How to eavesdrop on urban bats with smart sensors

Image copyright Hugh Clark Image caption Brown long-eared bat - This bat's huge ears provide exceptionally sensitive hearing Scientists are studying the urban life of bats in unprecedented detail using sensors installed in a London park.The detectors eavesdrop on the nocturnal chatter of bats, picking up their ultrasonic calls and monitoring bat activity in real-time.The project aims to investigate the health of bat populations at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London.The smart devices have the potential to monitor the diversity of all sorts of wildlife, from birds to frogs.Kate Jones, professor of ecology and biodiversity at University College London, is ... Read More

UK CO2 and energy costs ‘set to rise’

Image copyright PA Image caption The CCC wants more low-carbon electricity through the 2020s Household energy bills and carbon emissions will rise unless ministers devise new policies to save power, a report says.The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) confirms that bills and emissions have been forced down since 2008 by EU energy efficiency rules.Appliances like fridges, freezers and boilers are now designed to use less energy for the same work.Ministers say they will make new energy efficiency policy in the Autumn.But the government's critics point out that its Clean Growth plan for an efficient low-carbon society is already many months ... Read More

Sexy Robots Help Cure Erectile Dysfunction

If there’s one thing that the modern world teaches us, it’s that everything changes. Over the last few decades, we’ve seen massive paradigm shifts in just about every aspect of human existence, from the way we work to how we meet romantic partners and even interact with our friends. The most basic things are ripe for disruption, and what could be more basic than sex? The old-fashioned in and out is still perfectly good, but people want more. And we’re not talking the kinky stuff, but instead the very idea of “sex” with a partner. The teledildonics revolution has already ... Read More

Viewsnight: ‘Scientific research isn’t immune to sexism’

In this Viewsnight, Journalist Angela Saini argues that it’s easy for prejudice to affect research and that science has been tainted by sexism for hundreds of years. Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight's place for ideas and debate. For more, head over to BBC Newsnight on Facebook and on YouTube ... Read More

Viewsnight: ‘Scientific research isn’t immune to sexism’

In this Viewsnight, Journalist Angela Saini argues that it’s easy for prejudice to affect research and that science has been tainted by sexism for hundreds of years. Viewsnight is BBC Newsnight's place for ideas and debate. For more, head over to BBC Newsnight on Facebook and on YouTube ... Read More

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Image copyright World Food Prize Image caption Access to seeds and fertilisers has proven problematic for millions of farmers in Africa African Development Bank president Akinwumi Adesina has won the prestigious World Food Prize for his work to boost yields and farm incomes.Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was vital to boost development.He added that 98% of the world's 800 million undernourished people live in Africa.Since 1986, the World Food Prize aims to recognise efforts to increase the quality and quantity of available food.Dr Adesina told BBC News that he was "very humbled" to win ... Read More

Chimps’ strength secrets explained

Image copyright AFP Image caption Chimps do appear to be stronger than us, but not by as much as we often think The greater strength of chimpanzees, relative to humans, may have been explained by American scientists.A study suggests the difference is mostly due to a higher proportion in chimps of a muscle fibre type involved in powerful, rapid movements.The findings do not support previous work suggesting mechanical aspects of chimp muscles are responsible.But the difference in chimp-human muscle performance is more modest than sometimes depicted in popular culture.In the 1920s, anecdotal evidence along with investigations by the biologist John ... Read More

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SpaceX Successfully Launches, Lands 2 Rockets in 3 Days

I don’t know about you, but Elon Musk had a great weekend. His private aerospace firm SpaceX successfully launched and landed two rockets in three days. On Friday, the Falcon 9 Full Thrust sent Bulgaria’s first geostationary communications satellite into orbit from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center, before touching down on SpaceX’s east-coast drone ship “Of Course I Still Love You,” stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Iridium-2 satellite launch (via SpaceX) A geostationary communications satellite, the BulgariaSat-1 should be operational by early August to provide various communications services to Bulgaria, Serbia, and the Balkans for 15 years. Watch the launch webcast ... Read More

This Robot Irons Clothes So You Don’t Have To

What’s better than a robot that folds your clean clothes? A robot that irons them first. Researchers at the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid have built an android that presses garments, so you don’t have to. “An increasing demand exists for robots to be capable of assisting people with everyday domestic chores,” according to a recently published paper. Certain duties, however, tend to be more complex. “The ironing task is a particularly salient example,” the scientists said. “If performed incorrectly, it can induce even more wrinkles.” ... Read More

Anonymous Claims NASA Is About To Announce Discovery Of Intelligent Alien Life

Getty In their latest YouTube video Anonymous has claimed that NASA is about to announce the discovery of intelligent alien life. The hacktivist group has said that a spokesman for NASA, Professor Thomas Zurbuchen, stated this during one of the last meetings of the U.S. Science, Space and Technology committee. According to the video Professor Zurbuchen said: Our civilisation is on the verge of discovering evidence of alien life in the cosmos. Taking into account all of the different activities and missions that are searching for alien life, we are on the verge of making one of the most profound, ... Read More

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Future of energy on show in Kazakhstan

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Whale body size warning for species collapses

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption Sperm whales showed the biggest declines in body size from 1905 to 1985 The shrinking size of whales over the 20th Century could help scientists detect when wildlife populations are in trouble, a study suggests.The analysis shows that the average body size of four whale species declined rapidly during the second half of the 20th Century in response to hunting.But warning signals were visible up to 40 years before whale stocks collapsed.The work appears in Nature Ecology and Evolution journal.Christopher Clements, from the University of Zurich in Switzerland, and his colleagues looked at ... Read More

GE CEO Calls BS on Job Automation Fears

The idea that factories will be run by robots in five years is “bullshit,” according to outgoing General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt. It will probably take at least six or seven years. Joking aside, Immelt has joined Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt in dispelling rumors of total automation. Humans and computers must work together—not in opposition—to be more productive, Schmidt argued at last week’s VivaTech convention in Paris. As reported by CNBC, the former Google chief cited a study suggesting 90 percent of jobs are not fully automatable; while some routine tasks may be mechanized, humans are still indispensable. “So ... Read More

German-UK team maintains Galileo success

Image copyright ESA Image caption The work order provides leeway should any existing satellites experience failure Eight new satellites have been ordered for Galileo - Europe's global positioning system. As before, they will be made by the German-UK consortium comprising OHB-System of Bremen and SSTL of Guildford. The industrial contract was signed at the Paris Air Show on Thursday by OHB and the European Space Agency, which is procuring Galileo on behalf of the EU. Europe's GPS has enough spacecraft for a full constellation already but this order ensures sufficient spares. It will provide leeway as some of the first ... Read More

ISS to Carry Artificial Organs for Experiments on Human Body in Microgravity

The Associated Press by Charlie Nash21 Jun 20170 21 Jun, 201721 Jun, 2017 The International Space Station is set to carry artificial organs in an attempt to tackle five different medical issues, according to a report. The five “organs-on-chips,” which are described as “transparent slides about the size of an AA battery with microfluidic channels capable of reproducing blood and airflow that are lined with the cells of the organ begin studied,” will be used to research five different issues related to the effects of microgravity on the human body. “Aboard the ISS, astronauts can observe the cells as they grow ... Read More

Koalas ‘facing extinction’ in some Australian states

The conservation group WWF is warning that koalas could be wiped out in some Australian states amid deforestation and increasing attacks by livestock.Video produced by Trystan YoungListen to World Service's Newsroom programme on the BBC iPlayerMain image courtesy Sue Gedda/WWF ... Read More

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