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Acoustic buoy lets scientists eavesdrop on whales in real-time

Whales inhabiting the waters off of New York and New Jersey can now be heard in real-time thanks to an acoustic monitoring buoy created by a consortium of marine scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) New York Aquarium and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI). The hi-tech device allows the group to track – and better study and protect – several species of endangered baleen whales found year-round in the busy waters of the New York Bight.Read More

Space

Juno snaps images of Jupiter's moons as rendezvous approaches

Like any tourist, Juno is sending back snaps of its journey. The unmanned spacecraft was 6.8 million mi (10.9 million km) from Jupiter when it captured an image of the banded giant planet and its four largest moons, Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto on June 21. The image was taken by the probe's JunoCam, which NASA describes as an "outreach instrument" to increase public participation in the US$1.1 billion mission.Read More

Materials

Plant-inspired material becomes a liquid-wicking straw when wet

When it comes to hazardous fluids, the less that researchers have to lean in close and finely manipulate them, the better. It was with this in mind that scientists at the Australian National University recently developed a new material that does something special when exposed to liquid – it rolls itself into a straw-like tube, which the liquid is then propelled through.Read More

Space

"Lucky imaging" creates fiery composite of Jupiter

At this moment, the Juno spacecraft is hurtling towards Jupiter where it is set to take up orbit on July 4. To help map the planet for that rendezvous, the European Southern Observatory has used an instrument on its Very Large Telescope to create a stunning image of the solar system's largest planet. To bring the image to life, the space agency relied on a technique known as "lucky imaging."Read More

Materials

Nanotech coating puts an end to wasted shampoo

Shampoo, ketchup, liquid soap, dishwashing liquid – they all come in bottles made from the same kind of plastic, polypropylene, and they're all infamous for being extremely difficult to empty. The last dregs just don't want to come out. Some of us try to squeeze the last drops out by adding a bit of water and turning the bottle upside down, but now Ohio State researchers have devised a better solution: a microscopic lining that lets the products slide right off.Read More

Environment

Ocean Cleanup Project's trash-catching prototype takes to the angry Dutch seas

Its been a few years since Boyan Slat first revealed his bold concept to clean up the world's oceans, and now we're set to see how his trash-catching barriers fare in the real world. The Dutch entrepreneur's Ocean Cleanup Project has successfully deployed its debut prototype off the coast of the Netherlands, which will serve as a first test-case ahead of a much larger installation planned to tackle the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in 2020.Read More

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