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
(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.
In a Smithsonian talk, the eminent biologist argued for more protected areas and greater efforts to map the diversity of life
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.
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 ?
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 ?
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 ?
Conditions for life could exist on at least three of the rocky worlds
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 ?
Today's selection of need-to-know updates from the world of physics
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
Following public outcry, the U.S. government reposts a fraction of animal welfare data. Meanwhile, clues point to the reasons behind the radical deletions.
The world needs it.
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...
A thought related to today’s exciting announcement by NASA.
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.