NASA Tree Counters
How many trees are there? As impossible as it may sound, NASA plans to find out! Scientists plan to use a high-resolution satellite and artificial intelligence to count every single tree on Earth – from major forests to smaller groups and even lone trees. Blue Waters at the University of Illinois is one of the fastest supercomputers in the world, and it has been engaged in performing a “deep learning” on terrain images from parts of West Africa. Until now, much of the research on trees has been in large forests. They discovered that they could count trees that the older satellites cannot see, but even more exciting, they can assess the carbon storage potential of those trees as well.
The 2020 presidential election hasn’t gone as smoothly as planned. It’s almost December, and the American people are still not sure whether Donald Trump or Joe Biden will hold the next term office. One of the main reasons for this is the possibility of voter fraud. The president has challenged several states to perform a recount on the votes, and Georgia and Wisconsin have already started. Georgia Officials discovered more than 5,000 uncounted votes, which reduced Biden’s lead by about 10%. On November 24, election workers began a machine recount of nearly five million votes that were cast. The recount was approved because state law says a candidate can request a recount if the winning margin is less than 0.5%. In this case, Biden was reported to be ahead by 12,670 votes which equals 0.25%.
Smelling the World
Humans are equipped with five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. Each is powerful in its own way. Sometimes, if one sense is lost, the others become stronger and more sensitive. A blind person, for example, will sometimes have a better sense of hearing and smell to help make up for the loss of sight. And now, a group of researchers want to give the gift of smell throughout the ages in an online “Encyclopedia of Smell Heritage.” The group formed what they call the Odeuropa consortium. They’re in the process of recording familiar and odd smells for people to experience. These odors range in time periods and objects. Some of the scents they plan to feature include scented tobacco that was used by perfumers, motor oil and ozone that was found in texts by Italian futurists, and much more.