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Smart windows can significantly reduce indoor pathogens

Smart windows can significantly reduce indoor pathogens

Posted to Mastodon.

The researchers found that, compared to windows with blinds, the smart windows significantly reduce bacterial growth rate and their viability. [1]

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An idea / question from this is could this technology be used on space missions to help protect spacecraft from harmful UV radiation but also take advantage of sanitising properties of UV Radiation. As a quick reference, I have put a link to a wikipedia article below, please note: Wikipedia is not an academic source of information the link is there for reference purposes only.

Perhaps discuss at a STEM group meeting or on a forum. Links

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University of British Columbia Okanagan campus. “Smart windows can significantly reduce indoor pathogens: Daylight can disinfect surfaces.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 19 January 2022. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220119121350.htm.

Journal Reference:

Man In Lam, Kinga Vojnits, Michael Zhao, Piers MacNaughton, Sepideh Pakpour. The effect of indoor daylight spectrum and intensity on viability of indoor pathogens on different surface materials. Life Sciences (accepted), 2022 [abstract]

Smart soil bugs offer farmers an ecofriendly route to controlling crop diseases

Smart soil bugs offer farmers an ecofriendly route to controlling crop diseases*

So given we have managed without chemicals for 1000's of years, this is going back to what we have done before, only the research will allow us to grow crops better based on science based knowledge of soil composition.

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#FediverseRising,#Science,#Technology,#ScienceDaily,#PaigtonLibrarySTEMGroup,#ScienceDaily,#Crops,#Science,#EcoCropGrowing


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Sending life to the stars

Interesting article from Science daily on Sending life to the stars. Looks like we are getting closer to being able to propel objects to near to the speed of light.

Granted this research they are looking at 20-30% but this is a big step forward.

Original Mastodon post

Happy do discuss on Mastodon, Discourse or at the Paignton Library STEM Group meetings.

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#Space,#Travel,#ScienceDaily,#PaigntonLibrarySTEMGroup

Citation

University of California - Santa Barbara. "Sending life to the stars: Scientists contemplate launching tiny lifeforms into interstellar space." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 6 January 2022. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/01/220106133257.htm>.

Fediverse Rising

This is a copy of my article sent in to the Beach hut article published January 2022

Fediverse Rising

Former President Donald Trump just launched his own social media network. If the login screen looks familiar, that may be because it has the same look and feel of the social media application Mastodon [1]. But what is Mastodon, and why is it important?

Mastodon is a decentralized social media site. This means that instead of one big site, like Facebook, people can run their own “nodes” and the users on each can share information with the rest of the network. There is no advertising, no data collecting, or tracking, so there is more privacy, although this is not to say public posts can’t be “scraped.”

Mastodon sites are federated and there is no single owner of the whole social media service. You can run your own Mastodon server, called an “instance,” and interact with other users on other instances. These communicate through a protocol called ActivityPub. [2] The network of instances, called the Fediverse, consists of instances running the Mastodon software licensed under the GNU Affero General Public License [3] from the free software foundation [4]. An example of Federation is e-mail, there are different providers of e-mail e.g disroot, protonmail and they can all work together.

Just like on mainstream social media such as Facebook and Twitter, you can share pictures, messages, media, and links and can follow other people or topics (using hasthtags) of interest. A project called Trunk [5] helps you find people who like similar interests.

The Fediverse community values user input. The community on socialhub [6] are keen to build a social network system that is welcoming and safe for everyone, one that everyone can collaborate and work together. Some of this community are communicating with the EU / UK governments to ensure legislation and internet governance is fit for purpose and puts users before profits.

References

1. https://docs.joinmastodon.org/
2. https://activitypub.rocks/
3. https://www.gnu.org/licenses/agpl-3.0.en.html
4. https://www.fsf.org/
5. https://communitywiki.org/trunk
6. https://socialhub.activitypub.rocks/

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#YearOfTheFediverse,#FediverseRising,#Science,#Technology,#ScienceDaily,#PaigtonLibrarySTEMGroup,#Fedevolution2022


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Science Daily : Articles on Plastics and Polymers

The two articles were posted to Mastodon.

Firstly a look at the problem of Micro-plastics

Secondly an article on Polymers

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Planets form in organic soups with different ingredients

Interesting article found on Mastodon, scientists have mapped the chemical composition of planetary nurseries. Looks like I have quite a bit of reading to do, as there are 3 papers linked to this article.

I have included the usual links to the original article & discourse discussion.

Links

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#Astronomy,#AstroChemistry,#Planetary,#Discs,#Science,#ScienceDaily,#Articles,#Papers,#Research

Citations

Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. “Planets form in organic soups with different ingredients: A series of new images reveals that planets form in organic soups — and no two soups are alike.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 15 September 2021

Materials Science Development 2/8/2021

Manganese could make luminescent materials and the conversion of sunlight more sustainable

Sounds like an interesting development. You can read more on Science Daily [2]. I think the significant part of this discovery is that Manganese [2] is cheaper and more readily available. Please feel free, to open a thread on Discourse [3] in order to discuss further.

Links

1 Main Article 2 Royal Society of Chemistry – Manganese 3 Discourse

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#Science,#ScienceDaily,#Materials,#Managnese,#Liminescent,#Sunlight,#Chemistry

Climate change threatens European forests

Interesting article posted to the Fediverse by the Science Daily bot.

So trees are essential for several things including CO2 reduction, so we are chopping down trees and also pumping more CO2 in to the atmosphere, which is causing climate change, which in turn is also causing trees to die.

One way to sow the seeds of our own destruction. Once Humans are gone, I think the Earth will recover, probably quite quickly.

We have seen evidence of how wildlife takes back control, during the first lock down in March –> May 2020, with no cars or people around, villages had animals take over. See BBC news link below.

Well worth reading the article, for a picture of what is happening.

Citation information:

Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. “Climate change threatens European forests: Well over half of Europe's forests are potentially at risk from windthrow, forest fire and insect attacks.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 1 March 2021. .

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