Tag: Manufactured Animals

Animals sense tsunami
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Animal Tsunami Alerts from Space

Since ancient times people have believed that animals have the ability to sense and anticipate earthquakes, tsunami or other natural disasters. And there’s evidence to support this belief. Back in 2005 when a tsunami hit many countries in the Indic Ocean there were many reports of odd behavior in wild and domestic animals and there were almost no animal victims in the aftermath. Now, there is a way to “borrow” this mysterious sense using tracking tags and the International Space Station (ISS).

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BladeRanger Drones and Robots solar panels cleaning
Wild Systems

Drones and Robots Co-Work in Solar Farms

Every day in the Arava region in southern Israel a group of drones, called pelicans, carry solar panels cleaning robots, called plecos (like the fish known for their ability to clean algae from aquariums), at work. It could be a story from our What’s Flying There? book, instead it is a project by BladeRanger, an Israeli company specialized in managing autonomous robots with unmanned aerial vehicles. Their first application is for the inspection and cleaning of photovoltaic installations.

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Lilou the San Francisco Airport Pig
Manufactured Animals

Lilou the Airport Pig Will Soothe Your Travel

If you happen to be at San Francisco International Airport on the hectic Holiday time, LiLou can help you alleviate the stress. She wears fancy ballerina skirt, has bright painted nails and an officer hat. Her winning personality and sense of fun make her a perfect match for the position. What may come as a surprise, LiLou is a Juliana-breed pig.

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Dog eating cake
Manufactured Animals

A Piece of Cake for Your Dog

Your dog may prefer rare steak to cake but his stomach is actually suited for the latter as well. Farming introduction made dogs eat as much wheat and millet that they evolved extra copies of starch-digesting genes about 7.000 years ago. That helped them stay on our side even though life conditions changed.

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Disney Light Up the Sky with drones
Wild Systems

Disney Lights Up the Sky with 300 Drones

With New Years Eve coming up, it is time to talk about the future of firework. Disney World Orlando changed this ancient Chinese tradition to start the new year with a bang. When dusk falls over the entertainment complex, hundreds of luminous drones take off, replacing their regular fireworks show.

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Manufactured Animals

New Diets for Cows Can Stop Gas Emissions

We’ve all experienced that awkward moment when the body remembers about the beans we ate earlier. Humans are not the only ones who get a bit flatulent after eating certain foods. Cattle emanate 14.5 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions each year. To be exact, yearly 90 million metric tonnes of methane are burped and farted into the atmosphere with drastic effects on climate change. Researchers world wide are looking for ways to change the cow’s diet. Oregano, seaweed and super grass, here how scientists are reprogramming cows guts.

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Horseshoes plastic runners
Manufactured Animals

Horsesneakers

Horseshoes are so 400 B.C., meet the horsneakers – the latest hit in hoof protection. Thanks to researches in equine anatomy, we have learned that metal horseshoes are actually not the most natural and effective way to protect the horse hoofs. That’s why Megasus Horserunners created the horsesneakers. Although it’s not yet confirmed if these ones also bring good luck like the old-fashioned metal counterparts.

Source: Megasus Horserunners

Manufactured Animals

The Digital Life Project

Since naturalists realized that the human activity was provoking the extinction of many species, it became a necessity and a dream to create an archive of all the living creatures on Earth. Many have tried and failed. Some like 19th-century ornithologist and painter John James Audubon were limited by the technology available at their time. Yet Audubon classified hundreds of illustrations, collected in his book Birds of America. Others, such as photographer Joel Sartore, are currently working on an archive of thousands of animals all around the world, hoping to capture the whole animal kingdom. Today, researchers are able to create accurate 3D models of living organisms to preserve the heritage of life on Earth, that’s the aim of Digital Life Project.

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