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ZSL London Zoo shares animal X-rays

[ad_1] Image copyright ZSL London Zoo Image caption Tokay gecko (Gekko gecko) The expert veterinary team at ZSL London Zoo has shared a selection of X-rays made during routine health checks of its 18,000 animals.The images reveal the inner workings of a variety of different species, including frogs, snakes, geckos and turtles, and provide valuable insight for the vet team."We can tell so much about an animal's health from looking
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Stores accused of ‘watering down’ bottle deposit scheme

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Bottle deposit schemes were launched in some countries decades ago Large retailers have been accused of trying to water down a proposed scheme to improve rates of bottle recycling.Environmentalists say large and small drinks containers alike should carry a catch-all deposit of more than 15p.But retailers say small "on-the-go" bottles cause most litter, while large bottles are recycled by households and should not
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AAAS: Machine learning ‘causing science crisis’

[ad_1] Image copyright Reuters Image caption Astronomy is one of the many areas of science in which machine learning is used to make discoveries Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.Dr Genevera Allen from Rice University in Houston said that the increased use of such systems was contributing to a “crisis in science”.She warned scientists that if
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Call to ban killer robots in wars

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption This is not about terminator robots but "conventional weapons systems with autonomy" A group of scientists has called for a ban on the development of weapons controlled by artificial intelligence (AI).It says that autonomous weapons may malfunction in unpredictable ways and kill innocent people.Ethics experts also argue that it is a moral step too far for AI systems to kill without any human
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Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

[ad_1] Image copyright BBC News Image caption Prof Djikeng's thinking was moulded by his childhood experiences A researcher in Edinburgh is leading efforts to develop gene-edited farm animals for poor farmers in Africa. Prof Appolinaire Djikeng is developing cows, pigs and chickens that are resistant to diseases and more productive.Among them are cattle that have been gene edited to be heat-resistant.Details of the project were given at the American Association
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BP: Plastic ban “could have unintended consequences”

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images There are many interesting news nuggets in BP's annual Energy Outlook that's just been published. The document says that even as renewable energy becomes the world's major power source by 2040, demand for oil will stay strong over the next two decades. But perhaps the most intriguing suggestion in the report is the idea that cutting back on plastic use could backfire and make matters
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Space harpoon skewers ‘orbital debris’

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionA harpoon was fired to catch some debris successfully The British-led mission to test techniques to clear up space junk has demonstrated a harpoon in orbit.The RemoveDebris satellite fired the projectile into a target board held at a distance on the end of a boom.Video of the event shows the miniature spear fly straight and true, and with such force that