Colossal Biosciences—the Dallas-based company attempting to revive the woolly mammoth—has announced that it has started working on the de-extinction of the thylacine, better known as the Tasmanian tiger. Tasmanian tigers, which were native to the Australian mainland, Tasmania and New Guinea, appeared around 4 million years ago and were the largest living carnivorous marsupial until the time of their extinction. One of Australia's most iconic species, the thylacine population declined dramatically on the mainland, likely as a result of hunting by humans and competition with the dingo, leading to its disappearance there at least 2,000 years ago, according to the Australian Museum. The species persisted on the Australian island of Tasmania—located around 150 miles to the south of the mainland—into the 20th century. But numbers also declined here as well, with persecution by European settlers, who considered it a pest, probably playing a key role, alongside other threats such as … [Read more...] about Genetics company wants to bring iconic Tasmanian tiger back from extinction
Updated | Concussions are difficult to detect because symptoms usually don't appear for hours, days, or even weeks after an injury. The lack of an official test to determine brain damage makes it a challenge to identify, which can often lead to underdiagnosis. To solve that problem, researchers at the University of Washington developed a smartphone app that can spot traumatic brain injury instantly by analyzing the eyes of someone with possible head trauma. In the study , to be presented September 13 at Ubicomp 2017 , the app " PupilScreen " diagnosed brain injuries with close to perfect accuracy. The researchers created a deep learning algorithm that can detect a telltale sign of brain injury: how pupils respond to light. By using an iPhone camera flash to stimulate the eyes and recording the pupil response in a three-second video, the researchers charted which pixels belonged to the pupil in each video frame. The app measures the changes in pupil size across these frames, … [Read more...] about This new app detects concussions just by looking into your eyes
A 19-year-old tourist has been attacked by a bison while hiking in Custer State Park in South Dakota . The animal charged at Amelia Dean, from the U.K., on June 6, stopping before it hit her at full speed but still goring her with its horn. The force of the collision tossed Dean 15ft into the air, tearing the femoral artery in her left thigh and damaging the surrounding nerves as it dug its horn in, leaving her bleeding heavily. The bison was subsequently led away by a fellow hiker, who then called the emergency services. Dean was treated for her injuries, but has been left paralyzed from the knee down in her damaged leg. "I remember feeling the pressure on my hip. My hip being pushed back and I remember the sensation of flying in the air and going head over heels," Dean told local news station KOTA-TV in the hospital. "The bison stuck around and his hooves were right over my head. I remember them being like right by my head," she said. The largest land mammals in … [Read more...] about Teenager gored by huge bison in South Dakota state park
Kilauea, the most active volcano on Hawaii, has been in continual eruption since 1983. It entered a new phase in early May when fractures along a rift on the eastern side of the volcano opened during a series of earthquakes—some of which became volcanic fissures from which lava erupted. These fissures allowed magma that had been ponded in a lava summit lake to drain onto the ground surface as lava flows lower down the mountain. This was close to a residential subdivision known as Leilani Estates, where a new volcanic cone has since developed. Kilauea is buttressed on its north-west side by the enormous mass of Mauna Loa volcano , but its south-east slopes face the ocean and are unsupported. The magma from beneath the volcano usually erupts from the summit of the volcano, and there was a spectacular lava lake there in March. However two rift zones (areas where the volcano is splitting apart), extending east and south-west from the summit, can make it possible for lava to erupt … [Read more...] about Has the Kilauea eruption created a new volcano on Hawaii?
