Managing wild animals in remote areas requires accurate estimates of their numbers. Machine-vision drones can help.
TURTLES AND YOUR THOUGHTS
A team of researchers from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have developed technology that allows them to control the movement of turtles using human thought.
Think of it as a real life — but significantly scaled down — application of the 2009 blockbuster Avatar concept where humans control the body of an alien by remotely transferring human consciousness into another biological body. The team uses a brain-computer interface (BCI) that helps translate brain waves into commands that guide or control the movement of the turtle.
For a mother escorting her kids through the Philadelphia Zoo, it was a close encounter of the ferocious kind. Directly in front of her as she strolled down the zoo’s main walkway was a Siberian tiger, a 400-plus-lb. carnivore capable of tearing apart a wild antelope. But rather than panic, the family laughed. The tiger was out of its lair, but its pathway was at a safe, meshed-in distance from onlookers, and after a few moments of looking around, the tiger moved on.
The tiger’s trail, dubbed Big Cat Crossing, is part of a bigger initiative called Zoo360 that has changed the way humans and animals experience the nation’s oldest zoo. There’s no question the experience is compelling for the humans. On a recent visit, I watched children drop their lunches in awe of white-faced saki monkeys hanging out in the trees. I witnessed one couple stop midconversation when a gorilla lumbered overhead, and saw more than a few families startled by the appearance of a large cat that seemed eerily close to them. But the bigger impact of Zoo360, says its chief operating officer, Andrew Baker, may be its effort to transform the experience of animals in captivity.
There are some 320,000 unique mammalian viruses, according to estimates by virologists, and likely exponentially more existing on the planet today. Determining an accurate number would require billions more dollars and a great deal more manpower than is currently given to the study of viruses. Though a handful of viruses live in and on our bodies at all times—known as the virome—not all of them make us ill; just as often, they lie dormant. Many virus functions remain mysterious to scientists, such as how they enter a cell or replicate, though existing test advances, like the VirScan blood test, can tell you any infection you’ve ever had.
What he lacks in muscle and leg strength, he makes up for in wires …or whatever that is!
Quote of the Day: “All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it.” — H. L. Mencken
As always, if your airline seat is not comfortable, just get up and walk around!
Quote of the Day: “The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.” – Marcel Pagnol
Sometimes the big picture is even bigger than the BIG picture!
Quote of the Day: “Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.” – Bertrand Russell
When Rex applied for the job as pool security guard, he was imagining far more bikinis!
Quote of the Day: “I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.” – Edith Sitwell
“Don’t make me dig out my claws!”
Quote of the Day: “A wise man gets more use from his enemies than a fool from his friends.” – Baltasar Gracian
Letting nature wash the problems of the world away!
Quote of the Day: “If you even dream of beating me, you’d better wake up and apologize.” – Muhammad Ali
What’s the matter, cat got your tongue?
Quote of the Day: “Golf is more fun than walking naked in a strange place, but not by much.” – Buddy Hackett