Animals Nature & Tech Science

Heads Up! Cockroaches Are Becoming Almost Impossible To Control!

Studies have shown that the cockroach has developed a resistance to bug sprays and might actually become impossible to control with chemicals.

New research published by Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana believes there is a strain of German cockroaches, known as Blatella germanica L, which are becoming difficult to get rid of as future generations are going to be increasingly immune to our efforts to control them.

Scientists have strongly stated that these insects must be controlled as they threaten human health. They can spread bacteria and their feces triggers allergies and asthma in both children and adults.

A Losing Battle

A professor in the Department of Entomology, Michael Scharf, said: “This is a previously unrealized challenge in cockroaches”.  He led a 6-month study that was then published in the Scientific Reports journal.  He believes these insects are becoming resistant to many insecticides which will make controlling them almost impossible using chemicals alone.

This species of cockroaches cannot survive in areas without humans and thrive in warm indoor places with access to food and water.  This statement was made by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Purdue researchers believe insecticides used to remove the spread come in different classes and each works differently for eliminating cockroaches.  Some of these sprays contain a blend of multiple classes to ensure that at least one will impact these very tough insects.  New experiments are planned to test these sprays’ effectiveness.

German roaches were collected from apartments in Indianapolis and Danville.  Chemicals were purchased from Univar Solutions.  During the first test, 3 kinds of insecticides were rotated for 3 months before repeating the process.  The second test had a mixture of 2 insecticides for a period of 6 months. In the third test, scientists used a single insecticide on roaches that had low resistance and ran the test for another 6 months.

In the first rotation, researchers said they could keep the population down but failed to reduce it.  During the mixture test, nothing worked and instead the population started to grow.

What happened next was really shocking!

In a single insecticide test, scientists discovered they were able to eliminate the roach population because of the low starting resistance in the chosen insecticide.  That said, not all was good news.  With another single insecticide experiment the population with only 10% resistant but managed to grow.

Scharf believes that cockroaches will survive a certain treatment and essentially become immune to the insecticide in the future and that includes their offspring.  They have also gained resistance to other classes of insecticides even if the insects were never exposed to the treatments and never had a previous resistance.

He went on to say that resistance will increase four or six-fold in just one generation.  He said no one had any idea that something like this could happen so fast.

Female cockroaches have a 3-month reproductive cycle which will bring in another 50 offspring. Even a number this small can lead to a lot of trouble down the road.  It is suggested that even if a population is wiped out by one working bug spray, they could spring back in a matter of a few months.

Further research will have to be conducted to come up with a plan for removing cockroaches from the human population.  Chemicals have become a concern among most people, so how strong will a new variety of bug spray have to be to control the problem?  Adding to that, how long would a new bug spray last before these tough insects become immune to that as well?

That said, insects have been around since the beginning of time, so they might just survive us as well!

Studies have shown that the cockroach has developed a resistance to bug sprays and might actually become impossible to control with chemicals.

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Animals City Life

Finding the Right Dog Walker

Dogs needs to be exercised every day in order to stay healthy.  This is essential for their physical and mental well-being so if you are unable to walk your dog daily you will need to find a suitable dog walker.

This can be a difficult decision because although anyone can call themselves a dog walker, it doesn’t mean that they have the experience, qualification or expertise to be the right walker for your companion.

Take a look at this guide for choosing a dog walker that meets all your pet’s needs:

Word-of-Mouth Recommendations

Getting good recommendations from other dog parents is probably the best way to start when looking for a dog walker of your own.  Ask them what their experiences have been, talk to other dog owners at the park or ask your vet if they have any particular dog walker they are happy to recommend.

If you do get a good recommendation then be sure to check them out thoroughly before deciding to hire them.

Meet and Greet

Always invite a potential dog walker to meet your dog because your dog needs to be comfortable with them.  If your dog feels shy or wary when they meet new people you need to keep this in mind and give them some time. However, the walker should not be phased by this.  Ideally, they will be calm, assertive and able to read your dog’s behavior and body language.

