226 articles from FRIDAY 6.3.2020

Study says travel restrictions can delay, but can’t defeat a global coronavirus outbreak

Comparisons of the real-world spread of the COV-19 coronavirus with computer models indicate that the travel restrictions imposed by authorities in China and other nations have delayed the progress of the outbreak by a matter of days or weeks. The models suggest that the best way to mitigate the epidemic isn't through travel restrictions, but through public health interventions and behavioral...

New aerial image dataset to help provide farmers with actionable insights

A dataset of large-scale aerial images produced by Intelinair, a spinout from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, aims to give farmers visibility into the conditions of their fields. The dataset, called Agriculture-Vision, will enable agricultural pattern analysis of aerial images, providing farmers with actionable insights into the performance of their crops to improve decision-making...

AccuWeather estimates the total damage from the Tennessee tornadoes will approach $2 billion

AccuWeather estimates the total damage and economic loss caused by the tornado outbreak in Tennessee in the early morning of Tuesday, March 3 will be between $1.5 and $2 billion, according to AccuWeather Founder and CEO Dr. Joel N. Myers. This is. based on an analysis incorporating independent methods to evaluate all direct and indirect impacts of the tornadoes based on a variety of sources,...

Arnold Bodmer obituary

My father, Arnold Bodmer, who has died aged 90, fled Nazi Germany as a child refugee. In Britain and later in the US he was a scientist renowned for formulating many innovations in nuclear physics, notably through his work on the behaviours of nuclei.His pioneering work, which he completed while on sabbatical at Oxford University in 1970-71, suggested the possibility of collapsed nuclei – a...

NASA's selfie-taking Curiosity rover just gave us a view of Mars unlike any other

While millions of people celebrated Thanksgiving with family and friends, the Mars Curiosity rover was hard at work, capturing more than 1,000 images over the extended holiday weekend to give NASA the highest-resolution photo of the planet's surface to date -- and the incredibly detailed image was just released this Wednesday, showing the mountains and valleys surrounding the robotic...

The company behind the robotic arms that help us explore Mars

Despite best efforts, we're still decades if not generations away from regularly living and working off-planet -- whether that's in LEO habitation rings, moon bases, or on the Martian surface. Until humans can colonize space ourselves, we must rely on robotic orbitals, landers and rovers to physically interact with the galaxy around us. As Lucy Condakchian, General Manager of Robotics at...

Corals reefs in Bahamas suffered significant damage due to Hurricane Dorian

Six months after Hurricane Dorian first hit the Bahamas, the storm's damaging impacts are still being discovered across the archipelago, as evidenced by a report recently released by researchers at the Perry Institute of Marine Sciences (PIMS) -- a research organization based in Waitsfield, Vermont -- that explores the total damage that the storm created for coral reefs in the area.Although a...