Artificial intelligence can help protect orchids and other species

Artificial intelligence can help protect orchids and other species
Calypso Bulbosa is classified as threatened or endangered in Europa and in several US states. It is found in undisturbed northern and montane forests, floodplains and swamps. Credit: Pati Vitt

Many orchid species are threatened by land conversion and illegal harvesting. However, only a fraction of those species is included in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, because assessments require a lot of time, resources and expertise. A new approach, an automated assessment developed under the lead of biodiversity researchers from Central Germany, now shows that almost 30% of all orchid species are possibly threatened. The new approach could speed up conservation assessments of all species on Earth.

Orchids are more than just decorative—they are also economically important in horticulture, in the pharmaceutical industry and even in the food industry. For example, vanilla orchids are grown commercially for their seed pods, and the economy on the northeast of Madagascar

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Job diary: I’m a ‘white hat’ hacker. Here’s what my job is like, and 5 things I think everyone should do to protect their personal information.

  • Frank Villani is a 53-year-old information security specialist based in New Jersey who’s worked in information technology for 24 years and IT security for 12 years.
  • He’s a ‘white hat’ hacker, someone who works on the inside of an organisation to protect its internet systems from ‘black hat’ hackers who want to violate computer security for personal gain.
  • For personal security measures, Villani says you should change your passwords every 45 days, be careful using public ATMs, pay in cash or credit cards at gas stations, and avoid using public WiFi unless it asks for credentials or consent.
  • This is his story, as told to freelance writer Jenny Powers.
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My name is Frank Villani. In a nutshell, my job is to test what those of us in the industry refer to as IOT — ‘the internet of things’ that encapsulates anything connected to

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Face Shields Won’t Protect Travelers From Covid-19

For months, people have been choosing between wearing masks or face shields when working with the public and for when they are traveling or working in public places.

New research, however, conducted by a Japanese supercomputer concludes that face shields are ineffective in trapping respiratory aerosols, as reported by The Guardian.

The world’s fastest supercomputer is called Fugaku and it discovered that 100% of airborne droplets of less than 5 micrometres escaped through plastic visors, like the ones used by people who work in service industries. (A micrometre is one millionth of a metre).

Of larger droplets which measure 50 micrometres, about half were able to escape into the surrounding air–a fact confirmed by a government-backed research institute in Kobe, Japan called Riken.

The supercomputer, which cost 130 billion yen (or $1.2 billion) has

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Parents can use Tech to Protect Their Kids’ Future With up to $5 Million (in Minutes)

As parents, we’d do anything to protect our kids’ future, especially when the world is so unpredictable. When you welcome a new family member, your world revolves around their education, upbringing, and teaching life in general right from day one to college and beyond.

As the breadwinner, you might provide everything for your family without straining your budget. But you cannot overlook the pandemic and stay oblivious to how your kids will do if you pass away. The key takeaway from this unending pandemic is that life is fragile, and we should have everything in place in case the worst happens.

Households can be chaotic, especially for new or busy parents. Sometimes you can miss out on must-dos, but you don’t get a pass when it’s about your child’s future. In a world so volatile, you can secure a term life insurance to protect your kids without burning a hole

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Scientists fight to protect orcas from man-made noise pollution

  • Experts are studying how man-made noise pollution, like from boats and oil drilling, is threatening the lives of orcas.
  • One team of scientists is collecting hundreds of hours of orca recordings off the coast of Norway in an effort to make to region a marine protected area.
  • Man-made noises interfere with orcas’ communication, which they use for hunting and mating.
  • And orcas trying to escape the underwater cacophonies may travel too far to the rocky shoreline, which can result in stranding and death.
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Orcas have a language of their own. They communicate through touch, movement, and most importantly, sound.

And it’s marine scientist Ellyne Hamran’s job to eavesdrop on them. 

Hamran is an acoustic researcher studying the sounds marine mammals like whales and dolphins use to communicate. She’s captured hundreds of hours of orca recordings.

