Day: October 4, 2019

Wanna Visit the Galápagos Islands? It Could Soon Cost You a Lot More

A Galápagos beach. Photo: National System of Protected AreasOfficials at Galápagos National Park are considering a substantial rate hike for visitors, a move that could make the islands a lot more inaccessible—which is exactly their goal.The Galápagos Islands are an environmental treasure. Home to giant tortoises, blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and Darwin’s famous finches, the…

Paralysed man moves in mind-reading exoskeleton

Image copyright Fonds de dotation Clinatec A man has been able to move all four of his paralysed limbs with a mind-controlled exoskeleton suit, French researchers report. Thibault, 30, said taking his first steps in the suit felt like being the “first man on the Moon”.His movements, particularly walking, are far from perfect and the…

Interstellar comet Borisov starts coming into focus

Before dawn on August 30, an amateur astronomer named Gennady Borisov spotted an alien visitor: a comet from beyond the confines of our solar system. That object, now named 2I/Borisov, is just the second confirmed interstellar object ever detected inside our cosmic neighborhood. Now, as large telescopes around the world turn their gaze toward Borisov,…

India’s elephant-friendly tea garden

An Indian tea farm is the first in the world to embrace elephant conservation practices. Meet the farmer saving elephants one cup of tea at a time. By Kalpana Pradhan 3 October 2019 While most people think of poaching as the most significant danger to the world’s elephant population, there is another threat from a…