Tag: Manufactured Animals

Biomimicry

Over 300 Sharks are Now on Twitter

Twitter is steadily growing its user base. Recently 338 sharks in Western Australia subscribed to the microblogging service. They are now tweeting out where they are.

Australian researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals swim. When a tagged shark is about half a mile away from a beach, it triggers a computer alert, which tweets out a message on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia Twitter feed. The tweet notes the shark’s size, breed and approximate location.

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Manufactured Animals

Ambulance Drone

Drones have been used to spy and attack people in war zones. Now, Alec Momont, a young graduate student at Delft University of Technology, has come up with an innovative application for drones that could one day help save thousands of lives. He designed a prototype of an ambulance drone, an autonomously navigating mini aeroplane that can quickly deliver a defibrillator to where it is needed.

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Designed-by-Evolution

Animals Love Technology

While evidence indicates that humans have been domesticated by technology, we’re not the only primates captivated by modernity. A Japanese macaque stole a tourist’s iPhone and fiddled around with it like a human would. Animals appreciate technological innovations as much as we do! Peculiar image of the week by dutch photographer Marsel van Oosten.

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Google Street View Camel

Usually the images for Google Street View are collected with a car, but for the first time, the task has been given to an animal: a camel.
The Google Camel carries the camera on top of its hump to capture panoramic views through the desert around Liwa Oasis. The use of the animal was meant to avoid having any kind of impact on the surrounding environment.
Combining high-tech imagery equipment with an ancient mode of transport: sometimes modern technologies can revive ancient impulses.

Source: Techcrunch

Hypernature

Brain Surgery For Goldfish

The tiny patient lying on the operating table is a goldfish named George.
The 10-year-old aquatic animal was going to die if it didn’t undergo a complicated surgery to remove a brain tumor. Instead of just pay a dollar to win a new goldfish at the carnival, George’s owners decided to save the little guy.

“George had a quite large tumor on the top of his head that was growing slowly, and it was beginning to affect his quality of life” explained Dr. Tristan Rich, the Australian veterinarian who performed the surgery. According to the doctor, the successful operation gave the goldfish 20 more years of life.

As George’s ‘dad’ said: “It’s not about having a fish, it’s about having this fish.”

Story via Io9

Anthropocene

A Plan to Eliminate Predators

Should humans intervene and phase out Earth’s predator species? Some futurists think we should! British philosopher David Pearce, in particular, believes we have to stop animals from hunting and killing other animals.
He wrote a Blueprint for a Cruelty-Free World to create a biosphere without suffering. How to achieve this goal? Re-engineering the ecosystem and reprogramming predators through genetically-driven behavioral modification.

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Anthropocene

Salmon Cannon Shoots Fish Over Dams

Artificial water constructions, such as dams, can pose a threat for wildlife, and for salmon in particular, blocking their migratory path towards rivers. To solve this problem Whooshh Innovations designed a fish-launching device: a sort of cannon that sucks salmon up and “shoots” them out in a different body of water.

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Anthropocene

Street Lights Permanently Change the Ecology of Local Bugs

The first “modern” streetlight was lit in London’s Pall Mall in 1807. That night may also have marked the first time a moth found itself trapped in an irresistible spiral around public lighting. Ever since then, streetlights have become a fixture of life in cities and suburbs, and a deathtrap for flying insects. Researchers at the University of Exeter have recently discovered that the abundance of insect life around these lights is not just a passing assemblage, but a permanent fixture. The diversity of invertebrate ground predators and scavengers, like beetles and harvestmen, remained elevated around streetlights even during the day. These insects had figured out the benefits of living in an island of artificially high prey concentrations.

These findings indicate that streetlights affect local ecologies for a longer duration, and at a higher level in the food web, than previously thought. Given the decline of pollinators and other invertebrates in the UK and around the world, it may be important to re-examine the impact of seemingly harmless nighttime lighting.

Image via Swburdine. Thanks to Twitter user Namhenderson for the story.

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