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Earlier this year, thousands worldwide were miffed to learn that social media rumors of a locust-eating army of ducks, purportedly set to protect Pakistan from pests, were false—but not all bird-based cavalries are fake news. For nearly four decades, South Africa’s Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate has been deploying a daily parade of waterfowl more than
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Coyotes thrive in urban environments—in fact, these crafty canids can now be found in nearly every city in the United States. Now, as Gizmodo’s George Dvorsky reports, a new study offers insight into one way that coyotes have been able to adapt to city-living: They eat a whole lot of human-related food, including garbage, fruit
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A team of US researchers has invented a portable surveillance device powered by machine learning called ‘FluSense’ that can detect coughing and crowd size in real time, analyse the data to directly monitor flu-like illnesses and influenza trends and predict the next pandemic in the making. The ‘FluSense’ creators from University of Massachusetts Amherst said
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The government on Friday announced to postpone the nation’s first summit on Artificial Intelligence (AI) that was scheduled to be held in the Capital in October amid the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Titled ‘RAISE 2020 (Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020),’ the summit on October 5-6 was announced as a global meeting of minds to
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Twenty thousand years ago, humans probably didn’t have much in the way of pockets. But they were still keen on manufacturing and carrying pocket-sized trinkets—including some petite engraved artworks honoring the wonders of the natural world, as new research reveals. Archaeologists excavating an Indonesian cave have unearthed two stone “plaquettes” depicting an anoa (dwarf buffalo)
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Roughly 66.8 million years ago—not long before the end-Cretaceous extinction that wiped out all non-avian dinosaurs—a diminutive, quail-sized bird met an unfortunate and untimely end. But the relatives of this pint-sized creature—a newly described fossil cheekily dubbed “Wonderchicken”—lived on, helping to seed the enduring, diverse lineage of birds that still fills the skies of the
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Restoration of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, which suffered devastating damage during an April 2019 fire, has been postponed indefinitely as France takes drastic measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, reports Bernadette Sauvaget for French daily Libération. The decision comes as restoration workers at the site were scheduled to begin removing the 250 tons of
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As the novel coronavirus continues its spread across the globe, people are rushing to stock up on supplies, leading to bare shelves and large crowds at grocery stores. In the era of social distancing, this is a problem—particularly for elderly citizens and other people who are at high risk of developing serious complications from the
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(Reuters) – Drugs used for treating arthritis are being tested as treatments for COVID-19, the disease caused by a new coronavirus, as researchers rush to find ways of helping patients and slowing the number of infections. FILE PHOTO: A Sanofi sign outside the French drugmaker’s Paris headquarters, October 30, 2014. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann//File Photo Sanofi and
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