Ask questions

 The sort of thing you need to know is what will be happening while your dog is with their walker.  Consider the following questions:

  • Where will my dog be walked?
  • Can you accommodate my dog’s needs? If your dog is not particularly well socialized, for example, would the walker be willing to walk him/her alone?  Would they be able to introduce your dog to others gradually?
  • How long will my dog be walked? Make sure you are clear about the specific amount of time your dog will spend walking with their new companion.
  • Will anyone else walk my dog? Many dog walkers work alone, but some are part of larger businesses.  If this is the case you’ll need to know who is likely to be walking your dog.
  • What training do you have? If you are employing a dog walker you want them to have some experience of dogs, ideally professional experience. This is a crucial question to ask or you could end up with someone walking dogs just to earn some extra cash.
  • Have you been walking dogs for long? You need to know how much experience this person has in walking dogs.
  • What training methods do you use? If their training methods do not dovetail with your own you might want to choose someone else.
  • Do you have the relevant licenses and insurance? A legitimate dog walking business is required to have a license and proof on insurance.
  • Are you able to deal with emergencies?
  • Are you trained and certified in canine first aid?

And finally, take the walker for a test walk:

Ask the walker if you can come along for the first walk.  Although they will obviously be on their best behavior you can still get an idea of how they interact with your dog and if your dog likes them.  See how they relate to your dog’s needs, for example, are they sensitive if your older dog needs to walk slowly?

Look to see if they are a good fit.  Look at your dog – how is their body language?  Do they look happy and comfortable with this person? Never feel rushed into making a decision, it is important that your dog feels happy and comfortable on his or her walk and that they are safe.

Dogs needs to be exercised every day in order to stay healthy.  This is essential for their physical and mental well-being so if you are unable to...

Animals Cool Stories

Study: Dolphins Form Friendships Based on Shared Interests

Just like humans, male dolphins have been shown to form long-lasting bonds and These ties are formed with those who have similar interests or traits.

It is well known that dolphins live in social groupings, known as pods, and carry out quite complex social interactions. However, this study is another indication of the level of intelligence they possess.

The international group of scientists from Australia, Switzerland and the UK studied dolphins in Shark Bay, Western Australia.  The particular pod of bottlenose dolphins has been observed before and it was discovered that the female pod members had developed a unique method of foraging using marine sponges in order to find food.

This behavior, known as sponging,  has not been seen outside this group and has been passed down from mother to calf.

Male Bonding

The scientists wanted to return to Shark Bay to look specifically at the behavior of the males in the group and studied 124 male bottlenose dolphins in their study which lasted from 2007 to 2015.

They found that some males used the sponging technique while others did not but those that did tend to associate with other sponging males.  They also spent more time foraging than the other males and less time sleeping.

It seems that, like the female dolphins, the males have formed social bonds based on the shared activity of sponging.

Another finding of the study is that the social alliances play a key role in the males’ mating success and that the bonds formed indicate, not only that the males can form social bonds based on similar traits, but also that these bonds can last for decades.

Just like humans, male dolphins have been shown to form long-lasting bonds and These ties are formed with those who have similar interests or...

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World’s Top 20 Famous Animals

Animals and humans have always shared a special bond. We’ve always relied on animals for food, protection, transportation, and company. Over the past two centuries, many animals have even left their mark on history’s course. Let’s take a look at the top 20 world-famous animals.

Heidi The Opossum

Heidi the cross-eyed opossum was raised at a wild animal sanctuary in North Carolina before being placed at the Leipzig Zoo in Germany in 2011.

Heidi’s eye condition wasn’t harmful to her health. However, it did make her vulnerable in the wild. At the zoo’s tropical wildlife exhibit, living alongside two other opossums, Heidi was safe.

A Cross-Eyed Sensation

When photographs of Heidi were posted on the Internet, she swiftly became a sensation. A popular YouTube song was written about her, a line of stuffed animals was created, and she quickly gained over 300,000 followers on Facebook.

The cute cross-eyed opossum was even the star of a segment on Jimmy Kimmel Live, where she predicted the winners of three Oscar categories. Sadly, on September 28, 2011, Heidi had closed her eyes forever.

Animals and humans have always shared a special bond. We’ve always relied on animals for food, protection, transportation, and company. Over the past two centuries, many animals have even left their mark on history’s course. Let’s take a look at the top...

Animals Earth Nature & Tech

A Swarm of Ladybugs in California That Shook the World!

