Saturday, 20 January 2018

49% of Japan's largest coral reef has bleached: Environment Ministry

49% of Japan's largest coral reef has bleached: Environment Ministry

Some 49.9 percent of Sekisei coral reef -- Japan's largest -- had bleached by the end of 2017, the Environment Ministry has revealed. The figure is substantially less than the bleaching ratio of 91.4 percent on the reef between Okinawa Prefecture's Ishigaki and Iriomote islands at the end of 2016. However, "the water temperature remains high and the bleaching ratio is still high. We can't be optimistic," said an Environment Ministry official. "Coral in the area hasn't shown signs of real recovery, and remains in critical condition."
Read more: https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180120/p2a/00m/0na/015000c?source=Snapzu

British ‘Robot Scientist’ Eve Uses AI To Discover That A Toothpaste Ingredient Can Kill Malarial Parasites

British ‘Robot Scientist’ Eve Uses AI To Discover That A Toothpaste Ingredient Can Kill Malarial Parasites

An artificially-intelligent robot developed at the University of Cambridge has impressed its makers by discovering that an ingredient found in most toothpaste could help fight drug-resistant malaria. Every year, thousands of people across the world die from malaria, a disease passed to humans by mosquitos. Most of the deaths are reported from southeast Asia and Africa. According to the World Health Organization, about 212 million malaria cases were reported worldwide in 2015.
Read more: https://www.inquisitr.com/4745030/british-robot-scientist-eve-uses-ai-to-discover-that-a-toothpaste-ingredient-can-kill-malarial-parasites/?source=Snapzu

There Are 2 Vacant Investor-Owned Homes for Every Homeless Person in America

There Are 2 Vacant Investor-Owned Homes for Every Homeless Person in America

The difference between the greed of the wealthy and the precariousness of American workers is painfully stark when looking at vacant homes. 2016 figures from ATTOM Data Solutions — which publishes comprehensive housing data — show that wealthy investors are buying up more and more real estate as a moneymaking venture while housing prices and homelessness continue to skyrocket across America.
Read more: https://gritpost.com/vacant-properties-homelessness/?source=Snapzu

Christopher Columbus statues across the state splattered with red paint

Christopher Columbus statues across the state splattered with red paint

A Christopher Columbus statue in Trenton's Chambersburg neighborhood has become at least the fourth of the explorer's likeness to be vandalized in New Jersey this week. Lawmakers, officials and residents discussed the colonizer's place in American history on Columbus Day in October.
Read more: http://www.nj.com/mercer/index.ssf/2018/01/christopher_columbus_statues_across_the_state_spla.html?source=Snapzu

Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed

Face of 9,000-Year-Old Teenager Reconstructed

Her name is Avgi, and the last time anyone saw her face was nearly 9,000 years ago. When she lived in Greece, at the end of the Mesolithic period around 7000 B.C., the region was transitioning from a society of hunter gatherers to one that began cultivating its own food. In English, Avgi translates to Dawn—a name archaeologists chose because she lived during what's considered the dawn of civilization.
Read more: https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/01/archaeology-agvi-greek-stoneage-facial-reconstruction/?source=Snapzu

Thai police arrest notorious wildlife trafficking suspect

Thai police arrest notorious wildlife trafficking suspect

Police in Thailand have arrested one of the world’s most notorious wildlife traffickers, allegedly involved in the smuggling thousands of tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns from Africa to Asia, the Guardian has learned. Boonchai Bach, who goes by multiple aliases including Bach Mai Limh, was arrested at his operational base in the north-eastern province of Nakhon Phanom, next to the Mekong River on Thursday.
Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jan/20/thai-police-arrest-notorious-wildlife-trafficking-suspect?source=Snapzu

Twitter Admits There Were More Than 50,000 Russian Bots Trying to Confuse American Voters Before the Election

Twitter Admits There Were More Than 50,000 Russian Bots Trying to Confuse American Voters Before the Election

Silicon Valley’s social media giants aren’t done reckoning with their Russia problem. With less than 10 months to go before the midterm election, however, they’re still trying to earn back the public’s confidence that the commons they operate aren’t also undermining our democracy—and they’re still answering questions about what they’ll do the next time a foreign disinformation campaign runs rampant on their social networks.
Read more: https://slate.com/technology/2018/01/twitter-admits-there-were-more-than-50-000-russian-bots-confusing-u-s-voters-in-2016.html?source=Snapzu

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