Tech

By tracking duetting choir singers, researchers found that when an individual singer's pitch drifts off tune their partner’s tend to too. Christopher Intagliata reports. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
March 18, 2019
(University of Kent) A study into the effectiveness of disinfecting birds' nests, carried out by the University of Kent, has led to a breakthrough in the understanding of biosecuity measures for the endangered echo parakeet in Mauritius. The research team found that annual disinfection of parakeet nest sites prior to the breeding season, intended to reduce the spread of infectious disease in endangered parrot species, didn't have the impact conservationists expected leading to recommendation for a different approach.
March 18, 2019
(University of Warwick) Guinness World Records have independently certified an astrolabe excavated from the wreck site of a Portuguese Armada Ship that was part of Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India in 1502-1503 as the oldest in the world, and have separately certified a ship's bell (dated 1498) recovered from the same wreck site also as the oldest in the world.
March 17, 2019
(National Institute for Materials Science, Japan) NIMS, the University of Tokyo, Niigata University and RIKEN jointly designed a multilayered metamaterial that realizes ultra-narrowband wavelength-selective thermal emission by combining the machine learning (Bayesian optimization) and thermal emission properties calculations (electromagnetic calculation). The joint team then experimentally fabricated the designed metamaterial and verified the performance. These results may facilitate the development of highly efficient energy devices.
March 15, 2019
(NSF International) Building Water Systems ? The Sustainability & Public Health Nexus. The second annual Legionella Conference, hosted by NSF International and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), will bring together thought leaders and experts to explore the complex relationship between water conservation and microbial contamination prevention in building water systems.
March 14, 2019
(University of Arizona College of Engineering) Rosa Maria Rojas went from resenting the mining industry as a teenager (her parents moved her to a small town in the middle of high school for their jobs in the industry) to excelling in positions at BHP, Freeport McMoRan and the University of Arizona. The industry recognized her achievements with an award at a recent conference.
March 13, 2019