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Lisa Harvey


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Top 10 “Behind the Headlines” stories of 2018
Once again, science and technology played a major role in some this year’s biggest stories. The Behind the Headlines blog...

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Star Trek-inspired solid-state airplane takes to the sky without moving parts
Wikipedia may just have to change its definition of an airplane. According to the site, “An airplane or aeroplane...

1 month ago

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Data shows a warmer, drier California has produced more destructive wildfires
Data shows California is warmer and drier than past decades. The effects of the change in climate have proven deadly, as...

2 months ago

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What can fly at 430,000 miles per hour and has a shield with superpowers?
The answer to the above question is the Parker Solar Probe. And the probe is about to to complete its first perihelion, or...

2 months ago

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Designing “A Fitbit for Sharks”
There is an area the size of Colorado in the Pacific Ocean that has a rather unique claim to fame. Located part way...

3 months ago

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A dangerous rainbow: Why colormaps matter.
Rainbows typically signify a turn for the better. The storm has ended. The skies are clearing. But when the rainbow scale...

3 months ago

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Researchers Simulate the Impact of Climate Change on Hurricane Florence
Mother Nature was in a cranky mood this past week. The Philippines dealt the wrath of with Typhoon Mangkhut, while the east...

4 months ago

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Now submarines can communicate wirelessly with airplanes and drones
Submarines must surface to broadcast a message.  The same is true for underwater drones. This is because submarines and...

5 months ago

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Microscope creates first-ever 3D video of living cells inside the body using MATLAB
What do you get when you combine state-of-the-art microscopy with a technique used by astronomers to get a clear view of...

5 months ago

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Best trivia question ever: What is a scutoid?
If you want to really stump your friends at trivia night, simply ask them, “What is a scutoid?” Chances are, despite being...

5 months ago

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Start-up helps two big sisters create a custom, synthesized voice for their sister
Maeve is an eleven-year-old that lives just outside of Boston with her parents and two big sisters. She has cerebral palsy...

6 months ago

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Wirelessly Powering a Smart Pill From Outside the Body
Smart pills will change the way the medical professionals treat disease. Researchers are developing tiny capsules that can...

6 months ago

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All-time heat records set around the globe last week: Some great climate visuals
Phew… that was hot!… read more >>

6 months ago

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Your Taxi Rides Are Being Tracked. See What Data Mining the Rides Can Show.
Data tracking. Data mining. Privacy issues. There’s no shortage of discussion on these topics this year, with good reason…....

7 months ago

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The laurel vs. yanny debate… Did someone tamper with the sound file?
The “laurel” versus “yanny” debate is everywhere this week. Even CNBC has joined the discussion by renaming market...

8 months ago

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A praying mantis could teach robots a thing or two about 3D machine vision
What’s the best way to teach a robot or drone to see in 3D? Quite possibly, the answer is to teach it to think like an...

8 months ago

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IoT-enabled Halter for Horses uses Machine Learning and a Whole Lot More!
Justify just won the Kentucky Derby, besting the field by 2 ½ lengths on Saturday. He was purchased as a yearling at...

8 months ago

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Machine learning to the rescue – When you just cannot hold still for an MRI
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan uses the body’s natural magnetic properties and radio waves to produce...

9 months ago

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With one hand and three drumsticks, Cyborg Drummer wants to take his music on tour
Jason Barnes had wanted to be a professional drummer since he was a teenager. At age 22, Barnes lost his arm after an...

9 months ago

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Bug Brain Beats Machine Learning
Living organisms have long provided inspiration for technology. Biomimicry of birds helped us design our first aircraft,...

10 months ago

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Imaging Algorithm Lets You See Around Corners with Laser Pulses
Stanford’s new laser-based imaging technology could take blind spot detection in cars to a whole new level. Not only can it...

10 months ago

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Machine learning algorithm identifies dolphins in the wild by their echolocation clicks
The New York Times recent article, Tracking Dolphins With Algorithms You Might Find on Facebook, described how researchers...

11 months ago

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Creepy, crawly robot baby shows just how much bio-gunk babies inhale
Researchers at Purdue University designed a crawling robot baby to determine how much dirt, bacteria, pollen and fungal...

11 months ago

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Concussions, TBI, the NFL and Science
The science behind the diagnosis and treatment of concussions With the increased focus on TBI, it was no surprise to find...

12 months ago

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Designing a waterproof, air-powered wheelchair that lets everyone enjoy the water
Mobility and accessibility. For many people with disabilities, the mobility provided by powered wheelchairs has greatly...

1 year ago

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Brain mapping shows child’s brain was “rewired” after double hand transplant
At age 2, Zion Harvey had his hands amputated due to a life-threatening infection. At age 8, he was the first child to...

1 year ago

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The U.S. government made a New Year’s resolution to stop saving all your tweets
Since the beginning of (Twitter) time, the United States Library of Congress, the official research library that serves the...

1 year ago

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Top 10 “Behind the Headlines” stories of 2017
Science and technology played a major role in many of 2017’s biggest stories. The Behind the Headlines blog covered many...

1 year ago

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Using image analysis and signal processing technology to fight high-tech counterfeiters
Sir Isaac Newton would be proud of the new £1 coin. After joining The Royal Mint in 1696, Newton took on counterfeiters...

1 year ago

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NASA’s computational tool calculates the effect glacial ice melt will have on your city
When temperatures warm, ice sheets melt. When ice sheets melt, the sea level rises. Sounds simple enough. But, in reality,...

1 year ago

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