Boron nitride coating is key ingredient in hypersaline desalination technology

Rice University’s desalination technology for hypersaline brine features a central passage for heated brine that is sandwiched between two membranes. A stainless steel heating element produces fresh, salt-free water by driving water vapor through each membrane. A coating of the 2D nanomaterial hexagonal boron nitride (hBN) protects the heating element from the highly corrosive brine. […]

AI can detect COVID-19 from the sound of your cough

People with COVID-19 who are asymptomatic can spread the disease without any outward signs that they’re sick. But a newly developed AI, with a keen algorithmic ear, might be able to detect asymptomatic cases from the sounds of people’s coughs, according to a new study. A group of researchers at MIT recently developed an artificial […]

Europe took center-stage in global spread of the coronavirus, says new research — ScienceDaily

A collaboration between genome researchers at the University of Huddersfield and Portugal’s University of Minho has led to one of the largest analyses of its kind focusing on thousands of virus genomes sampled from all around the world. The University of Huddersfield’s Archaeogenetics Research Group has mapped out the dispersal of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, responsible […]

Don’t have a boat? Try bowfishing.

Beka Garris holds a gar shot from the bank. (Courtesy Beka Garris/) This story originally featured on Outdoor Life. To the uninitiated, bowfishing may seem like the latest gear-intensive fad. Its popularity has surged in recent years thanks to TV shows, social media, and the rise of its most popular target: carp. But at its […]

Students develop tool to predict the carbon footprint of algorithms

On a daily basis, and perhaps without realizing it, most of us are in close contact with advanced AI methods known as deep learning. Deep learning algorithms churn whenever we use Siri or Alexa, when Netflix suggests movies and tv shows based upon our viewing histories, or when we communicate with a website’s customer service […]

Underwater noise affects marine animals’ relationships. But to what extent?

The Harbor Porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) is one of six species of porpoise. Credit: Erik Christensen/Wikipedia. Human activity at sea makes a terrible racket. To what extent does this disturb marine animals? Ph.D. candidate Annebelle Kok studied the effect on harbor porpoises, long-finned pilot whales and their prey, and discovered the sheer complexity of the problem. […]

2,000-year-old seal depicting Greek god Apollo found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered a rare 2,000-year-old gem seal bearing the likeness of the god Apollo, but the gem’s owner likely wasn’t Greek or Roman, experts say. Instead, this dark-brown jasper stone was likely owned by a Jewish person who lived during the first century A.D., and who was monotheistic but admired the qualities […]

New CRISPR-based gene drive approach successfully overcomes issue of resistance in females — ScienceDaily

Employing a strategy known as “population modification,” which involves using a CRISPR-Cas9 gene drive system to introduce genes preventing parasite transmission into mosquito chromosomes, University of California researchers have made a major advance in the use of genetic technologies to control the transmission of malaria parasites. University of California, Irvine postdoctoral researcher Adriana Adolfi, in […]

A Promising Development for Detecting Ocean Productivity

The ocean’s primary productivity—the pace at which organisms photosynthesize organic compounds—is an integral part of the global carbon cycle that affects the cycling of important nutrients and trace metals in marine ecosystems. Ocean primary productivity also controls carbon dioxide exchange between the air and the sea, which in turn affects the concentration of […]

One last trip: when tourism embraces the terminally ill

IMAGE: Travel helps terminally ill cancer patients create unforgettable memories with their families. view more  Credit: Jude Beck on Unsplash Since the latter half of the 20th century, vacationing has grown increasingly synonymous with tourism. This has been attributed to disposable incomes rising for many people, budget commercial airlines taking to the sky, and multitudes of […]