University of Stirling: Heritage experts to study responses to protecting Ukraine’s cultural heritage and monuments

University of Stirling: Heritage experts to study responses to protecting Ukraine’s cultural heritage and monuments. “The main goal of the project is to identify national and international responses that aim to safeguard heritage and heritage practitioners during the war, helping to create more effective and targeted support for the work of professionals and communities in the future. Researchers… will track support initiatives and networks of cooperation across Europe, investigate their impact, and identify the challenges of providing helpful aid and assistance in conflict and post-conflict environments.”

PA Media: Trump baby blimp inflated again to establish ‘how best to preserve it’

PA Media: Trump baby blimp inflated again to establish ‘how best to preserve it’. “The return of the Donald Trump baby blimp, the huge inflatable depicting the former US president in a nappy and clutching a mobile phone, has begun with a test inflation by the Museum of London. A conservation analysis of the blimp has led staff at the museum, its ‘final resting place’ after it took to the skies above Parliament Square during protests over Mr Trump’s state visit to the UK in June 2019, to blow the balloon up once again.”

New Zealand Herald: Ocean photography project Project Kahurangi launched to give non-profit conservation groups a boost

New-to-me (launched in October) from New Zealand Herald: Ocean photography project Project Kahurangi launched to give non-profit conservation groups a boost. “The library, which has over 1200 professional-quality images and videos, launched in October with the help of Live Ocean Foundation, another conservation-focused non-profit started by America’s Cup champions Peter Burling and Blair Tuke. The content is free for fellow non-profit advocacy groups, as well as iwi, governments and education institutions looking to promote ocean conservation.”

Texas A&M: Aggie Archaeologists Conserving Ship From Colonial-Era Virginia

Texas A&M: Aggie Archaeologists Conserving Ship From Colonial-Era Virginia. “At a humble facility that once served as the fire station for the Bryan Air Force Base, the timbers of an 18th-century merchant ship lie submerged in a row of long, shallow tanks, quietly awaiting their final voyage home. Over the next few years, a team of Texas A&M University professors and students will carefully conserve the salvaged remains of a colonial-era shipwreck before sending the pieces back to Alexandria, Virginia, where the wreck was originally discovered in 2015.”

University of Virginia: Researchers Angling To Make ‘Fish-ial’ Recognition Software a Reality

University of Virginia: Researchers Angling To Make ‘Fish-ial’ Recognition Software a Reality. “Facial recognition can identify people in a crowd. Can the same be done for fish in a river with ‘fish-ial’ recognition software? University of Virginia data scientist Sheng Li is determined to find out. In collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey, which has provided a five-year grant, Li and his two research assistants are training a deep-learning algorithm to recognize nuances in individual fishes’ faces and scale patterns.”

TechRadar Pro: How Singapore is turning to tech to keep tabs on its trees

TechRadar Pro: How Singapore is turning to tech to keep tabs on its trees. “In order to create more of a connection all of the two million trees are also listed online on the TreesSG online database(opens in new tab). Users can access the database to find trees near them, report any issues they might have spotted, and even email the trees to say thank you for the natural benefits they bring.” Or if you’re nearby you could just tell the tree to its bark. I mean, it isn’t going anywhere barring an unfortunate occurrence.

Associated Press: Facial recognition can help conserve seals, scientists say

Associated Press: Facial recognition can help conserve seals, scientists say. “A research team at Colgate University has developed SealNet, a database of seal faces created by taking pictures of dozens of harbor seals in Maine’s Casco Bay. The team found the tool’s accuracy in identifying the marine mammals is close to 100%, which is no small accomplishment in an ecosystem home to thousands of seals.”

Australian Geographic: Tortoiseshell database a ‘game-changer’ for critically endangered marine turtles

Australian Geographic: Tortoiseshell database a ‘game-changer’ for critically endangered marine turtles. “Seizing a tortoiseshell product is one thing, but knowing the original poaching location of the turtle it came from is another. The problem facing law enforcement and conservation agencies is that to catch these criminals in the act, they need to know where to look and in what regions to focus scarce resources. This is where ShellBank can help. Put simply, it is a global ‘bank’ of seized or donated tortoiseshell products.”

Natural History Museum: How scientists are saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage during the Russian invasion

Natural History Museum (UK): How scientists are saving Ukraine’s cultural heritage during the Russian invasion. “Standing at the heart of Kyiv for over a thousand years, the Saint Sophia Cathedral is one of Ukraine’s most important cultural sites. Sadly, the medieval murals that line its walls are being degraded by microorganisms. In the midst of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, scientists have been working out how to protect these historic artworks from further damage.”

TechCrunch: Google Maps is expanding its eco-friendly navigation feature to Europe

TechCrunch: Google Maps is expanding its eco-friendly navigation feature to Europe. “Google announced today it is expanding its options for eco-friendly routing on Google Maps to 40 more countries across Europe. Eco-friendly routes, first introduced to U.S-based users last year, offer to show more fuel-efficient routes instead of the fastest ones. Users can see the eco-friendly route marked with a leaf label.”

KRDO: CPW launches conservation dashboard to show progress on protecting sensitive species

KRDO: CPW launches conservation dashboard to show progress on protecting sensitive species. “Prior to the launch of the Species Conservation Dashboard, the only way for the public to view information about CPW’s State Wildlife Action Plan was through a PDF. The new dashboard now allows people to explore the progress being made on the more than 350 species and 2,500 conservation actions the agency is taking.”

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Bureau of Parks and Lands Announces New Outdoor Recreation Investments Map

Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry: Bureau of Parks and Lands Announces New Outdoor Recreation Investments Map. “The map highlights investments in outdoor recreation such as trails, parks, and other projects. 870 [Land and Water Conservation Fund]-assisted outdoor recreation projects included on the map are safeguarded for everyone to enjoy perpetually.”