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Plants React to Competition Adaptively

Researchers at University of Tübingen have shown that plants respond to competition (for light) with something akin to decision-making, choosing adaptively different strategies that are a function of their competition. (Dec. 21, 2017)

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Advances in AI for Depth Resolution

Researchers at MIT Media Labs have developed a new technique for visual imaging that "increases its depth resolution 1,000-fold" with implications for self-driving cars, with potential to "see" through fog. (Dec. 21, 2017)

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New Class of Drug for Kidney Cancer

The hypoxia inducible factor HIF-2a is a well-known factor in regulating genes promoting angiogenesis, increased tumor growth or metastasis. A new trial with PT2385 from Peloton Therapeutics, Inc. is showing progress in inhibiting HIF-2a and blocking tumor growth in...

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Star Observed “Devouring” Planet

Researchers at Indiana University have observed a star that is 550 light years from Earth that is "crushing one or more planets in its orbit into vast clouds of gas and dust." Quoting one of the researchers: "This is a very interesting phase in the evolution of...

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Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 Featured in Planetarian

The music video Path of Totality: Eclipse 2017 (for which I composed the music to Joe Woolbright's excellent videography) is featured this month in Planetarian, which goes to planetarium directors and other professionals internationally.

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An Update on Oumuamua

Check this update from Sky & Telescope on Oumuamua, the visitor from outside our solar system that's now departing at a rate of 15 Earth-moon distances per day. (Dec. 18, 2017)

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