The National Weather Service in San Diego said a huge “echo” appeared on the SoCal radar but discovered it was not rain, instead it was a cloud of ladybugs!  The swarm showed up on the California weather service’s radar map as an 80-mile-wide mass.

This is a phenomenon known as a “bloom”.  Meteorologist Miguel Miller said the bloom appeared on their screen as an amazing 80-miles wide and 80-miles long.  It seems the mass was moving from the San Gabriel Mountains toward San Diego.

The mass of ladybugs was seen moving from Barstow in San Bernadino County, 80 miles south of Riverside which is near Los Angeles.  It literally covered an area over 1,000 square miles.

Meteorologist Mark Moede from the weather service said ladybugs were everywhere and a weather spotter in the San Bernadino Mountains reported an abnormal population of ladybugs which was then linked by the weather service to the sighting.

Bugs, not Clouds!

Casey Oswant, San Diego weather service meteorologist, told the Palm Springs Desert Sun there were a lot of clouds at the time along with this massive bloom.

She said the size of the mass could not have been created by the clouds.  She followed the patch that was heading south in the morning and then disappeared from the screen by noon.  It is not known for certain where the ladybugs were traveling from.

Senior scientist at James W. Cornett Ecological Consultant believes the number of ladybugs needed to create such a massive movement would have turned the skies dark.

Whether this event happened or not, we are all relieved to know they were ladybugs!  Legend has it, if a ladybug lands on your shoulder, you are blessed with luck! Imagine a swarm of ladybugs this massive, that must be luck for a lifetime!

The National Weather Service in San Diego said a huge “echo” appeared on the SoCal radar but discovered it was not rain, instead it was a cloud of ladybugs!  The swarm showed up on the California weather service’s radar map as an 80-mile-wide...

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Jellyfish Spinning After Getting Caught in Bubble Ring

Incredible footage shows the moment a jellyfish collides with a bubble ring off the coast of Menorca, Spain.

Footage captured on June 3 shows the jellyfish spinning after getting caught in the bubble.

Incredible footage shows the moment a jellyfish collides with a bubble ring off the coast of Menorca, Spain.

Footage captured on June 3 shows the jellyfish spinning after getting caught in the bubble.

Animals Vacation

How to Do Wildlife Tourism Right

Nearly all travelers love the thrill of getting up close and personal with animals – and the wilder they are, the better. However, what they often don’t consider is how these animals are treated in order to make animal encounters, such as elephant rides and photo ops with tigers, a reality.

The ethics of wildlife experiences is one of the many controversial issues covered in National Geographic magazine’s feature story “Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism.”

It’s not easy to figure out how to humanely observe animals, but one way you can assess the way a facility treats its animals is by referring to the standards recognized internationally in the “five freedoms” which were inspired by the U.K. in 1965. Here are some tips for how to go about viewing wildlife on your next venture.

Do your research

Research ahead of time to discover what facilities seem to care for their animals ethically. Just because a zoo has a high rating on TripAdvisor doesn’t mean that it’s humane. Read reviews to see if the animals have been well-fed and have access to clean water at all times.

Scan the space

When you’re at the facility, keep your eyes open and look around you to see what the space provides. Do the animals seem comfortable and happy? Are their environments appropriate? Do they have ample space, somewhere to get away from the crowds, and a comfortable resting area?

Watch out for buzzwords like “sanctuary” and “rescue,” especially if a facility is making these sorts of claims while also offering extensive interaction to large volumes of people. Most likely, it’s not true!

Look for red flags

Some things will be hard not to notice, like visibly injured animals or ones that have been cajoled into participating in entertaining activities that could be potentially harmful. Any time an animal that is meant to be wild is giving rides to the tourist is chained, or anything else unnatural to it, it’s just not right. Also, simply observe whether or not their enclosures are kept up and cleaned.

Tread lightly

Do your part in treating the animals with dignity. Large crowds and unnatural noises cause them distress, so be cautious and considerate while you are around them, especially those ones that have experienced some sort of trauma.

Keep it wild

Do your best to encourage and participate in experiences that take place in an animal’s natural environment.

It takes each of us to change the industry of global wildlife tourism. Every one of us that makes a conscious decision to only support facilities that treat their animals ethically helps to transform the industry for the better.

Nearly all travelers love the thrill of getting up close and personal with animals – and the wilder they are, the better. However, what they often don’t consider is how these animals are treated in order to make animal encounters, such as elephant rides...

