Lidar and archeology: Modern technology for a historical purpose

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Mary Anne Schoenhardt, Science in Society editor You may know that the iPhone 12 Pro contains a lidar (light detection and ranging) sensor. A remote sensing technique originally developed for space exploration and military defence, lidar is more than just a fancy gadget for your new phone. One of the lesser-known uses of lidar is […]

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Coded Bias: How algorithmic biases affect all of us

Sri Ray-Chauduri and Esme Symons, Technology and Engineering editors If you think the documentary Coded Bias sounds like it’s only for technology or engineering enthusiasts, think again. If you have ever used social media, bought something online or walked down a street of a big city, then you need to watch this film! The documentary explores bias […]

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The Muon g-2 experiment results might change the course of physics!

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Yahya Ashraf, guest contributor As a philosopher of science, Karl Popper emphasized that a good theory is characterized by the fact that it makes a number of predictions that could be disproved or falsified by observation. Each time new experimental results agree with the predictions, the theory survives, and our confidence in it increases. But […]

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Lipid nanoparticles: The underrated invention behind the vaccine revolution

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Nada Salem, Chemistry editor The race to develop vaccines for COVID-19 marks the beginning of a new chapter in medicine: one where we have solutions for previously incurable diseases, more precise therapies, and phenomenally faster drug development. New frontiers in ribonucleic acid (RNA) medicine play a prominent role in this development. Ribonucleic acid is a short […]

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Better disposal for disposable masks

Esme Symons, Technology & Engineering editor   They are appearing everywhere like dandelions in spring: disposable masks. But while dandelions are a natural phenomenon that heralds warmer weather, disposable masks on the sidewalk or in the street are just garbage. Uptick in disposable mask usage Disposable mask usage has increased dramatically due to the COVID-19 […]

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