Puppies delivered by drones! For the National Adopt a Shelter Dog Day, celebrated on April 30, online community 3 Million Dogs released a funny video, envisioning a modern way of adopting a dog. Although this might become a reality in the future, you can go to your local shelter now to give unconditional love a chance.
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What does it mean to be a bird in a world massively altered by human actions? This White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus), a beautiful raptor, is finding it out while hovering above Baylands Park near Palo Alto, California.
Humans have made not only the Dodo, but dozens of bird species, vanish from Earth in the past decades, through hunting, habitat destruction and the spread of cats, rats and dogs with the help of ships. Globally, 1300 out of a total of 10,000 bird species are seriously in decline. Other birds have learned to live with humans and profit from their presence.
The Green Brain Project aims to create drones that will think, act and sense like a bee. In order to do this, the team of researchers from the University of Sheffield and University of Sussex in England is now working on recreating the brain structure of the European honeybee Apis mellifera.
After the bionic kangaroo, the robot penguin and the mechanical seagull, Festo – the German company specialized in automation – added another creature to the family: the bionic ant. These robotic insects are learning to work together, like real ants do. Maybe in the future they could clean up our offices or work in factories.
Imagine humankind would magically disappear from the planet today. We would leave the ruins of cities, roads, cars and… plastics. Since its invention in 1907, plastic steadily worked its way into the geology of Earth. As plastics hardly break down they could survive humankind.
Artist Britt Duppen envisions that, in due time, new species might evolve that could feed on plastic. Her speculative ‘Plastivore’ bird (Latin for ‘plastic eater’, plasticio meaning ‘plastic’ or ‘food that contains particles of plastic’ and vorare meaning ‘to devour’) thrives on a diet of fungi and plastics.
Do you take photos of your cat, but wish there was a way for your pet to take snapshot and share it on Instagram by itself? Thanks to a camera developed by the cat food brand Whiskas, this might soon be a reality.
Named Catstacam, the system comes with a collar camera which takes six photos every minute. When it comes within the range of a WiFi network, the camera shares them on an Instagram account created for your cat. Prototypes of Catstacam have been distributed to cats owned by celebrities already.
If this is not a joke, we predict a lot of cat lovers will want to get their hands on this product. You can check some of the photos shared by tester cats here.
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Certain natural disasters such as earthquakes and Tsunamis often trap high numbers of people under unstable rubble, making search-and-rescue operations very difficult. Cyborg cockroaches might be of critical help for these disasters.
North Caroline State University carried out a study in 2012, where researchers attached electrodes to the antennae of Madagascar hissing cockroaches to steer them. Currently, the team is working on tiny backpacks attached to the back of cockroaches, to transform these critters into moving networks of sensors.