Kolkata: The state Forest department will explore the possibility of a sensor-based technology to track the various sounds made by elephants to track their exact location.The move is a significant stride by the department to mitigate jumbo deaths in railway tracks in North Bengal. “This is the for the first time in the country that such sensor-based technology will be used. The high-frequency sounds made by an elephant is audible but it makes certain low frequency sounds during the animal’s movement, which is inaudible. The technology will use artificial intelligence to recognise such sound within a fixed radius,” a senior official of the state Forest department said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaMichel Andre of Spain has a patent for this technology, which is being used in several foreign countries to capture sounds made by harmful sea animals particularly whales to evade their collisions with ships. It may be mentioned that the state Forest department has been trying to identify a cost effective technology to prevent deaths of pachyderms in railway tracks of North Bengal. A two day workshop was held in Chalsa in November last year that was attended by scientists and experts on forest and wildlife across the country. Since then the department has been experimenting with technologies. Over sixty jumbos have been killed in railway tracks in North Bengal since 2004. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We will hold the trial in Gorumara or Mahananda National Park area in some strategic locations where elephant encroaching on rail tracks and conflicts between man and the jumbo have been the maximum. This will enable us to have the best idea on the feasibility of the ultra sound frequency detection technology,” said Ravi Kant Sinha, state Chief Wildlife Warden. According to a senior forest official in the North Bengal division railway tracks between Siliguri and Alipurduar, stretch close to 165 km passing through several forest areas, including the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, Jaldapara National Park and Buxa Tiger Reserve in Bengal. Officials from the Wildlife Institute of India will be making the technology analysis while the state Forest department will be providing field support in the exercise which is expected to begin in September. “If we find that this technology is able to effectively capture sounds to track the movement of the pachyderms integrating it to our system so that drivers get alerts through sms about the exact position of the animal will not be too difficult. We believe that this is the best technology till date that we can adopt. So we are keeping our fingers crossed,” the official said.
Posted: June 30, 2018 Firefighters discover body while responding to small brush fire in Santee KUSI Newsroom, SANTEE (KUSI) — Firefighters found a body after responding to a small brush fire in an open area near Santee Lakes Saturday.Dispatchers received a report of the fire, in the 9300 block of Fanita Parkway, at about 2:10 p.m., San Diego County sheriff’s Lt. Rich Williams told City News Service.The brusher, about 500 square feet in size, was under control less than 20 minutes later, by about 2:30 p.m., Williams said. That’s when firefighters discovered the body.Both the fire and the death were under investigation, and it’s too soon to tell if any foul play was involved, Williams said.The San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office will attempt to identify the body, he said. No description of the victim was available. Updated: 5:04 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom June 30, 2018
Do you postpone your meal time? Beware, it may delay a person’s body clock, warned researchers in a finding that sheds light on a potential way to alleviate symptoms of jet lag and shift work. The human body runs according to a roughly 24-hour cycle, controlled by a “master” clock in the brain and peripheral clocks in other parts of the body that are synchronised according to external cues, including light.The findings showed that a five-hour delay in meal times also causes a five-hour delay in our internal blood sugar rhythms, suggesting that meal times synchronise internal clocks that control rhythms of blood sugar concentration. “It has been shown that regular jet lag and shift work have adverse effects on the body, including metabolic disturbances,” said lead investigator Jonathan Johnston from the University of Surrey. Conversely, based on the time a person eats his or her breakfast, lunch, and dinner, at least one of those clocks can also be reset. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Altering meal times can reset the body clocks regulating sugar metabolism in a drug free way. This will help us design feeding regimes to reduce the risk of developing health problems such as obesity and cardiovascular disease in people with disturbed circadian rhythms,” Johnston added.For the study, the team enrolled ten healthy young men in a 13-day experiment where they ate three meals at 5-hour intervals. Each participant started with a meal time set to 30 minutes after waking, and then, after getting used to eating early, they switched to a meal served five hours later for six days. Surprisingly, the delay in meal times did not affect insulin or fat levels in the blood indicating that blood glucose rhythms can be governed by separate circadian clocks to these other key aspects of rhythmic metabolism.