Wearable ORCA device, still in development, issues sound waves designed to make sharks think killer whales are near; but does it work?
Maui company is hoping to save lives, and capitalize on the universal fear of sharks, with a shark deterrent device that emits killer whale sound wavesRead More →
Just weeks after it was revealed that a beluga whale named NOC could mimic human voices, the journal of Current Biology has released a study documenting an male Asian elephant named Koshik who can mimic certain Korean words so accurately they are understood by native speakers. Towards the end of video above, Koshik mimics the word "choah," which means "good" in English, but the journal also said he could mimic the words "annoying," "sit down," "no," and "lie down." He..Read More →
Imagine the surprise among researchers when they discovered that what appeared to have been a human conversation near the beluga whale enclosure was actually the voice of the captive mammal. The accompanying audio clip is a sample of the whale's mimicry of human speech, and it's sure to inspire smiles, laughter, disbelief, or even awe among listeners.The whale, named NOC (pictured, below right), lived at San Diego's National Marine Mammal Foundation for 30 years before dying in..Read More →
Nature's game of intimidation and imitation comes full circle in the waters of Indonesia, where scientists have recorded for the first time an association between the black-marble jawfish (Stalix cf. histrio) and the mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus).Undescribed by scientists until 1998, the talented mimic octopus is known to impersonate toxic flatfish, lionfish, and even sea snakes by creatively configuring its limbs, adopting characteristic undulating movements, and..Read More →
What can we learn when we stop thinking of ourselves as the smartest species on the planet...?I may be behind on the subject, but I recently came across an interview of Janine Benyus--specialist on biomimicry, as she coined it--a concept that instantly inspired me! She's written many books, but one called Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature, and since it's publishing, has become a teacher for engineers, designers, chemists, architects, city planners, and inventors on how..Read More →
The minimalist piece from Zac Dixon explores the loneliness of space
We caught wind of "SOLUS," a short space film about the loneliness, adventure, and self-sacrifice of space exploration that does a number to our tear ducts.Read More →
STIHL athlete Adrian Flygt shares 6 skills every lumbersexual needs
Real-life lumberjack Adrian Flygt is miffed at lumbersexuals, and he gives them six skills they'd need to master to be actual lumberjacks instead of posers.Read More →
But it’s the male that dances to a different beat that gets the girl, researchers say
Male fiddler crabs attempting to attract female fiddlers perform a unique and synchronized mating dance by waving their over-sized claw, saying "come here."Read More →
Beth Gerdes inspires new moms everywhere
Professional triathlete Beth Gerdes talks about returning to Ironman racing four months after giving birth, inspiring new moms everywhere in the process.Read More →
And how you can do it too!
Ski mountaineer Adrian Ballinger makes a living pushing his sport to new heights—literally.Read More →
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