Category: Science & Technology

Gadhave Earns ‘New Innovator’ Research Award From Foundation For Food And Agriculture Research

Kiran Gadhave, Ph.D., a Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist, has been honored with the New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. His groundbreaking research aims to develop an integrated pest management tool to combat tomato spotted wilt virus and thrips, offering a sustainable solution to enhance specialty crop production in the Texas Panhandle and beyond. Dr. Gadhave’s innovative approach using independent-mobile RNA has the potential to revolutionize pest-pathogen control in various food crops worldwide.

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Citizen Scientists Invited to Collect Data for NASA During Eclipse

As the Moon eclipses the Sun on April 8, 2024, thousands of citizen scientists, including fifth- and sixth-grade students from Alpena Elementary in Arkansas, will collect temperature readings and cloud data to aid research on the Sun’s influence on climate. Using NASA’s GLOBE Observer app, these enthusiastic participants will contribute valuable information for understanding temperature fluctuations during the eclipse, particularly in diverse climate regions across North America. This collaborative effort highlights the power of citizen science in advancing our knowledge of Earth’s environment and inspiring a new generation of scientific inquiry.

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Conference Highlighting Artificial Intelligence Advances In Agriculture Will Be April 15-17 At Texas A&M

The 2024 Artificial Intelligence in Agriculture and Natural Resources Conference, hosted by Texas A&M University System from April 15-17, features experts like Seth Murray and Ali Fares discussing AI’s role in managing sustainability amid environmental stress. With a focus on knowledge-sharing and collaboration, the event aims to advance AI technology’s implementation in agriculture, attracting over 300 attendees from universities and industries nationwide. Key topics include sensors, robotics, pests, diseases, water, soils, and more, offering a comprehensive exploration of AI’s impact on agriculture.

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NASA Sets Coverage For Crew Launch; Trio To Join Expedition 70

NASA astronaut Tracy C. Dyson, Roscosmos cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy, and spaceflight participant Marina Vasilevskaya are set to launch on the Roscosmos Soyuz MS-25 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9:21 a.m. EDT. Dyson will spend six months aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as an Expedition 70 and 71 flight engineer, while Novitskiy and Vasilevskaya will stay for 12 days, providing the ride home for NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara. This mission marks Dyson’s third spaceflight, Novitskiy’s fourth, and Vasilevskaya’s first.

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Discovery Alert: Glowing Cloud Points to a Cosmic Collision

New research published in Nature reveals a fascinating cosmic event: the aftermath of a colossal collision between two exoplanets. Observing a young star, scientists witnessed a sudden spike in infrared light followed by a 500-day eclipse, indicating the presence of a massive cloud of gas and dust. This collision, possibly between icy planets, offers a glimpse into the chaotic history of planetary formation both in our solar system and beyond.

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