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Thorny Devil Lizard Walks Using Hypnotic Movements

We feel like we don’t show you enough videos of lizards and sometimes they can be fascinating animals, and they also have a lot of skills. Just check out this thorny devil lizard and his smart way crossing the road.

A thorny devil crosses a quiet road in the Tanami Desert, NT. Like chameleons, these unique lizards walk with a rocking motion to simulate spiky debris blowing in the wind. Amazing, isn’t it?

Lizards are little reptiles that have a long tail, eyelids, and for the most part, have four legs with five toes on each foot. They can vary in color and also in size. Most lizards love to eat creepy little crawlies like this guy, and that is the reason they are called insectivores.

Lizards are also very significant because they help to control the bug populace. The lizards that eat little creatures and also birds are called carnivores. A couple of lizards eat plants, and they are called herbivores.

Lizards are a group of animals which we haven’t share a common ancestor of millions of years which is really fascinating for some people.

They are brilliant creatures, and the level of interaction with them is different from the interaction with dogs and cats, and that is why a lot of people consider having a lizard as a pet.

Why did the lizard cross the road?

The thorny devil, or also knows as the mountain devil, they are covered in spikes and can puff themselves to appear more prominent, and yes they are known for their funny walk.

The thorny lizard’s unique gait involves strolling, stopping often, and rocking back and forth. This characteristic delayed, unsteady movement appears very slow.

Probably, their jerky movements and constant freezing in place help conceal them if a predator spots them out in the open.

Crossing the road can be really dangerous for them, because of their camouflage they get run over really often. The thorny devil is a lizard that has to stay still for a long period in order to camouflage itself, which results in some of these creatures getting run over.

They are also very vulnerable due to natural loss and disturbance. That’s why there is an organization who help these animals because even though they are called devils, they are actually harmless and they say that they are lovely animals.

People did no justice for this animal by giving such a harsh name to such a non-dangerous animal!

We feel like we don’t show you enough videos of lizards and sometimes they can be fascinating animals, and they also have a lot of skills. Just check out this thorny devil lizard and his smart way crossing the road.

A thorny devil crosses a quiet road in...

Animals Funny Stories

Great Dane Extremely Jealous of New Puppy

Talk about a drama queen! Bagira the Great Dane is super jealous of the new puppy in the family, that he just can’t stand to see his owner holding and petting the puppy, instead of him!

Sure, we all get jealous sometimes, it is only a natural instinct. We were jealous of our siblings, of the toys our friends had – basically, of anything that we thought we were lacking and thought we had to have!

Adjustment can be difficult for people, can you imagine how difficult it must be for a dog, one that can’t really understand what you are saying to it?

Drama Queen

When the owner, Lindsey Heinz, picks up the new puppy and turns the camera on, we can immediately hear Bagira growling below. “I can pet him too…It’s not all about you” says Lindsey, but Bagira is not having it.


As huge as he is, Bagira gets up on his hind legs and puts his front paws on Lindsey, begging to be petted too! “You are so dramatic!” continues Lindsey.

She keeps on criticizing him, but the bog old pup is determined to stand his ground. We can only imagine what he must feel like, already having one brother and now another? It seems like only just yesterday that he was Mommy’s favorite lap puppy!

Talk about a drama queen! Bagira the Great Dane is super jealous of the new puppy in the family, that he just can’t stand to see his owner holding and petting the puppy, instead of him!

Sure, we all get jealous sometimes, it is only a natural instinct...

Animals Cool Stories

Cat Enjoys Spectacular Transformation Due to Unique Condition

When we own pets, it’s hard for us to know just what might be ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ with them. The diagnosis of our pets can be a hard thing to do at the best of times. When we come across unique and rarely seen issues, though, it can become even more confusing as to what might be the problem.

However, cat owner Nicole Bohm managed to find a rather amazing condition that her cat was ‘suffering’ from. She found that she has the ability to change her fur coat!

Having rescued the feline alongside some other cats, she picked them up from a farm in Germany. Happy to have them around and to care for them, she enjoyed having the cats around. They seemed entirely normal, with nothing too unique or challenging taking place. However, over time she began to notice that there was something quite strange about the cats.

