A before and after image of the bleaching in American Samoa. The first image was taken in December 2014. The second image was taken in February 2015 when the XL Catlin Seaview Survey responded to a NOAA coral bleaching alert. (Credit: XL Catlin Seaview Survey)

How algae disappear from corals during a bleaching event

by Tamaki Bieri Coral bleaching in the news Currently, the third massive worldwide coral reef bleaching event is unfolding.  Corals from Hawaii to the Indian Ocean are affected, and recently, the worst bleaching ever witnessed in the Great Barrier Reef was reported. Once rare, coral bleaching events have increased both in frequency and severity over…

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Computers Inspired by the Human Brain

By Gina Adam You may be able to read this text effortlessly but don’t be fooled into thinking that reading is an easy task! It took you many years of learning and long hours in school to become proficient at recognizing letters and words. How does your brain do it? The brain consists of 10 billion cells called…

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Hungry? Technology might tell you what to eat.

by Anicia Peters Brian was on vacation with his family driving through Minnesota. As they approached Woodbury, Minnesota, they decided to stop by the nearest fast food restaurant, a Wendy’s, to pick up a light “snack.” Brian was a technologist so when he walked up to the counter he immediately noticed that the menus consisted…