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🗞 TECHNOLOGY NEWS💻🔧🖥:
RESEARCHERS EXPLORE POSSIBILITIES FOR AN ULTRA-SECURE GUN REGISTRY
Proposals to create a national gun registry have long been met with fierce opposition from gun rights advocates. While proponents say a registry would help in tracking guns used in crimes, opponents worry that it would compromise privacy and could be used by the federal government to confiscate firearms. Now, a team of Brown University computer scientists has devised a way of implementing a registry that may allay some of those concerns.
GOOGLE SLAMS MICROSOFT OVER STANCE IN MEDIA PAYMENTS
Google on Friday took aim at Microsoft, accusing its technology rival of “distraction” for siding with governments seeking to force tech platforms to pay media organizations for news content.
NFTs SETTING OFF REVOLUTION IN THE WORLD OF COLLECTIBLES
The technology is behind a piece of digital art auctioned for $69.3 million on Thursday and the sale of Jack Dorsey’s first tweet—so-called NFTs have set off a revolution in collectables.
🗞 PHYSICS NEWS⚙♨:
MUON SPIN-ROTATION EXPERIMENTS PROVE SPONTANEOUS ELECTRICAL CURRENTS IN SUPERCONDUCTORS
Superconductivity is current flow without electrical resistance. Theoretical and experimental physicists are working to discover and explain the underlying fundamental mechanisms of superconductivity. Intensive research on superconductivity is driven by the possibility of new applications in energy and motor technology.
BROAD SPECTRAL RANGE FEW-CYCLE LASER PULSES CHARACTERIZATION BY USING A FASI DEVICE
Researchers from the Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics (SIOM) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) have developed a simple device called frequency-resolved optical gating and self-referenced spectral interferometry (FASI), which combines the frequency-resolved optical gating (FROG) and self-referenced spectral interferometry (SRSI) in a single device based on the same third-order nonlinear effect of the transient grating (TG). The result was published in Optics & Laser Technology.
RARE OPEN-ACCESS QUANTUM COMPUTER NOW OPERATIONAL
A new Department of Energy open-access quantum computing testbed is ready for the public. Scientists from Indiana University recently became the first team to begin using Sandia National Laboratories’ Quantum Scientific Computing Open User Testbed, or QSCOUT.
🗞 EARTH NEWS🌏:
RESEARCHERS DEBUNK CLAIMS OF WATER HOARDING AND SPECULATIVE BEHAVIOR IN WATER MARKETS
Researchers at the University of Adelaide have tested claims of water hoarding and speculative behavior in Murray-Darling Basin water markets and found no evidence of hoarding, or a clear source of speculative behavior, driving water price rises.
EARTH HAD ITS COOLEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD SINCE 2014
February 2021 was the planet’s coolest February in seven years due to La Niña in the tropical Pacific Ocean and unusually brisk temperatures that enveloped much of North America and northern Asia.
SEVERE WINTER DROUGHT IN NEPAL PRECISELY PREDICTED BY MODEL
Nepal media reported on March 5, 2020 that the country experienced severe drought in the past winter. The total rainfall dropped by 75% as compared with the normal average for the season. Shortage of rain had a major impact on irrigation, ruining vast rice crops and leaving thousands of farmers with little food or income. The wildfire raging in the mid-west Nepal lasted for two months, destroying around 700 hectares of forest cover.
🗞 ASTRONOMY & SPACE NEWS🌪🎇:
WITH SpaceX PARTNERSHIP, ISS ENTERS ITS ‘GOLDEN AGE’—BUT WHAT COMES NEXT?
After 20 years of continuous habitation, the International Space Station has entered its “Golden Age” and is abuzz with activity—thanks in large part to the return of US rocket launches via commercial partner SpaceX.
US ASTRONAUT LAUNCHING NEXT MONTH MAY SPEND YEAR IN SPACE
NASA may soon chalk up another one-year space mission thanks to an out-of-this-world Russian movie-making deal.
HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE’S WIDE FIELD CAMERA 3 RESTORED
The Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) instrument on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope was brought back online on Saturday, March 13th at approximately 7:00 p.m. EST. The instrument was shut down as part of the normal observatory safe mode activities that occurred on Sunday, March 7, in response to a software error on the main flight computer. After starting its recovery on Thursday, March 11, WFC3 suspended the process due to a slightly lower-than-normal voltage reading for a power supply, which triggered an internal instrument safeguard.
🗞 NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS⛄☃:
JOINT RESEARCH TEAM DEVELOPS NEAR-INFRARED (NIR) LIGHT TRIGGERED DRUG DELIVERY SYSTEM
A new concept of on-demand drug delivery system has emerged in which drugs are automatically released from in vivo medical devices simply by shining light on the skin.
THE IMPORTANCE OF INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS FOR THE GRAPHENE COMMUNITY
NPL, in collaboration with international partners, has developed an ISO/IEC standard, ISO/TS 21356-1:2021, for measuring the structural properties of graphene, typically sold as powders or in a liquid dispersion. The ISO/IEC standard allows the supply chain to answer the question ‘what is my material?” and is based on methods developed with The University of Manchester in the NPL Good Practice Guide 145.
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