We’re not talking about refugees. Not the kind that are flocking to Europe from Syria, but the four legged kind that are being over hunted.
A national park in Botswana is struggling to support the staggering number of animals fleeing from poaching in other countries.
Read about it over at National Geographic!
I find biology to be one of the most visually stunning disciplines luckily I’m not alone. An artist from Seattle (Eleanor Lutz) has started a year-long infographic design project.
Her first installment is visualizing bioluminescent organisms (see below, or check it out here).
Alice and Bob were trying to talk to each other without allowing anyone to eaves drop. Eve’s job is to figure out what Alice and Bob are saying to each other. Seems like the usual love triangle, likely the next chick flick movie due out this fall, right?
But Alice, Bob and Eve are all artificial intelligences. And Alice and Bob were not given a program to keep their conversation encrypted. They wrote it themselves. And no one knows how it works, except Alice and Bob.
I’m not saying that this is the beginning of Skynet, but it is pretty creepy. Do we consider AI biological research? Should we?
Read about it here.
We hear a lot about declining biodiversity, dying trees and coral bleaching.
But this is a cute video of animals that used to be extinct, so you can see what they used to look like in motion.
And think about trying to conserve the animals that are still frolicking around us.
A group of UC Riverside professors are driving thousands of miles across Alaska, looking to better understand bumble bee populations in the arctic and their response to climate change.
And to find the elusive Bombus polaris, the arctic bumble bee in all their furry glory.
Read about it over at New York Times!
“Imagine an ostrich as described by H.P. Lovecraft, or maybe a turkey fused with a velociraptor” excellent words to describe the Cassowary. Alternatively: six-foot-tall murdermachines.
These birds are glaringly representatives of their dinosaur heritage, and they couple stunning beauty with murderous intent. Read about taking care of these birds over at National Geographic.
Side note: I was at the Evolution meetings this summer, and spoke to a few biologist who have in the past studied birds. I asked them, given that we now know that birds and dinosaurs are the same group, should we change the names of ornithologists to neo-ornithologists and paleo-ornithologists. This sparked a discussion about what to call people who study the evolution of birds. The conclusion we came to? You call them “Evolutionary Biologists”.
Saturn’s moon, Titan, is by far the most likely extraterrestrial location in our solar system that can maintain life.
And now it looks like it might have earthlike clouds!
Check it out over at the Washington Post!