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Sep 4, 2015

Snot-filled whale research takes flight

By Ben Gruber

Gloucester, Mass. (Reuters) – Snotbot is a drone whose name describes it perfectly, it’s a robot that collects snot, specifically whale snot.

Up until now, gathering samples for whale research involved shooting darts that penetrated the body. But Iain Kerr says there’s a cheaper, more efficient way to study the large mammals. Instead of shooting darts at a whale for biopsy samples, a whale can unknowingly shoot snot at a drone. 

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South Korean Yang gunning for the big time

LA JOLLA, California (Reuters) – U.S. Amateur champion Gunn Yang will use the Farmers Insurance Open to acclimatise to golf at the highest level as part of his preparations for the Masters and U.S. and British Opens.

The 21-year-old South Korean took down Canadian Corey Conners in the final of the U.S. Amateur at Atlanta Athletic Club last year before deciding to take a one-year leave of absence from college to concentrate on his golf opportunities.

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      "I started with Reuters in Jerusalem as a television producer. In the past 12 years I have had the pleasure of working in Washington D.C., London, and currently New York. My current assignment is the most exciting of my career. I am a video journalist focused on climate change, alternative energy, how communities and industries are meeting environmental challenges, the business of the environment, and cutting edge developments in areas such as nanotechnology and computers and medicine, which provide insight into how we will live in the future."
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