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kudzu Surviving the Invasive Plants Apocalypse with Citizen Science Apps

There are more than 6,500 invasive plant species in the US that threaten native flora and fauna. Mobile apps can be tools that let citizen scientists help researchers collect data on invasive plants. Here's a roundup of apps that let you track these species by collecting photos, coordinates, and sighting information.

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Pamela Rentz
summit supercomputer World’s Fastest Supercomputer Summit Is Ready

Acceptance testing is complete, and selected users are starting to tackle the most complex of science problems on the 200-petaflop IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer. Summit enables scientists to explore new territory and uncover insights by applying artificial intelligence algorithms.

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Pamela Rentz
Autonomous Underwater Robots Track Sharks Like Never Before

Researchers have created shark-tracking robots that can gather information about the predators and their environments better than humans can. The robot gets close enough to sharks to monitor them but stays far enough away to remain undetected, so the sharks’ typical routine is never interrupted.

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Beth Romanik
New Software Helps Scientists Identify Animal Sounds

Thanks to software, scientists now have the ability to record massive amounts of audio samples from ecologically diverse areas and use technology to help in the species-identification process—a labor-intensive task, given the difficulty in deciphering the sounds in many hours of recordings.

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Jonathan Vanian