Month: June 2020

[embedded content] A distant object that could be smallest known black hole, or the largest known neutron star, has been spotted by the LIGO–Virgo gravitational-wave detectors. The 2.6 solar-mass object appears to have merged with a 23 solar-mass black hole, creating gravitational waves that were detected here on Earth in August 2019. Unlike a previously observed merger
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A 4,000 mile-long dust plume, which traveled the 5,000-mile journey from Saharan Desert, has arrived in Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, and Cuba and is expected to hit the Gulf of Mexico, Texas to the lower Mississippi River Valley Thursday and Friday and finally Washington this weekend. The plume, known as the Saharan Air Layer, or SAL, is a yearly phenomenon that
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Despite the fact that the Pacific has over 25,000 islands, this area of ocean should be open water. What is this island-like item that seemingly appeared overnight? Stream Full Episodes of What on Earth?: https://www.sciencechannel.com/tv-shows/what-on-earth/ Subscribe to Science Channel: http://bit.ly/SubscribeScience Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ScienceChannel Follow us on Twitter: Tweets by ScienceChannel Follow us on
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1. Hopkinson, F. & Rittenhouse, D. An optical problem, proposed by Mr. Hopkinson, and solved by Mr. Rittenhouse. Trans. Am. Phil. Soc. 2, 201–206 (1786). Google Scholar  2. Gabor, D. A new microscopic principle. Nature 161, 777–778 (1948). ADS  CAS  Google Scholar  3. Ebbesen, T. W., Lezec, H. J., Ghaemi, H. F., Thio, T. &
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If you’re looking for the light of inspiration during one of the darkest periods the world has seen in decades, you’ve come to the right place. We are proud to introduce our fifth annual cohort of twentysomethings who are sustainability leaders within — and without — their companies, nonprofits and communities. The Class of 2020 hails from seven
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Neutrinos are released during nuclear fusion reactions in the Sun’s core.Credit: Detlev Van Ravenswaay/Science Photo Library Physicists have filled in the last missing detail of how nuclear fusion powers the Sun, by catching neutrinos emanating from the star’s core. The detection confirms decades-old theoretical predictions that some of the Sun’s energy is made by a
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Iranian flagged fuel tanker ‘Fortune’ is seen after it was docked at El Palito refinery in Puerto Cabello, state of Carabobo, Venezuela, on May 26, 2020. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images WASHINGTON — The Treasury Department on Wednesday slapped fresh sanctions on five Iranian ship captains who delivered gasoline to Venezuela, whose once-thriving oil industry has
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UHV Design continues to push the boundaries when it comes to sample manipulation, positioning and preparation in ultrahigh-vacuum environments Vacuum know-how: senior mechanical design engineer Lukasz Rybacki finalizes the test and assembly of a MultiCentre analytical stage in the UHV Design cleanroom. (Courtesy: UHV Design) There’s much ado about next to nothing, it seems, in
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An alternative forensic method is being applied to bring poachers, wildlife traffickers, and criminals to justice and strengthen the conservation and protection of the pangolin, through fingermark visualization on scales using gelatin lifters. University of Portsmouth scientists and investigators are working to conserve the pangolin with the use of techniques of forensic fingerprinting which lift
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ICYMI, ride-hailing biggie Lyft announced last week that it plans to electrify every single car offering services on its platform by 2030, including both those that Lyft owns and rents to drivers and ones that its drivers own. It’s a colossal task for an 8-year-old company that says it won’t be profitable until at least 2021
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The threat of poaching to the continued survival of endangered wildlife species has led to dire consequences, which are now felt worldwide, including the current COVID-19 pandemic and climate change. Seventy-five percent of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases that afflict humans came from wildlife, such as SARS, Ebola, and COVID-19. Due to the continued wildlife
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US funding has helped the World Health Organization tackle Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo.Credit: Junior D. Kannah/AFP/Getty US President Donald Trump’s decision, announced on 29 May, to withdraw funding from the World Health Organization (WHO) was never in doubt. Since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the White House has been intensifying its
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An offshore drilling platform stands in shallow waters at the Manifa offshore oilfield, operated by Saudi Aramco, in Manifa, Saudi Arabia. Simon Dawson | Bloomberg | Getty Images Oil prices were volatile on Tuesday after markets were spooked by surprise comments from White House trade adviser Peter Navarro saying a hard-won U.S-China trade deal was
