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Unmanned boats and drones could repair offshore wind farms and clean up the sea

Unmanned boats and drones could repair offshore wind farms and clean up the sea

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Autonomous drones and unmanned boats could be used to maintain the UK's offshore wind farms in the next five years, experts have told Sky News.A team of scientists from the University of Bristol and French-based engineering and science firm Thales are testing technology that will eventually remove the need for humans to carry out the dangerous role. The process involves AI (artificial intelligence) boats carrying autonomous drones out to wind turbines at sea, before they take off and land on turbine blades and carry out repairs.Tom Richardson, from the University of Bristol who is leading the team, said: "The number of turbines we have is almost growing exponentially. Image: A drone is pictured being tested "There's a large number out...
‘More than one vaccine’ will be available in the next three to six months, SAGE scientist says

‘More than one vaccine’ will be available in the next three to six months, SAGE scientist says

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More than one coronavirus vaccine will be available in the first quarter of 2021, a government scientific adviser has told Sky News.Sir Jeremy Farrar, who sits on the SAGE committee, said: "I think in the first quarter of next year we will have vaccines - will have more than one vaccine." It is unlikely the jabs will be administered before Christmas, which Sir Jeremy thinks "will be tough this year" and "not like a normal Christmas for almost everybody".But he is expecting data on vaccines in November and December, pointing out that the UK has a "portfolio" of potential options.He is also hopeful that treatments will begin to make a big difference next year. ...

‘Big pile’ of eels dumped in NYC park; impact not yet known

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NEW YORK -- Andrew Orkin was taking a break from his evening jog to sit by Prospect Park Lake when he turned around and was startled to see a tangle of wriggling snakes.“And quite a big pile — fully alive,” said Orkin, a music composer who lives near the Brooklyn park.They turned out to be eels that had escaped from one of two large plastic bags that split open as a man dragged them to the shoreline. After dumping the eels in the lake, the man walked away, explaining to bystanders that “I just want to save lives.”The illegal release late last month became a curiosity on social media, but the dumping of exotic animals in urban parks isn’t new. In cities across the country, nonnative birds, turtles, fish and lizards have settled into, and often disturbed, local ecosystems.New Yorkers free th
UK says Instagram to crack down on hidden influencer ads

UK says Instagram to crack down on hidden influencer ads

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British regulators said Friday that Instagram will clamp down on “hidden advertising” by social media influencersByThe Associated PressOctober 16, 2020, 1:08 PM• 2 min readLONDON -- British regulators said Friday that Instagram will clamp down on “hidden advertising” by social media influencers.The Competition and Markets Authority said Instagram's owner Facebook has committed to tightening policies to restrict influencers who don’t disclose they’re being paid to promote businesses on its platform.It's part of an investigation into the influencer industry the watchdog launched two years ago. Regulators are concerned that Instagram wasn't doing enough under consumer protection laws to stop hidden advertising, which is illegal in the U.K. They want to make it harder to mislead people with po
2 drug measures on Oregon ballot

2 drug measures on Oregon ballot

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SALEM, Ore. -- War veterans with PTSD, terminally ill patients and others suffering from anxiety are backing a ballot measure that would legalize controlled, therapeutic use in Oregon of psilocybin mushrooms, which they say has helped them immeasurably.“After chemo failed, I went to a pretty dark place,” said Mara McGraw, a Portland woman who has terminal cancer. “I was feeling hopeless about treatment and about the future.”Then she tried the psychedelic mushroom, more commonly known as “magic mushrooms," with a trained facilitator standing by.“It was a very safe and nurturing experience for me. I immediately felt a release from the fear,” McGraw told a video news conference.On the national level, a clinical trial of psilocybin is underway to test its potential antidepressant properties, t