The Daily Populous

Saturday August 25th, 2018 evening edition

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The country isn’t a world leader in autonomous or electric vehicles, but it’s all in on putting cars in the sky.

The news: Japan announced today that it’s bringing together 21 companies and organizations, including big hitters like Uber, Boeing, Airbus, Cartivator, and Japan Airlines, to bring aerial vehicles to the skies within 10 years.

The challenge: The government said it will address one of the major things holding back flying cars: regulation.

“The Japanese government will provide appropriate support to help realize the concept of flying cars, such as creation of acceptable rules,” the ministry said.

If Japan is able to quickly establish a legal system in which flying cars can function, it could get a jump start over countries like the US, whose Federal Aviation Association has been notoriously slow-moving on things like drone regulation.

Not so far off: Flying cars definitely aren’t ready for the mainstream yet, but there’s been significant progress of late.

Uber is planning on deploying flying taxis in only five years, including opening a hub in Paris by 2023. »

Anti-poaching unit nabs 365 poachers in six months

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Durban - A specialised unit, set up to fight poaching have made great strides in their bid to stamp out rhino poaching.

Over the last six months, a total of 365 rhino poachers have been convicted and an additional 15 men aged between 33 and 50, have been arrested.

“These arrests should serve as a warning and deterrent to other potential poachers,” Naidoo said. »

Monsanto liable for Agent Orange damage, Vietnam reiterates

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"We believe Monsanto should be held responsible for compensating Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange for the damage caused by the company's herbicides," Tra said.

Monsanto was one of the producers of Agent Orange, a defoliant used by U.S. troops to strip Vietnamese forces of ground cover and food.

Millions of Vietnamese over several generations have suffered from health problems due to exposure to Agent Orange, according to government data. »

Researchers identify link between gut bacteria and eating for pleasure, as opposed to hunger

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Such activity in the brain indicates that a person is more prone to “hedonic eating,” or eating for pleasure rather than for hunger.

Those with higher levels of indole also were more likely to have food addiction, as determined by questionnaires they completed.

Learn more about the immunity, inflammation, infection and transplantation research theme, or I3T, at UCLA. »