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In the Bay of Biscay, a northern fin whale was recently spotted, marking two hundred years since Charles Darwin’s survey of the world’s flora and fauna. To commemorate this milestone, a vintage schooner, the Oosterschelde, is retracing his voyage on a modern conservation research mission. The Oosterschelde set off from England in August on an epic trip that includes training young scientists and a global survey of bird populations.

Stewart McPherson, director of Darwin200, joins the Tech & Science Daily podcast from Punta Arenas in southern Chile to discuss conservation efforts and drones used to track whales. The podcast also touches on research led by Sorbonne University in Paris that found lightning storms occurring simultaneously with volcanic eruptions can spark the genesis of early life by creating large amounts of nitrogen.

In other scientific developments, Disney has demonstrated a prototype device called HoloTile, which allows users wearing VR headsets to “walk” around in the digital world. Charities have also raised concerns about the desperate situation faced by cancer patients, with over 100 children every day being admitted to hospitals for teeth extraction under general anesthesia. Data from the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities reveals that many people are waiting more than a month to start treatment.

Astronomers at Cardiff University have discovered a previously unknown source of stardust that forms the building blocks of rocky planets like Earth. Finally, robotics experts at Glasgow’s James Watt School of Engineering have developed a droid guide dog powered by artificial intelligence they hope will help blind people navigate public spaces more easily. These news topics can be found in the Tech & Science Daily podcast available wherever podcasts are found.

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