From afar and even up-close, Edge Innovations’ robotic dolphin looks as well as moves just like its real-life counterpart. This US-based engineering company designed the dolphin, priced between $3,000,000 – $5,000,000 USD, hopes that it can be used to one day entertain crowds at theme parks and zoos, instead of keeping wild animals in captivity. Swimmers could eventually dive with hyper-realistic great white sharks or even aquatic dinosaurs from the Jurassic-era. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Some may already know that scorpions glow under ultraviolet light, but have you ever wondered why? Well, there is still no definitive answer, but scientists do know that right after a scorpion sheds its shell, it doesn’t glow until the new cuticle hardens. This could possibly mean that the substance that causes fluorescence is a byproduct of the hardening process itself, or something that the it secretes not long after molting. Read more for a short video and additional information.
A 99-million-year-old piece of amber was initially thought to contain a tiny skull belonging to the world’s smallest dinosaur species, but it actually turned out to be from a prehistoric lizard instead. This new species, named Oculudentavis naga as a tribute to the Naga people of Myanmar and India, is represented by a partial skeleton that includes a complete skull, which had deformed during preservation. Read more for a video and additional information.
Squirrels may be nice to observe in the wild, but when they’re sneaking around your backyard looking for food, especially from the bird feeder, things could get messy. Former NASA engineer Mark Rober came up with a creative solution…a Ninja Warrior-style maze that leads them to a nice treat. Will these small rodents be able to figure out all of the quirks and get rewarded by Fort Knuts? The result may actually surprise you. Read more for the video and additional information.
Scientists believe that more Tyrannosaurus rex existed during the Cretaceous Period landscape than once thought. That’s right, they claim that up to 2.5 billion of them roamed the Earth during their estimated 2.4 million years and 127,000 generations inhabiting the western North America region. Many factors were considered, including geographic range, body mass, growth pattern, life expectancy, duration of a single generation and the total time this dinosaur existed before extinction 66 million years ago. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The team at Voyageurs Wolf Project from northern Minnesota have just captured the first-ever footage from a wild wolf’s collar. This equipment was fitted on the animal last spring to capture 30-seconds of video at the start of every hour for 42 consecutive days. In all, it recorded over four hours of the wolf devouring fish, watching birds, strolling through the woods, and most important of all, getting several good sleeps. Read more for the video and additional information.
Elon Musk’s Neuralink has just released a video of its nine-year-old monkey named “Pager” playing MindPong using its brain. How is this possible? It has two Neuralink devices implanted in its brain, which can be used to not only play games, but soon, interact with others on Twitch and Discord. However, the monkey does use a joystick at first to interact with the computer for a banana smoothie, delivered through a straw. Read more for the video and additional information.
You may have seen images of dolphins swimming in the Grand Canal last year, but those were added in post production. This week, two dolphins were actually spotted in Venice, Italy, first starting out in the Grand Canal before swimming over to Giudecca island, where they toured two churches by Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, before returning home to the Adriatic Sea. This visit was made possible due to the lack of tourists and the many cruise ships that normally arrive. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Sayaka Mitoh
Many already know that slugs are quite resilient creatures to say the least, but scientists have discovered two sea slug species, Elysia cf. marginata and Elysia atroviridis, that can decapitate themselves and then proceed to grow new hearts as well as bodies. Biologist Sayaka Mitoh enjoys studying Japanese sea slugs because they can photosynthesize like a plant drawing food from the sun, but one day, she noticed a sea slug had decapitated itself and the head kept on moving and living. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: J Mallefet / UC Louvain / FNRS
Scientists from Belgium and New Zealand have discovered that the kitefin shark glows in the dark, thanks to bioluminescent sites along its belly, sides, back and dorsal fins. The team collected samples from the Chatham Rise area of seabed east of New Zealand. It’s currently the largest known bioluminescent vertebrate and since it doesn’t have any natural predators, the bioluminescence can be used to “counter-illuminate” itself against weak sunlight filtering from above to hunt for prey. Read more for a video and additional information.