What makes a good tree? We used AI to ask birds

Grassy box gum woodlands once covered millions of square kilometers in southeastern Australia, but today less than 5% remains. The loss of large old trees has been a crisis for the many species of birds and other animals ...

Verifying the mathematics behind ocean modeling

Global climate models, such as the Energy Exascale Earth System Model developed by the U.S. Department of Energy, rely on many underlying equations that simulate Earth's natural processes. These include the water cycle, carbon ...

NASA's moon rover prototype conquers steep, scary lander exit test

NASA's VIPER—short for Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover—recently completed another successful round of rigorous tests of the agency's first robotic moon rover's ability to drive off the Astrobotic Griffin ...

VegSense makes sense for forest studies

Rice researchers set up a Microsoft HoloLens as a mixed-reality sensor to feed VegSense, their application to measure understory vegetation, plant life that grows between the forest canopy and floor.

New stress test model quantifies climate risks for banks

European banks will soon be required to incorporate climate change risks into the stress testing of their equity. Researchers at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) have now developed a new approach in cooperation with ...

Emails outside working hours: Are they against employment law?

It is common for many employees to send, read and reply to work emails at all hours of the day and night, including weekends. This change in work culture developed in recent decades and has accelerated with the advent of ...

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