Month: August 2020

Elon Musk’s Neuralink begins brain chip tests on pigs, with aim to cure human diseases one day

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s neuroscience start-up Neuralink has unveiled a pig named Gertrude that has had a coin-sized computer chip in its brain for two months, showing off an early step toward the goal of curing human diseases with the same type of implant.The California-based Neuralink, co-founded by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Musk in 2016,…

Hurricane Laura batters US Gulf coast, as officials warn of ‘catastrophic damage’

Hurricane Laura pounded the US Gulf coast for hours with ferocious wind, torrential rains and rising seawater as it roared ashore over southwestern Louisiana near the Texas border early on Thursday, threatening the lives of people who did not evacuate.More than 580,000 coastal residents were ordered to join the largest evacuation since the coronavirus pandemic…

Oil from Japanese ship that ran aground off Mauritius could kill mangrove forests

A Japanese disaster relief team said on Tuesday the oil spilled from a grounded Japanese freighter off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean could kill mangroves if it is not cleaned up soon.The team composed of seven members, including five environment experts, has been conducting an on-site probe of the damage to the environment, especially the…

South China Sea: Asean states set course for Beijing’s red line

It’s like a fuzzy red line that China imposes on its weaker neighbours involved in the South China Sea dispute: protest all you like about the militarisation and artificial island-building, just don’t mention the international court ruling that rejected Beijing’s far-reaching territorial claims.Until recently, the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations…

Megapredator: ancient marine reptile’s last meal was another giant beast

A giant, dolphin-like marine reptile known as an ichthyosaur that swam the oceans more than 230 million years ago was probably a megapredator, scientists said on Thursday after studying the fossilised remains of one for a decade.How did they reach this conclusion? They discovered the skeleton of a second, almost as large, lizardlike aquatic reptile…

Two men charged in 2002 killing of Run-DMC star Jam Master Jay

Two people have been charged in connection with the murder of hip hop innovator Jam Master Jay of the seminal group Run-DMC, an infamous New York slaying that’s gone unsolved for 18 years.On Monday, prosecutors announced the 10-count indictment against the alleged suspects Ronald Washington – who is already in federal custody – and Karl…

Donald Trump’s younger brother, Robert, hospitalised in New York

Robert Trump, the younger brother of US President Donald Trump, has been hospitalised in New York, the White House confirmed on Friday.The president, wearing a face masks, paid his sibling a visit at the New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Centre in Manhattan on Friday afternoon.“I hope he’s OK,” Trump said shortly before arriving at the hospital….