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Female researchers underrepresented, but collaborate widely

“Understanding how collaboration differs by gender is very important. “If there are systematic differences in collaboration patterns we are more likely to experience differences in gender balance, both among the top performers and work in particular sub-fields,” Milojevic told Reuters Health by email. Lead author Xiao Han T. Zeng of Northwestern University and coauthors studied the complete publication records of nearly 4,000 faculty members at top U.S. research universities in six STEM disciplines: chemical engineering, chemistry, ecology, materials science, molecular biology and psychology.

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Astro Cameras Help Mosques Schedule Prayer Times

Camera technology designed for astrophysics research is helping a network of mosques in the United Kingdom schedule dawn prayers — known as fajr — that can be observed at the same times across communities. Fajr is traditionally practiced at daybreak, but different calculations of when the sun rises can lead to prayer times that vary greatly — as much as 45 minutes, even between mosques that are close together, reported the Times. The so-called OpenFajr project, launched by Dr. Shahid Merali, a general practitioner with a practice in Birmingham, sought to standardize fajr from mosque to mosque with the help of technology used by astronomers for gathering data about the skies.


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What Triggered Tsunamis that Demolished Bronze-Age Civilization?

The historic eruption of the Greek volcano Thera in about 1650 B.C. triggered massive tsunamis and led to the end of the dominant civilization in the Mediterranean. Now, researchers say these destructive tsunamis may have been generated by the flow of volcanic material into the sea, challenging previous explanations, according to a new study. Studies of the Bronze Age disaster led scientists to think the collapse of the volcanic crater (called the caldera) into the sea caused tsunamis after the eruption of Thera, on the island now known as Santorini.


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