The Loop: Djokovic’s Australian Open fate hangs in the balance, Prince Andrew stripped of ‘His Royal Highness’ and a goldfish has learned to drive


G'day, g'day.

It's Friday, January 14, and you're reading The Loop, a quick wrap-up of today's news. 

One thing happening right now — Novak Djokovic's Australian Open fate hangs in the balance

The world's number one male tennis player was drawn as the top seed for the Grand Slam on Thursday, but it remains unclear if he'll be allowed to stay in Australia for the tournament.

  • The sporting and political storm over the Serbian tennis star's visa is now entering its second week with no certainty yet over his status in Australia
  • Immigration Minister Alex Hawke has been considering using his ministerial powers to cancel Djokovic's visa again
  • Djokovic is set to face fellow Serb Miomir Kecmanovic in the first round of the Australian Open

"No one really thought they could come to Australia unvaccinated and not having to follow the protocols … it takes a lot of daring to do and putting the grand slam at risk, which I don't think many players would do," says Greek world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas.

One thing you'll hear about today:

Prince Andrew has officially stepped back from his military affiliations and royal patronages as he defends a civil sexual assault case in the United States.

  • It comes after the prince's bid to have a lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Giuffre, who has accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, was rejected by a US judge
  • It is being reported that royal sources have said the Duke of York will no longer use the style of "His Royal Highness" in any official capacity, and that his roles will be handed to other members of the royal family
  • Prince Andrew withdrew from public duties in November 2019 after his disastrous BBC Newsnight interview about his relationship with disgraced financier and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein

"With the Queen's approval and agreement, The Duke of York’s military affiliations and royal patronages have been returned to the Queen," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

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Two fish are in a tank — one turns to the other and says… "Hey, how do you drive this thing?"

Now that we've got that segue out of the way, a group of researchers have taught a goldfish to drive (science, what can't it do?).

The team at Ben-Gurion University in Israel have developed an FOV — a fish-operated vehicle — which is fitted with remote sensing technology.

It uses pulsed laser light to collect data on the vehicle's ground location and the fish's whereabouts inside a mounted water tank.

A computer, camera, electric motors and omni-wheels give the fish control of the vehicle.

"Surprisingly, it doesn't take the fish a long time to learn how to drive the vehicle. They're confused at first. They don't know what's going on but they're very quick to realise that there is a correlation between their movement and the movement of the machine that they're in," said researcher Shachar Givon.

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We'll be back this afternoon with a wrap of today's news.

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news



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