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Sep 10, 2020

Postdocs in crisis: science cannot risk losing the next generation

Posted by in categories: biotech/medical, ethics, science

The pandemic has worsened the plight of postdoctoral researchers. Funders need to be offering more than moral support.

Sep 6, 2020

Japan’s Science Missteps Risk Major Diplomatic Incident In Mauritius Over Wakashio Oil Spill

Posted by in categories: science, sustainability

As Japanese scientists try to claim no Wakashio oil in Mauritian waters despite images, Mauritius sign a major trade deal with China amid growing frustration with Japan. What started as a shipping incident is fast turning into a major diplomatic crisis for Japan.

Sep 6, 2020

Lighting the way for new solar fuels science

Posted by in categories: science, solar power, sustainability

Yale chemists are pushing forward with innovative work to develop tomorrow’s liquid fuels from sunlight.

A quintet of Yale researchers — Sharon Hammes-Schiffer, Nilay Hazari, Patrick Holland, James Mayer, and Hailiang Wang — are among the principal investigators (PI) for the U.S. Department of Energy’s $40 million Center for Hybrid Approaches in Solar Energy to Liquid Fuels (CHASE).

CHASE, which involves six scientific institutions, will be based at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Yale’s portion of the funding is $6.27 million over five years, and will support dozens of graduate student and postdoctoral co-workers on Science Hill and in the Energy Sciences Institute at West Campus.

Sep 4, 2020

5 Science-Backed Nootropics for Memory Enhancement

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, science

A total of 5,726 participants had their memory tested. Out of the 24 substances that were assessed for improving memory, these are the 5 most promising nootropics.

Sep 3, 2020

The Science Advisor on Bill & Ted: Face The Music on Time Travel, Entanglement, And Keanu Reeves

Posted by in categories: media & arts, quantum physics, science, time travel

Spiros Michalakis is the Caltech quantum physicist who served as the science advisor on Bill & Ted: Face The Music and he was kind enough to sit down and chat about quantum physics, the nature of time, and the brilliant minds behind Bill & Ted.

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Aug 20, 2020

Deep learning will help future Mars rovers go farther, faster, and do more science

Posted by in categories: mobile phones, robotics/AI, science, space

NASA’s Mars rovers have been one of the great scientific and space successes of the past two decades.

Four generations of rovers have traversed the red planet gathering , sending back evocative photographs, and surviving incredibly harsh conditions—all using on-board computers less powerful than an iPhone 1. The latest , Perseverance, was launched on July 30, 2020, and engineers are already dreaming of a future generation of rovers.

While a major achievement, these missions have only scratched the surface (literally and figuratively) of the planet and its geology, geography, and atmosphere.

Aug 18, 2020

A diverse view of science to catalyse change

Posted by in category: science

Valuing diversity leads to scientific excellence, the progress of science and, most importantly, it is simply the right thing to do. We must value diversity not only in words, but also in actions.

Aug 16, 2020

The Difference Between Success and Failure: (Neuro)science of Getting and Staying Motivated

Posted by in categories: neuroscience, science

There is no question that motivation is one of the hardest and yet important factors in life. It’s the difference between success and failure, goal-setting and aimlessness, well-being and unhappiness. And yet, why is it so hard to get motivated — or even if we do, to keep it up?

That is the question that scientists led by Professor Carmen Sandi at EPFL and Dr Gedi Luksys at the University of Edinburgh have sought to answer. The researchers worked off previous knowledge that told them two things: First, that people differ a lot in their capacity to engage in motivated behavior and that motivational problems like apathy are common in neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders. Second, to target an area of the brain called the “nucleus accumbens”.

Sitting close to the bottom of brain, the nucleus accumbens has been the subject of a lot of research. The reason is that it was quickly found to be a major player in functions like aversion, reward, reinforcement, and motivation.

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Aug 11, 2020

Laser beams reflected between Earth and moon boost science

Posted by in categories: physics, science, space

Dozens of times over the last decade NASA scientists have launched laser beams at a reflector the size of a paperback novel about 240,000 miles (385,000 kilometers) away from Earth. They announced today, in collaboration with their French colleagues, that they received signal back for the first time, an encouraging result that could enhance laser experiments used to study the physics of the universe.

The NASA scientists aimed for is mounted on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), a spacecraft that has been studying the moon from its orbit since 2009. One reason engineers placed the reflector on LRO was so it could serve as a pristine target to help test the reflecting power of panels left on the moon’s surface about 50 years ago. These older reflectors are returning a , which is making it harder to use them for science.

Scientists have been using reflectors on the moon since the Apollo era to learn more about our nearest neighbor. It’s a fairly straightforward experiment: Aim a at the reflector and clock the amount of time it takes for the light to come back. Decades of making this one measurement has led to major discoveries.

Aug 9, 2020

Best Public Datasets for Machine Learning and Data Science

Posted by in categories: robotics/AI, science

Author(s): Stacy Stanford, Roberto Iriondo, Pratik Shukla

This resource is continuously updated. If you know any other suitable and open dataset, please let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or by dropping a comment below.

📚 Check out the Monte Carlo Simulation An In-depth Tutorial with Python. 📚

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