There could be water on all the rocky planets

If you asked someone with reasonable scientific knowledge how the Earth got its water, they would probably tell you that it came from asteroids – or maybe also comets and planetesimals – that crashed into our planet in its infancy. There are details, nuances, and uncertainties surrounding this idea, but …

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Towards resilience in the face of extreme water-related events

© Elen33 Dr Anjuli S. Bamzai, NSF Division Director for Atmospheric and Geospatial Sciences and Ms Elizabeth Zelenski, Staff Member, NSF Deputy Director’s Office for Geosciences, explain research on extreme water events that have profound implications for society Hurricanes, droughts, floods and hailstorms. These disastrous natural events are the flip …

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Monsoon and our cities sinking

On May 20, 2020, in what is emerging as a semi-annual environmental ritual, a super cyclone swept through the Bengal Delta, shattering the dikes of the Sundarbans and submerging large swathes of Calcutta. The winds and tides that accompany these super cyclones have a curious way of highlighting how deeply …

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Will AI cross the proverbial chasm? Algorithm solves practical pitfalls of machine learning

“A lot of people in universities aren’t very good at software engineering,” says Kenny Daniel, co-founder and chief technology officer of cloud computing startup Algorithmia. “I’ve always had more software engineering skills.” That’s, in a nutshell, what makes Seattle-based six-year-old Algorithmia uniquely focused in a world overrun with machine learning …

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Here are some of the best watches of 2020, according to experts

Each year, the watchmaking industry is celebrated with great fanfare at an award ceremony called the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (or GPHG). It’s more or less akin to the Oscars of watchmaking. For 2020, there are 84 nominees in 14 categories, many of which are somewhat esoteric. So, let’s …

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SSAI secures potential NASA scientific research support of $ 425 million IDIQ

Science Systems and Applications Inc. has been awarded a potential five-year, $ 425 million contract to support scientific research activities within a subdivision of the Goddard Space Flight Center focused on the hydrosphere, biosphere and geophysics. SSAI will work with the Goddard HBG subdivision to apply observations and technology platforms …

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