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The next agricultural revolution is here

Credit: CSHL/2019 As a growing population and climate change threaten food security, researchers around the world are working to overcome the challenges that threaten the dietary needs of humans and livestock. A pair of scientists is now making the case that the knowledge and tools exist to facilitate the next agricultural revolution we so desperately need. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor Zach Lippman, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator,

A bathroom scale could monitor millions with heart failure

Credit: Creative Commons by (Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International) “Good morning. Bill. Please. Step onto the scale. Touch the metal pads.” The device records an electrocardiogram from Bill’s fingers and – more importantly – circulation pulsing that makes his body subtly bob up and down. Machine learning tools compute that Bill’s heart failure symptoms have worsened. This is how researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology envision their experimental device

Introducing ‘mesh,’ memory-saving plug-in to boost phone and computer performance

UMass Amherst researchers develop powerful new memory-compacting system Credit: UMass Amherst AMHERST, Mass. – Applications like web browsers or smartphone apps often use a lot of memory. To address this, a research group co-led by Emery Berger, a professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has developed a system they call Mesh that can automatically reduce such memory demands. Berger is presenting this work today at Cppcon,

NASA analyzes rainfall rates in new Tropical Storm Tapah

Credit: NASA/JAXA/NRL Tropical Storm Tapah formed quickly in the northwestern Pacific Ocean and as it was strengthening from a depression to a tropical storm, the Global Precipitation Measurement mission or GPM core satellite passed overhead from its orbit in space and measured rainfall rates throughout the storm. NASA has the unique capability of peering under the clouds in storms and measuring the rate in which rain is falling. The GPM’s

Electric tech could help reverse baldness

Credit: UW-Madison photo by Sam Million-Weaver. MADISON — Few things on earth strike fear into the hearts of men more profoundly than hair loss. But reversing baldness could someday be as easy as wearing a hat, thanks to a noninvasive, low-cost hair-growth-stimulating technology developed by engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “I think this will be a very practical solution to hair regeneration,” says Xudong Wang, a professor of materials

Hurricane Nicole sheds light on how storms impact deep ocean

Credit: J.C. Weber WOODS HOLE, Mass. — In early October 2016, a tropical storm named Nicole formed in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. It roamed for six days, reaching Category 4 hurricane status with powerful 140 mile-per hour-winds, before hitting the tiny island of Bermuda as a Category 3. Hurricanes like Nicole can cause significant damage to human structures on land, and often permanently alter terrestrial landscapes. But these

‘Nanochains’ could increase battery capacity, cut charging time

Credit: Purdue University illustration/Henry Hamann WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — How long the battery of your phone or computer lasts depends on how many lithium ions can be stored in the battery’s negative electrode material. If the battery runs out of these ions, it can’t generate an electrical current to run a device and ultimately fails. Materials with a higher lithium ion storage capacity are either too heavy or the wrong

NASA-NOAA satellite finds Tropical Storm Mario more out of shape

Credit: NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) NASA-NOAA’s Suomi NPP satellite imagery revealed Tropical Storm Mario appeared to be losing its rounded shape in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. When tropical cyclones begin to lose their shape and appear less circular, it is generally an indication of a storm that is weakening. Circular storms can spin faster, just like a tire on a car. Once the tire

ALS gene may be a hitchhiker’s guide to the neuron

NIH-funded study suggests a new pathway for treatments Credit: NIH/NINDS WHAT: Affecting at least 14,000 Americans, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a paralyzing and highly fatal neurodegenerative disorder for which there are no effective treatments. Scientists peered inside neurons and watched the workings of annexin A11, a gene linked to a rare form of ALS. They found that neurons may normally use the gene to ship internal housekeeping instructions via

Investments to address climate change are good for business

Internationally respected scientists call on world leaders to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change. Credit: Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) infra-red satellite image) An internationally respected group of scientists, including Professor Francois Engelbrecht from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, have urgently called on world leaders to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change. Almost every aspect of the planet’s environment and ecology is undergoing changes in response to climate change, some