The Harvard Computers were a group of women that were integral to the expansion of our knowledge of space and the stars. They were in charge of “repetitive drudgery” — measurement, photo examination, and star categorization — which led to the discovery of thousands of new stars. Chief among the computers was Williamina Flemming, a housemaid turned astronomer; she discovered white dwarf stars and sowed the seeds for the creation of the Harvard star classification in use today.
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With drug overdose deaths on the rise, authorities are attempting to curb the epidemic by tracking and sharing information in real time. In one unique effort, a nonprofit in New York City is using drug-testing equipment and stamping or marking habits of dealers to identify drug batches that may endanger users. Other approaches are also being used, such as monitoring drug-related chatter on Reddit and analyzing local wastewater for opioid and other drug levels. With the combination of these efforts, researchers hope to put a dent in the opioid crisis and reduce overdose deaths. Read full article here