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Orphan Planet’s Huge Disk Shows That Planets Are More Like Stars Than We Know

Orphan Planet's Huge Disk Shows That Planets Are More Like Stars Than We Know

An artist’s impression of the gas and dust disk around the planet-like object OTS44. First radio observations indicate that OTS44 has formed in the same way as a young star. | The lonely life of OTS44, an orphan planet floating in space without a parent star, has taken a mysterious turn. New observations with the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) …

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Qualcomm demonstrates DEVC system to charge vehicles while driving

Qualcomm demonstrates DEVC system to charge vehicles while driving

Qualcomm Technologies, in partnership with Renault and Vedecom, has demonstrated dynamic wireless electric vehicle charging (DEVC) system, based on its Halo wireless electric vehicle charging technology (WEVC). The system allows vehicles to charge while driving. It is capable of charging an EV dynamically at up to 20 kilowatts at highway speeds. Qualcomm claims that the technology has been tested in …

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Weather again delays launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket

Weather again delays launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket

Rocket Lab’s launch site on Mahia Peninsula in New Zealand. Credit: Rocket Lab Weather again delayed the first launch of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket. Wind conditions at the company’s New Zealand launch site subsided to allow the rocket to roll out to the launch pad, but the company said concerns about “triboelectrification,” or static electric charges as the rocket passed …

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When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame?

When artificial intelligence botches your medical diagnosis, who’s to blame?

Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces—it’s also beginning to appear in the doctor’s office. The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis? Medical error is currently the third …

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Taking a closer look at genetic switches in cancer

Taking a closer look at genetic switches in cancer

A crystal structure of a portion of human DPF2, a protein that controls a genetic switch that tells blood stem cells when to become red and white blood cells. Orange and yellow regions illustrate the DPF2 ‘reader’ domain, which is … Many things go wrong in cells during the development of cancer. At the heart of the chaos are often …

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Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures

Weathering of rocks a poor regulator of global temperatures

A river runs through a valley in the Himalayan mountains. New results show the rate for chemical weathering of rocks is not as sensitive to global temperatures as geologists thought. Credit: Pixabay A new University of Washington study shows that the textbook understanding of global chemical weathering—in which rocks are dissolved, washed down rivers and eventually end up on the …

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Researchers propose new type of planetary object

Researchers propose new type of planetary object

The structure of a planet, a planet with a disk and a synestia, all of the same mass. Credit: Simon Lock and Sarah Stewart. At one point early in its history, Earth was likely a synestia, said Sarah Stewart, a planetary scientist at the University of California Davis and co-author of the new study in the Journal of Geophysical Research …

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Scifi Eye: Tunnels are inspiration for future worlds

Scifi Eye: Tunnels are inspiration for future worlds

Jon Wallace explores the scifi potential of the tunnel To the 21st century citizen, the tunnel is one of those engineering accomplishments that’s easily taken for granted, or barely noticed at all – unless it is as a source of disgruntlement: the British love to complain about their tunnels, either as frustrated commuters trapped in Dartford and Blackwall traffic, or …

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Researchers discover hottest lavas that erupted in past 2.5 billion years

Researchers discover hottest lavas that erupted in past 2.5 billion years

Artistic interpretation of an Archean komatiite lava flow. Credit: Professor Claude Herzberg of Rutgers University An international team of researchers led by geoscientists with the Virginia Tech College of Science recently discovered that deep portions of Earth’s mantle might be as hot as it was more than 2.5 billion years ago. The study, led by Esteban Gazel, an assistant professor …

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Smoke from wildfires can have lasting climate impact

Smoke from wildfires can have lasting climate impact

Rodney Weber, a professor in Georgia Tech’s School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, Athanasios Nenes, a professor and Georgia Power Scholar in the School of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and the School of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, … Researchers have found that carbon particles released into the air from burning trees and other organic matter are much more likely than …

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