Friday 19 January 2018

McCartney on mend

Suit up like Iron Man

Paul McCartney's spokesman says the former Beatle is on the mend after being treated in a Tokyo hospital for a virus.

Stuart Bell said Paul "will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days' rest". The 71-year-old star has postponed planned shows in Tokyo and Seoul since falling ill last week.

US special operations forces may be a few years away from donning a similar suit to the film character Iron Man, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give them real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof.

The tactical assault light operator suit (Talos) might eventually have an exoskeleton made of liquid armour and smart fabrics that could help stop haemorrhaging.

A secretive tree-living carnivore from the cloud forests of the Andes heads this year's top 10 list of newly discovered species.

The olinguito, from Colombia and Ecuador, is the first new carnivorous mammal described in the western hemisphere in 35 years. A smaller cousin of the raccoon, it is threatened by deforestation.

PINNING THE TAIL

The New Mexico city of Santa Fe is working to replace the tail mysteriously stolen from its well-known metal donkey statue.

The city is working with artist Taylor Mott to reconstruct and replace the tail on the burro sculpture. The sculpture stands at one end of Santa Fe's Burro Alley. Police have no clues on the tail bandits and are offering a $1,000 (€732) reward.

FISHERMEN FOUND

Two fishermen missing for almost two days in their boat have been found safe and well 74km off Scotland.

James Reid (75), and his grandson, David Irvine (35), were spotted by a passing fishing vessel. A massive air and sea search was launched on Tuesday after their 5m boat was reported overdue.

THINKING ON THE FLY

Flies appear to "think" before they act, and – like humans – they take longer to make trickier decisions, a study has found.

Scientists admitted to being surprised by the discovery, which indicates that even insects show signs of intelligence. Gathering information before deciding on a course of action was previously thought to be the preserve of highly evolved species, such as monkeys and humans.

Irish Independent

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