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Iguanas with chips: Florida seeks solution to invasive reptile problem

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  • ‘Tag day’ initiative opposed by some owners of exotic pets
  • State official ‘proud that Florida is looked at as a leader’

From Key West’s high-summer Hemingway Days, in which bearded hopefuls vie for the title of best Papa lookalike, to the annual hunt for the elusive (and imaginary) skunk ape, Florida is renowned for its calendar of curiosities.

Related: Toilet-invading iguanas among invasive species now banned in Florida

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/may/03/florida-iguanas-chips-invasive-reptile-tegu-lizards
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Richard Luscombe in Miami

Internet Outage in Canada Blamed on Beavers Gnawing Through Fiber Cables

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Rascally beavers took down internet service for about 900 customers in a remote Canadian community this weekend after gnawing through crucial fiber cables, the Candian Broadcasting Corporation reported Sunday. The outage, which has since been resolved, also affected 60 cable TV customers and disrupted local cell phone…

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Source: https://earther.gizmodo.com/internet-outage-in-canada-blamed-on-beavers-gnawing-thr-1846760780
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Alyse Stanley

Marine biologists identify new species of ‘Dumbo’ octopus that lives 7,000m below sea level (PHOTOS)

When searching for hitherto unidentified animals in the darkest depths of the oceans, researchers expect to find grisly, alien-like species but, recently, they encountered an altogether cuter new creature: a Dumbo octopus.

Using almost entirely non-invasive scanning techniques instead of the standard highly invasive and sometimes fatal lab tests and dissections, researchers from the University of Bonn successfully identified the never-before-seen Grimpoteuthis imperator, or Dumbo octopus. 

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


The G. imperator, a new subspecies of an already rare breed of octopus, was discovered in the northern part of the Emperor Seamounts, an underwater mountain ridge in the northwest Pacific Ocean. They live at depths of 7,000 meters (22,966 feet). The researchers suggested the common name for the critter: Emperor Dumbo in English, Dumbo Impérial in French, and Kaiserdumbo in German.

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


Rather than dissecting Dumbo, the marine biologists instead used high-field magnetic resonance imaging and micro-computed tomography scans to ascertain its origin before carrying out minimally invasive gene analysis on tissue samples to verify it was indeed a new species.

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© Christina Sagorny et al, BMC Biology, 2021


Measurements and digital photo comparisons with other types of Dumbo octopus – so called because of its two head fins, which resemble the large elephant ears sported by the lovable Disney character – were undertaken to settle the matter.

The researchers were also surprised to encounter a systemic heart in the new deepwater Dumbo, which had hitherto never been described in octopus species before.

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FILE PHOTO. © Pixabay / AnjaScientists capture octopus PUNCHING fish, apparently out of SPITE, in bizarre VIDEO

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Source: https://www.rt.com/news/522079-new-species-dumbo-octopus-discovered/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS
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New Robots Could Use Synthetic Bat Ears to Pinpoint Sound Sources 🦇

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Led by mechanical engineering professor Rolf Mueller, a team of researchers at Virginia Tech developed a new, bat-inspired technology to help robots accurately determine a sound’s origin. The team hopes that its new technology will improve robotics for agriculture, environmental surveillance, and of course, defense and security.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/78323/new-robots-could-use-synthetic-bat-ears-to-pinpoint-sound-sources-%F0%9F%A6%87/
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Octopus selfie wins photography contest

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Photographer Gaetano Dario Gargiulo‘s cool tide pool octopus photo won Best in Show at the annual Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest this year. What makes this image even cooler, is that the octopus apparently snapped the photo itself.

On the day of the photo, I remained in the tide pool as the tide was too low to venture outside of its boundaries.

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Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/03/04/octopus-selfie-wins-photography-contest.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Janelle Hessig

Pigs can play video games

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A group of researchers has spent the last 20 years testing pigs to see how well they can play a computer game—in which the pigs use a joystick to maneuver a dot on-screen towards a target.

The scientists finally published a paper concluding that, yep, the pigs have some mad skills. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2021/02/20/pigs-can-play-video-games.html
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Clive Thompson

Incredible X-ray footage of a bat in flight

A segment from the BBC’s “Inside the Bat Cave” documentary that uses night-vision, ultrasonic detectors, and X-ray imagery to reveal the secret life of bats and their flight dynamics. Forward to 1:52 for the X-ray footage.

(via Laughing Squid)

Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/12/09/incredible-x-ray-footage-of-a-bat-in-flight.html
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Japanese town enlists terrifying robot wolves to protect them from bears

From Reuters:

The town of Takikawa, on the northern island of Hokkaido, purchased and installed two Monster Wolf robots after bears were found roaming neighbourhoods in September. City officials said there had been no bear encounters since.

Bear sightings in Japan are apparently at a five-year high, with dozens of attacks and 2 fatals so far in 2020, according to Japanese national news. — Read the rest

Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/11/18/japanese-town-enlists-terrifying-robot-wolves-to-protect-them-from-bears.html
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Man loses phone, finds it the next day filled with monkey selfies

Zackrydz Rodzi, a student in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, woke up on Saturday to find his mobile phone missing. He finally located it the following day after hearing it ring in a jungle area behind his home. Zackrydz’s uncle joked that perhaps there was a photo of the thief on the phone. Turns out, he was right. From the BBC News:

Unlike some parts of the world where monkeys live in or near urban areas, there is no history of monkeys stealing things from houses in the local neighbourhood, said the student. He suspects the monkey may have entered the house through his brother’s open bedroom window.

image: ZACKRYDZ RODZI

Something yang korang takkan jumpa setiap abad. Semalam pagi tido bangun bangun tengahari phone hilang. Cari cari satu rumah geledah sana sini semua takde then last last jumpa casing phone je tinggal bawah katil tapi phonenya takde. Sambung bawah. pic.twitter.com/0x54giujnY

— z (@Zackrydz) September 13, 2020

Source: https://boingboing.net/2020/09/16/man-loses-phone-finds-it-the.html
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