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Article ID: 712403

IPBES: Nature's dangerous decline 'unprecedented,' species extinction rates 'accelerating'

The Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history -- and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating

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6-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 712239

Obstacles to Overcome Before Operating Fleets of Drones Becomes Reality

Iowa State University

The technology exists to replace a single remote controlled drone with an automated fleet, but an Iowa State researcher says there are several obstacles to tackle first. He is part of a team developing models to efficiently operate a fleet, while maintaining security.

Released:
2-May-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 712075

Patterns of compulsive smartphone use suggest how to kick the habit

University of Washington

UW researchers conducted in-depth interviews to learn why we compulsively check our phones.

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29-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Article ID: 711987

Studies link earthquakes to fracking in the central and eastern US

Seismological Society of America (SSA)

Small earthquakes in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas can be linked to hydraulic fracturing wells

Released:
26-Apr-2019 12:05 PM EDT

Article ID: 711793

New way to ‘see’ objects accelerates the future of self-driving cars

Cornell University

Researchers have discovered a simple, cost-effective, and accurate new method for equipping self-driving cars with the tools needed to perceive 3D objects in their path.

Released:
23-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 711774

Major Scientific Meeting on Sound Next Month in Louisville

Acoustical Society of America (ASA)

The Acoustical Society of America will hold its 177th meeting May 13-17 at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky. This major scientific conference brings together interdisciplinary groups of researchers from many far-flung fields, including physics, medicine, music, psychology, architecture and engineering, to discuss their latest research. It will feature nearly 1,000 presentations on sound and its applications

Released:
23-Apr-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 711588

Project Sidewalk helps users map accessibility around Seattle, other cities

University of Washington

UW researchers have led the development of Project Sidewalk, an online crowdsourcing game that lets anyone with an internet connection use Google Street View to virtually explore neighborhoods and label curb ramps, missing or rough sidewalks, obstacles and more.

Released:
18-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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    16-Apr-2019 12:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 711152

How to Defend the Earth from Asteroids

American Physical Society (APS)

The Chelyabinsk meteor caused extensive ground damage and numerous injuries when it exploded on impact with Earth’s atmosphere in February 2013; to prevent another such impact, Amy Mainzer and colleagues use a simple yet ingenious way to spot these tiny near-Earth objects as they hurtle toward the planet. She will outline the work of NASA’s Planetary Defense Coordination Office this week at the APS April Meeting in Denver -- including her team’s NEO recognition method and how it will aid the efforts to prevent future Earth impacts.

Released:
11-Apr-2019 3:30 PM EDT
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    16-Apr-2019 12:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 711191

CubeSats Prove Their Worth for Scientific Missions

American Physical Society (APS)

Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. But these breadloaf-size satellites have proven their ability to return useful data. During the APS April Meeting 2019, Christopher S. Moore will describe how the twin Miniature X-ray Solar Spectometer CubeSats measure soft X-rays from the Sun. These were the first solar science-oriented CubeSat missions flown for the NASA Science Mission Directorate.

Released:
11-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT
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    14-Apr-2019 4:30 PM EDT

Article ID: 711170

‘Snowball Chamber’ Helps Researchers Use Supercooled Water to Search for Dark Matter

American Physical Society (APS)

After watching YouTube videos of people supercooling water in a bottle and then triggering it to freeze by banging it, something about this concept solidified for Matthew M. Szydagis, an assistant professor of physics at the University at Albany, State University at New York, especially when he saw it again during the Disney movie “Frozen.” During the 2019 American Physical Society April Meeting in Denver, Szydagis will describe how this inspired him to explore whether a subatomic particle like dark matter can trigger the freezing of supercooled water.

Released:
11-Apr-2019 3:35 PM EDT

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