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Thirty-five years ago, at the beginning of my research career, I walked for weeks to study populations of the endangered Himalayan goldthread or mishmi teeta (Coptis teeta), an endemic plant in Arunachal Pradesh in the Eastern Himalaya that is used as a potent antimalarial drug by local communities. Himalayan species are intriguing. Like isolated islands,
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In recent years, Seattle-based Wyze made a name for itself thanks to making a lot of smart home gadgets affordable. These days, the company sells everything from smart plugs and locks to scales and fitness bands, but what started it all was the $20 Wyze indoor security camera. Today, the company is following that up
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Unexpected result: the SHARAQ detector at the Radioactive Isotope Beam Factory (Courtesy: RIKEN) Adding a single proton to a doubly magic isotope of oxygen is enough to significantly alter its properties, an international team of physicists has discovered. Led by Tsz Leung Tang at the University of Tokyo, the researchers made the unexpected discovery after
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An international team of researchers has studied the role of the changing climate in ancient events that caused political unrest. Joe Manning of Yale, along with the team members, analyzed historical accounts and climate proxy records to determine the effect of global climactic changes to the momentous political events throughout the history of western civilization. The researchers used
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President Trump has issued new immigration restrictions that will affect STEM workers.Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty With a proclamation issued Monday, President Donald Trump is extending and expanding immigration restrictions to limit the entry of new foreign workers. The move set off ripples of alarm among scientists and drew fire from experts concerned about the
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WASHINGTON — Made In Space, a pioneer of in-space manufacturing and assembly technologies, is being acquired by Redwire, a new venture that is rolling up a number of smaller space companies. The companies announced the deal June 23, terms of which they did not disclose. Made In Space, founded in 2010 and based in Jacksonville,
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A consortium of six global investors has entered into a $20.7 billion agreement with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the state-owned oil company said Tuesday.  As part of the agreement, the group will invest $10.1 billion to acquire a 49% stake in a newly-formed subsidiary, ADNOC Gas Pipeline Assets, with lease rights to 38 pipelines.
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Twisting again: magic-angle bilayer graphene. Courtesy: Pablo Jarillo-Herrero Two years ago a team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US kicked off the field of “twistronics” by discovering that two layers of graphene offset by a small angle could support an array of insulating and superconducting electron states. This novel
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A recent study conducted by a team of researchers analyzed the impact of a 2012-2016 California drought on the power sector. History shows that this calamity that occurred from 2012-2016 was considered as the worst drought that hit the state. For communities that depend on water for electricity and power generation, a drought means higher electricity costs and pollution-related
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Tissue from the hippocampus includes cell nuclei (red), glial cells (green) and neurofilaments (blue). Roughly half of the neurons in this brain region form during adulthood. Credit: Thomas Deerinck, NCMIR/SPL Neuroscience 22 June 2020 Late-blossoming neurons show intriguing features that might endow them with advanced capabilities. The hippocampus, a brain region involved in learning and
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Companies are selected based on data provided to DoD leaders by the Defense Contract Management Agency and the Defense Logistics Agency. WASHINGTON — Companies are selected to receive emergency coronavirus rescue funds from the Defense Department based on multiple factors, said the Pentagon’s top procurement official Ellen Lord. “We have a team” that reviews data
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The COVID-19 pandemic is the biggest public-health crisis in a century, and the development of medical interventions to combat the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is a top priority. Writing in Nature, Pinto et al.1 provide evidence needed to take one of the crucial first steps for such efforts in the developing arena of antibody immunotherapy. The level
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WASHINGTON — Atlanta, Georgia startup Carbice has developed a nanotech-based thermal-management material scheduled to launch on five satellites by the end of this year. The material, called Carbice Carbon, is designed to fill air gaps between computer chips, replacing epoxy- or graphite-based materials to dissipate heat from electronics. Carbice’s thermal material is made of aluminum
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Lorenzo Buffoni and Michele Campisi of Italy’s University of Florence have studied the thermodynamics of the D-Wave 2000Q quantum processor – which comprises 2000 interconnected superconducting circuits that each serve as a quantum bit (qubit). Here they tell Physics World what motivated them to study “reverse annealing” on the processor and how their results could
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