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Neural networks promise sharpest ever images

Telescopes, the workhorse instruments of astronomy, are limited by the size of the mirror or lens they use. Using 'neural nets', a form of artificial intelligence, a group of Swiss researchers now have a way to push past that limit, offering scientists the prospect of the sharpest ever images in optical astronomy. Show More Summary

New approach to reduce risk of developing type 2 diabetes trialled in Liverpool

(University of Liverpool) An international clinical trial conducted by the University of Liverpool has shown that the drug liraglutide 3.0 mg may reduce diabetes risk by 80 percent in individuals with obesity and prediabetes according to a study published today in The Lancet.

E.O. Wilson Urges Tomorrow’s Scientists to Seek Earth’s Undiscovered Riches

In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of life

Healthy Heart in Midlife May Lower Dementia Risk Later

Keeping your heart healthy could also benefit your brain — a new study suggests that people who have risk factors for heart disease in middle age are also at increased risk for dementia.

NC Voting Case Not Over (Yet) at #SCOTUS, as Party Line Vote Keeps Elections Board in Case

North Carolina’s governor and attorney general have sought to withdraw the cert. petition in the controversial voting case from Supreme Court consideration, but the North Carolina elections board is also a party in the case. At today’s elections board meeting, … Continue reading ?

“Voter ID bills try to solve problems that don’t exist”

Douglas Hess oped for the Des Moines Register: Iowans should take pride in knowing that our state, like many Midwestern states, has a reputation for relatively even-handed public administration. Unfortunately, some officials are bruising that reputation with proposals to add … Continue reading ?

“From Educational Adequacy to Representational Adequacy: A New Template for Legal Attacks on Partisan Gerrymanders”

Chris Elmendorf has posted this draft on SSRN.  Here is the abstract: For decades, legal attacks on partisan gerrymanders have foundered on a manageability dilemma: doctrinal standards the Supreme Court has regarded as judicially discoverable have been rejected as unmanageable, … Continue reading ?

Seven Earth-like exoplanets orbit nearby star

Conditions for life could exist on at least three of the rocky worlds

“Texas Republicans pitch new voter ID law”

Texas Tribune: Top Texas Republicans unveiled legislation Tuesday that would overhaul the state’s voter identification rules, an effort to comply with court rulings that have found that the current law discriminates against minority groups. Filed by Sen. Joan Huffman, Senate … Continue reading ?

Beast of Contention: The Polar Bear as National Symbol and Emblem of Conservation

Invited post by Michael Engelhard In the new millennium’s politics, polar bears play the part whales played in the 1980s. From a theatrics-as-protest perspective, their shape lends itself better to impersonation than that of a rainforest or whale. Show More Summary

U.S. Backtracks on Purge of Animal Abuse Records—What We Know

Following public outcry, the U.S. government reposts a fraction of animal welfare data. Meanwhile, clues point to the reasons behind the radical deletions.

Scientists study ways to preserve world heritage sites damaged in armed conflicts

Ancient heritage sites caught in the crossfire of war are, in many ways, little different from civilian populations trapped in the midst of armed conflict: Even when they continue to stand, they are crumbling inside. A new study set out to re-create the impact of small arms fire on stone columns...

Saving Simba and Lula, last two survivors of Mosul zoo

Simba the lion and Lula the bear are the Mosul zoo's only survivors—the other animals were killed by shelling, starved to death or ate each other during the fighting.

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