Digitally recording historical sites could serve as insurance in the case of disaster.
- Notre Dame, France's famous medieval cathedral, was severely damaged by a fire on Monday.
- Fortunately, at least two recent projects have taken detailed 3D scans of the cathedral, which could help in restoration efforts.
- As laser-scanning and digital imaging technology gets cheaper, some suggest we should digitally record historical sites in the event they get damaged, or worse.
Tracking project establishes northern Argentina is wintering ground of Swainson's hawks
- Watch these six dots move across the map and be moved yourself: this is a story about coming of age, discovery, hardship, death and survival.
- Each dot is a tag attached to the talon of a Swainson's Hawk. We follow them on their very first migration, from northern California all the way down to Argentina.
- After one year, only one is still alive.
The Megachile pluto is about four times the size of a honeybee.
- The giant bee was first discovered in 1859, but since has only officially sighted once.
- An international team of researchers set out to rediscover the bee in January.
- Determining exactly when a species is extinct is difficult, especially for small animals like insects.
Despite tens of millions of dollars pouring into new technologies, a 'clean' burger remains elusive.
- Tens of millions of dollars are funding projects to create a consumer-ready lab-grown burger.
- Despite the hype, experts warn that a lot more research needs to be conducted.
- Mainstream adoption of plant-based foods, however, is making lab-grown meat a welcome possibility.
White-nose syndrome is nearly as lethal to bats as the Black Plague was for humans.
- White-nose syndrome has killed at least 6.7 million bats, though this estimate was made in 2012, and the current figure is almost certainly much higher.
- Bats serve a crucial role in our ecosystem and economy, and white-nose syndrome is already pushing many species to the brink of extinction.
- Researchers and scientists are working hard to develop novel methods to cure white-nose syndrome; a few methods have shown promise, but none have yet been deployed in the field.
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