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This Chili-Shaped Smartphone Accessory Can Measure a Pepper’s Spiciness | Smart News

The Carolina reaper pepper currently holds the Guinness World Record for the hottest chili pepper in the world. On the Scoville scale, a numerical rating aimed at quantifying spiciness, individual Carolina reapers typically fall somewhere between 1.5 and 2 million Scoville heat units (SHU). For reference, the more pedestrian jalapeno tops out at around 8,000.

But for those looking to singe their mouthparts on the hottest peppers on Earth, the fiery calculus behind the Scoville scale is a bit vague. Individual peppers are subject to variation—they’re plants after all—leading spice junkies to rightly wonder: Was that taste bud inferno a weapons-grade 2 million SHU reaper or a more run of the mill 1.5 million SHU pepper?

Now, a new device can swiftly detect just how hot a chili pepper truly is, reports Andrew Liszewski for Gizmodo.

The portable device, called the Chilica-Pod, is shaped like a red hot pepper

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RUDN University physicist developed software solution to measure the black holes stability

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IMAGE: Even if a black hole can be described with a mathematical model, it doesn’t mean it exists in reality. Some theoretical models are unstable: though they can be used to…
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Even if a black hole can be described with a mathematical model, it doesn’t mean it exists in reality. Some theoretical models are unstable: though they can be used to run mathematical calculations, from the point of view of physics they make no sense. A physicist from RUDN University developed an approach to finding such instability regions. The work was published in the Physics of the Dark Universe journal.

The existence of black holes was first predicted by Einstein’s general theory of relativity. These objects have so strong gravitational pull that nothing, not even light, can escape them. Dense and massive, black holes deform space-time (a physical construct with three spatial and one temporal

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New Mexico Measure C – Issue Education Bonds Election Results

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Choices Total Votes % Votes
Yes 522,057 64.8%
No 283,214 35.2%

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Mail-in and early votes may not be included.

Choices Total Votes % Votes
Yes 184,628 67.3%
No 89,525 32.7%
Choices Total Votes % Votes
No 1,226 61.8%
Yes 758 38.2%
Choices Total Votes % Votes
Yes 11,153 55.5%
No 8,951 44.5%
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Higher Digital Launches its Culture Assessment to Measure Higher Education Institutions’ Cultural-Readiness for Digital Transformation

The data-driven assessment allows colleges and universities to obtain actionable data to better align their cultures for successful digital transformation in today’s new age of digital learning

Higher Digital, a leader in helping higher education institutions drive actionable change, launches a data-driven Culture Assessment that can measure an institution’s cultural-readiness for digital transformation. The Culture Assessment is complimentary and available to any employee at any institution.

Recognizing that an institution’s cultural alignment is a critical success factor in digital transformation initiatives, Higher Digital releases the assessment tool to help institutions better understand their culture in the context of a digital world, benchmark themselves against other institutions, and identify priorities for adjusting their culture to embrace strategic change.

“Digital transformation is more than just integrating and upgrading digital technology or moving to the cloud. It requires a cultural alignment that prioritizes and enables such activities to be enacted quickly and successfully,”

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Thanks To Schmidt Futures, The Keeling Curve Lives To Measure CO2 Another Day

The Keeling Curve, whose daily measurements of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) in Mauna Loa have demonstrated how rapidly fossil fuel emissions are altering greenhouse gases, recently received $1 million in funding from the Schmidt Family’s Foundation to sustain future operations.

“More than ever, we need good data to inform our critical policy decisions, and the Keeling Curve is an essential measurement of a changing climate,” said Wendy Schmidt. The Schmidt Ocean Institute also furnished a $450,000 grant to measure changes in seawater chemistry in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans.

Charles David Keeling initially started taking these daily measurements at Hawai’i’s Mauna Loa Observatory – as well as Arctic and Antarctic stations – in 1958. And, Keeling’ son, Ralph, has continued these efforts into the present day. Since

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Laser technology used to measure biomass of giant Californian redwood trees

Oct. 15 (UPI) — For the first time, researchers have executed a three-dimensional survey of the world’s biggest trees, using laser technology to precisely measure the volume and biomass of Northern Californian redwoods.

Researchers detailed the feat in a new paper published Thursday in the journal Scientific Reports.

California’s giant redwood trees play an outsized role in above ground carbon sequestration, and have a larger impact on their ecosystems than their more diminutive neighbors.

“They are also very hard to measure and so tend to be underrepresented in measurements and models of above ground biomass,” Mat Disney, professor of geography at University College London, said in a news release.

Researchers used ground-based lasers to measure the biomass of large coastal redwood trees, Sequoia sempervirens, at three forest sites in Northern California. Scientists hope the data will help them more precisely monitor the impacts of climate change on redwood forests.

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