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Shaking up science | Politik

When Grant Robertson talks about how the economy might change post-covid, one of the things he talks about is what he calls an unsung but interesting white paper on science. “It’s really important,” he says. The Minister in charge of the White Paper —  Te Ara Paerangi, Future Pathways — Science and Innovation Minister Ayesha …

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National Science Foundation funds William & Mary research into ‘the atmosphere’s detergent’ – W&M News

Hydroxyl radicals are simple two-atom molecules consisting of an oxygen atom bound to a hydrogen atom. They are an important part of the chemistry of our living world. In living organisms, hydroxyls are among those DNA-damaging “free radicals” that have been linked to a number of degenerative diseases, but from the perspective of atmospheric physical …

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W.Va. launches citizen science survey of hellbenders, mudpuppies

A hellbender gazes back at the camera from an aquarium exhibit. (Photo courtesy W.Va. Dept. of Commerce) SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. — To learn more about the distribution of odd-looking hellbenders and mudpuppies, the W.Va. Division of Natural Resources has launched a citizen science project to track sightings of these important but declining salamanders around the …

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AI study finds planet could cross 2-degree warming threshold by mid-century

CNN  —  The planet could cross critical global warming thresholds sooner than previous models have predicted, even with concerted global climate action, according to a new study using machine learning. The study estimates that the planet could reach 1.5 degrees Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels in a decade, and found a “substantial possibility” of …

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‘It was like science fiction’

Shania Twain’s brush with death is no fiction, but there was a lot of science involved. The country music icon revealed Sunday that during a recent battle with COVID-19 and pneumonia, she had a sci-fi-like experience while being airlifted to a hospital, reported the Mirror. “It was progressively getting worse. My vital signs were getting …

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McLean High School Student Named as Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalist

Ethan Zhou, a student at McLean High School, has been selected as one of 40 finalists in the 2023 Regeneron Science Talent Search. The competition is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors. This year’s finalists represent 34 schools across 14 states.  The 40 finalists will gather in …

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Transforming Food Science With Analytical Chemistry

Global food insecurity and uncertainty are becoming an increasing problem, with multiple issues arising from changing climate conditions in major agricultural areas, SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) impacted supply chains and geopolitical challenges.1 Image Credit: fotohunter/Shutterstock.com One of the ways to combat such problems is to improve the efficiency of agricultural crops, ensure food quality remains high and prevent …

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Which animals will survive climate change?

As climate change transforms our world, the impacts will be felt unequally, with some animals struggling to survive and others finding ways to overcome the resulting challenges. This phenomenon is increasingly described as the “winners and losers under climate change,” said Giovanni Strona (opens in new tab), an ecologist and former associate professor at the …

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Woolly Mammoth Coming Back to Life by 2027: De-Extinction Details

Colossal recently added $60 million in funding to move toward a 2027 de-extinction of the woolly mammoth. The Dallas-based company is now working to edit the genes for the reincarnation of the mammal. Colossal planned to reintroduce the woolly mammoth into Russia, but that may shift. The long-dead woolly mammoth will make its return from …

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The Uneven Spread of Citations

Together, these findings paint a stark picture of the citation landscape for women scientists, Bassett says. But they note that the news was not all bad. For example, Teich, Bassett, and their colleagues found that physics journals that publish more papers by women and those that publish longer reference lists tend to contain papers that …

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Canadian universities conducting joint research with Chinese military scientists

Chinese researchers test the supercomputer Tianhe No.1 at the National University of Defense Technology in Changsha city, central Chinas Hunan province, on Oct. 27, 2009.He shuyuan/Reuters Canadian universities have for years collaborated with a top Chinese army scientific institution on hundreds of advanced-technology research projects, generating knowledge that can help drive China’s defence sector in …

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Why AutoML Isn’t Enough to Democratize Data Science 

You can cook food in a microwave in minutes. But we don’t say that microwaves “democratized” cooking. Preparing a meal requires much more: selecting and preparing ingredients, optimizing the cooking method, and creating the right ambiance. The microwave just accelerates one part of the process. Just as microwaves don’t handle the entire meal, automated machine …

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Mid-America Science Museum creates new education department

Mid-America Science Museum in Hot Springs has created a new position aimed at expanding early childhood programs and building partnerships with schools and organizations. Former Director of Education Casey Chandler has been promoted to director of education development, with former Assistant Director of Education Kayla Ingle taking over Chandler’s role as director of education. “Now, …

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Cryptic lost Canaanite language decoded on ‘Rosetta Stone’-like tablets

Two ancient clay tablets discovered in Iraq and covered from top to bottom in cuneiform writing contain details of a “lost” Canaanite language that has remarkable similarities with ancient Hebrew. The tablets, thought to be nearly 4,000 years old, record phrases in the almost unknown language of the Amorite people, who were originally from Canaan …

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Scientists solve battery mystery – allowing for ultra-fast charging breakthrough

(Independent) Scientists say they have finally figured out how to overcome a major barrier to ultra-fast battery charging. The mysterious short circuiting and failure of next-generation lithium metal batteries was solved by a team from Stanford University and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in the US, who said their findings could have major implications for the …

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