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Project launched in Australia to bring back Iconic Australian Wallaby Species back from the brink of Extinction

The research team set up a network of motion sensing cameras in the gorge to capture rare footage of the typically shy wallabies

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Canberra, December 5, 2016: A project aimed at bringing an iconic Australian wallaby species back from the brink of extinction has been deemed a success, a researcher said on Sunday.

The black-flanked rock wallaby was thought to be extinct for decades until a group of rock climbers in Western Australia spotted a pair of the marsupials with their young in 2015, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The sighting of the wallabies prompted an immediate response by conservationists to save the species.

With funding from the World Wildlife Foundation, Australian scientists were able to breed 23 wallabies and release them back into WA’s Kalbarri National Park.

Anthony Desmond, the nature conservation leader at the Department of Parks and Wildlife, said the animals appeared to have assimilated well into their new habitats with all but one surviving.

“So to have 22 animals that we suspect are still alive — and we definitely know 10 of them are still alive — that’s a good outcome after this time period,” Desmond said.

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The research team set up a network of motion sensing cameras in the gorge to capture rare footage of the typically shy wallabies.

“To be able to go through a camera and see a rock wallaby and see a joey coming out of a pouch … that’s a real reward,” Desmond said.

The gorges in the Kalbarri National Park was once home to the largest population of the wallabies in the world.

“I’d be hoping in the next five years it wouldn’t be unusual for people to see a rock wallaby … I’d expect people would be able to see them just as they’re going out having a look at the park,” Desmond said.

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Corin Desmond, Anthony’s son and a fellow member of the research team, said he hopes the public would one day be able to see the wallabies as he has.

“I really hope that they get back to the original numbers and that people can just come down and see a rock wallaby hanging around at the bottom of a lookout,” he said. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

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However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?