Noise, with 7.423.642.565 people living on the planet we produce a lot of it, and everyone knows how exhausting and tiring the exposure to noise can be. We, humans, are able to escape loud places, but other species have to deal with the sounds we produce and its consequences. For instance, the sound of motorboat engines disturbs coral reef fish so acutely it changes their behavior, making them loose their parenting skills.
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.
Ever wondered what future geologists will find in the Earth crust of the 20th century? Surely nuclear waste, plastic, but also a lot of fossilized chicken bones. The Pink Chicken Project wants to genetically modify chickens with pink bones and feathers in order to mark our geological age, the Anthropocene, and leave a message to the next ones to come – whoever they might be.
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?