In a world first, Chinese scientists have created identical copies of a primate using a single individual’s DNA, though campaigners warned it was a “stepping stone to the creation of human clones”. What is cloning used for, when did Dolly the Sheep get cloned and will humans be next? Here's everything you need to know. When was Dolly the Sheep cloned? Dolly became the first cloned mammal in 1996 in Edinburgh. Sadly, Dolly died in 2003 with arthritis and cancer. So far 23 species of animals, including pigs, rats and cows, have been cloned. In 2015, Britain welcomed its first cloned dogs after Laura Jacques and Richard Remede from Silsden, West Yorks, paid £67,000 for their dead boxer, Dylan, to be replicated in a lab in South Korea. They got two identical puppies, which they called Changer and Shadow.How does cloning work? Scientists take live cells from a living animal, or one that has been dead for no more than five days. Then they implant nucleus DNA … [Read more...] about How does cloning work, when was Dolly the Sheep cloned and will humans be next?
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Dodos went extinct more than 300 years ago, but scientists are only now opening up a cold case after learning that one of the birds — the prized dodo specimen that likely inspired author Lewis Carroll to create a dodo character in the 1865 book "Alice in Wonderland" — was brutally murdered. After recently loading the famous dodo into a micro-computed tomography (micro-CT) scanner, researchers noticed that the scans showed weird fleck marks in the flightless bird's neck and the back of its head. A closer inspection revealed that those flecks were tiny lead pellets, meaning that someone shot the dodo from behind, killing the wildfowl, the researchers announced Friday (April 20). [In Photos: The Famous Flightless Dodo] The murderous finding came as a complete surprise, said Paul Smith, the director of the Oxford University Museum of Natural History in England, where the dodo specimen — called the Oxford dodo — is on display. For years, curators thought that the … [Read more...] about World’s Most Famous Dodo Didn’t Die — It Was Murdered
Produced by Josh Yager and Tom Seligson When Marsha Brantley, 50, of Cleveland, Tenn., suddenly vanished in 2009, her husband Donnie eventually became a suspect in her murder. But was Marsha even dead? The case was unusual from the start because for months after Marsha disappeared, nobody reported her missing – not her friends, her family or even her husband. No one took much notice until her hairdresser, Kelly DeLude, worried about a missed appointment and started asking questions. "I felt compelled to find out what happened to her," DeLude tells "48 Hours correspondent Peter Van Sant. "I wasn't trying to be a detective. I was trying to be a concerned friend." DeLude eventually called police, and investigators later picked up the case. The investigation was full of seeming contradictions from the start. Donnie Brantley claimed he hadn't reported Marsha missing because she had left him. Then, police say he lied repeatedly about where she had gone and what she'd … [Read more...] about Was a missing Tennessee woman murdered or did she willingly disappear?
The 2018 spring anime season is almost here and with it, a new slate of shows (about 53) as well as 11 carrying over from the winter season. Many of these shows are available for viewing outside Japan within a day thanks to streaming services like Crunchyroll, Netflix, and Amazon. With so many new shows to sort through, we tried to highlight some that might be interesting for anime fans and non-fans alike. If you like superhero action and high school drama/comedy My Hero Academia In a world where 80 percent of people are born with superpowers called quirks, Midoriya wasn’t. Despite that, he dreams of enrolling at UA High School where new heroes begin their training. A chance encounter with his idol and the world’s greatest hero, All Might, leads him down a path that could not only have him attending UA, but inheriting All Might’s power. This is the start of MHA’s third season, which is maybe not a great place for a newcomer as a number of important story threads … [Read more...] about Eight new anime shows to watch this spring
Theoretical physicist and enormous pop culture celebrity? Only Stephen Hawking, whose death at age 76 was announced Tuesday, could swing both of those titles. Despite the fact that few people outside the realm of science understood what Hawking really did for a living, he became a beloved figure in the entertainment world. His wheelchair and robotic-sounding computer voice made him instantly recognizable, whether in cartoon form or being portrayed by handsome actor Eddie Redmayne, who won an Oscar playing Hawking in 2014's "The Theory of Everything." Here's a look at some of the times when the scientist hit the big (and little) screen. 'The Simpsons': Forever a fan Hawking was such a fan of "The Simpsons" he allowed the animated Fox show to feature him during four separate appearances, and called it "the best thing on American television." He also knew it brought him and his big brain to a new audience, saying, "Almost as many people know me from 'The Simpsons' as through my … [Read more...] about ‘Star Trek’ to ‘Simpsons,’ Hawking was our pop-culture physicist
