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Former Disney TV star Bridgit Mendler co-founds satellite ‘data highway’ startup

Former Disney TV star Bridgit Mendler co-founds satellite ‘data highway’ startup

CEO of Northwood, Bridgit Mendler (center), with CTO Griffin Cleverly (left) and Head of Software Shaurya Luthra (right). (Image credit: Northwood) On Tuesday (Feb. 20), after a relatively long hiatus from the public eye, Bridgit Mendler announced the launch of her new satellite data startup, Northwood. Beyond introducing quite an interesting company — one that...

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Scientists create method to bond hydrogels and other polymeric materials using chitosan

Scientists create method to bond hydrogels and other polymeric materials using chitosan

This illustration highlights how two hydrogels (shown in blue) can be bonded in different ways by thin chitosan films (shown in orange). The bonds that form are extraordinarily strong and can resist high tensions. Credit: Peter Allen, Ryan Allen and James C. Weaver. Hydrogels are versatile biomaterials conquering an increasing number of biomedical areas. Consisting...

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What’s that lurking in the mist? Inside the eerie science of bogs

What’s that lurking in the mist? Inside the eerie science of bogs

Published February 16, 2024 Bogs are rich in storied horror, and the wetlands of eastern England are no exception. The phantom lights of the will o’ the wisp; the devil-dog Black Shuck lurking in the mist; strange rings where fairies dance, witchcraft rules, and only fools trespass—tales of the area are fraught with supernatural peril....

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Earthquake fatality measure offers new way to estimate impact on countries

Earthquake fatality measure offers new way to estimate impact on countries

Credit: Franklin Peña Gutierrez from Pexels A new measure that compares earthquake-related fatalities to a country’s population size concludes that Ecuador, Lebanon, Haiti, Turkmenistan, Iran and Portugal have experienced the greatest impact from fatalities in the past five centuries. The new impact measure, introduced in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (BSSA) by...

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Climate indices and precipitation anomalies reveal stark implications for the Middle East

Climate indices and precipitation anomalies reveal stark implications for the Middle East

Monthly Dipole Mode Index (DMI) correlations with total precipitation over the Middle East. Significant correlations are shown in color using a student t-test at the 5% significant level. The correlation is most notable in October. Credit: Scientific Reports (2024). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-024-53677-x A new study led by Dr. Assaf Hochman from the Institute of Earth Sciences...

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Discover how award-winning director Tommy Joyce films in remote locations

Discover how award-winning director Tommy Joyce films in remote locations

Published February 12, 2024 Filmmaker and director Tommy Joyce is no stranger to the extremes of nature. His work has taken him across the world to camp alone 6,700m up a mountain in Nepal, chart the frozen wilderness of the Antarctic Peninsula and negotiate the dust clouds and intense 49C heat of the Sahara Desert....

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The ultimate guide to Kansai by rail

The ultimate guide to Kansai by rail

Published February 11, 2024 Home to the country’s first capital, many of Japan’s most sacred Shinto shrines and a hinterland adorned with holy mountains, the region of Kansai not only marks the geographical centre of Japan but also stands as a cultural and historical heartland for the nation. Among its greatest treasures is Kyoto, which...

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Biden won’t face charges on classified docs, special counsel Hur says

Biden won’t face charges on classified docs, special counsel Hur says

President Joe Biden “willfully” retained and disclosed highly classified materials when he was a private citizen, including documents about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan and other sensitive national security matters, according to a Justice Department report that nonetheless says no criminal charges are warranted for him or anyone else. The report from special counsel...