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.
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.
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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.
Hundred million years ago the snake came into existence, by slowly going from an animal with limbs to the slithering creature as we know it today. You might think that evolution worked the other way around, but if you take an x-ray of a phyton or a boa constrictor you can still see rudimentary legs in their bodies. Scientist are now trying to reverse evolution by inserting the mutated leg snake DNA into the DNA of a mouse. The test result is striking: a mouse without limbs.
Bees are dying at an alarming rate, with radical consequences for humans too since these insects are essential to our food production. Without bees pollinating flowers, we could not have strawberries, peppers and apples on the supermarket shelves. While most scientists are focusing on keeping bees alive, Wyss Institute researchers at Harvard are developing a replacement for bees: RoboBees.
Fake photography, or fauxtography, has been around since the invention of cameras and nature is one of the most popular subjects of dishonest photographers. From the mythical Loch Ness to the cheesy frogs using a leaf as umbrella, these images have been published in newspapers and spread virally on the web creating a fake perception of nature in the mind of millions around the world.
One of the most rewarding parts of our relationship with dogs is how we humanize them, they seem to smile at us, speak and understand our feelings. But in the end we are just putting a human layer on an animal with a brain that is still a mystery to us. What we know very well is how to train them, we study their reaction to certain basic stimuli and take advantage of it to get them to perform a specific task. This method was set thanks to the behavioural studies developed by physiologist Ivan Pavlov. Now, more that 100 years after, his research became relevant again because we have to deal with a new kind of mysterious brain that needs to be trained: deep machine learning.