Planetary scientist Lynnae Quick decided to explore whether -- hypothetically -- ocean planets, similar to Saturn's moon Enceladus and Jupiter's moon Europa, are common in the Milky Way galaxy. "Through a mathematical analysis of several dozen exoplanets, including planets in the nearby TRAPPIST-1 s...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
Long-time Slashdot reader mrflash818 ("Linux geek since 1999") shared a ZDNet article pointing out that SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket has an onboard operating system that's "a stripped-down Linux running on three ordinary dual-core x86 processors. The flight software itself runs separately on each proces...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
Peter Piot, 71, one of the giants of Ebola and AIDS research, is still battling a coronavirus infection that hit him "like a bus" in March. From a report:"This is the revenge of the viruses," said Dr. Peter Piot, the director of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. "I've made their li...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
Anonymous Coward writes "Hoy! There is some crazy guy who is all set to prove that the value of the mathematical constant Pi is same for all dimensions. He has calculated Pi for the 4th dimension - and it..it's almost equal - 3.1447817532635 wheras the calculated value of Pi in 2 dimensions (circle)...
Shashank Bengali, reporting for Los Angeles Times: By his second day in the hospital with COVID-19, Charles Pignal's mild cough and 102-degree fever had disappeared. Bored and "bouncing off the walls" of his room in the isolation ward at Singapore's National Center for Infectious Diseases, he felt l...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
Global health officials and diplomats are "alarmed" by America's "apparent lack of interest in cooperation" on international efforts for a vaccine against Covid-19. Slashdot reader Charlotte Web quotes this report from Politico: The fear is that Trump will be content with allowing the race to devel...
Standing desks have become trendy in recent years -- so much so that they have been promoted by some health officials as well as some countries. Research, however, suggests that warnings about sitting at work are overblown, and that standing desks are overrated as a way to improve health. From a rep...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
"What are the implications if 'space-time' (as conceived of in the Einstein Theory of General Relativity) is quantized like all other aspects of matter and energy?" asks Slashdot reader sixoh1. Space.com reports of a new study that tried to find out: In order for the math of general relativity to wo...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The New York Post: The World Health Organization lauded Sweden as a "model" for battling the coronavirus as countries lift lockdowns -- after the nation controversially refused restrictions. Dr. Mike Ryan, the WHO's top emergencies expert, said Wednesday ther...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Guardian: Emitting an eerie green glow, they look like foliage from a retro computer game, but in fact they are light-emitting plants produced in a laboratory. Researchers say the glowing greenery could not only add an unusual dimension to home decor but ...La Jolla, CA 92038, USA