The Weekly Round Up: June 4-10

Hi again.  It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, but now that I’ve got internet, I’m back here on a Saturday to bother you with all of the environmental news I found interesting this week.  There was a lot that went on this week, what with it being World Environment Day on Monday, Canadian Environment Week, and World Oceans Day on Thursday.  Outside of all of that, there were ancient birds, Macron trolling Trump, and whales in NYC.  So let’s dive in! Continue reading

The World’s Smallest Vertebrates

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Does size matter? Without any scientific information to back me up, I would say yes! Just look around at the world we have created as humans! We live in ginormous buildings and McMansions. We eat footlong sandwiches and drink out of litre-sized cups. We even create landmarks like giant nickels and rocking chairs! We are obsessed with giant things! We even show affection towards the largest of animals like whales, elephants, big cats, and gorillas. But what about the smaller things in life? So today, we are shining a spotlight on the little guys, mainly the world’s smallest vertebrates! Continue reading

The Weekly Round Up: May 4-8

TGIF!! It’s that time of the week again where we round up some of the biggest environmental articles! So, let’s get to it!

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Researchers at Festo, a German Robotics company, are looking to animals and nature to inspire the next generation of robots. More specifically, these researchers are inspired by ant colonies, butterfly swarms, and chameleon tongues. The ants provide a template for a group of smaller entities networking and communicating with each other while following orders from a higher level, the butterflies inspired a prototype of robots that can move in the air and communicate with one another to avoid collisions, and the chameleon’s sticky tongue, used to capture insects, has been reworked into a prototype robot that can grab small objects! Festo’s goal is to one day allow these robots into a factory setting.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/05/06/tech/mci-bionic-insects/

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