A Boeing plane of South Korea’s low-cost T’way Air sustained damage to its nose cone. PM Nguyễn Xuân Phúc asked ministries and agencies to strengthen management of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to ensure air traffic safety. — Photo dantri.com.vn HÀ NỘI — Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc has sent an urgent dispatch asking concerned ministries and agencies to strengthen management over unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, to ensure air traffic safety. The urgent dispatch was issued after two recent incidents in which aircrafts sustained damage to their nose cones but did not appear to have been hit by birds. The PM’s dispatch temporarily banned the operation of drones within an 8km radius around airports. The PM asked the Ministry of Transport to direct aviation enterprises, especially airport authorities and Vietnam Air Traffic Management Corporation, to develop solutions and plans to … [Read more...] about Việt Nam bans drones from around airports
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Rowley’s litter frog (leptolalax rowleyae) is a new amphibian species found in the Son Tra Nature Reserve in Da Nang (Photo courtesy of Nguyen Thanh Luan of the Asian Turtle Programme) Da Nang (VNS/VNA) - A new amphibian was discovered by a group of scientists and biologists in the Son Tra Nature Reserve in the central city of Da Nang following researches between 2012 and 2018. A scientific report of the new species was released in the scientific magazine Zootaxa – a peer-reviewed scientific mega journal for animal taxonomists, on March 1. Nguyen Thanh Luan, scientific officer of the Asian Turtle Programme-Indo-Myanmar Conservation confirmed to Vietnam News on March 1 that the species – Rowley’s litter frog (leptolalax rowleyae) was found by Vietnamese Dr Phan Thi Hoa from Da Nang College for teachers’ training in 2012 when she was completing her thesis on reptile and amphibian species in the Son Tra Nature Reserve. Luan said Hoa … [Read more...] about Da Nang: New frog found in Son Tra Nature Reserve
An endangered monkey held captive (Photo: ENV) Hanoi (VNA) – The Education for Nature-Vietnam (ENV) said on February 21 that 19 wild animals of rare and threatened species were rescued from illegal traders and trappers, and subsequently released back into nature in January. Eight animals were handed over voluntarily by local people – consisting of two pangolins, one red-shanked douc langur, one python, and four monkeys – and taken to either nature reserves or released back into nature. The ENV said that competent authorities also seized many wild animal products, including 9.94kg of elephant tusks in Vinh Phuc province. It also detected and worked to remove 54 online pages that contained illegal wildlife trading information. According to ENV Vice Director Bui Thi Ha, the result is a vivid illustration of the radical change in public awareness of wildlife protection. Strict punishment must be meted out to any violations in order to prevent such crimes, she … [Read more...] about Several rare animals rescued in January
The US-China over artificial intelligence is heating up, but some warn the US could be over-reacting. "China is betting on AI and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing," says Abishur Prakash, a futurist and author of books about the effect of artificial intelligence (AI) on geopolitics. As developments in AI accelerate, some in the US fear that the ability of China's powerful central government to marshal data and pour resources into the field will push it ahead. The country has announced billions in funding for start-ups, launched programmes to woo researchers from overseas and streamlined its data policies. It has announced news-reading robots and AI-powered strategy for foreign relations. Perhaps most alarming to the US are its efforts to incorporate it into its military. In the last few years, Washington has toughened oversight of Chinese investments, banned US firms from doing business with certain Chinese companies and increased criminal … [Read more...] about Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?