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Smell of Data Episode 4: Training the Instinct

In the forth episode of Smell of Data documentary series we’d like to introduce you Lola, a sniffer dog trained to recognize the smell of money. Through the lens of the four-footer we come to understand how Lola appears to be well aware of smell, it becomes instinct. And exactly this instinct is what keeps her safe – and we could learn a lesson from it. Want to know more? Make sure to watch all episodes.

The BBC is using robotic animal spies to capture wildlife.
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Robotic Animal Spies

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.

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snake with smiley pattern
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Meet the Emoji Snake

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.

Source: Iflscience. Image: Inverse

gene modification gives insight in the work of an ants tribe
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GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

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?

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Meet Pigcasso the painting pig
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Pigcasso: the Painting Pig

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

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Plastic Exoskeletons for Turtles

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.

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