A female gorilla has died at Melbourne Zoo after a young male gorilla attacked her in an "unprecedented" show of aggression.
The 33-year-old female, named Julia, was the victim of the assault from 13-year-old Silverback male, Otana, on Friday. Staff monitoring the male noticed he had been showing an unexpected level of aggression towards Julia, before she retreated to a cave for the evening.
On Saturday, Julia was transferred to the vet for an examination, but her condition could not be stabilised. Head vet Michael Lynch told Seven News Julia had significant muscle damage caused by biting and hitting.
There was a lot of funding news this week, including sports, digital commerce, payments, health, office chat and yet another multibillion dollar-valuation for a startup. Here’s what went down:The digital payments startup Stripe is in the middle of raising an undisclosed amount of money as part of a round that will value the company at $5 billion. Less than a year ago, the company raised $70 million at $3.5 billion. The cloud software company MuleSoft scored $128 million in a round led by Salesforce Ventures, setting MuleSoft’s value at $1.5 billion. Obvious Ventures, the venture capital firm started by Twitter and Medium founder Ev Williams, raised $123 million for its first fund, according to an SEC filing earlier this week. The cloud software company Twilio is partnering with its backers, Bessemer Venture Partners, DFJ and Redpoint Ventures, to start a $50 million fund to invest in companies developing on Twilio’s platform. Payment processing company WePay raised $40 million in a funding round led by FTV Capital, with the Japanese digital commerce firm Rakuten and existing investors Highland Capital Partners, August Capital, Continental Investors and Ignition Partners also participating (Fortune). Switch, a Google Ventures-backed business communications company run by ex-Googlers, raised $35 million in a round led by the Singaporean VC Amasia, with existing investors Google Ventures and Andreessen Horowitz participating alongside newcomers SoftBank and Workbench Ventures (Forbes). The Canadian clean energy company General Fusion raised $27 million in a new investment round led by the Malaysian government’s sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Business in Vancouver). Samsara, a wireless sensor maker founded by two guys who sold their last company to Cisco for $1.2 billion, raised $25 million in Series A funding led by Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is joining the Samsara board (Wall Street Journal). DIY content and commerce company Brit + Co. raised $23 million in funding, and an SEC filing reveals that Intel Capital VP Lisa Lambert has been named a new board member (Fortune). Berkshire Hathaway and GE invested $22.5 million in EVolution Networks, an Israeli company that makes energy management technology for businesses (Bloomberg). Fuze, a cloud-based conferencing software maker, raised $20 million in new funding and acquired the workplace collaboration service LiveMinutes for an undisclosed sum (Silicon Valley Business Journal). The health insurance shopping companion Stride Health raised $13 million in a new round led by Venrock, with participation from Fidelity Biosciences and NEA (MobiHealthNews). Viral content publisher The Mighty raised $2.5 million in an investment round led by Upfront Ventures (VentureBeat). Mitoo, a social network for amateur athletes, raised $1.5 million in funding led by Dave Morin’s Slow Ventures (VentureBeat).
To remote sensing scientists, peering directly into the eye of a tropical storm is like hitting a hole in one. That’s exactly what NASA’s CloudSat satellite did on May 16th, completing a stunning overpass of Typhoon Dolphin as the category 4 storm churned across the west Pacific.
CloudSat, which comprises part of NASA’s Earth-orbiting observatory, sends pulses of microwave energy through our planet’s atmosphere, some of which is reflected back to the spacecraft. Conceptually, CloudSat is similar to another tool we looked at last week, RapidScat, which NASA uses for mapping wind speed and direction. The strength of the signal CloudSat receives is related to the amount of ice or water in a cloud, while the time delay can be used to calculate the distance between the cloud and the Earth’s surface.
Editor’s Note: Josh McFarland is the co-founder and former chief executive officer of TellApart. Stacey Ngo is a communications manager at Greylock Partners and is managing their greymatter series of interviews with portfolio company executives.
