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.
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.”
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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.
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.
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.
Watch this video packed with elephants, giraffes, turtles and ostriches doing extreme stunts and realize how peculiarly creative we humans really are.
A phone case modeled after a giant isopod passed away earlier this year at the Toba Aquarium in Japan.
Reproducing the dead carcass of the crustacean, Japanese gave to this marine creature a second life in the form of an iPhone case. Only 500 specimens has been made, so any buyer can feel like owning something very special. As if having the realistic reproduction of an animal as phone case wasn’t special enough!
Source: Digital Trends
Operators of military drones are trained before they can use them, why not to train domestic pilots too? Small drones can be bought online by anybody and a way to assure a minimum level of competence in operating them seems like a good idea.
There are already schools and universities with degrees in drone flying, but the news is an online course to get the drone driver’s license for civil use.
An Italian company launched the first virtual classroom for drone operators, and upon its completion it will be possible to obtain a certificate of competence and capacity. Maybe it will help to avoid accidents, such as this photographer drone crush.
While waiting for more courses, if you are flying a drone you should check out the Drone Survival Guide.
Inspired by the fact that nowadays people know more brands and logos than names of animals, Dutch artist Gurt Swanenberg created a series of paintings, called Cryptozoology.
These corporate “species” refer to the influence of global branding, highlighting the loss of biodiversity across the planet.