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In possible first, Cuba allows march by animal activists

In possible first, Cuba allows march by animal activists

World
On Sunday morning a group of animal-lovers will march a mile down one of Havana's main thoroughfares waving placards calling for an end to animal cruelty in Cuba. Short, seemingly simple, the march will write a small but significant line in the history of modern Cuba. The socialist government is explicitly permitting a public march unassociated with any part of the all-encompassing Communist state, a move that participants and historians call highly unusual and perhaps unprecedented since the first years of the revolution. "It's a historic event," said Beatriz Del Carmen Hidalgo-Gato Batista, a 21-year public communications student who received the permit for the march from the Plaza of the Revolution borough of Havana. There is no indication Cuba is moving toward unfettered freedom of as...
Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Gene-edited animal plan to relieve poverty in Africa

Science
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 for the Advancement of Science meeting in Washington DC.Prof Djikeng is the director of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health. He believes that gene editing along with more targeted traditional cross-breeding will lead to healthy, productive livestock that will transform the lives of some of the very poorest people in the world."We can drive out poverty in some of ...
Surgeon used 5G network to operate remotely on animal

Surgeon used 5G network to operate remotely on animal

Technology
A doctor in China has become the first to perform remote control surgery over a super-fast 5G network. The surgeon, who manipulated two robotic arms, was 30 miles from an operating theatre in Fujian province.During the procedure, he removed a laboratory animal's liver, the South China Morning Post reported.The 5G system, which is said to be at least 10 times as fast as current networks, and perhaps even up to a hundred times, has a lag time of only 0.1 seconds.That meant the delay between the surgeon's movements, and the robot in the theatre, was short enough to avoid potentially dangerous mistakes.In future, it is hoped such technology will enable surgeons to work remotely in war zones and disaster areas.It will also allow specialists from large hospitals to assist more ju...
'Oldest animal painting' discovered in Borneo

'Oldest animal painting' discovered in Borneo

Science
The earliest known painting of an animal has been identified in a cave on the island of Borneo.The artwork, which is at least 40,000 years old, is thought to be the oldest example of figurative painting - where real objects are depicted rather than abstract shapes. The researchers aren't certain what animal it represents, but their hunch is that it's a banteng, a type of wild cow that lives in the area today.The work appears in Nature journal.The painting was found in a system of caves in the remote and rugged mountains of East Kalimantan, an Indonesian province on Borneo.The caves contain thousands of other prehistoric paintings, drawings and other imagery, including hand stencils, animals, abstract signs and symbols. ...
Newly named dinosaur species named largest land animal of its time

Newly named dinosaur species named largest land animal of its time

Science
Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Paleontologists have discovered a new giant dinosaur species in South Africa's Free State Province. The plant-eating dinosaur weighed 12 metric tons and stood more than 13 feet tall at the hip, roughly twice the size of an African elephant. Scientists named the species Ledumahadi mafube, Sesotho for "a giant thunderclap at dawn." The Sesotho language is indigenous to the region where the species was discovered. "The name reflects the great size of the animal as well as the fact that its lineage appeared at the origins of sauropod dinosaurs," Jonah Choiniere, a professor of paleontology at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand, said in a news release. "It honors both the recent and ancient heritage of southern Africa." The proportions of the newly named species r...