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Scientists turn Martian sunrise into a piece of music

Scientists turn Martian sunrise into a piece of music

Science
Nov. 12 (UPI) -- You can now listen to the sun rise on Mars. Scientists in England have translated the Martian sunrise into a two-minute score. Researchers used sonification techniques to translate image data into sounds, turning each pixel into a sonic data point. Using images of the 500th sunrise observed by the Mars rover Opportunity, scientists linked each pixel with brightness, color and elevation measurements. Special algorithms helped researchers turn the pixel data points into pitch and melody, forming a piece of music. The two-minute score will be shared with visitors to NASA's Mars Soundscapes exhibit on Tuesday at the Supercomputing SC18 Conference being held this week in Dallas, Texas. The song will be presented both sonically and vibrationally, so that it can be experienced b...
Bitcoin investors beware: The IRS wants its piece of the action

Bitcoin investors beware: The IRS wants its piece of the action

Finance
If you didn't tell the IRS about your gains from bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies in the past, you might regret it this year. With bitcoin down more than 50 percent so far in 2018, there's a chance some investors have triggered (or will trigger) a tax loss this year by either selling, trading or spending their digital assets. And while those losses can be used to offset any other investment gains, it could raise eyebrows at the IRS if it's the first time the agency is hearing about your crypto holdings. "If I were in those shoes, I'd think about my past transactions and whether there were gains," said Sarah-Jane Morin, a par...
'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study

'A single piece of plastic' can kill sea turtles, says study

Science
A new study suggests that ingesting even a single piece of plastic can be deadly for sea turtles.Researchers found there was a one in five chance of death for a turtle who consumed just one item - rising to 50% for 14 pieces. The team found that younger turtles are at a higher risk of dying from exposure to plastic than adults. The authors say their research raises concerns over the long term survival of some turtle species.The never ending surge of plastic into the world's oceans is taking an increasing toll on iconic marine species. While it has been relatively straightforward for researchers to document the threat to animals who become entangled in plastic and drown, determining the impact of consumed plastic is much harder.The authors of this study es...
ESA scientists piece together last image captured by Rosetta probe

ESA scientists piece together last image captured by Rosetta probe

Science
Sept. 28 (UPI) -- European Space Agency scientists have pieced together one final image from the Rosetta probe's last telemetry packets, collected right before the craft crash landed on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko.Roughly a year ago, Rosetta attempted to land on the snowman-shaped comet. The landing didn't go as smoothly as hoped, but the probe collected a wealth of data and images before it tumbled into a sunless crater.Until recently, scientists thought they'd already seen Rosetta's last image, but while parsing the probe's last bits of data, ESA researchers found a few remaining telemetry packets. Scientists were able to piece the data fragments into one last snapshot of Comet 67P."The last complete image transmitted from Rosetta was the final one that we saw arriving...