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Count to Three, Because So Can Bees

PGNewser – It looks like bees are just a few generations away from taking over the planet, now that we’ve learned they can do math.
Science Daily – Researchers have found bees can do basic mathematics, in a discovery that expands our understanding of the relationship between brain size and brain power.Building on their finding that honeybees can understand the concept of zero, Australian and French researchers set out to test whether bees could perform arithmetic operations like addition and subtraction. | Get the Full Story

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Cooperation Versus Competition, and the Need for Mixing

Science Daily – Research has shown that two fundamental ways in which nodes in one system can influence nodes in another one are interdependence (or cooperation), as in critical infrastructures or financial networks, and antagonism (or competition), as observed in ecological systems, social networks, or in the human brain. | Get the Full Story

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Are you being scanned? How facial recognition technology follows you, even as you shop – The Guardian

Westfield’s Smartscreen network was developed by the French software firm Quividi back in 2015. Their discreet cameras capture blurry images of shoppers and apply statistical analysis to identify audience demographics. And once the billboards have your attention they hit record, sharing your reaction with advertisers. Quividi says their billboards can distinguish shoppers’ gender with 90% precision, five categories of mood from “very happy to very unhappy” and customers’ age within a five-year bracket. | Get the Full Story

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Who’s listening? Mosquitoes can hear up to 10 meters away – Science Daily

Mosquitoes can hear over distances much greater than anyone suspected, according to researchers at Cornell and Binghamton University.

Their findings were published in the journal Current Biology.

Until now, scientists believed that organisms required eardrums for long-range hearing, and that the feathery antennae with fine hairs that mosquitoes and some insects use to hear only worked at close distances of several centimeters (a few inches).

A series of experiments has now provided neurophysiological and behavioral evidence that Aedes aegypti mosquitoes — which transmit such diseases as yellow fever, Dengue, Zika, West Nile and Chikungunya viruses — can hear specific frequencies as far away as 10 meters (32 feet) or more. | Get the Full Story

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Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change

Virus-infected bacteria could provide help in the fight against climate change  – Science Daily
“We have recently discovered that while (bacteria infected with viruses) are in the process of dying, microbes can produce new viruses that then go to attack their original invader. This is a form of resistance we had not observed before,” said Buchan.This type of competitive interaction, Buchan said, is important for stabilizing the size of microbial populations in marine systems. This balance may be crucial for biogeochemical processes, including many related to climate change. | Get the Full Story

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After More than 10 Years, The Quest for Room Temp Magnet Reversal is Over

Magnetization reversal achieved at room temperature using only an electric field- Phys.org
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology have achieved magnetization reversal in cobalt-substituted bismuth ferrite by applying an electric field. Researchers have sought such a technique for over a decade in order to make new types of low-power-consumption magnetic memory devices. | Get the Full Story

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Decentralizing-Empowering Nebulas Could Save Blockchain

Nebulas could be the Future of Improving The Efficiency of Blockchain Upgrades  – the-blockchain
Pertaining to the issue of system upgrades, Nebulas believes that “the decision makers of a blockchain upgrade should not be centralized. It belongs to every participant in the community. Every token user of Nebulas has the right to participate in and choose the future direction of Nebulas.”
One of the many new features that Nebulas NOVA will include is the Nebulas Blockchain Runtime Environment (NBRE) and is the first version of Nebulas Force as stated in Nebulas’ whitepaper. NBRE is the execution environment for the Nebulas core protocols and algorithms; based on the JIT (Just In Time) LLVM (Low Level Virtual Machine) compiler, making it possible to manage, execute and submit LLVM Intermediate Representation (IR) to the Nebulas blockchain. | Get the Full Story

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Israeli Mission to the Moon Fueled by Spacex

Spacex is on schedule to place an Israeli lander on the moon by mid April of 2019.
SpaceX Falcon Successful Launch of Israeli Moon Mission and Indonesia Satellite – Next Big Future
If there is a successful launch today it will take the small and weak rocket engine almost two months to get the Israeli lander to the moon. It will have to circle out in larger orbits to get captured by the moon’s gravity. Lunar landing would be April 11, 2019. | Get the Full Story

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Cows Need Love Too, and So there’s Tudder, Tinder for Cows

‘Tinder for cows’ matches livestock in the mood for love  – Reuters
A Tinder-inspired app is helping farmers match up potential partners for their cattle.
Called “Tudder” – a mix of dating app Tinder and udder – it lets farmers swipe right on cattle they like the look of.
They are then directed to a page on the SellMyLivestock website where they can browse more pictures and data about the animals before deciding whether to buy. | Get the Full Story