Daily Archives: July 1, 2019

3-D holograms bringing astronomy to life

Special video and a perspex pyramid allow Dr. Anne Bucker’s team to demonstrate millions of years of massive star evolution to students and members of the public. Credit: Dr. Anne Buckner Scientists working on unravelling the mysteries of star cluster formation have found an innovative way of sharing their work …

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Whales targeted by Japan face extinction threat

One of three species Japan has targeted in resuming commercial whaling is threatened with extinction, and sub-populations of the other two are severely depleted as well One of three species Japan has targeted in resuming commercial whaling Monday is threatened with extinction, and sub-populations of the other two are severely …

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Researchers identify the origins of metabolism

Life may have arisen near hydrothermal vents rich in iron and sulfur. The earliest cells incorporated these elements into small peptides, which became the first and simplest ferredoxins — proteins that shuttle electrons within the cell, to support metabolism. As cells evolved, ferredoxins mutated into more complex forms. The ferredoxins …

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Machine detection of human-object interaction in images and videos

Jia-Bin Huang, assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member at the Discovery Analytics Center. Credit: Virginia Tech Jia-Bin Huang, assistant professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and a faculty member at the Discovery Analytics Center, has received a …

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Portable gas detection shrinks to new dimensions

Joshua Whiting, an analytical chemist at Sandia National Laboratories, examines a gas sensor that could be used in a sensitive portable system to detect chemical weapons or airborne toxins. Credit: Randy Montoya A sensor for detecting toxic gases is now smaller, faster and more reliable. Its performance sets it up …

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American Airlines tech leader talks about outages, hackers

In this undated photo provided by American Airlines company CIO Maya Leibman poses for a photo. Leibman, senior vice president and chief information officer, is responsible for the information technology systems at American, the world’s biggest airline. She talked recently with The Associated Press. (American Airlines via AP) A government …

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