# research

## September 15, 2022

Astronify – application

Last year I watched a lecture on some software called astronify, This is used to scan an image from a telescope and turn different parts of the image in to sound.

So for example, a blue star may be presented at a high frequency, where as a red star may be presented at a lower frequency when played as sound.

Fast forward to 2022 and this technology has been used for further research which is presented in the following paper:-

Evaluating the efficacy of sonification for signal detection in univariate, evenly sampled light curves using astronify

2209.04465

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## July 19, 2022

Cornell research seeks to elevate home care workers

An interesting piece of research from Cornell University. While this is in the USA, it seems they have a similar issue as we do here with care workers feeling undervalued.

The UK has a serious recruitment and retention problem in this sector too.

Overlooked, undervalued: Cornell research seeks to elevate home care workers

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## March 18, 2022

Open Source in Science

This is an interesting podcast from Physics world on how free and open source software is used in Physics.

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## December 11, 2021

Paper on Covid 19 transmission

I was sent this during a discussion on Mastodon about masks and how effective masks are, when worn by people who may not put on properly, compared to a doctor who has a team of people to ensure this happens. Interesting discussion and nice be sent a link to an actual paper to provide some help with the discussion.

Feel free to join / continue the discussion, however you will need to join mastodon and follow me @zleap@qoto.org to do so.

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Bibliography Information (just for reference)

@article {Bagherie2110117118,
author = {Bagheri, Gholamhossein and Thiede, Birte and Hejazi, Bardia and Schlenczek, Oliver and Bodenschatz, Eberhard},
title = {An upper bound on one-to-one exposure to infectious human respiratory particles},
volume = {118},
number = {49},
elocation-id = {e2110117118},
year = {2021},
doi = {10.1073/pnas.2110117118},
publisher = {National Academy of Sciences},
issn = {0027-8424},
URL = {https://www.pnas.org/content/118/49/e2110117118},
eprint = {https://www.pnas.org/content/118/49/e2110117118.full.pdf},
journal = {Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences}


## December 5, 2021

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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## September 15, 2021

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.

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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

## August 17, 2021

Biomolecules imaged at record-breaking resolution using localization atomic force microscopy

This is an article [1] from Physics World. We now have the ability to take really detailed images of molecules. This is really important, if not rather complex but we have made huge progress in this. Should aid study of molecules and perhaps open up new fields of research.

Back in 1989 IBM made their logo from Xenon atoms [4]. So I guess this shows how much progress we have made since then.

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## August 16, 2021

Novel food solutions for a more sustainable future – CNA

Interesting article from Channel News Asia (CNA) on sustainable food production.  As climate change and disasters jeopardise food security, could the switch to alternative proteins be the solution to the region’s need for a sustainable food ecosystem? Money Mind reports. 

Looks like some good innovation here. This was posted by GreenPeace [1] to Mastodon. The article [2] is worth reading so I am not going to try and paraphrase and sum up here as the message could end up getting lost that way. If you are not sure what Jackfruit are, I have also included a link to a BBC Food page on this [3].

I wasn't however aware that rice production was being affected by climate change. This really isn't good given how widespread rice is, for so many in Asia.

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## August 12, 2021

New evidence of a large cold spot partly causing dimming of Betelgeuse

This is another interesting item found on the Fediverse. It seems Betelgeuse is still active. It does appear that there are different ideas as to why this is happening

If Betelgeuse does go Super Nova then this activity may give clues to how stars can behave before hand, giving indications to future events that can be studied more closely perhaps.

I have added a discourse link in case anyone would like to comment further generally.