Russia to Create a ‘Noah’s Ark’ Database Containing DNA From Every Animal in the World

Russia has awarded a huge national grant to Moscow State University to facilitate the creation of a ‘Noah’s Ark’ containing DNA from every living creature on the Earth, the first database of its kind.

The database should be completed by 2018 and the storage vault is said to cover an area of 430sq/km.

Viktor Sadivinchy, rector of Moscow State University, said in a press release, “I call the project ‘Noah’s Ark.’ It will involve the creation of a depository – a databank for the storing of every living thing on Earth, including not only living, but disappearing and extinct organisms. This is the challenge we have set for ourselves.”

“It will enable us to cryogenically freeze and store various cellular materials, which can then reproduce. It will also contain information systems. Not everything needs to be kept in a petri dish.”

“If it’s realized, this will be a leap in Russian history as the first nation to create an actual Noah’s Ark of sorts.”

The DNA samples will be compiled from a number of existing sources, including the Botanical Garden, the Anthropological Museum, and the Zoological Museum, at a cost of 1 billion rubles (US$194 million).

Source: Inhabitat

The Multiplayer Exploration Game, World of Diving, Now in Steam Early Access

It’s been over a year since we first reported about World of Diving, this was back when the game was launched as an Indigogo campaign. Now the alpha version of this multiplayer underwater exploration game has made it to Steam’s Early Access program, as well as some other game platforms.

Back then Vertigo, the creators of this game, promised to develop it tightly with it’s founding helpers, and they have done just that. Listened to their users feedback and created features based on them. On of the cool things worth mentioning right away about this game, is the virtual reality support it gains via the Oculus Rift. An amazing feature in such an exploration game.

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This is not a game about killing stuff or going head-to-head with some killer shark, it’s all about exploration, discovering sunken treasures and ship wrecks. You can take photos and join up in multiplayer with your friends for some cooperation. Of course, like almost any game these days, you can customize your characters appearance to your liking, whether it might be a ripped washboard stomach, a tiny bikini or maybe you’re even one of the few who would chose a full-body suit.

This is an early access alpha game, but already has a lot of features such as a mission editor, a diving base, historical sunken ships and aircrafts to discover and much more. The next update will see German WW2 Battleship the Bismarck added while the eventual full release will boast animal companions and more fully featured multiplayer.

The game is available now on steam for a price of $19.99 / € 19.99 / £ 14.99. A relative high price considering the state of the game, but that’s the deal with early access.

Thank you Steam for providing us with this information.

Images and video courtesy of Vertigo.

 

Dog Translator Gets Funding

No More Woof from the Swedish Lab Nordic Society for Invention and Discovery or NSID, is working on a translator for dogs and has just received the $10,000 in funding it was seeking on Indiegogo and has also received an extra $5,000 with two months still to go. The invention will use a EEG or electroencephalography headset, which is lightweight and can be used to measure brain activity and translate the mental states the EEG read there. The company although still in it’s early stages of development and testing claims to all ready be able to translate certain canine mental states, such as suspicion of a stranger, i’m tired and i’m excited.

Although still in the early stages NSID released a statement on their Indiegogo page saying;

“To be completely honest, the first version will be quiet rudimentary. But hey, the first computer was pretty crap too.”

First and foremost NSID says that “this device will be 110 percent animal friendly and no animals have or will ever be harmed in our experiments into this device”. Apparently all dog thoughts will appear in audio form via a almost gramophone like trumpet attached to the headset. However there has been no word on what the speech will sound like, could we be hearing the same voice as Doug the dog in the hit animated movie Up? One can hope so. We will bring you more information on this fantastic invention when it becomes available.

Could the device’s audio sound like Doug from Up? I for one hope so.

Thanks to The Sydney Morning Herald for the information provided

Images courtesy of DesignBoom and ObeyTheMuse