Daily Archives: July 10, 2019

New research helps managers and ship crews predict locations of blue whales so ships can maintain safe distances

Blue whale, Photo credit: NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center/Sophie Webb. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center/Sophie Webb A new model based on daily oceanographic data and the movements of tagged whales has opened the potential for stakeholders to see where in the ocean endangered blue whales are most likely to …

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How to capture waste heat energy with improved polymers

A UMass Amherst team of chemists and electrical engineers outline a new way to advance a more efficient, cheaper, polymer-based harvest of heat energy to produce electricity in a recent paper in Nature Communications. It gives scientists a new key variable to manipulate in improving polymer thermo-electric efficiency. Credit: UMass …

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Using artificial intelligence to detect discrimination

Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new artificial intelligence (AI) tool for detecting unfair discrimination—such as on the basis of race or gender—has been created by researchers at Penn State and Columbia University. Preventing unfair treatment of individuals on the basis of race, gender or ethnicity, for example, been a long-standing …

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Modeling early meteorite impacts on the moon

Credit: CC0 Public Domain As our solar system was forming nearly four and a half billion years ago, a planet-sized object struck the early Earth, leading to the formation of the moon, possibly from a hot, spinning cloud of rock vapor called a synestia. But after the Earth and moon …

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