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Quantitative phase images reveal more details than classical microscopy images. The KAUST technique captures both bright-field images (top) and phase images (bottom) in a single measurement. Credit: KAUST Microscopes have been at the center of many of the most important advances in biology for many centuries. Now, KAUST researchers have shown how a standard microscope
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Guppy. Credit: Darren Croft Leadership during cooperation runs in the family for tiny fish called Trinidadian guppies, new research shows. University of Exeter researchers studied leadership in guppies by selectively breeding for fish that differed in how likely they were to lead a scouting party to examine a predator. They created 30 breeding pairs of
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How serious are airlines about cutting emissions? Airlines have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprints under the gaze of public opinion, but the pressure of the bottom line means some fly with extra fuel, boosting emissions of climate-changing greenhouse gases. As the highly competitive air travel industry is being pushed to reduce its carbon
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BREMEN, Germany – A European Earth observation cubesat scheduled to launch in 2020 will demonstrate an important space application for artificial intelligence. One of the two six-unit cubesats that comprises the FSSCat mission will rely on artificial intelligence to determine which images to send from the satellite to ground stations. “For instance if you have
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Fiona Wylde (seen along with professional dancer Christina Martin to her right) participate in a … [+] panel during the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) 2019 Children’s Congress on July 09, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for JDRF ) Getty Images for JDRF What’s SUP? SUP stands for stand up paddleboarding
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The report titled ”Iran Military Power” is part of a Defense Intelligence Agency effort to inform government leaders and the public on major foreign military challenges. WASHINGTON — The Defense Intelligence Agency released a new unclassified report that highlights Iran’s space program as a means to advance that nation’s civilian and military technologies. The report
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Between the late 1700s and mid 1900s, hunters killed at least 300,000 humpback whales around the world. Some populations are still endangered because of their reduced size, but one humpback group in the western South Atlantic has undergone a remarkable recovery. A new study published in Royal Society Open Science estimates that humpbacks in this
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NASA’s ER-2 taking off with the air-LUSI moonlight collection equipment on board. Credit: NASA /Ken Ulbrich Last week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the University of Guelph sent a telescope to the top of the sky,
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On Nov. 19, 2019, the MODIS instrument that flies aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite provided a visible image of newly formed Tropical Storm Sebastien, just east of the Northern Leeward Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Credit: NASA Worldview NASA’s Aqua satellite captured an image of newly formed Tropical Storm Sebastien, located northeast of the Leeward Islands
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A North Atlantic right whale breaching. Credit: Susan Parks Some “canaries” are 50 feet long, weigh 70 tons, and are nowhere near a coal mine. But the highly endangered North Atlantic right whale is sending the same kind of message about disruptive change in the environment by rapidly altering its use of important habitat areas
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Credit: CC0 Public Domain A new study finds that while the current United States administration’s policies in Africa may appear undeveloped, there are distinct trends and tendencies that have the potential to negatively impact Africa’s economic growth. The study was published in the peer-reviewed academic journal Africa Today. It was co-authored by Francis Owusu, professor
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Carbon atoms are represented in teal in the smooth graphene (a) and silicon and oxygen atoms are represented in yellow and red in quartz (b), respectively. Credit: University of Illinois Department of Aerospace Engineering Vehicles moving at hypersonic speeds are bombarded with ice crystals and dust particles in the surrounding atmosphere, making the surface material
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