Ep. 56 Koala Protection, the Kilauea Volcano, and a Talking Computer | Twig Science Reporter

Ep. 56 Koala Protection, the Kilauea Volcano, and a Talking Computer | Twig Science Reporter


On this week’s news update– a volcanic eruption
causes destruction in Hawaii, a new plan to protect koalas, and the computer
that can have a real conversation! First up– a volcanic eruption
has been causing dramatic scenes on the island of Hawaii
in the Pacific Ocean. The Kilauea volcano is one of
the most active volcanoes in the world and the recent eruption
has caused huge cracks to appear in the surrounding area. The cracks are called fissures
and they’re created when lava and gas
burst through the ground. Dozens of homes have been destroyed,
and many people have had to leave their communities
to stay safe. Scientists are monitoring
the volcano closely, as there’s a risk of more powerful
eruptions in the coming weeks. Next up, it’s Animal Watch. The koala is one of Australia’s
most recognizable animals but the number of koalas
in the wild is falling. Conservationists believe
there are now fewer than 43,000
of them left. One of the biggest threats
to koalas is a loss of habitat. The eucalyptus forests they live in
are often cleared to build new roads and homes. Now, a new fund has been set up
to help the animals, in the state of New South Wales,
in Australia. Around 34 million US dollars
will go toward protecting the koalas’ natural habitat,
by creating forest reserves, as well as building a new hospital
for sick and injured koalas. It’s hoped that
this new plan will help koala numbers grow once again. And finally, it’s Tech Beat. [phone ringing]
“Rrrrrring.” What you’re hearing is a conversation
between a real person and a computer, called Duplex. Tech company Google
recently revealed this exciting new development. Duplex can understand
and react to a human conversation, something that machines
have struggled to do before now. It’s a big step forward
in communication between people and machines. That’s all for this week,
we’ll see you next time!

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