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Retracing Charles Darwin's epic voyage: Tech & Science Daily podcast

A northern fin whale spotted in the Bay of Biscay (Darwin200) ((Darwin200))
A northern fin whale spotted in the Bay of Biscay (Darwin200) ((Darwin200))

Two hundred years after Charles Darwin surveyed the world’s flora and fauna, now a vintage schooner is retracing his voyage on a very modern conservation research mission.

The sail and engine-powered Oosterschelde set off from England in August on the epic trip, which includes training young scientists and a global survey of bird populations.

Tech & Science Daily podcast is joined from Punta Arenas in southern Chile by Darwin200 director Stewart McPherson to discuss conservation, drones to track whales and deadly ocean litter.

Research led by Sorbonne University in Paris finds lightning storms occurring simultaneously with volcanic eruptions sparked the genesis of early life by creating large amounts of nitrogen.

Disney has demonstrated a prototype device called HoloTile, which is an “omnidirectional floor” allowing a user wearing a VR headset to “walk” around in the digital world.

Charities warn cancer patients face a ‘desperate situation’ after the number of people waiting more than a month to start treatment hit a record high last year.

Data from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities finds over 100 children every day are admitted to hospital to have teeth pulled out under general anaesthetic.

Astronomers at Cardiff University have discovered a previously unknown source of star dust, which forms the building blocks of rocky planets like Earth.

Researchers say an exploding supernova, based in a spiral galaxy around 300 million light years away, is one of the most prolific dust-producing celestial entities ever recorded.

Robotics experts at the University of Glasgow’s James Watt School of Engineering have developed a droid guide dog powered by artificial intelligence they hope could help blind people navigate public spaces more easily.

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