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May
2016

Drone captures rare moment as whales take down juvenile shark

False killer whales tracking their prey in drone footage captured in Australia

You might think sharks have little to fear as they glide about the ocean, but dolphins and their relatives can be pretty cunning predators themselves. A drone has captured a moment of maritime madness rarely seen by us here on dry land, filming from above as a pack of false killer whales chase and kill a juvenile shark off the coast of Sydney, Australia.

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Category: Drones

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10
May
2016

Anatomy classes can now download their toads

You wouldn't download a toad - unless it was for school

3D printing has been used to produce rocket parts, medical implants and even to make art, and now 3D-printable models of anatomical specimens can be added to the list. A cane toad skeleton and part of a spiny dogfish skull are the first examples made available for students to download, with a view to making hands-on study more accessible than using biological specimens alone.

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Category: 3D Printing

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10
May
2016

Game changers: Do clever machines add up to AI?​

Are computers truly intelligent, or are they just good at games?

In March, a computer achieved what many thought impossible when it won a best of five series against world-class go champion Lee Sedol. The victory by the DeepMind computer was the most significant milestone in artificial intelligence since Deep Blue beat chess Grandmaster Garry Kasparov in 1997, and once again sparked many predictable headlines about humans being knocked off our IQ perch. The question is, what do such human versus computer matches tell us about AI? Is it the harbinger of a machine-led future or are computers just very good at playing board games? To see how this might play out, we first need to look to the past.

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Category: Computers

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10
May
2016

Nissan EVs to join the grid in UK trial

Nissan and Enel will conduct a UK trial of vehicle-to-grid technology

Nissan has partnered with power company Enel to launch a pilot program in the UK allowing electric vehicle owners to sell energy from their car batteries back into the grid. As well as allowing EV drivers to make a bit of extra cash from their cars, Nissan sees the program as the first step towards using cars as mobile energy hubs. The announcement came alongside the launch of the xStorage home battery, which uses recycled Leaf batteries for home energy storage.

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Category: Automotive

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10
May
2016

2,325 and counting: Kepler doubles its haul in largest exoplanet discovery ever

Kepler has now discovered 2,325 exoplanets since it began operations in March 2009

Since it launched six years years ago, NASA's Kepler space telescope has provided a guiding light in our search for extraterrestrial life, scanning the sky for potentially habitable Earth-size planets. Today the agency has announced the discovery of almost 1,300 new exoplanets, doubling the craft's previous tally and giving the chances of finding another world just like ours a healthy little boost.

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Category: Space

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