With a red tide here to say in Southern California’s coastline, there’s a regularly occurring nightly display of bioluminescence, but this past Thursday might have been the greatest show yet. A photographer managed to capture a pod of neon blue dolphins gliding through the tide in Newport Beach. These creatures were swimming alongside crews with Newport Coastal Adventure, a whale watching company in Newport Beach. Read more for a video and additional information.
Schmidt Ocean Institute scientists have discovered an bizarre creature off the eastern Indian Ocean in the remote western coast of Australia. The scientific name for this organism is Apolemia, or a type of siphonophore in the deep-sea environment known as the Ningaloo Canyons. It preys on tiny crustacean and fish using its array of stinging cells on their tentacles. Read more for a video and additional information.
What started out as an outdoor workout session recording turned into a foxy adventure, literally. Mikayla Raines, founder of SaveAFox Rescue, which is a Fairbault, Minnesota-based center that re-homes foxes while educating people about the fur trade, placed her smartphone on the ground, but before she knew it, a fox came along. Read more for a video showing what happens next.
Most of the world is stuck at home right now, but those who don’t mind a virtual visit to the zoo, Google’s Augmented Reality (AR) has come to the rescue. That’s right, you’ll be able to interacted with life-sized animals right through the Google search panel. Simply by searching for a panda, tiger or even cheetah will provide an explanation about the animal, along with a prompt to meet a life-sized version up close. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Just when you thought regular hummingbirds were small, the bee hummingbird comes around. It’s currently the world’s smallest bird and can be found in Cuba as well as the Isla de la Juventud. Females weigh just 2.6 g and are 2.4 in long, making them slightly larger than the males, with an average weight of 1.95 g. The brilliant, iridescent colors of the bee hummingbird’s feathers make them look like tiny jewels. Read more for a video and additional information.
Glow-in-the-dark amphibians may be far more prevalent than once thought, according to scientists,as they suggest that the ability may help them locate each other in low light. Jennifer Lamb and Matthew Davis of St. Cloud State University in Minnesota exposed 32 species of the frogs, salamanders, newts and eels to blue or ultraviolet light, and discovered that the creatures emitted colorful patterns in a process known as “biofluorescence.” Read more for two videos and additional information.
Gracie was just a newborn puppy when her previous owners threw her away because she was missing her front legs as a result of a birth defect. Eventually, she was adopted by the Turley family – a family who runs their own shelter of their own – and the biggest concern was about her mobility. Growing puppies aren’t eligible for a wheelchair fitting, so Dylan, a 12-year-old volunteer, came up with a brilliant idea. He decided to use LEGO, which can easily be readjusted with flexibility as Gracie continued to grow. Read more for a video and additional information.
BBC hid cameras inside 36 robot animals to give viewers a close-up view of wildlife for their “Spy in the Wild” TV special. The animals included a baby gorilla, sea turtle, jaguar, humming bird and pygmy elephant. Each one was equipped with a concealed camera to film animals in their natural habitats. Read more to see an alpha silverback gorilla accepting a robotic baby spy into his family.
Stanford University engineers have unveiled PigeonBot, a bird robot with a wrist and finger with 40 feathers – 20 per wing—gathered from domestic pigeons called squab. By programming the robot to bend at one joint, the researchers could see how that movement contributes to a bird’s aeronautical maneuvers, and may eventually lead to bird-inspired drones. Read more for a video and additional information.
Yukai Engineering’s Petit Qoobo just might be the strangest robot yet at CES 2020. This pillow-like device is the followup to the company’s larger Qoobo that was unveiled last year, and it’s exactly as it looks, a tail wagging robot, but this time, with a microphone to detect sound, as well as haptic feedback for vibrating softly to mimic occasional purrs. Read more for two videos and additional information.