Astronauts aboard the International Space Station don't need to flick on the TV to help them fall asleep at night. They can just look out the window. This weekend, Commander Terry Virts, who's been aboard the station since November, gave us Earthbound folk a look at just what we're missing. A video posted to his Twitter account shows the absolutely surreal view from aboard ISS as it hurtles around the Earth at roughly 17,000 mph. As the stars slip below the horizon, they meet the rapidly-moving lights from the surface. It's utterly stupendous.
No words to add to this night view. pic.twitter.com/mZUSv9RvVP— Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) May 24, 2015
Commander Virts and his Expedition 43 crew welcomed astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko aboard ISS back in late March, when the two began their record-breaking, year-long trip in space.
We have all felt the desire, or need, to manage our living space. Whether that be wanting to open up more livable area in a small room or create an understated sense of compact organization, finding functional, attractive furniture that that doesn’t crowd the room can be tricky. That said, here are five pieces of space-saving furniture that will open up your rooms and allow you to look cool at the same time. The extra functionality may cost a pretty penny, but it’s a small price to way for maximizing your living area and your piece of mind. After all, hidden ironing boards only go so far.
What if you could take one of the largest pieces of furniture in your home, the dining room table, and make it easily movable and collapsible? This table from Span Black does exactly that. It can seat up to four people — six if you squeeze — taking up just shy of 5½ feet of space when open. But once you’ve finished with dinner, the table quickly collapses to a mere 9½ inches, allowing you to easily store it in a closet, behind the couch, or along an adjacent wall. And if you pair it with a nice set of folding chairs, you’ll have yourself an entire dining room set that breaks down in a matter of seconds.
Instagram's photographic social feed isn't as novel as it once was, and you may be tempted to stop using it if you're overwhelmed by that never-ending stream of square pictures. How is the company supposed to keep you coming back for more? Though regular email blasts, apparently. TechCrunch has confirmed that Instagram is now sending "Highlights," email digests that showcase some of the better photos from those you follow. While this see-what-you're-missing strategy isn't new (Facebook and Twitter have done this for a while), it acknowledges that only some of Instagram's 300 million users are active shutterbugs -- this could help you remember the service and catch photos that would otherwise slip under the radar. Yes, the highlights are ultimately meant to get you viewing more ads, but they may be useful if you'd rather not spend every day wading through an image stream.
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In its December 1997 issue, Road & Track published the first US road test of the otherworldly McLaren F1. The issue became one of the most famous in R&T’s history due to the 12+ page review of a car with which the stateside automotive press hadn’t yet had a chance to spend a few days of unchaperoned time. I can still remember the awe I felt learning daily-driver details about the famous 240mph Lamborghini destroyer. The review, done with a privately owned F1 on loan to the magazine, contained superlative after superlative; I remember reading with wide eyes about how the F1’s 627bhp BMW-built V-12 could rocket the car from 60 miles per hour to 160 miles per hour in the time it took to pour a glass of water.
"Surely," I thought as I read and re-read the review with the fervor that only a teenage boy could have for the hottest of hot cars, "I’ll go my whole life and never get the chance to drive anything even remotely that fast."
Chrome: The person who invented browser tabs was obviously a genius, but it left us with the problem of managing multiple open tabs. Spaces makes it easier by allowing you to save and jump between open windows of various tabs.
The extension will show you a list of all the open Chrome windows you have at a time, show you which tabs you have open in each one, and quickly jump between them. Perhaps best of all, you can open a few tabs in a window, give the space a name, and then you can quickly open them later. This is particularly handy when you have a few tabs you need for a given task, but don’t want to keep them open all the time.
When law enforcement abuses citizens, some people choose to focus on any aspects of the citizen's behaviour that might have brought on the abuse. One such example happened this week when a woman was tazed by border patrol agents and a commenter accused her of asking for it, prompting JamesF to win most insightful this week with a reversed version of the comment:
Meanwhile, the FBI disappointed everyone this week by accusing the world's cybersecurity experts of being either uninformed or unfair on the subject of encryption, since "their letter contains no acknowledgment that there are societal costs to universal encryption". Ninja won second place for insightful with a thoughtful and sad response:
For editor's choice on the insightful side, we start by looping back to the story about border patrol for an anonymous response to the idea that their victim's nervous behaviour was the problem:
The corporate tone of the application is jarringly amusing, writes Amanda Taub, but it also hints at a larger truth: a terrorist organization like al-Qaeda is a large bureaucratic organization, albeit one in the "business" of mass-murdering innocent people. Jon Sopel, the North American editor from BBC News, joked that the application "looks like it has been written by someone who has spent too long working for Deloitte or Accenture, but bureaucracy exists in every walk of life – so why not on the path to violent jihad?"
