Behold a new breed of robotic animal spies (not to be mistaken with real animal spies). Developed by the BBC to capture wildlife, these ” anatomic spy creatures” use computerized motors to mimic the natural movement of their real-life counterparts and blend into their newly adopted habitats on a mission to capture animal emotions.
From pets, landscapes and even ourselves, we love to remake the world to our “needs”. Our best friends are just as carefully designed as the latest piece of technology, think about the genetically modified glowing fish or the tattooed pigs. This time it is the emoji snake, designed to make you smile (wondering if the reptile is cheerful too). A python breeder really managed to create the so-called “Emoji Ball Python” after eight years of trying. This earned him a spot on our peculiar image of the week series.
We all crave a freshly tapped glass of milk every now and then. That’s why designers Anastasia Eggers and Ottonie von Roeder came up with Cow On Tour, a winning concept to tap your own milk from a cow around the corner. The cow in question carries a milk machine on its back, which is driven by methane gasses from its own farts, turning the animal into a walking vending machine for milk.
Ants, they can be as annoying as impressive. Not just because they can carry 50 times their own body weight, but also for their cooperative work in the colony that rightly grants their little city the name “super organism”. A few of those ants have now been genetically modified for a research, and the results are astonishing. Ants social behavior is strongly dependent on their sense of smell, who would have thought that?
Throughout the years we have seen some extraordinary new generation of painters. After the Pollockocopter drone, the bugs paintings and the drawing bot, it is our honor to introduce you to Pigcasso, an arty pig from Cape Coast. After being rescued from a slaughterhouse, this 450-pounds pig found her true calling: art. The expressionist pig is not afraid of color (or your opinion whatsoever) and authenticates her artworks by dipping her nose in the paint. Now that’s a way of bringing home the bacon!
Peculiar image of the week. Photo by Joanne Lefson
Turtles love jellyfish. Unfortunately, they often mistake plastic bags for their favorite food. According to the United Nations Environment Program each year 100,000 marine mammals, including sea turtles, die from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris; waste directly or indirectly disposed in oceans, rivers and other waterways. Antonio Esparza designed the TurtleBag: a 3D printable exoskeleton to help turtles distinguish plastic bags from jellyfish and extend their lifespan.
Are you practicing meditation? If you do that as a habit, you might already be experiencing the wide-known benefits of it. Meditation brings peace and love to our mind and soul. It’s good for relaxation and it helps us to be more connected with the world and ourselves. And it’s about to get even better.
A video of a robotic bee pollinating a flower (looking more like Loopin’ Louie spinning off the board game and hitting a flower) recently caught our attention. What at first sight might look like a silly viral video, could be an important step in the survival of bees. To save us humans from a future without honey and pollinating crops by hand, we need to save the bees. These insect-sized drones could actually play a major role in their survival.
After Tinder for dogs, there is Tinder for primates, but for utterly different reasons. Instead of setting up dates for dogs and their owners, this digital breeding experiment shows the female orangutan potential mates on a touchscreen tablet in an effort to increase her chances of mating.