Emperor penguins have an unexpected robot ally as they face threats at the edge of the world 2022-04-30 10:26:36


It’s instinctive to yearn for the freedom to have our own space to thrive.

The same is true of animals, which are essential to the survival of delicate and diverse ecosystems around the world. But we are not doing a good job in this regard.

However, scientists need to get closer to these creatures to understand how we can help them. Fortunately, we have the technology on our side — and robotic agents may be able to go where humans can’t walk, all in the name of science and saving the species.

critical mission

An emperor penguin returns to its chick after searching for food in the sea.

A bright yellow robot emerges from a sea of ​​20,000 emperor penguins living in a colony in the Atca Bay in Antarctica.

but the The penguins don’t really notice the robot rolling on the ice With them. Named ECHO, it is part of a larger program to monitor the penguins’ health and fragile ecosystem, both of which are at risk due to global warming caused by the climate crisis.

Emperor penguins reign on land, where they have no predators, but their survival depends on the presence of sea ice, where they raise their chicks. If greenhouse gas emissions continue at their current rates, 98% of penguins could virtually disappear by 2100 as rising temperatures melt the ice, according to a recent study.

By using a penguin-certified robot to conduct long-term monitoring, researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution hope to reduce the human footprint in an already vulnerable spot.

other worlds

We’ve never seen anything like this on Mars.

The Creative helicopter has taken new photos Shows what happened to Perseverance’s landing gear and parachute after landing on February 18, 2021.

The mini chopper has a unique view of the debris field. In the frightening images, which resemble a scene from the movie Mad Max, parachute lines can be seen beneath a layer of red Martian dust.

Engineers are studying what happened to the protective back cover and canopy as they work on an ambitious multi-mission effort to return Martian samples to Earth by 2030.

long time ago

This 4,500-year-old stone statue represents the Canaanite goddess Anat.

This is the last thing you would expect to find while planting.

Palestinian farmer The head of a 4,500-year-old statue of the goddess Anat has been unveiled While working on his land in Gaza.

Anat is the goddess of love, beauty and war, according to the pagan mythology of the Canaanites, an ancient people who lived in Jerusalem and the surrounding area. Jamal Abu Rida, Director General of Antiquities at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Gaza, said that the statue is “a symbol of the oldest human civilization that lived in Gaza City.”

The statue will be displayed in the Pasha Palace Museum in Gaza.

Once upon a planet

The Swiss Alps are praised by tourists who love scenic trekking, hiking and watching winter sports.

The towering peaks also appear to be home to fossils of giant extinct whale-sized marine reptiles that roamed the ocean 250 million years ago.

Paleontologists have discovered fossils of three ichthyosaurs, or “fish lizards,” at 9,186 feet (2,800 meters) in the scenic mountains. The remains ended up there after tectonic plates collided and formed folds of rock that pushed the ancient sea floor high into the Alps.

One sample included Oldest ichthyosaur tooth ever found This toothed whale reveals some of the mysteries of these marine creatures that became extinct long ago.

wonderful creatures

Patagonian Shepherd Dogs are known to be very gentle.

The wonderfully gentle Patagonian Sheepdog is a type of national dog in parts of South America, helping to herd sheep between the Chilean coast and the Patagonian mountains. You may not have heard of it before.

That’s a long way from paddling with dogs, so how did they end up half a world away? In the 19th century, officials in South America saw sheep farming as a promising industry, so they looked to the United Kingdom and its successful practices.

Farmers came – and brought their dogs with them. Now, thanks to the isolation these herding dogs experienced, they act like a “missing link” that scientists can use to understand canine evolution.

take note

These things may surprise you:

– Astronomers have discovered 30 exoplanets in a nearby planetary system – a really interesting place where they can Watching the planets being born.
One type of small social spider lives in groups. But once these spiders mate, the male mates A special step to avoid eating by her partner.
– The mirrors of the James Webb Space Telescope are perfectly aligned and ready for it Take clear pictures of the universe.
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