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One of North America’s rarest bees has its known range greatly expanded — ScienceDaily

The Macropis Cuckoo Bee is one of the rarest bees in North America, partly because of its specialized ecological associations. It is a nest parasite of oil-collecting bees of the genus Macropis which, in turn, are dependent on oil-producing flowers of the genus Lysimachia. In fact, the cuckoo bee — which much like its feather-bearing counterpart does not build a nest of its own, but lays its eggs in those of other species instead — is so rare that it…

Documentation Details Matter – Square Corner Blog – Medium

Not too long ago I joined the Developer Platform team at Square as a product designer. One of the first things I was tasked with was addressing some quick-hit, tactical improvements we could make to our existing site to improve the developer experience. A designer on a developer team? Working on documentation? “Oil and water,” you might say, but quite the opposite. I’ve waded through my fair share of documentation, Stack Overflow posts, and random blogs, teaching myself various languages…

Dry Valleys study indicates that strong winds can temporarily disturb locally produced black carbon — ScienceDaily

Airborne soot produced by wildfires and fossil-fuel combustion and transported to the remote McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica contains levels of black carbon too low to contribute significantly to the melting of local glaciers, according to a new study by researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Strong winds in the Dry Valleys, however, can temporarily cause large spikes in the amount of locally produced black carbon, which is distributed through the ecosystem, the researchers found. In the study,…

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Cloudflare Data Center #126

We are very excited to announce Cloudflare’s 126th data center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (only hours after launching in Reykjavík!). This joins our existing Middle East facilities to provide even stronger coverage and resilience for over 7 million Internet properties across the region. Our newest deployment was made possible in partnership with Zain, which now experiences reduced latency for every Internet user accessing every Internet facing application using Cloudflare. At least four additional Middle East deployments are already in the…

Tracking commercial fishing worldwide in near real-time — ScienceDaily

The global fishing fleet is so big it can be seen from space. Really. Fishing activity now covers at least 55 percent of the world’s oceans — four times the land area covered by agriculture — and can now be monitored, in near real time, to the level of individual vessels. In fact, 70,000 vessels of the global fishing fleet traveled 460 million kilometers in 2016, equivalent to traveling to the moon and back 600 times. Using satellite tracking, machine…

Illegal global trade of pangolins — ScienceDaily

Animal traffickers are taking advantage of remote ivory trade routes to smuggle pangolins — one of the world’s most endangered animals — out of Central Africa, a new study has found. The solitary mammals — sought after for their meat and scales — are being transported across remote forest borders in a largely successful attempt to avoid increased law enforcement, according to groundbreaking research led by the University of Stirling. In the first ever study to investigate how criminals are…

A magnetic method for polishing metals enables mold templates with microscale features

A microfluidic chip injection mold. Credit: A*STAR Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology Injection molding enables large-scale production of polymer and plastic materials with micrometer-sized features. Now, A*STAR scientists have developed a method for creating mold templates with high precision and few defects. A fluid behaves very differently when it is confined to micrometer-scale channels. This phenomenon already has several applications such as enabling the analysis of small samples of blood. These microfluidic systems are small and portable, easy to…

Scientists get better numbers on what happens when electrons get wet — ScienceDaily

There’s a particular set of chemical reactions that governs many of the processes around us — everything from bridges corroding in water to your breakfast breaking down in your gut. One crucial part of that reaction involves electrons striking water, and despite how commonplace this reaction is, scientists still have to use ballpark numbers for certain parts of the equation when they use computers to model them. An article published in Nature Communications on Jan. 16 offers a new and…

NASA tests new alloy to fold wings in flight

Credit: NASA NASA has successfully applied a new technology in flight that allows aircraft to fold their wings to different angles while in the air. The recent flight series, which took place at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in California, was part of the Spanwise Adaptive Wing project, or SAW. This project aims to validate the use of a cutting-edge, lightweight material to be able to fold the outer portions of aircraft wings and their control surfaces to optimal angles…

Twelve Things that started in 2017 and will finish in the next decade or so

It seems like not but just a year ago, I was already forgetting to write a new year’s prediction blog post. If that didn’t make much sense, then likely neither did my predictions post from a year ago. I started it with the line “In the year 2525…”, yet the post referred to predictions for the year 2026. I wasn’t mad. Just using poetic license to twist that into a reference to an old Zager and Evans song – a decade…