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Have you seen Venus and Mercury? Photos here

Wow! Thanks, everybody, for the wonderful Venus and Mercury photos! These 2 worlds have been nearest each other this week for all of 2020. A selection of photos from our community here, and many more at EarthSky Community Photos.

Picture a Scientist brings the struggles of women in science to screen

(SciComm Services) With major funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the film Picture a Scientist is breaking new ground by virtually launching in theaters across North America on June 12th. The independent documentary follows a groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Picture a Scientist will show through June 26 in select theaters nationwide, which are each providing exclusive links to the full film online.

Global warming is making hurricanes stronger, study says – USA TODAY

Scientists studied 40 years of satellite images to reach their conclusions. Tropical cyclones are some of nature’s most powerful and destructive storms. Much of the death and destruction from hurricanes comes from storms of Category 3 strength or higher. Who…

Early Bird uses 10 times less energy to train deep neural networks

Engineers have found a way to train deep neural networks for a fraction of the energy required today. Their Early Bird method finds key network connectivity patterns early in training, reducing the computations and carbon footprint for training deep learning.

Why the search for life on other planets depends on hydrogen

Right now, there are more than 4,000 known exoplanets and plenty of other possible planets that need to be assessed. While we’re not going to put human boots on the ground on all these worlds to search for alien life,…

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A new, highly sensitive chemical sensor uses protein nanowires

Scientists report that they have developed bioelectronic ammonia gas sensors that are among the most sensitive ever made. It uses electric-charge-conducting protein nanowires derived from the bacterium Geobacter to provide biomaterials for electrical devices. They grow hair-like protein filaments that work as nanoscale ”wires” to transfer charges for their nourishment and to communicate with other bacteria.

Taking a clear view of customer safety

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalated through March 2020, New York was one of the first states to require all non-essential workers to stay home to help fight the virus. The state was still hard-hit, and just three weeks later took…

Scientists find direct link between electrical fields in the atmosphere and living organisms

Researchers studying the electrical fields generated by living organisms have made the surprising discovery that they nearly mimic those present in the Earth’s atmosphere. In a new study published in the International Journal of Biometeorology, the team of researchers from…

Window to another world: Life is bubbling up to seafloor with petroleum from deep below

(Marine Biological Laboratory) Microbial life is bubbling up to the ocean floor along with fluids from deeply buried petroleum reservoirs, reports a team of scientists from the University of Calgary and the Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole.