Strange “crop-circle-like” patterns can be seen in a Japanese forest, but there’s no need to stoke theories that they are some sort of alien artwork.
The pair of spiral formations — which can be seen on Google Earth — are actually the result of experiments by the Japanese government conducted more than 50 years ago.
According to a 1973 document from the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries, researchers had embarked on a project designed to examine tree spacing and its effect on growth.
According to the Japanese culture and art blog, Spoon and Tomago, the project had designated the area as an “experimental forest” near Nichinan City.
One of those experiments included researchers planting cedar trees spaced in ten-degree increments to eventually form ten concentric circles. This appears to have been done twice.
More than half a century later, the way the trees were planted produced a fanning pattern that can be seen from above.
Officials were planning on harvesting the trees in five years but, given the public interest, they said they’re now reconsidering the plan.
In 1973 an area of land near Nichinan City was designated for “experimental forestry” by Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The experiment was carried out by planting trees in 10 degree radial increments forming 10 concentric circles of varying diameters.
— UF/IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation (@SFRC_UF) December 20, 2018
#Japan gov planted circles of cedars near Nichinan City in Miyazaki Prefecture in circles expanding incrementally into larger radius to test forest growth years later they are amazing forest circles. #forest #green @arborsmarty pic.twitter.com/ckVPXdGq4n
— Ausquerry.com (@Ausquerry) December 21, 2018
Mysterious Circle Forest in Japan Is the Result of a 50-Year-Old Experiment https://t.co/xO0oauQktZ
— Hyrule Knight (@VezixHaikal) December 21, 2018
More groups join in support of women in STEM program at Carleton
OTTAWA — Major companies and government partners are lending their support to Carleton University’s newly established Women in Engineering and Information Technology Program.
The list of supporters includes Mississauga-based construction company EllisDon.
The latest to announce their support for the program also include BlackBerry QNX, CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority), Ericsson, Nokia, Solace, Trend Micro, the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission, CGI, Gastops, Leonardo DRS, Lockheed Martin Canada, Amdocs and Ross.
The program is officially set to launch this September.
It is being led by Carleton’s Faculty of Engineering and Design with the goal of establishing meaningful partnerships in support of women in STEM.
The program will host events for women students to build relationships with industry and government partners, create mentorship opportunities, as well as establish a special fund to support allies at Carleton in meeting equity, diversity and inclusion goals.
VR tech to revolutionize commercial driver training
Serious Labs seems to have found a way from tragedy to triumph? The Edmonton-based firm designs and manufactures virtual reality simulators to standardize training programs for operators of heavy equipment such as aerial lifts, cranes, forklifts, and commercial trucks. These simulators enable operators to acquire and practice operational skills for the job safety and efficiency in a risk-free virtual environment so they can work more safely and efficiently.
The 2018 Humboldt bus catastrophe sent shock waves across the industry. The tragedy highlighted the need for standardized commercial driver training and testing. It also contributed to the acceleration of the federal government implementing a Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program for Class 1 & 2 drivers currently being adopted across Canada. MELT is a much more rigorous standard that promotes safety and in-depth practice for new drivers.
Enter Serious Labs. By proposing to harness the power of virtual reality (VR), Serious Labs has earned considerable funding to develop a VR commercial truck driving simulator.
The Government of Alberta has awarded $1 million, and Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) is contributing an additional $2 million for the simulator development. Commercial deployment is estimated to begin in 2024, with the simulator to be made available across Canada and the United States, and with the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) helping to provide simulator tests to certify that driver trainees have attained the appropriate standard. West Tech Report recently took the opportunity to chat with Serious Labs CEO, Jim Colvin, about the environmental and labour benefits of VR Driver Training, as well as the unique way that Colvin went from angel investor to CEO of the company.
Next-Gen Tech Company Pops on New Cover Detection Test
While the world comes out of the initial stages of the pandemic, COVID-19 will be continue to be a threat for some time to come. Companies, such as Zen Graphene, are working on ways to detect the virus and its variants and are on the forefronts of technology.
Nanotechnology firm ZEN Graphene Solutions Ltd. (TSX-Venture:ZEN) (OTCPK:ZENYF), is working to develop technology to help detect the COVID-19 virus and its variants. The firm signed an exclusive agreement with McMaster University to be the global commercializing partner for a newly developed aptamer-based, SARS-CoV-2 rapid detection technology.
This patent-pending technology uses clinical samples from patients and was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The test is considered extremely accurate, scalable, saliva-based, affordable, and provides results in under 10 minutes.
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