For example, Elli – unlike her sisters – started to show some significant changes in her fur coloring.

Black Turns to White

Small patches of black fur would be substituted for a bright white look instead. It was enough of an adjustment, though, for Bohm to want to find out what was going on. A trip to the vet was booked up, and what she found out about her cat was nothing to worry about.

What it was, though, was a truly remarkable discovery. Her cat suffers from vitiligo-like symptoms, which causes pigmentation in skin or fur to be lost. Despite often coming with a host of other problems, young Elli had no other health issues.

Over time, then, Elli began to go through a transformative change. She changed from a black cat with a small sprinkling of white fur to the total contrast. Now, she was a speckled cat with a totally white coat.

Despite the total change in her look, though, she never changed her personality. Or her relationship with her beloved sisters. Retaining her same playful elegance and eloquence as before, Elli merely had started to transform into a new look, not a new cat altogether. If you are interested, you can watch for regular updates on her official Instagram page.

It’s quite the story. If you see your cat beginning to go through gradual changes in fur, then you should probably get them checked out for vitiligo. While it can be a mesmeric change, it can be accompanied with some health issues so be sure to retain vigilance about what this could mean for your feline.

When we own pets, it’s hard for us to know just what might be ‘wrong’ or ‘right’ with them. The diagnosis of our pets can be a hard thing to do at the best of times. When we come across unique and rarely seen issues, though, it can become even more...

Animals Inspiring Stories

Stranded for 28 Days, EMT Keeps Hope Alive for Missing Dog

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

It’s something that we would not wish on our worst enemy. The total lack of knowledge of where you are can be utterly mind-numbing. However, for some of us, being stranded is so challenging due to the isolation from those that we love.

Take the story of one man who adopted a ‘therapy dog’ which pulled him out of a deep, lasting depression. On a camping trip, though, an incident took place that separated man from his best friend – 28 days later, the dog was still missing.

Justin Scott had a pretty impressive job, working as an EMT. Through that job, he became used to stepping up to the plate and save others. Such a job, though, takes an obvious toll on our well-being and our happiness. Sadly, Justin lost a very close friend when he was called in to try to save him.

Unable to snap out of the depression, he was introduced to a new friend: Shelby. He was brought in to help Justin try and find a bit of emotional peace.

Camping Trip Fright

On a camping trip together, everything was going good: lots of fun to be had. However, just as can happen when going on a camping trip, something went wrong that separated the inseparable duo.

Alongside his wife and his two children on a trip to the Sierra Mountains, a noise from the forest spooked poor Shelby. Freaked out, she made for the forest and vanished. As the hours turned into days, things looked bleak: but not for Justin.

Justin, after all, is an expert in surviving and getting through tough and challenging moments in life. He wasn’t about to give up on someone so important to him. Reaching out to A Way Home For Animals, a non-profit that helps with finding lost dogs, they began to work together to try and find poor Shelby.

Posters, interviews with locals and looking around the woods led to little information. However, they did find something interesting: camera footage that showed Shelby at camp!

By setting up a series of humane traps to capture Shelby safely, Shelby soon walked into one of the cages set up by AWHFA expert Babs Fry. 28 days later, the dog was finally home, reunited with her family and her beloved Justin. The shots of Justin emotionally hugging away with his dog, with his family visibly emotional alongside him, is one that will live us for a long time.

An expert in saving others, now our brave EMT can enjoy being saved by someone else for a change. Welcome back home, Shelby!

Have you ever found yourself majorly lost or stranded? Even just for an hour or two? Then you’ll know how utterly terrifying a sensation this is.

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Animals City Life

A Spring-Cleaning Guide for Cat Parents

Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!

It’s time to move the couches, see what’s growing behind the dresser, and get into every nook and cranny of your house. It’s also a great time to get into all your cat’s toys, beds, carriers, and more, and here are some tips to help you start!

Deep Clean Everything

First off, you definitely need to get in the habit of washing your cat’s bedding regularly – every week, even, if you can. Just as we should be washing our sheets weekly, cats need a clean place to lay as well!

You’ll want to make sure that the cat bed you have is easy to remove and wash. It’s even better if you use blankets and pads and such so that you have somewhere for your cat to sleep while its bed is being washed. Be sure you use unscented detergent as cats are averse to scented laundry soap.

