Image: Robot meets its masters
Jul 13, 2017
Seen at ESA's technical centre in the Netherlands, BepiColombo has completed its final tests in launch configuration, the last time it will be stacked like this before being reassembled at the launch site next year to begin ...
Future-proofing 'big data' biological research depends on good digital identifiers
Jun 29, 2017
"Big data" research runs the risk of being undermined by the poor design of the digital identifiers that tag data. A group of worldwide researchers, led by Julie McMurry, at Oregon Health & Science University, has assembled ...
Scientists are accidentally helping poachers drive rare species to extinction
May 26, 2017
If you open Google and start typing "Chinese cave gecko", the text will auto-populate to "Chinese cave gecko for sale" – just US$150, with delivery. This extremely rare species is just one of an increasingly large number ...
The first microbial supertree from figure-mining thousands of papers
May 09, 2017
While recent reports reveal the existence of more than 114,000,000 documents of published scientific literature, finding a way to improve the access to this knowledge and efficiently synthesise it becomes an increasingly ...
ESA boosting its Argentine link with deep space
Apr 26, 2017
Thanks to some high-tech improvements, ESA's radio dish in Argentina will be ready to receive the rising torrent of scientific data beamed back by future missions exploring deep in our Solar System.
NOAA's biggest ship comes home after longest voyage
Apr 04, 2017
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's largest oceanographic research vessel has returned to its homeport after the longest deployment of any ship in the agency's history.
Apr 03, 2017
In a first for deep learning, an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-led team is bringing together quantum, high-performance and neuromorphic computing architectures to address complex issues that, if resolved, could clear the ...
Litter is present throughout the world's oceans: 1,220 species affected
Mar 27, 2017
Where is marine litter concentrated, and which species and ecosystems does it affect? Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute have for the first time compiled all scientific data published on marine litter in a single, ...
Historic cultural records inform scientific perspectives on woodland uses
Feb 22, 2017
Scientists at the University of York and University College Cork have investigated how cultural records dating back 300 years could help improve understanding of the ways in which science interprets the many uses of woodland ...
Seafloor robot breaks a world record and reveals new data for climate change modeling
Feb 01, 2017
Imagine if a car, a computer, or a battery-operated appliance could work reliably without maintenance for an entire year of operation. Also imagine that device being lowered into the ocean to free fall 4,000 meters to the ...