Last month, Austin Stewart gave a rather unique virtual reality demonstration at a storefront in Ames, Iowa. With a wall TV display, an Oculus Rift headset, and yoga ball trackpad, the Iowa State University assistant professor showed how virtual reality could enrich the inner lives of farm animals confined to small spaces. Strap an Oculus Rift headset onto a chicken, and it’s free range, you see. In its mind. advertisement advertisement “It’s really pastoral,” Stewart says of the Second Livestock world, inspired by humans’ Second Life, and first reported by the Ames Tribune. “There’s waving grass, a few trees, and some artificial intelligence chickens wandering around as well.” With the trackpad, participants were able to mimic the pace of chicken feet with their fingers. Stewart’s also very excited about the next version of the Oculus Rift headset, which will allow for positional head tracking, or craning your neck at … [Read more...] about Could “Second Livestock” Give Chickens A Virtual Free Range?
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If you buy a six-pack of Carlsberg beer in a U.K. supermarket this week, it will no longer come with standard plastic six-pack rings. Instead, the cans will be held together with a new kind of glue. advertisement advertisement The company estimates that the switch will reduce plastic waste by more than 1,200 metric tons a year, or the equivalent of 60 million plastic bags. It can also help address the problems that the packaging causes when plastic rings end up in the ocean, potentially choking wildlife or breaking down into pieces of microplastic that can enter the food chain. an edible version, made from food and agricultural waste, that can safely fall apart in water–Denmark-based Carlsberg decided to eliminate the rings completely. A small plastic handle, however, still exists to help carry the beer. The process took three years of research and development. “We tested around 4,000 different types of glue before we settled on the final formulation,” says … [Read more...] about How one beer company is ditching plastic six-pack rings
Six of the 10 most valued Indian companies together added Rs 65,060.30 crore in market valuation last week, with RIL and HDFC emerging as the biggest gainers. HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank and SBI were the other winners in the top-10 list, while TCS, Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL), Infosys and ITC suffered losses in their market capitalisation (m-cap) for the week ended Friday.The market cap of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), the country's most valued firm, jumped Rs 17,439.74 crore to Rs 10,03,147.26 crore.HDFC's valuation zoomed Rs 15,435.51 crore to Rs 4,06,705.23 crore and that of SBI climbed Rs 11,512.75 crore to reach Rs 2,96,921.83 crore.Close The m-cap of HDFC Bank zoomed Rs 9,089.48 crore to Rs 6,91,457.21 crore and that of ICICI Bank advanced Rs 8,210.91 crore to Rs 3,47,551.97 crore. related news Nifty could see fresh leg of rally beyond its new life time high zones in the coming week Market Week Ahead: 10 key factors that will keep traders busy … [Read more...] about Six of top-10 firms add Rs 65,060 cr in m-cap; RIL, HDFC lead
Skipper Virat Kohli led India to a resounding seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second T20 International with an unbeaten 72-run knock as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the short three-match series at Mohali on September 18.Kohli (72 not out off 52 balls), who made a memorable 82 not out in his last T20 on this ground more than three years ago, helped India chase down the modest target with consummate ease, getting the team home in 19 overs.Check | In Pics: India vs South Africa 2nd T20IClose Opener Shikhar Dhawan (40 off 31) too made a significant contribution and shared a 61-run stand with the skipper, who scored his 22nd T20 fifty. His 52-ball knock comprised four boundaries and three sixes. related news "To hell with them who don't understand" says India coach Shastri about relationship with BCCI president Ganguly India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Batting coach backs Pant to be "massive player" for IND India vs West Indies ODI series: Captain Pollard says Windies have … [Read more...] about India vs South Africa, 2nd T20I: Kohli’s unbeaten 72 helps Men in Blue beat Proteas with ease
Skipper Virat Kohli on September 18 said India will try out new players and test their temperament in the ongoing series against South Africa. Kolhi, who smashed an unbeaten 72 to guide India to a seven-wicket win over South Africa in the second T20 International at Mohali, credited his bowlers for restricting the visitors to a modest 149 for five."Bowlers showed a lot of character. The pitch was very good and they (South Africa) got off to a good start so it was an outstanding effort from the bowler to pull the game back from us," he said at the post-match press conference.Check | In Pics: India vs South Africa 2nd T20IClose "That's exactly what we're looking at, try out new people and see who stands up under pressure," he added. related news "To hell with them who don't understand" says India coach Shastri about relationship with BCCI president Ganguly India vs West Indies 1st ODI: Batting coach backs Pant to be "massive player" for IND India vs West Indies ODI … [Read more...] about India vs South Africa: Kohli says Men in Blue will try out new players and test them in series