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World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit

World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit

It’s another demonstration of the power of Big Data – of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before. Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe. The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the […]

Wearable tech aids stroke patients

Image copyright Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Image caption Lizzy McAninch had a stroke two years ago Scientists in the US are developing wearable sensors to speed up the recovery of stroke patients. The sensors are able to send information to doctors continuously. The team developing the system says it could allow therapists to more closely monitor […]

Wildlife secrets of Nigeria’s last wilderness

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp is confined to remote pockets of forest The world’s rarest chimpanzee has been captured on camera in the remote forests of Nigeria. The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp was seen at various locations within Gashaka Gumti National Park, raising hopes for its future survival. Conservationists also recorded the first […]

‘Fishing continued’ after East China sea oil spill

Image copyright AFP/Transport Ministry of China Image caption The tanker carried a highly toxic petroleum product that became invisible after the spill Fishing continued at the site of a massive oil spill in the East China Sea for days after the incident, satellite images obtained by the BBC suggest. Most of the fishing vessels in […]

World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit

World’s fishing fleets mapped from orbit

It’s another demonstration of the power of Big Data – of mining a huge batch of statistics to see patterns of behaviour that were simply not apparent before. Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe. The analysis reveals that more than 55% of the […]

Wildlife secrets of Nigeria’s last wilderness

Image copyright Chester Zoo Image caption The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp is confined to remote pockets of forest The world’s rarest chimpanzee has been captured on camera in the remote forests of Nigeria. The Nigeria-Cameroon chimp was seen at various locations within Gashaka Gumti National Park, raising hopes for its future survival. Conservationists also recorded the first […]

‘Fishing continued’ after East China sea oil spill

Image copyright AFP/Transport Ministry of China Image caption The tanker carried a highly toxic petroleum product that became invisible after the spill Fishing continued at the site of a massive oil spill in the East China Sea for days after the incident, satellite images obtained by the BBC suggest. Most of the fishing vessels in […]

Neanderthals were capable of making art

Image caption In Maltravieso Cave, western Spain, Neanderthals stencilled their hands by blowing red paint over them Contrary to the traditional view of them as brutes, it turns out that Neanderthals were artists. A study in Science journal suggests they made cave drawings in Spain that pre-date the arrival of modern humans in Europe by […]

SpaceX launches broadband pathfinders

Image copyright SPACEX Image caption The early morning launch had to go off at a very specific time SpaceX launched again on Thursday – this time to put a Spanish radar satellite above the Earth. But there was a lot of interest also in the mission’s secondary payloads – a couple of spacecraft the Californian […]

Mutation ‘gives bats edge over deadly viruses’

Image copyright SPL Image caption Bats can carry lots of deadly viruses, such as Nipah, Marburg, Sars and Ebola A single mutation in an immunity gene called Sting might be one reason why bats can resist the worst effects of harmful viruses such as Ebola. Chinese scientists have shown that bat Sting triggers production of […]

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