Swans Tracked Using GPS Trackers

A swan.

Every year, a number of Bewick swans make the move from the UK to a breeding ground in Arctic Russia. This year, some of those swans are being tracked using GPS tracking technology, so that researchers can better understand the bird’s migratory patterns. A Population Problem In the UK, the Bewick swan is the rarest swan that can be found, but for some reason the number of Bewick swans in the UK is drastically declining. Researchers aren’t sure why this is happening, but it’s important they find out. If something is eating the swans or if the swans are justRead 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

The Future of Tech Can Be Scary

Sebastian Lund

To some, the thought of drones, driverless cars, and vehicles that communicate with each other via wifi is downright scary. If you think about this tech too much, you may have the urge to find a cave and a hole and never come out again. Yet even though tech is really moving ahead at a fast pace where the automobile industry is concerned, the fact remains that innovation is a good thing. Driverless Isn’t So Frightening New technology of any kind can scare some people. But, there’s a special kind of fright that comes from a car that drives itself.Read 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

Company Uses GPS to Help Excavators Do Their Job

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This year, Trimble—a company that specializes in positioning products—introduced a new GPS configuration for their GCSFlex Grade Control System. They made the announcement at Intermat 2012, which is, according to their website, an international exhibition for equipment and techniques for construction and material industries.   About Trimble Trimble was founded in 1978, and makes and sells technology that includes GPS, laser, and wireless communication.Their technology is designed to help in many different fields, like agriculture, public safety, or construction. They also develop software that adapts to the needs of the user.   Using GPS To Dig Better Excavators work hard,Read More

Join the Fossil Hunter Geocache

What are you doing on September 10th? If you’re looking for a fun family activity, grab the kids and head to the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Clairmont, Alberta. The museum will be hosting the Fossil Hunter Geocache, and this event is open to everyone. Those who show up on the morning of September 10th will be handed a GPS tracking device and a map. Various treasures are hidden throughout the museum for geocachers to discover. Event organizers plan to stash items behind and around fossils, throughout various displays, and inside of some interesting scientific discoveries. The event’s purposeRead More

Civil War Details in Atlanta Being Unearthed Using GPS

Exact locations and details about battles from the Civil War are being unearthed by architects using GPS technology, reports the Wall Street Journal. Archeologist Garrett Silliman explained he’s been using a GPS handheld device in the backwoods of Georgia to map battlefields throughout the smalltown outskirts of metropolitan Atlanta. Silliman, who works for an environmental and land-use consulting firm, uses a system of logging the coordinates of artifacts to the satellite every few feet, which allows him to survey the battle lines along Atlanta. Silliman explained that less than 10 percent of all battle lines around the city have beenRead More

GPS Tracking System Marks Site T-Rex Relative Once Walked

Dinosaur Bone Found in Australia Proves History Wrong By DONNA SANTI / guest columnist ————————————————————————————————————- –          Donna Santi is a creative writer for LandAirSea Systems, a Woodstock, IL-based manufacturer and distributor of expertly-engineered, software and accessories. For information about LandAirSea, visit www.landairsea.com. To contact the writer, email donna.santi@landairsea.com ———————————————————————————————————— Ancient history, meet modern technology. When you’re digging for priceless, 65-million-year-old dinosaur bones, it’s best not to lose your spot of discovery. A stick, a shovel or a hole could mark the location of a paleontologist’s excavation out in the middle of nowhere; but none so well as a GPS trackingRead More