Pufferfish may be carving mysterious ‘crop circles’ near Australia

Japan’s white-spotted pufferfish are renowned for producing complex, ringed patterns in the sand. Now, 5,500 kilometers away in Australia, scientists have discovered what appear to be dozens more of these creations.

While conducting a marine life survey out on Australia’s North West Shelf near subsea gas infrastructure with an autonomous underwater vehicle, marine ecologist Todd Bond spotted a striking pattern on the seafloor, more than 100 meters deep.  “Immediately, I knew what it was,” recounts Bond, of the University of Western Australia in Perth. Bond and his colleagues continued the survey, ultimately finding nearly two dozen more.

Until now, these undersea “crop circles” were found only off the coast of Japan. First spotted in the 1990s, it took two decades to solve the mystery of what created them. In 2011, scientists found the sculptors — the diminutive males of what was then a new species of Torquigener pufferfish. The patterns

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The 15 leaders at Microsoft carving out its future in healthcare

Microsoft is hiring physicians, healthcare executives, and engineers, as well as directing Microsoft vets with decades of experience, to focus on the business of medicine.

Its projects are wide-ranging. One huge effort of late is the $1.57 trillion company’s first cloud kit that’s specific to the needs of a single industry, “Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare.”

Another product, Microsoft Teams, is quickly becoming a go-to telehealth provider for tens of millions of physicians each month, CEO Satya Nadella said in a recent earnings call. 

Read more: Microsoft’s healthcare strategy is all about the cloud. 2 executives lay out how it’s taking on Google and Amazon as tech giants push deeper into the $3.6 trillion healthcare industry.

Microsoft’s top people for healthcare business don’t work on an official, singular team. Many of them work in the research division, sales, or various industry and product groups that are catering tech to specific kinds

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