Satellite images and artificial intelligence used in search for Vietnam War-era unexploded bombs
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Satellite images and artificial intelligence used in search for Vietnam War-era unexploded bombs

Researchers at Ohio State University are using satellite images and sophisticated artificial intelligence technology to search for unexploded bombs from the Vietnam War.The technology already has been used to survey Vietnam War-era bomb craters in Cambodia. “The new method increased true bomb crater detection by more than 160 percent over standard methods,” researchers explain in a…

Life on the Planet Mercury? ‘It’s Not Completely Nuts’
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Life on the Planet Mercury? ‘It’s Not Completely Nuts’

Science|Life on the Planet Mercury? ‘It’s Not Completely Nuts’TrilobitesA new explanation for the rocky world’s jumbled landscape opens a possibility that it could have had ingredients for habitability.The study theorizes that the “chaotic terrain” on Mercury’s surface was formed by activity underneath the planet’s barren, scorched exterior, and not a collision.Credit…NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics…

Supercomputer Completes Massive Coronavirus Simulations to Help Design New Drugs and Vaccines
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Supercomputer Completes Massive Coronavirus Simulations to Help Design New Drugs and Vaccines

A coronavirus envelope all-atom computer model is being developed by the Amaro Lab of UC San Diego on the NSF-funded Frontera supercomputer of TACC at UT Austin. Biochemist Rommie Amaro hopes to build on her recent success with all-atom infuenza virus simulations (left) and apply them to the coronavirus (right). Credit: Lorenzo Casalino (UCSD), TACC…

Earliest Ancestor of Many Modern Animals May Have Been Found in Australia
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Earliest Ancestor of Many Modern Animals May Have Been Found in Australia

Artist’s impression of Ikaria wariootia. (Sohail Wasif/UCR) PETER DOCKRILL 24 MARCH 2020 The earliest known ancestor of most familiar forms of animal life living on the planet today appears to have been identified in outback Australia, revealing a strange, worm-like organism that deserves our respect and gratitude. Ikaria wariootia, a sluggish blob about the size…

Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life, scientists say
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Christmas Island discovery redraws map of life, scientists say

Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.The world’s animal distribution map needs to be redrawn after researchers recently discovered the existence of “Australian” species on Christmas Island.According to the University of Queensland’s Jonathan Aitchison, the finding revises the long-held understanding of the location of one of…

Damn you, coronavirus. Damn you. Now you’ve gone too far: James Webb Space Telescope, Moon mission work paused
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Damn you, coronavirus. Damn you. Now you’ve gone too far: James Webb Space Telescope, Moon mission work paused

Including effort to land first woman on the lunar surface One day… NASA has temporarily suspended operations for its James Webb Space Telescope – and halted testing of its Space Launch System, a rocket due to send astronauts to the Moon by 2024 – amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. Lockdown measures are in place across…

On SC directive, NEERI team collects water samples from Yamuna river in Mathura
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On SC directive, NEERI team collects water samples from Yamuna river in Mathura

Officials of the National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) collected water samples from Yamuna river here on directions from the Supreme Court regarding overflowing drains in the Taj Trapezium Zone, an activist said. TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar…