In 2020, during the global lockdowns imposed to combat COVID-19, a significant number of people observed wild animals appearing in unexpected places. To understand the impact of reduced human activity on animal behavior, the COVID-19 Bio-Logging Initiative was formed, utilizing bio-logging devices to track animal movements. Research findings published in Science reveal that large land mammals altered their behavior during lockdowns. They moved closer to roads, potentially due to reduced traffic, and explored new areas. The study highlights the direct influence of human mobility on animal movements and behavior, emphasizing the need to develop strategies for positive human-wildlife coexistence. Ongoing research will investigate the effects on birds, marine environments, and species in North America.
Thermo Fisher Scientific’s settlement with Henrietta Lacks’s family, whose cells were used for research without consent, raises ethical and legal considerations. The agreement follows decades of debate over the unauthorized use of her HeLa cells, which led to scientific breakthroughs. Legal experts and researchers highlight the case’s significance, emphasizing the need for transparency and accountability. […]
The COVID-19 pandemic and the continuing people’s reactions to its dangers emphasize one of the major oversights of governments worldwide—they have long been unprepared for the sobering prospect that pandemics will persist and continue to kill millions of people as they have for ages. Identifying and drawing up solutions for future pandemics is a […]
Apple recently introduced its Vision Pro headset at the Worldwide Developers Conference. The device marks Apple’s entry into the head-mounted devices market, combining virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and mixed reality (MR) technologies. The Vision Pro allows users to adjust their level of immersion and features an array of cameras, eye-tracking capabilities, and spatial […]