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Lessons from the Clean Air Car Race 50 years later

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 09:02 AM PDT

The Clean Air Car Race, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in August, had a lasting impact on the auto industry, government regulations, and the students and faculty who took part. By Mary Beth Gallagher, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, MIT MIT News The year 1970 was a milestone for efforts to combat air pollution. On April […]
Carbon-rich exoplanets may be made of diamonds

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:59 AM PDT

As missions like NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, TESS and Kepler continue to provide insights into the properties of exoplanets (planets around other stars), scientists are increasingly able to piece together what these planets look like, what they are made of and if they could be habitable or even inhabited. In a new study published recently in The Planetary Science Journal, a team […]
Watchdog report: US democratic indicators plummet amid racial justice protests and pandemic

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:54 AM PDT

The health of democracy in the United States has reached its lowest point since an academic watchdog group of political scientists began tracking its performance in 2017. Results of the August 2020 survey from Bright Line Watch—a political science research project of faculty at the University of Rochester, the University of Chicago, and Dartmouth College—show a small but perceptible drop in […]
COVID-19 may have been in L.A. as early as last December

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:52 AM PDT

UCLA researchers and colleagues who analyzed electronic health records found that there was a significant increase in patients with coughs and acute respiratory failure at UCLA Health hospitals and clinics beginning in late December 2019, suggesting that COVID-19 may have been circulating in the area months before the first definitive cases in the U.S. were […]
AI-controlled sensors could save lives in ‘smart’ hospitals and homes

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:51 AM PDT

As many as 400,000 Americans die each year because of medical errors, but many of these deaths could be prevented by using electronic sensors and artificial intelligence to help medical professionals monitor and treat vulnerable patients in ways that improve outcomes while respecting privacy. “We have the ability to build technologies into the physical spaces […]
Majority of women sext, many use dating apps to find partners, global study finds

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:50 AM PDT

The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Clue, a Berlin-based female health company, have released the largest known survey of women’s sex-tech engagement, and the first to explore this topic on a global level. Featuring responses from over 130,000 women in 191 countries, the study — “Mobile sex-tech apps: How use differs across global areas […]
Harvard team uses laser to cool polyatomic molecule

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:49 AM PDT

The use of lasers to control and atoms and molecules — the eventual building blocks of quantum computers — has been practiced since the 1960s and has since revolutionized atomic, molecular, and optical physics. The technique essentially works by firing a laser at the atoms and molecules, causing them to absorb the photons from the […]
To recreate ancient recipes, check out the vestiges of clay pots

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:48 AM PDT

If you happen to dig up an ancient ceramic cooking pot, don’t clean it. Chances are, it contains the culinary secrets of the past. A research team led by UC Berkeley archaeologists has discovered that unglazed ceramic cookware can retain the residue of not just the last supper cooked, but, potentially, earlier dishes cooked across […]
Cardiac MRI effective in identifying inflammation of heart muscle in athletes

Posted: 12 Sep 2020 07:47 AM PDT

A cardiac MRI is effective in identifying inflammation of the heart muscle in athletes and can help determine when those who have recovered from COVID-19 can safely return to play in competitive sports, according to a new study by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The research is published online in JAMA Cardiology. Ohio […]
171-mile Valley high-speed-rail link receives Calif. HSR Authority Board environmental okay

Posted: 11 Sep 2020 02:02 PM PDT

The below Sept. 10, 2020 news release is from the California High-Speed Rail Authority. Today [Sept. 10, 2020], the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (Authority) Board of Directors unanimously approved the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for the approximately 50-mile project alignment section referred to as the “Central Valley Wye” part of the […]

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