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🗞 TECHNOLOGY NEWS💻🔧🖥:
THE PATH TO MORE HUMAN-LIKE ROBOT OBJECT MANIPULATION SKILLS
What if a robot could organize your closet or chop your vegetables? A sous chef in every home could someday be a reality.
SLENDER ROBOTIC FINGER SENSES BURIED ITEMS
Over the years, robots have gotten quite good at identifying objects—as long as they’re out in the open.
TWITTER DATA REVEALS RHYTHMS OF PEOPLE’S MOODS
A pair of researchers, one from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland the other the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway has found that it is possible to track mood trends in large groups of people by studying their Twitter posts. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Eric Mayor and Lucas Bietti describe their analysis of large amounts of Twitter data from people tweeting in several densely populated counties in the U.S.
SIGNIFICANT OTTER HELPS COUPLES COMMUNICATE FROM THE HEART
Even though people stayed in touch during the pandemic’s stay-at-home orders and social distancing, it was easy to feel out of touch with loved ones.
🗞 PHYSICS NEWS⚙♨:
LASER-DRIVEN ION ACCELERATION WITH DEEP LEARNING
While advances in machine learning over the past decade have made significant impacts in applications such as image classification, natural language processing and pattern recognition, scientific endeavors have only just begun to leverage this technology. This is most notable in processing large quantities of data from experiments.
MOST PRECISE MEASUREMENTS OF COSMIC RAY PROTON AND HELIUM SPECTRA ABOVE TeV
The Dark Matter Particle Explorer (DAMPE) collaboration reported the precise measurement of the energy spectrum of cosmic ray helium nuclei from 70 GeV to 80 TeV energies on May 18, 2021.
STUDY OF PROMISING PHOTOVOLTAIC MATERIAL LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF A NEW STATE OF MATTER
Researchers at McGill University have gained new insight into the workings of perovskites, a semiconductor material that shows great promise for making high-efficiency, low-cost solar cells and a range of other optical and electronic devices.
🗞 EARTH NEWS🌏:
SCIENTISTS SOUND ALARM ABOUT UNPRECEDENTED MERCURY ACCUMULATION IN PACIFIC OCEAN TRENCHES
A newly released scientific paper in Nature Publishing’s Scientific Reports Journal has revealed unprecedented amounts of highly toxic mercury are deposited in the deepest trenches of the Pacific Ocean.
URBAN HEAT ISLANDS AFFECT TREE CANOPY TEMPERATURES AND HEALTH, STUDY SAYS
Healthy urban tree canopies provide shade and water transpiration that can mitigate the warming effects of urban heat islands (UHIs), and new research recently published in Scientific Reports on tree canopy temperatures in New York City by a University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) doctoral student offers new insights for urban forestry management.
SLOPE STABILITY MODEL CAN HELP PREDICT LANDSLIDES TO PROTECT COMMUNITIES, SAVE LIVES
Professors Antoinette Tordesillas and Robin Batterham led the work over five years to develop and test the model SSSAFE (Spatiotemporal Slope Stability Analytics for Failure Estimation), which analyzes slope stability over time to predict where and when a landslide or avalanche is likely to occur.
🗞 ASTRONOMY & SPACE NEWS🌪🎇:
EUROPA’S INTERIOR MAY BE HOT ENOUGH TO FUEL SEAFLOOR VOLCANOES
Jupiter’s moon Europa has an icy crust covering a vast, global ocean. The rocky layer underneath may be hot enough to melt, leading to undersea volcanoes.
RECONSTRUCTING 3D MAGNETIC TOPOLOGY OF ON-DISK SOLAR PROMINENCE BUBBLES
Solar prominences or filaments are cool and dense plasma structures suspended in the hot and tenuous corona.
NASA’S ROMAN MISSION TO PROBE COSMIC SECRETS USING EXPLODING STARS
NASA’s upcoming Nancy Grace Roman Space Telescope will see thousands of exploding stars called supernovae across vast stretches of time and space. Using these observations, astronomers aim to shine a light on several cosmic mysteries, providing a window onto the universe’s distant past and hazy present.
🗞 NANOTECHNOLOGY NEWS⛄☃:
ULTRAFAST, ON-CHIP PCR COULD SPEED DIAGNOSIS DURING PANDEMICS
Reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) has been the gold standard for diagnosis during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the PCR portion of the test requires bulky, expensive machines and takes about an hour to complete, making it difficult to quickly diagnose someone at a testing site. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Nano have developed a plasmofluidic chip that can perform PCR in only about eight minutes, which could speed diagnosis during current and future pandemics.
NANOSTRUCTURED TIN GAS SENSORS COULD HELP THE WORLD TACKLE THE CLIMATE CRISIS
Researchers from the University of Surrey believe that tin-based gas sensors could help track and control harmful nitrogen (NO2) gases that pollute our planet.
STUDY REVEALS NEW ROUTE TO RAPID, EFFICIENT REMOVAL OF MICRO-POLLUTANTS IN WATER
Recently, the research team led by Prof. Kong Lingtao from Institute of Solid State Physics, Hefei Institutes of Physical Science (HFIPS) prepared a highly active single iron atom catalyst (Fe-ISAs@CN) which can activate HNO2 to generate free radicals, achieving rapid removal of sulfadiazine pollutants in aqueous solutions. The relevant results were published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
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