NASA’s James Webb Telescope reached a crucial milestone the week of March 10–16, as researchers found a dangerous vulnerability in self-driving vehicles and made strides in animal conservation.
Researchers demonstrated that industry-standard self-driving vehicle sensors are vulnerable to a hack that tricks them into seeing objects as closer or farther away than they actually are. The researchers suggest adding a two-camera setup to sensors or implementing data-sharing with other vehicles to reduce the risk from this type of attack.
Scientists discovered an extinct cat-like predator called Diegoaelurus vanvalkenburghae, which preceded the saber-tooth tiger by 40 million years. It’s part of a little-known animal group called Machaeroidines, which subsisted on meat but aren’t closely related to modern carnivores.
Researchers decoded the DNA of the vulnerable Arabian oryx, an important step for future breeding programs that could bring the animal back from the brink of extinction. The Arabian oryx was once extinct in the wild, but wild populations today number around 1,200 thanks to breeding in captivity.