EditorialApple frequently introduces new technologies and features in a singular new product, then gradually brings them to other devices in its ecosystem, making for a more coherent user experience. With the recent launch of the Apple Watch, the company has begun offering smarter and more contextually aware locations — something we'd like to see on the rest of the company's platforms.
The Apple Watch must be tethered to an iPhone to fully function, and Apple takes full advantage of this with tight integration between the two devices. Perhaps the best example of this comes from notification alerts.
Vintners beware, there’s a new robot out there that can stitch grapes back together! Won’t somebody please think about the wine?
Oh, wait, this is the latest in miniature robotic surgery methods from da Vinci Surgery, and it’s actually fascinating to watch. As you can see in the video below, the claw-like hands are used not just to lay a small piece of grape skin back on the piece of fruit, but to then use sutures to sew it back in place.
While the video shows off what the Single-Site Wristed Needle Driver can do, it also notes that the piece of equipment is pending FDA 510(k) clearance and does not yet have a CE mark. The disclosure at the end of clip states that the Single-Site instruments can be used for hysterectomies and the removal of ovaries and gallbladders.
After a late Senate vote after midnight on Friday, the NSA is starting to take moves to shut down its bulk surveillance programs. With the legal foundation of those programs, the Patriot Act, set to expire at the end of the month, lawmakers have been working to agree on which parts of the mass surveillance systems should stay and which should go. The Senate failed to pass a replacement bill, the USA Freedom Act, and another measure proposed by Senate Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) to extend the program as-is also did not pass.
"That process has begun."
In response to the news, officials said that the NSA would have to start taking action to prepare to shut down its bulk surveillance programs, like those that controversially collect "metadata" on millions of phone calls. According to The Los Angeles Times, an official now says that "that process has begun." If Congress can't agree to either limit or renew the Patriot Act, the NSA will have to end its programs that rely on the broad language of that bill, which was originally passed in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks.
Unprecedented rainfall has led to deadly flooding in Texas and Oklahoma over the weekend, prompting numerous evacuations and rescues and killing one firefighter.
Heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma on Sunday morning, after dumping between five and 10 inches across parts of central Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday and Saturday night. The latest downpours pushed Oklahoma City into record territory, with 18.19 inches of rain so far in the month of May.
This not only makes May 2015 the wettest May on record, but also vaults the month to the top of the list of wettest months of all-time. This May handily beat the previous record-holder, which was June of 1989, when 14.66 inches fell — and the month is not over yet.
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The Internet of Things is plagued by communication breakdowns. While connected thermostats, egg trays, and even forks can beam data to apps and offer phone-based controls, this isn’t exactly what we were promised from this technology.
In order for the Internet of Everything to achieve its real promise of context-aware automation without much user input, disparate pieces of hardware must communicate with one another, understand what’s going on, and control themselves accordingly. Like a sentient being, your home should “know” when to preheat the oven, turn on a bedside lamp, or brew a fresh pot of coffee. If you’re using an app, you’re essentially using a remote control. There’s nothing particularly “smart” about that.
Editor’s note: Leyla Seka is the SVP and GM of Salesforce Desk.
Over the past few months there’s been a lot of discussion about whether women are positioned for success in Silicon Valley. The debate on empowering women in tech ranges from pay equality to increasing the number of women in the boardroom. Still, it’s encouraging to see many women who are driving their own success and supporting each other. There are a lot of positive things that we can start doing now to help ourselves, our children and each other.
The chasm between men and women starts in childhood, with the messages that are given to girls. A lot of girls don’t think it’s cool to be smart, and especially not to be good at math. Most teenagers are desperate to fit in. Why else would I have curled my hair and opted for neon tops with Guess jeans? When I got to college and had to make the choice between learning to code and taking an econ class, I practically ran to econ. Coding was for guys.