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Ice sheets melting at ‘worst-case scenario rate’, research warns

Ice sheets melting at ‘worst-case scenario rate’, research warns

World
Ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at a rate which matches the worst-case scenario for sea level rises, according to a new study.The vast majority of the planet's ice mass is contained in the Antarctic ice sheet, which would cause sea levels to rise by 58 metres if it melted completely. The much smaller Greenland ice sheet, which previous research suggests may have melted beyond the point of return, would cause a rise of just over seven metres. ...
Satellite constellations could hinder astronomical research, scientists warn

Satellite constellations could hinder astronomical research, scientists warn

Science
Aug. 25 (UPI) -- SpaceX has so far sent a few hundred of Starlink broadband satellites into orbit, but the aerospace company has plans for a constellation featuring thousands of small satellites -- and this has researchers concerned. A report published Tuesday by the Satellite Constellations 1 workshop, an effort organized by the National Science Foundation and the American Astronomical Society, says the constellation could be bad news for astronomers and their research. Advertisement "The main takeaway from our findings is that no combination of mitigations will totally eliminate the impacts of satellite constellations on ground-based astronomy," Connie Walker, an astronomer with NSF's NOIRLab and co-chair of the SATCON1 workshop, told reporters during a virtual press conference on Tuesd...
Navy’s information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding

Navy’s information warfare research effort gets $400M in new funding

Business
Aug. 19 (UPI) -- A new U.S. Navy information warfare project received a two-year extension and $ 400 million in new funding, the Navy announced. James Guerts, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, approved a funding ceiling increase and extension for the Information Warfare Research Project of the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. Advertisement The project now has a $ 500 million ceiling and a five-year performance period, the San Diego-based The Naval Information Warfare Systems Command [NAVWAR] said on Tuesday. IWRP began in 2018 and uses a consortium-based approach in offering an alternative acquisition method called an Other Transaction Authority to streamline the acquisition process, rapidly develop prototypes and provide advanced technol...
PC gamers asked to donate GPU time for coronavirus research

PC gamers asked to donate GPU time for coronavirus research

Technology
PC gamers are being asked to donate some of their computing power to an international effort researching diseases including the novel coronavirus, as well as cancer and Alzheimer's.There have now been more than 156,000 confirmed cases globally as the coronavirus continues to spread, with over 5,800 confirmed deaths following COVID-19 diagnoses. In addition to trying not to transmit the virus by regularly washing their hands and self-isolating if they show any symptoms, PC gamers can also contribute to cutting-edge research. Simply by installing software which runs in the background of their computer while they continue to use it for other activities, the gamers could be helping develop a treatment for the virus.The Folding@home (F@h) project is a distributed computing research programm...
Plastic pollution: Snowdon research is a ‘wake-up call’

Plastic pollution: Snowdon research is a ‘wake-up call’

Science
The discovery of microplastic pollution near the top of the highest mountain in Wales is a "scary wake-up call", environmentalists have said.Traces of plastic have been found in samples collected from Llyn Glaslyn - a remote lake near the summit of Snowdon.The tiny particles are "most likely" to have been deposited by rain, wetland science expert Dr Christian Dunn said. A teacher who gathered the samples will now visit all the UK's 15 national parks to learn more.Activist Laura Sanderson swam 16 miles (26km) from the source of River Glaslyn - 2,000ft (610m) above sea level - to the sea, last April, collecting water samples along the way.Results showed an average of three pieces of microplastic per litre from the lake made famous...