Tag: System Animals

The BBC is using robotic animal spies to capture wildlife.
Manufactured Animals

Robotic Animal Spies

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.

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gene modification gives insight in the work of an ants tribe
Manufactured Animals

GM Ants Show How Insect Societies Work

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?

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Animal Meditations Sloth Tree
Back to the Tribe

Animal Guided Mediation

Are you practicing meditation? If you do that as a habit, you might already be experiencing the wide-known benefits of it. Meditation brings peace and love to our mind and soul. It’s good for relaxation and it helps us to be more connected with the world and ourselves. And it’s about to get even better.

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Spangled Cotinga male
Recreation

Color Lessons from the Cotinga Bird

You don’t need to be a birdwatcher to appreciate the magnificent colors of the feathers of the male spangled cotinga flaunt. This bird finds its natural habitat in the canopy of the Amazonian Rainforest and has captivated the curiosity of scientists and bird fanatics for decades. Its dazzling blue body and deep red throat contain no pigment. The color effect is created by the shape of the material. This is known as structural coloration. Now researchers at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) together with Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have found a way to imitate these biological nanostructures and potentially replace the pigments we use today.

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Lilou the San Francisco Airport Pig
Manufactured Animals

Lilou the Airport Pig Will Soothe Your Travel

If you happen to be at San Francisco International Airport on the hectic Holiday time, LiLou can help you alleviate the stress. She wears fancy ballerina skirt, has bright painted nails and an officer hat. Her winning personality and sense of fun make her a perfect match for the position. What may come as a surprise, LiLou is a Juliana-breed pig.

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Manufactured Animals

The Digital Life Project

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.

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Google sheep view 360
Manufactured Animals

Google Sheep View

There is a piece of the world that has not been mapped by Google’s all-seeing eye, and that’s a shame according to Visit Faroe Islands, the tourist agency of the “sheep islands” that launched a petition to get Google there. With a population of 49.188 humans and 80.000 sheep, the archipelago rightfully deserves its name. As part of Denmark, the 18 tiny islands in the north Atlantic between Scotland and Iceland are invisible to the maps of Google Street View, so they invented their own Street View technology. Introducing, Sheep View 360.

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car chased from bees for 2 days
Suburban Utopia

Bees to the Rescue of Their Queen

Our peculiar image of the week shows a bee stuck in a woman’s car, but this is no regular insect, we’re talking about the queen. As a consequence, a swarm of bees chased the trunk for two entire days looking for her. Another fascinating example of bee’s dedication to their queen. These worker bees could detect her exact location thanks to a specific pheromone she emits. Tom Moses, national park ranger and bee enthusiast, spotted the 20.000 bees and made sure they were treated with care, because ultimately every bee is precious lately. This honey-making insect is alarmingly disappearing, while being incredibly essential to our environment.

Image via Tom Moses

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