Camera maker Lighthouse AI, a Palo Alto-based startup founded by Google and Stanford alums, is in an interesting predicament. We live in a time when phrases like “machine learning” and “neural networks” are thrown around as buzzwords, used both earnestly to talk about the modest gains of self-learning software and strategically as the ambiguous special sauce that helps a product stand apart. But Lighthouse contends that it has the expertise and product chops to deliver on a truly smart home security camera, even one that can stay competitive with the software of Silicon Valley giants, nearly all of which have extensive AI research labs. There’s another issue, too. A security camera is a spartan device, designed mostly to perform just one task well: showing you a real-time video feed of a given location, with a recorded backup to boot. Do you need an AI vision system for your home? Is this camera actually better than any of the other countless … [Read more...] about Lighthouse AI’s security camera knows who you are, and when you’re home
The last time director Alex Garland and visual effects supervisor Andrew Whitehurst worked together, they created Alicia Vikander’s Ava, the robot star of Ex Machina. For their follow-up collaboration, Annihilation, they had a much bigger set of challenges. Garland’s newest film is a heady mind-trip that explores humanity’s self-destructive impulses, but it’s also a walking tour of the gorgeous and the grotesque. The story of Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist who joins a group of women to explore an area of coastal America that’s rapidly mutating due to an alien contaminant, Annihilation is full of improbably beautiful biological mashups, shimmering landscapes, and human-plant hybrids. It also features one of the most terrifying creatures to hit the screen in years. If you haven’t seen the film already, I suggest you stop reading now — but if you have, you probably already know exactly what I’m talking about. The Annihilation bear is a … [Read more...] about How Annihilation’s VFX team created those terrifying mutant creatures
Emotional support animals are becoming common sights on airplanes. We've seen pigs fly, and miniature horses as doctor-sanctioned animal companions. Then peacocks get the shaft when it comes to comforting passengers on board. And an emotional support hamster was tragically flushed away when it was refused entry on a flight earlier this year. That harrowing tale of a companion animal gone very, very wrong highlights the confusion and complications of flying with animals for medical reasons. Before you tote your furry friend to the airport, make sure to brush up on which animals airlines allow on planes. To help you out, we've rounded up every major airline's emotional support animal policy. SEE ALSO: Enormous emotional support peacock denied seat on flight, owner not pleased First, though: It's important to distinguish an emotional support animal from a service animal. Unlike a guide dog for a blind person, an emotional support animal is there for people with emotional, … [Read more...] about A complete guide to airline policy on emotional support animals
During the Arctic winter, when the sun hides from October to March, the average temperature in the frozen north typically hovers around a bone-chilling minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 20 degrees Celsius). But this year, the Arctic is experiencing a highly unusual heat wave. On Feb. 20, the temperature in Greenland not only climbed above freezing — 32 degrees F (0 degrees C) — it stayed there for over 24 hours, according to data from the Danish Meteorological Institute. And on Saturday (Feb. 24) the temperature on Greenland's northern tip reached 43 degrees F (6 degrees C), leading climate scientists to describe the phenomenon on Twitter as "crazy," "weird," "scary stuff" and "simply shocking." Weather conditions that drive this bizarre temperature surge have visited the Arctic before, typically appearing about once in a decade, experts told Live Science. However, the last such spike in Arctic winter warmth took place in February 2016 — much more recently than a … [Read more...] about Last Week, the Arctic Was Warmer Than Europe: Here’s Why
In the olden days, getting access to anime was a tremendous pain in the ass. For every series that got dubbed and aired on American television, there were dozens if not hundreds more that only made their way over on quasi-legal videotapes or bootleg DVDs. Fans of Japanese animation learned to work around it, but the advent of fast, reliable streaming video changed everything. Netflix’s initial anime offerings were pretty scarce, but they’ve noticed the demand is there and beefed up their selection considerably. Here’s our list of the absolute best series to watch. This might change as the service gains the rights to new shows and loses the rights to others, so bookmark the page and come back often. Death Note Based on a super-popular manga, Death Note tells the story of Light Yagami, a high school over-achiever who finds a notebook that lets him untraceably murder anybody by writing their name. He attempts to use it to make the world a “better place,” by … [Read more...] about The Best Anime On Netflix Streaming