Harvard workshops explore data and computational science

Data is one of the most powerful tools any organization or business can utilize to make decisions, demonstrate results, or create computational breakthroughs, such as algorithms that can predict medical conditions in patients. As the demands around data and computational science expand, so does the need for a community of experts well-versed in implementing More...

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By SLPundit On Friday, January 18th, 2019
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The Moment We First Saw Ultima Thule Up Close

You plan a voyage of exploration for more than three years and the moment comes when you see a new world for the first time. This is an informal sketch of how I experienced this during the encounter of Ultima Thule More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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“Mona Lisa Effect” Not True for Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa effect is the illusion that the subject of a painting follows you with her gaze, despite where you stand. But Da Vinci’s famous painting doesn’t have that quality. Christopher Intagliata More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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RoboFossil Reveals Locomotion of Beast from Deep Time

Some 290 million years ago a four-legged, plant-eating creature the size of large dog roamed what is now central Germany. It did not carry itself like most other tetrapods known from that time, belly low to the More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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Climate Forecast: World Is “Sleepwalking into Catastrophe”

Climate change is the biggest threat to the planet, the World Economic Forum said yesterday in a sweeping catalog of global risks. The institution’s annual analysis of economic dangers worldwide More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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Heat Waves Are Causing Mass Fish Deaths in Australia

Hundreds of thousands of native fish in Australia’s Darling River have died following a major outbreak of blue–green algae and some severe weather. Two mass die-offs have been reported near Menindee More...

By SLPundit On Thursday, January 17th, 2019
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How to Deal With People Who Talk Too Much

Listener Brian wrote in with a dilemma. Like many office workers, he works in an open cube environment. He’s friendly and easygoing, but finds he’s a magnet for coworkers taking a break from their More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
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Ants Stick to Cliques to Dodge Disease

Ants infected with fungal pathogens steer clear of other cliques within the colony—avoiding wider infection, and allowing for a sort of immunity. Lucy Huang reports.  Let’s block ads! (Why?) Scientific More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
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Arnold Arboretum’s role as a living lab grows as environmental issues mount

The collaboration with the Arboretum is special because its trees contain valuable provenance. “The trees are well-cared for, are not likely to disappear or die so you can go back again, and they are all More...

By SLPundit On Wednesday, January 16th, 2019
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Wildfires Spark Population Booms in Fungi and Bacteria

Wildfires are getting larger, burning hotter and becoming increasingly unpredictable, devastating plant and animal species. Now, researchers are studying how these blazes affect the tiniest of forest organisms—including More...