Call it the Super Friends of self-driving cars: Uber, Google and Ford are leading the charge to form a coalition to urge the federal government to help speed self-driving cars to American roads. Swedish car manufacturer Volvo and Uber's ride-sharing nemesis Lyft have also jumped on board the Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets. The coalition intends to work with civic organizations, municipal governments and businesses to help allow self-driving vehicles onto the streets. The companies have been working on self-driving cars in various degrees. Google is considered the leader in developing self-driving cars. Its vehicles can be seen on the streets near its headquarters in Menlo Park, California—and one even got a ticket from the police . Uber and Lyft are reportedly exploring partnering with car manufacturers to build a fleet of self-driving cars for taxi services. Volvo and Ford have begun testing their self-driving cars in China and Michigan, respectively, according … [Read more...] about Uber, Lyft, Ford and Google assemble to fight for self-driving cars
Self-driving cars may not yet be a common feature on roads but analysts are already forecasting the industry to be worth billions of dollars. Waymo, a division of Google's parent company Alphabet, is worth at least $70bn, according to estimates from Morgan Stanley analysts Brian Nowak and Adam Jonas, based on growth forecasts up to 2030. A research note published on Tuesday partly attributed the lofty valuation to Waymo's partnership with the ride-hailing company Lyft. The joint venture could eventually see driverless taxis roll out across the 300 U.S. cities that Lyft currently operates. "We are encouraged by Waymo's new partnership with Lyft as it gives Waymo access to more miles driven, which is important to building/ optimizing the autonomous business and data set," Nowak and Jones wrote. The partnership will help the autonomous driving subsidiary in its rivalry with other developers of self-driving technology, including Tesla and Uber. Waymo is currently involved in a … [Read more...] about Why Google’s self-driving car unit could be worth $70 billion
Animal Husbandry, Fisheries, and Dairy Development Minister S. Appala Raju on Monday stated that drone technology would be fully adopted in the agriculture and allied sectors in the State. Addressing the gathering after hoisting the national flag at the 75 th Independence Day celebrations here, Mr. Appala Raju said that farmers’ groups and youth holding degrees in agriculture sciences would be given drones on a subsidy basis. “Farmers’ groups will be given drones on 40% subsidy. The youth holding degrees in agriculture sciences will get a 50% subsidy,” he said. A sum of Rs.116 crore will be spent to lay 48 km of roads in Kakinada district while a 59-km stretch of five major roads will be expanded with Rs.100 crores to be funded under the Central Road Fund Scheme,” said Mr. Appala Raju. He reviewed the display of the tableaux of 12 government departments at the District Police Grounds. District Collector Krithika Shukla, Zilla Parishad Chairman Vipparthi Venu Gopala Rao, and … [Read more...] about Drone tech will be adopted in agriculture, allied sectors in A.P.: Appala Raju
NXP Semiconductors India has launched a scholarship and mentorship programme for Women in Tech (WIT). The programme has been launched to bridge the gender gap in the semiconductor design industry. It plans to offer one-year specialised training to 50 female undergraduate students. The registrations for the academic year 2022-2023 have opened on the occasion of India’s 75 years of Independence. The last date to apply is September 15. Candidates will also be awarded Rs 50,000 along with internship and job opportunities at NXP. Candidates willing to apply must be completing their second semester of BE/BTech in electronics or computer science and about to enter into the third semester from a college in India. Also read| How Independent India Convinced 565 Princely States to Form United Front? Learn in #ClassesWithNews18 The year-long programme intends to give female students the exposure and opportunities to make a difference in the semiconductor space. It will help them to … [Read more...] about NXP India Offers 1-year Course in Semiconductor Design For Female Students With Stipend Worth Rs 50,000, Job Opportunity
Much-needed rain has finally fallen in parts of the UK - but did you smell a familiar earthy scent accompanying the downpours? Many people find it comforting, and it's even been recreated in perfumes - the smell is called petrichor. It comes from a combination of plant oils and a chemical called geosmin that's made by bacteria in the soil. They're produced during hot weather and released into the air when it rains after a dry spell. Tiny air bubbles form in the raindrops when they hit the soil, according to an MIT study . They then shoot upwards, similar to a glass of champagne, and burst out of the drop to release aerosols of the scent into the atmosphere. Petrichor is most noticeable after a light shower because heavy rain can wash the aerosols out of the air. More on Weather Roads flooded as heavy rain and thunderstorms continue UK weather: Four days of thunderstorms to bring more danger and not relief after country scorched on weekend of … [Read more...] about It’s finally rained in the UK – but what causes the distinct earthy smell in the air?