In the Bay of Biscay, a northern fin whale was spotted on the old schooner Oosterscheelde. This vessel follows in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, who embarked on a conservation research mission. The trip began in England in August and focuses on training young scientists and studying bird populations.

During an interview with the Tech & Science Daily podcast, Stuart McPherson, director of Darwin200 from Punta Arenas in southern Chile, discussed conservation efforts, the use of drones to track whales and the issue of ocean debris. Research conducted by Sorbonne University in Paris revealed that lightning storms that occurred at the same time as volcanic eruptions can trigger early life by creating large amounts of nitrogen.

Meanwhile, Disney has unveiled a prototype device called HoloTile, which is an “omnidirectional floor” that allows users wearing VR headsets to navigate a digital world by “walking” around. Cancer patients are facing a “desperate situation” after a record number of people waited more than a month to start treatment last year, charities have warned.

Furthermore, figures from the Office for Health Promotion and Disparities show that over 100 children are admitted to hospital every day to have their teeth extracted under general anaesthetic. Astronomers at Cardiff University have discovered a previously unknown source of stardust that forms the building blocks of rocky planets like Earth – found to be the result of a supernova explosion in a spiral galaxy about 300 million light-years away. Finally, robotics experts at the University of Glasgow’s James Watt School of Technology have developed a droid guide dog powered by artificial intelligence to help blind people navigate public spaces more easily.

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