This summer, she’s listening to the

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Provide shady spots to protect butterflies from climate change — ScienceDaily

Researchers have discovered significant variations in the ability of different UK butterfly species to maintain a suitable body temperature. Species that rely most on finding a suitably shady location to keep cool are at the greatest risk of population decline. The results predict how climate change might impact butterfly communities, and will inform conservation strategies to protect them.

The results, published today in the Journal of Animal Ecology, show that larger and paler butterflies including the Large White (Pieris brassicae) and Brimstone (Gonepteryx rhamni) are best able to buffer themselves against environmental temperature swings. They angle their large, reflective wings in relation to the sun, and use them to direct the sun’s heat either away from, or onto their bodies. These species have either stable or growing populations.

More colourful larger species such as the Peacock (Aglais io) and Red Admiral (Vanessa

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How To Clean Your Smartphone, Tablet And Laptop To Protect Yourself From COVID-19

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a bed that is sitting on a table: Cleaning your tech gadgets during the COVID-19 season

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Cleaning your tech gadgets during the COVID-19 season

A breeding ground for bacteria, at the best of times, are our smartphones, tablets and laptops. It needs to be cleaned more than ever to help limit the spread of the COVID-19. As such, here are a few simple and quick tips on how to do it. Along with washing your hands several times a day, regular cleaning of your smartphone and, as a general rule, all of your electronic devices are also essential to ensure that you are protected against the COVID-19. This is in fact quite simple since all you need is a moist cloth. A second cloth is also handy to wipe the devices dry. Note: When cleaning a smartphone, be sure to take care of the whole device, not just the screen. The first step is to remove the protective

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Researchers find new way to protect plants from fungal infection — ScienceDaily

Widespread fungal disease in plants can be controlled with a commercially available chemical that has been primarily used in medicine until now. This discovery was made by scientists from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU) and the University of the State of Paraná in Brazil. In a comprehensive experiment the team has uncovered a new metabolic pathway that can be disrupted with this chemical, thus preventing many known plant fungi from invading the host plant. The team reported on their study in the scientific journal Phytopathology.

The fungus Colletotrichum graminicola is prevalent around the world. It infects maize, causing anthracnose, a disease that causes the plant’s leaves to turn yellow at first and then ultimately to succumb to toxins. The fungus multiplies through spores that initially land on the surface of the plant. There they find rather inhospitable conditions: a lack of most of the nutrients that fungi need to

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Does the Fifth Amendment protect password disclosure

Jack Greiner
Published 6:06 a.m. ET Sept. 23, 2020


Does the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination prevent a court from ordering a criminal defendant to hand over the passcode to his smartphone?

According to a Florida appellate court (coincidentally, the  fifth appellate district), the answer is yes.

Jonathan Garcia is the defendant in a criminal case in which he allegedly broke a window at the home of the new boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend, Ana Diaz. When police arrived at the house to investigate, they found a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 smartphone, approximately 4 feet from the broken window.

Diaz identified the phone as belonging to Garcia and confirmed this fact for the investigating officers by calling Garcia’s phone number. The Samsung phone in question began to ring, and Diaz’s name and phone number were displayed on the phone screen. The police

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Cloud Communications Platform, Melrose Labs to Protect Businesses from Fraud with New Technology Partnership

Melrose Labs has partnered with Phronesis Technologies to reassure businesses that customers are who they say they are

Following the launch of its voice and messaging services earlier this year, Melrose Labs’ new partnership will see the platform develop new identity verification services that will protect businesses and improve customer engagement.

The new offerings will also enhance Melrose Labs’ existing Identity and Location, and One-Time Password (OTP) services.

When SMS is used to deliver a one-time password to a user, there is a risk that the message could be intercepted. With these new services, businesses will be able to identify SIM swapping and deny the use of OTP to prevent fraudulent use of a user’s account. Mark Hay, CEO of Melrose Labs says:

“Identity verification is essential to reducing fraudulent activity and is a key part of ensuring secure and trustworthy customer engagements in online transactions. Our new partnership with

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