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New 3D model reveals Venus’ volcanoes are actually still active

New 3D model reveals Venus’ volcanoes are actually still active

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There is something shifty about plate tectonics “Across the lansdcape, steam vents hiss gaseous breath from deep inside the planet, creating an environment that feels like it hangs in the balance between our world and another.”― Stefanie Payne, A Year in the National Parks: The Greatest American Road Trip The team designed models of geological…
How to name your baby using machine learning

How to name your baby using machine learning

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When I was young, I always hated being named Dale. This is mostly because my primary image of what Dales looked like was shaped by Dale Gribble from King of the Hill, and also Dale Earnhardt Jr., the NASCAR driver. Dale Gribble image [credit], Dale Earnhardt Jr image [credit]Neither of these Dales fit my aspirational…
How studying our reaction to coronavirus can help us fight climate change

How studying our reaction to coronavirus can help us fight climate...

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Climate change and COVID-19 are the two most significant crises faced by the modern world – and widespread behavior change is essential to cope with both. This means that official messaging by the government and other authorities is critical. To succeed, leaders need to communicate the severe threat effectively and elicit high levels of public…
Why vehicle-to-grid charging could be the cheapest way to secure renewable energy

Why vehicle-to-grid charging could be the cheapest way to secure renewable...

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The UK electricity system is undergoing significant and rapid change. It has the world’s largest installed capacity of offshore wind, has effectively stopped generating electricity from coal, and has recorded a 20% drop in demand since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, this transition from traditional, reliable coal to weather-dependent wind and solar generation…
Ultraviolet light gives astronomers new clues on mysterious stellar eruptions

Ultraviolet light gives astronomers new clues on mysterious stellar eruptions

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This is where the story gets hot In December 2019, astronomers at the Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in California spotted a supernova they dubbed SN2019yvq. Analysis of the data revealed this was a type Ia [one A] supernova, a fairly-common type of explosion for white dwarf stars. Taking place roughly 140 million light years from Earth,…
A look at the best new features in Python 3.9

A look at the best new features in Python 3.9

It’s that time again: a new version of Python is imminent. Now in beta (3.9.0b3), we will soon be seeing the full release of Python 3.9. Some of the newest features are incredibly exciting, and it will be amazing to see them used after release. We’ll cover the following ones: Dictionary Union Operators Type Hinting…
How your company can limit its liability for US data collection lawsuits

How your company can limit its liability for US data collection...

This article was originally published by Built In. As families and schools across the country adjust to the new normal of remote learning, litigants are heading to court claiming that the very technologies that make remote learning feasible may be impermissibly collecting children’s personal data. Allegations that remote learning tools are violating the Children’s Online…
Scientists are homing in on understanding just how sensitive our climate is to CO2

Scientists are homing in on understanding just how sensitive our climate...

At the dawn of the industrial revolution, the Earth’s atmosphere contained 278 parts of CO₂ per million. Today, after more than two and a half centuries of fossil fuel use, that figure is around 414 parts per million (ppm). If the build-up of CO₂ continues at current rates, by 2060 it will have passed 560…
Russian cyberspies are attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine information

Russian cyberspies are attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine information

A Russian cyberespionage group that hacked into election networks before the 2016 U.S. presidential election is now attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine information from researchers in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. The governments of those three countries issued a warning on July 16 saying that the group known as APT29 or “Cozy Bear” is targeting…
The UAE’s Mars mission shows how space exploration can benefit small nations

The UAE’s Mars mission shows how space exploration can benefit small...

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) successfully launched its Mars mission dubbed “Al Amal,” or “Hope,” from the Tanegashima Space Centre in southern Japan on July 20. This is the first space mission by the UAE, and the first Arab mission to Mars – making the world’s first launch countdown in Arabic a moment for the…

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