Daily Archives: July 8, 2019

Walmart uses virtual reality to test new store managers

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Walmart Inc, the country’s largest private employer, is using virtual reality headsets to test which employees have the aptitude for middle management positions. The VR headsets place Walmart associates in real-life situations—like calming an angry shopper or giving new employees a store tour—that test knowledge of …

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Quantum satellite combines art with science

SpooQy-1 was ejected from the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer past the International Space Station’s (ISS) solar arrays. This photograph was taken by an astronaut on the ISS. Credit: NASA A satellite built by the National University of Singapore (NUS) entered orbit in June carrying both a high-tech quantum device …

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A more efficient way to harvest algae biomass

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A team at the University of Tsukuba introduced a new procedure of harvesting energy and organic molecules from algae using nanoporous graphene and porous graphene foams. By developing a reusable system that can evaporate water at high rate without the need for centrifugation or squeezing. This …

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The evidence is in the DNA

Defying expectations, scorpionflies were found to have ecomorphed in parallel evolutions, independently adapting along different high altitude locations in Japan. Using Bayesian simulations and molecular phylogenetic analysis, scientists at the Institute for Mountain Science, Shinshu University were able to show the differing lineages of the ‘alpine’ and ‘general’ types of …

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Sneaky mating may be in female damselfies’ interest

On the left, Female 2 lands very close to female 1 to avoid harassment by the dominant male. On the right, the male misrecognizes the female 2 and harasses female 1. Thus, female 2 (carrying sneaker male sperm) avoids risking bodily harm by avoiding further mating in a heavily populated …

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‘Liquid forensics’ could lead to safer drinking water

The instrument is designed to analyze the quality of liquids using the photoacoustic effect, or the generation of sound waves after light is absorbed in a material. The MU scientists believe this might be the first use of this technology to analyze such small liquid samples. Credit: University of Missouri …

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