August 2014

Biodiversity threat: The planet's current biodiversity, the product of 3.5 billion years of evolutionary trial and error, is the highest in the history of life. But it may be reaching a tipping point. In a new review of scientific literature and analysis of data, an international team of scientists cautions that the loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. Read more ....

"Visionary" technology: Researchers at the MIT Media Laboratory and the University of California at Berkeley have developed a new display technology that automatically corrects for vision defects - no glasses (or contact lenses) required. The technique could lead to dashboard-mounted GPS displays that farsighted drivers can consult without putting their glasses on, or electronic readers that eliminate the need for reading glasses, among other applications. Read more .....

Tricking plants: Copious corn growing in tiny backyard plots? Roses blooming in December? Thanks to technology that the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Richard Vierstra has been developing for years, these things may soon be possible. And now, new findings out of the genetics professor's lab promise to advance that technology even further. Read more ....

Space science: Scientists analyzing data from NASA's Cassini mission have firm evidence the ocean inside Saturn's largest moon, Titan, might be as salty as the Earth's Dead Sea. The new results come from a study of gravity and topography data collected during Cassini's repeated flybys of Titan during the past 10 years. Read more ....

# Let's play

In a class of 50 students, 30 students like to play cricket, 25 like to play football, and 32 like to play hockey. Each student likes to play at least one of the three games. If 15 students like to play both cricket and football, eleven like to play both football and hockey, and 18 like to play both cricket and hockey then please tell me:

1. How many students play all the three games?

2. How many students play only football?

3. How many students play only hockey?

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