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THIS Is Biodiversity’s Biggest Threat, Not Climate Change

Contrary to popular belief, global warming is not the biggest killer of biodiversity on the planet.

It is no secret that the Earth is no longer the blue-green planet that could host a widely diverse population of animal and plant species. Certain species of animals have gone extinct or are nearing that stage because of several man-made problems including global warming. But contrary to popular belief, global warming is not the biggest killer of biodiversity on the planet.

According to an analysis conducted by a team of scientists led by University of Queensland doctoral student Sean Maxwell, the biggest and more urgent threat to the decreasing animal and plant species are traditional activities like hunting, logging, and farming.

In their report, Maxwell and his team opposed media reports that pinpoint climate change as the main reason why flora and fauna are being driven into extinction. In fact, they provided what the Huffington Post deemed as “a much-needed dose of perspective” on the matter.

Biggest Biodiversity Killers

Biggest Biodiversity Killers

Source: Nature

According to Maxwell and Co., agriculture and overexploitation of animal and plant resources are still the biggest threats to biodiversity on Earth based on a quantified study on thousands of species in a stud featured in the Nature journal.

In their report, Maxwell and his team wrote that 72 percent of 8,688 species listed by IUCN are threatened or near-threatened by human activities such as fishing, farming, logging, and hunting. Because of this, Maxwell recommended that respective governments of different nations should make use of the following approaches to alleviate the negative effects of man’s gathering and hunting activities:

• Development and governance of sustainable harvest regimes;
• Enforcement of hunting regulations and no-take marine protected areas;
• Maintenance of international policy mechanisms;
• Public education (for instance, on where ivory comes from) to reduce demand.

While they noted that the abovementioned human activities are the current biggest threats, they did not remove climate change from the picture.

“Climate change will become an increasingly dominant problem in the biodiversity crisis.”

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Beware Humankind, Sophia the Robot Vowed to Destroy Us All!

Host: “Do you want to destroy humans?” Sophia the Robot: “Okay. I will destroy humans.”

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For a number of years already, the field of Robotics has been obsessed with creating Artificial Intelligence or AI. From Japan to China, Russia, USA and other countries with advanced technologies, the quest of perfecting a "humanoid" robot never stops. And indeed, our robotics technology has gotten uncannily smarter and smarter. Robots with speech recognition, thought and dialogue capabilities have been featured before. There are also robots who learn from their interactions with humans, and even robots who get better at complex games like Chess. Remember the Chess game between a robot and the best Chess player in the world, Garry Kasparov?

Now the field of Robotics is taking things a step further by giving the robots some human-like features. This new robot named "Sophia" created by Hanson Robotics from Texas, USA can even mimic human facial expressions and base her reactions and dialogue with her conversation partner. Also, she has scary-looking artificial skin folds on her neck ugh! Hanson Robotics founder said that the purpose of Sophia the robot is to provide support and even customer service. One of the aims is to make her a "Care Companion Robot" (think Baymax :P) for the elderly.

She can make various facial expressions...

She can make various facial expressions......

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Rolls-Royce’ Remote-Controlled, Unmanned Ship Is The Cargo Ship Of The Future

According to a company representative, we’ll see these crewless ships by 2020.

When we hear the name Rolls-Royce, we all think of that company that manufactures luxury cars and, later on, jet engines.

Well they recently made headlines after unveiling their plans of creating a remote-controlled, unmanned cargo ship – the first of its kind in the world.

According to Rolls-Royce, the cargo vessel will be controlled and monitored by a “captain” stationed at an on-shore command center. ...

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This Bionic Bird Looks And Flies Like A Real Bird

Keep this away from your cat. She’ll mistake it for the real thing!

You know what makes technology really fun and exciting? You’ll never know what’s coming next. Case in point, this new bird-shaped drone aptly called the Bionic Bird.

As you will see in the video below, this badass bird looks and flies like the real thing. The official website tells us that the Bionic Bird “is packed with micro-technologies weighing less than 10 grams” and that it “imitates the soaring of an eagle as well as the rapid flapping flight of a swallow.”

According to the makers, the Bionic Bird "imitates the soaring of an eagle and the rapid flapping flight of a swallow."

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