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Dec 1, 2019

$5m project to begin building NZ’s first ‘gene bank’

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

Scientists aim to tackle diseases hurting Kiwis by building NZ’s first genomic database.

Dec 1, 2019

Government to Enhance Six Central Forensic Labs to Help Probe Heinous Crimes

Posted by in category: government

New Delhi: Six central forensic laboratories in the country will soon be upgraded for carrying out efficient and scientific investigation in serious and heinous crimes, officials said on Sunday.

The central forensic science laboratories (CFSLs) which will be upgraded with capacity enhancement are located at Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Bhopal, Pune and Guwahati.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs has decided to enhance the capacity of six CFSLs under the Directorate of Forensic Science Services in the area of forensic psychology involving external experts,” an official said.

Dec 1, 2019

This Colorful Typography Was Made by Shooting Photos of Water on CDs

Posted by in category: futurism

For his project Marmalade Type, Russian visual artist Rus Khasanov created colorful typography using his camera. The colors seen are due to interference patterns — not a single drop of paint was used in the project.

For a previous project titled Disctortion, Khasanov took CDs and DVDs and destroyed them in various ways (e.g. freezing, tearing, coating, bending). His goal was to see the way the colors and textures react to his alterations.

Dec 1, 2019

With Ancient Human DNA, Africa’s Deep History Is Coming to Light

Posted by in category: biotech/medical

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Dec 1, 2019

Jupiter May Have Absorbed a Smaller Planet

Posted by in category: space

Jupiter’s core leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

An ancient collision is scientists’ best explanation for the planet’s unusually diffuse core.

Dec 1, 2019

SOFIA Reveals What May Be Keeping Milky Way’s Black Hole Quiet

Posted by in categories: cosmology, materials

Supermassive black holes exist at the center of most galaxies, and our Milky Way is no exception. But many other galaxies have highly active black holes, meaning a lot of material is falling into them, emitting high-energy radiation in this “feeding” process. The Milky Way’s central black hole, on the other hand, is relatively quiet. New observations from NASA’s Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy, SOFIA, are helping scientists understand the differences between active and quiet black holes.

Dec 1, 2019

These beautiful wildlife bridges are saving animal lives

Posted by in category: futurism

These wildlife bridges don’t just help to create beautiful scenery. They also keep drivers and wildlife safer.

Dec 1, 2019

Intel, GraphCore And Groq: Let The AI Cambrian Explosion Begin

Posted by in category: robotics/AI

Analyst Karl Freund examines the latest announcements in the world of AI processing.

Dec 1, 2019

Andrew Yang: You should get a check in the mail from Facebook, Amazon, Google for your data

Posted by in category: geopolitics

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says individuals should have ownership rights over their own data and large companies should have to pay to use it. He’s not alone.

Dec 1, 2019

Armored with plastic ‘hair’ and silica, new perovskite nanocrystals show more durability

Posted by in category: materials

Perovskite nanocrystals hold promise for improving a wide variety of optoelectronic devices—from lasers to light emitting diodes (LEDs) — but problems with their durability still limit the material’s broad commercial use.

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have demonstrated a novel approach aimed at addressing the material’s durability problem: encasing the inside a double-layer protection system made from plastic and silica.

In a study published Nov. 29 in the journal Science Advances, the research team describes a multistep process to produce encased perovskite that exhibit strong resistance to degradation in moist environments.