaged — or destroyed — by fires that have ravaged Australia. These places are essential for understanding the movement
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SAN FRANCISCO – Descartes Labs unveiled Jan. 22 a cloud-based platform for commercial customers that pairs geospatial datasets with modeling tools and applications. Many companies don’t employ computational software, remote sensing and machine learning experts. The Descartes Labs Platform offers analysts within those companies the tools necessary to draw relevant information from geospatial datasets, Sam
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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The future of employee training involves no embarrassing role-playing in front of new colleagues or boring web modules which take an hour each to click through. An Oculus Quest all-in-one VR device is shown in an undated 2019 photo released by Facebook January 22, 2020. Facebook/Handout via REUTERS For the next
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Marie Antoinette’s hair turned white overnight, according to folklore, before she was executed by guillotine in 1793 during the French Revolution. The ill-fated queen embodied an extreme example of the phenomenon of stress-induced graying of the hair. FILE PHOTO: A woman dressed as Marie Antoinette from the video game “Assassin’s Creed: Unity”
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Analysts say Amazon is poised to disrupt the $934.8 billion dollar global pharmaceutical industry. PillPack Amazon has filed to trademark “Amazon Pharmacy” in Canada, the U.K. and Australia, signaling a potential move into selling prescription drugs outside of the U.S. According to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office website, Amazon filed for the patent on Jan.
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WASHINGTON — The European Union will provide 200 million euros ($222 million) to support Europe’s space industry, in the form of a loan to help fund development of the Ariane 6 and investment in space startups. The European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group announced at a space policy conference in Brussels Jan. 21
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Outgoing BP chief Bob Dudley on Wednesday criticized sweeping climate proposals from Sen. Bernie Sanders, a top-tier 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a champion of the far-left. “They have a completely unrealistic idea of the complexity of the global energy system,” Dudley told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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HERMITAGE, England (Reuters) – A specialist care facility in England is using virtual reality (VR) headsets and data mining to help children with autism to acclimatize to scenarios they are likely to encounter outside of school. FILE PHOTO: People wear VR glasses at a new permanent Timeride exhibition about the divided city in Berlin, Germany,
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Dynamic PET images of 100 ms frames alternating between end-diastolic and end-systolic phases of five cardiac cycles. (Courtesy: PNAS 10.1073/pnas.1917379117) The uEXPLORER is a 194-cm-long total-body PET/CT scanner developed by a research team at UC Davis and manufactured by United Imaging Healthcare of Shanghai. The UC Davis team has now shown that combining this ultrasensitive
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Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., listens during an Economic Club of Washington discussion in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018. Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images An outside investigation ordered by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos concluded that a WhatsApp account connected to Mohammed bin Salman, the crown
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Taal volcano spews ash and debris kilometres into the sky.Credit: Domcar C Lagto/PACIFIC P/SIPA/Shutterstock Researchers in the Philippines are monitoring the Taal volcano closely for signs of a major eruption. The volcano’s activity has eased since it began spewing steam and ash more than a week ago, but the threat of a large-scale eruption remains,
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SAN FRANCISCO – Capella Space unveiled the new design Jan. 21 for its Whitney constellation of seven synthetic aperture radar satellites scheduled to launch in 2020. Weighing in at 100 kilograms, the new satellites are about twice the size of Denali, Capella’s 48-kilogram technology demonstration spacecraft launched in December 2018. “We spent a lot of
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