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English scientists have taught drones to fly in the dark
Have you ever wondered how mosquitoes fly in the dark? And why don't they stumble upon trees and walls? After all, the organs of vision or echolocation, like bats, these insects of the diptera do not use. Researchers at the University of Leeds in the UK understood the mechanism of “night vision” of mosquitoes, calling it an “aerodynamic image,” Science writes.
Insects in the dark use streams of air created by the flapping of their own wings. The jets of air change pressure and speed when an obstacle appears in front, and the mosquito feels these changes thanks to Johnston's organ - a set of receptors at the base of the “antennas” on the head. The maximum distance that a mosquito can “feel” is about 20 lengths of its wings. It was previously believed that this spatial gap is smaller.
Scientists have created a mechanical analog of the mechanism - a set of probes and sensors that record pressure drops. The development is inexpensive and reliable, it can be used on drones. The tests of the new system fixed to the drone were successful, the aircraft detected obstacles in the dark and circled them.
England will allow meetings in parks and sports games
“Boris Johnson announced a“contingent plan ” for opening a society after quarantine, which from this Wednesday will allow the inhabitants of England to spend more time on the street. They outline to permit residents to go out without time limits — for physical training, relaxing in parks and sports (the latter only with those who live together), ” the massage said.
Also, citizens who do not live together will be permitted to meet, provided that it will be in the parks and in compliance with 2 meters of the distance. Workers who, by the nature of their work, cannot work from home will be able to return to work. But the rest is asked to keep on to work remotely. People are asked, as before, not to leave home unnecessarily and to avoid travel by public transport.
While this is a preliminary plan, the final decision should appear before the end of Monday.
Plans set to ramp up coronavirus testing in Leeds.
UK government is planning to increase the number of testing in Leeds with new drive-thru testing centers at Temple Green Park and Ride. The plans are set to conduct at least 1,000 tests a day at this center. These testing centers have been opened to test more and more workers in the city. Leeds City Council has reported that over 57,000 health workers will be assigned to expand testing at this drive-thru center. Mobile testing units and kits will be sent to the center to ramp up coronavirus testing.
The government has announced that anyone above 65 and key workers showing any symptoms of COVID-19 can take the test at this center. Currently, 1,300 cases have been confirmed of coronavirus along with 358 fatalities between March 27 and April 28.
114 people dead in Leeds care homes due to COVID-19.
Leeds City Council has announced the total death tolls in the city due to novel coronavirus. As per their reports, a total of 358 people died after contracting with coronavirus in between March 27 and April 28. Out of these cases, 114 people belong to the care homes of the city. Also, 97% of these COVID-19 patients are the residents of Leeds.
The Care Quality Commission has stated that 70 of the fatalities of care homes have occurred in these last weeks. Cllr Judith Blake, leader of the council, has consoled for these people and expressed condolences for their loved ones. The council has reported that currently, 57,000 health and care workers are working for the drive-thru testing of coronavirus in the city.
Leeds postman starts a new duty as a coronavirus health worker.
A postman has started a new job as an ambulance driver with Yorkshire Ambulance Service. James Tilley, a postman of Yorkshire coast, has put a step forward to help the coronavirus patients as per his capability. He has started working as a temporary ambulance driver and has hung up his Royal Mail uniform. As a local postman, he is a familiar face in his hometown. The enthusiasm of the young man in the battle against coronavirus is inspiring.
Tilley will isolate himself for his wife and daughter for their protection. He will be working as an ambulance driver for the next three months with 12-hours shifts and will take all the emergency cases in the area across Yorkshire. He said his family is supporting him for this new life.
Former Leeds pharmacist and Rotary member die from coronavirus.
Bruce Hammond, a famous former pharmacist of Leeds and member of the Rotary Club of Aireborough, died on April 6 after contracting COVID-19. The 89-year-old man went on a cruise ship holiday with her wife Angela before her wife found positive for coronavirus. Afterwards, he also got admitted to the hospital for the same. Her wife recovered before the retired pharmacist passed away.
The other rotary members and his friends have paid tribute to him and called addressed him as a "gentleman and compassionate Rotarian." He first joined the rotary club in the year 1980 and then rejoined in April 1996. Rotary District Governor, Manoj Joshi, has also passed his words of condolences for him.