2018

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Astronomy Rewind fast-forwards to reanimate "zombie" astrophotos

October 10, 2018
More than 30,000 celestial images that were all but lost to science are about to find their way back into researchers' hands thanks to the efforts of thousands of citizen scientists. The photographs, radio maps, and other telescopic images were scanned from the pages of dusty old journals for a cosmic reclamation project called Astronomy Rewind. Its goal is to bring these "zombie" images back to life so that astronomers can find them online and compare them with modern electronic data from ground- and space-based telescopes, making possible new studies of short- and long-term changes in the... Read more about Astronomy Rewind fast-forwards to reanimate "zombie" astrophotos
Visualization and the Universe: How and why astronomers, doctors, and you need to work together to understand the world around us, at University of St. Andrews, Scotland, UK, Friday, October 12, 2018:

title slid: Visualization and the Universe: How and why astronomers, doctors, and you need to work together to understand the world around us.Astronomy has long been a field reliant on visualization. First, it was literal visualization—looking at the Sky. Today, though, astronomers are faced with the daunting...

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PredictionX: John Snow and the Cholera Epidemic of 1854

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2018

An in-depth look at the 1854 London cholera epidemic in Soho and its importance for the field of epidemiology.

In 1854, a cholera epidemic swept through the London neighborhood of Soho. In the course of about three weeks, over 600 people died. This incident was, tragically, not unusual in London or the rest of the 19th century world as a whole. The scourge of cholera seemed unstoppable and, even worse, unpredictable. But one doctor -- ignored by the scientific community at large -- set out to prove that he knew how cholera was spread.

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PredictionX: Lost Without Longitude Explore the history of navigation, from stars to satellites

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2018

Humans have been navigating for ages. As we developed the tools and techniques for determining location and planning a route, navigation grew into a practice, an art, and a science. Navigational skill has long been tied to commercial, economic, and military success. However, the ability to predict when and where one will reach a distant destination is more than just a key to empire-building — it’s often a matter of life and death.

Using video, text, infographics, and Worldwide Telescope tours, we will explore the tools and techniques that navigators have used, with a particular...

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FRSEMR 27J: Prediction: From Ancient Omens to Modern Computer Simulations

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Fall

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2018

We will discuss the variety of approaches humans have taken to predicting their own future. Early weeks will focus on Omens, Oracles, Religion and Prophecy. Next, we will move on to the so-called Scientific Revolution, exemplified by the work of Galileo, and the Age of Exploration, enabled by John Harrison's solution to finding longitude at sea. The last several weeks of the seminar will focus on predictive work in epidemiology, finance, and climate, and ultimately on work about the Universe's future. Students will conclude with a discussion of how computer models of health/wealth/...

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Congreso del Futuro generó espacios para el debate en temáticas de importancia mundial

January 18, 2018

Spanish: "Astroinformática, medicina social, tecnología educativa, migración y exoplanetas fueron los temas que se abordaron durante este importante congreso en su tercera versión a nivel regional."

Translation: "Astroinformatics, social medicine, educational technology, migration and exoplanets were the topics addressed during this important congress in its third version at the regional level."... Read more about Congreso del Futuro generó espacios para el debate en temáticas de importancia mundial

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Press Release: A new map for a birthplace of stars

May 18, 2018

A Yale-led research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's Sun.

The maps provide unprecedented detail of the structure of the Orion A molecular cloud, the closest star-forming region of high-mass stars. Orion A hosts a variety of star-forming environments, including dense star clusters similar to the one where Earth's Sun is believed to have formed.... Read more about Press Release: A new map for a birthplace of stars

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