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AI Accurately Predicts the Useful Life of Batteries, Stanford and MIT Researchers Find

If manufacturers of cell-phone batteries could tell which cells will last at least two years, then they could sell only those to phone makers and send the rest to makers of less demanding devices.

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Will Large Protected Areas Save the Oceans or Politicize Them?

How can we save the oceans? They cover two-thirds of the planet, but none are safe from fishing fleets, minerals prospectors, or the insidious influences of global warming and ocean acidification.

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Will Large Protected Areas Save the Oceans or Politicize Them?

How can we save the oceans? They cover two-thirds of the planet, but none are safe from fishing fleets, minerals prospectors, or the insidious influences of global warming and ocean acidification.

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Genetic Tagging May Unlock Nature’s Secrets and Help Conserve the World’s Wildlife

Tracking animals using DNA signatures are ideally suited to answer the pressing questions required to conserve the world’s wildlife, providing benefits over invasive methods such as ear tags and collars, according to a new study by University of Alberta biologists.

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Study Examines Commercial Hybrid-Electric Aircraft, Reduced Carbon Emissions

Although we’re still a long way from commercial airplanes powered by a combination of fossil fuel and batteries, a recent feasibility study at the University of Illinois explored fuel/battery configurations and the energy lifecycle to learn the tradeoffs needed to yield the greatest reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

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The Sense of Water—and Nitrogen: Studies Uncover Genome-Wide Responses That Limit Crop Growth in Nutrient-Poor Soils

A team of researchers has tested how each gene within the genome of rice—one of the world’s most important staple crops—senses and responds to combinations of water and nutrients.

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Rice Cultivation: Balance of Phosphorus and Nitrogen Determines Growth and Yield

In the future, a newly discovered mechanism in control of plant nutrition could help to achieve higher harvests in a sustainable way. 

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Artificial Intelligence Identifies Key Patterns from Video Footage of Infant Movements

A simple video recording of an infant lying in bed can be analyzed with artificial intelligence (AI) techniques to extract quantitative information useful for assessing the child’s development as well as the efficacy of ongoing therapy.

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Study Suggests Trees Are Crucial to The Future of Our Cities

The shade of a single tree can provide welcome relief from the hot summer sun.

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