Is Hunting Helping With Conservation Efforts?

A lion sticking it's tongue out.

The Maasai people of Northern Kenya and Tanzania have always hunted lions. Certain men from this tribe have been given the title of ‘lion hunter’ in order to prevent lions from killing livestock, but also as a source of pride or rite of passage–it takes great courage to hunt lions. While seemingly impossible, conservationists have been able to work with the Maasai people in order to protect lions. How? A Mock Hunt The Maasai don’t hunt lions with modern weapons. Instead, they set out on foot in a group, find a lion, and close in on that lion with chantsRead More

Could Weather Reports Start to Get More Accurate?

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Weather reports are kind of a joke, right? Most of the time, the weather that’s predicted isn’t accurate, and sometimes it’s downright laughable. Your local weather person might predict the biggest blizzard of the century, which may cause airports and roads to shut down, but after all is said and done that blizzard may turn out to be nothing more than a few snowflakes. And what about all those times that you’ve dressed lightly based on a report of “sun, sun, sun!” only to walk to work in frigid temperatures wishing you hadn’t listened? Ah, the weather, that unpredictable thing!Read More

Hunting With Hawks

Goshawk in the grass.

Have you ever wondered how a hawk hunts? How the creatures zero in on prey, how they stalk, and how they kill? If you’ve ever seen a hawk circling its prey in the open sky, you know just how amazing these creatures are and how very little we know about them! From a Hawk’s View It has long been assumed that a hawk spots its prey, and then simply flies down from the sky to attack that prey, but that’s not what a team of researchers has discovered. Researchers recently strapped a camera to the helmet of a Goshawk inRead More

A Canadian Wild Boar Problem

Wild boars playing in the mud.

What happens when you introduce a new species into a foreign place? In the case of numerous wild boar in Saskatchewan, you get a species that thrives quite unexpectedly. Fish and Game authorities in Saskatchewan, Canada, introduced a number of wild boar into the environment to help with agricultural diversification. What authorities didn’t account for was that wild boar can survive in harsh climates, and wouldn’t simply die out as they had originally thought. Boars Like Cold Weather Wild boars live naturally in Russia, and Russia is known for its harsh climates. When the boars were brought into Saskatchewan, itRead More

BMW Reinvents the Streetlight

BMW Light And Charge

While it’s not a wheel, the new streetlights that BMW is working on do reinvent what’s tried, true, and tired. Old streetlights get a new facelift with BMW’s ‘Light and Charge’ technology. This tech uses LED lights that are similar to car headlights, but these lights come with BMW’s ‘ChargeNow’ electrical stations too. So, instead of installing separate car charging stations along roadsides and in parking lots, BMW’s invention will use existing electrical infrastructure to combine LED streetlights with charging stations. How the Light and Charge Tech Will Work The charging stations will let electric car owners plug into theRead More

GPS Breaks Down Hunting Method of CA Mountain Lions

Eric Kilby

Scientists don’t know much about the how the majestic and elusive mountain lion hunt their prey, but that’s all about to change thanks to the help of a wearable GPS tracking devices. Scientists with the University of California in Santa Cruz say they’ve learned more than ever about the way these creatures behave, especially during the hunt. They’re even able to determine the energy used by actions like pouncing and chasing. How It Works The mountain lions were fitted with GPS tracking devices – the SMART Wildlife Collar – which feature accelerometers that tell the scientists exactly what the animalRead More

How Sheepdogs Herd Sheep

Krysta

How is it that one single sheepdog can masterfully control an entire flock of sheep? This has been a question that scientists and farmers have wanted to know the answer to for a very long time. Now, that answer has finally arrived – in two parts. Sheepdogs Are Smart What would your strategy be for herding a flock of 100 sheep or more? Thanks to GPS tracking technology, scientists now know that sheepdogs work in two ways. First, a dog creates a weaving pattern behind a flock of sheep. Next, the dog moves the flock forward by getting in backRead More

How 200 Pound Rocks Move On a Desert Floor

Tom Babich

Death Valley National Park hasn’t been visited by UFOs, though prior to a recent GPS tracking study, the alien explanation might have been the only logical option. You see, there are rocks that move across the base of a company dry lake bed – big rocks, rocks that weigh 200 pounds and more. Nearby residents have nicknamed that particular stretch of Death Valley “Racetrack Playa” because rocks leaving behind giant tracks can be found strewn throughout the dried up lakebed. Unable to solve the mystery of how the rocks move without human (or alien) help, a team of researchers decidedRead More

GPS Helps Track Earth’s Water Levels

Anna

A National Geographic article printed this morning tells a sobering tale of water that’s quickly disappearing from the West. Scientists have been tracking small movements in the Earth’s crust with the help of a GPS tracking system. Unintentionally, the GPS trackers have also been keeping tabs on the disappearing water that was once part of the tracked landscape. A Disappearing Act How much water is disappearing from the Earth? Scientists estimate that the water lost from streams, rivers, lakes and snowfall is around 240 billion metric tons. That’s a hard number to imagine, so put another way it’s roughly comparableRead More

GPS Tracking Used To Help Save Livestock

Oregon Wolf Trek

The western United States is known for vast farmlands. Farming is a fairly classic American occupation and a vital one at that. A hot news headline recently has been about a massive threat to our crops: the dying bee. What you might not be hearing about is a threat to our livestock farms: wild wolves. Wolves bring up fear in most people’s imaginations. They are also associated with magic and nobility, but we must remember that wolves are dangerous predators. Although wolves were once a staple species in the western U.S., they are quite uncommon today. In the 1940s, inRead More