We also often never think to wash our cat’s toys, but these also could use a deep cleaning this spring. You can place plastic ones on the top rack of your dishwasher or hand wash them with mild soap. If they’re catnip toys, it’s probably time to throw them out anyway, so you’d be wise to replace them with refillable catnip toys that last much longer – you’ll be able to wash and refill them!

And then there are the carriers. I know we usually don’t pull these out very often – maybe just to take a trip once a year and then those visits to the vet. So, it’s not very dirty, right? But think – when is the last time that you washed it? Have you ever washed it?

This spring, it’s probably about time you took it outside and scrubbed it down with warm, soapy water. If you want to really disinfect it with bleach, dilute one ounce of bleach in a quart of water, and be sure to wash it off thoroughly.

Of course, if you have carriers with fabric or cushions, it’s a bit more complicated, but usually, you can place those in the washing machine or wash them by hand. Remember, only unscented detergent!

Get Organized

Now you’re ready to enter spring with all of your cat belongings fresh and clean. It’s time to get organized:

  • If you live in a warm climate, this should already be taken care of, but if not, spring is the time to get your cat ready for flea and tick season with some prevention.
  • When is the last time your cat had a check-up? Make sure you are up-to-date on your vet visits and vaccines.
  • Maybe you’ve never thought to check the expiration dates on your cat food, but their food expires too. Look through your pantry, and toss any expired items.
  • Does your cat have a microchip implant? Is the ID up-to-date? Or is the number and address on its collar correct?

Spring Saftey

Last but not least, if you love your cat, you won’t want it to be able to get itself into any dangerous situations.

This means checking your windows and screens and repairing any holes or damage, paring your cleaning products down to just what is safe for cats, and perusing your yard to make sure that all of the plants you have are safe for cats. And be sure you don’t track any of the insecticides inside. Safety first, and happy spring!

Spring is here, and we all know what that means – spring cleaning!

It’s time to move the couches, see what’s growing behind the dresser, and get into every nook and cranny of your house. It’s also a great time to get into all your cat’s toys, beds...

Animals Humans Are Awesome

Man Brings Truckloads Of Water To Animals In Drought

Rumble / Everyday Heroes – As we know, the earth has been getting warmer due to the lack of care humans take living on this Earth. The constant exploitation, the cutting down of forest, the pollution of water and many “creative” ways we have found to additionally destroy our Earth.

Having said this, the case is that our actions have also affected nature and the regular chain of life outside of ours.

This video takes place in Kenya. Where global changes have made an impact on animals lives living in the wild. The scarcity of water has become an issue since the Earth is getting warmer. Droughts are more common than ever, leaving animals at an even bigger challenge of finding for water. As if their lives weren’t simple before this.

Here we have quite the video of these members of the Mwalua Wildlife Trust, a Kenyan founded and run organization that works towards sustainable water solutions for human and wildlife communities in Tsavo East National Park, deliver truckloads of water to all the animals suffering through a drought.

This is one of many examples of how we can help to prevent the further cleansing of wildlife animals. There is something we can all bring to the table and make this planet just a pinch better. This is only an encouragement as every difference begins with a tiny step forward toward the goal.

This video doesn’t really show them in action, however, it does simply show the hopeless animals gathered around the pond in the hopes of drying their thirst. It is a big eye opener to which extent we have come and how much we can actually go wrong by getting our will on this planet. However, we will again state that there is always something that we can do, just like the gentleman in this video.

These guys prove to show that the simplest of doings like bringing water to their front door is something small yet it can have a tremendous impact on their lives. If not anything else, wouldn’t you want to see more of such caring human beings?

What do you think about this video? Make sure you tell us more in the comments down below. If you like what you see, don’t forget to share it with others who might like it as well. It just might be the highlight of their day! Enjoy!

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Plastic Waste In Our Oceans is Killing Baby Sea Turtles

Our planet has become a human dumping ground of discarded items and has been going on for some time now.  Our oceans and waterways are major threats to other animal life and it’s getting worse.  One photographer decided to capture the effect of litter that is threatening baby sea turtles in Honduras. The footage is shocking and totally non-acceptable.

A photographer from Honduras, Caroline Power, has been documenting the plight of endangered baby hawksbill sea turtles threatened by plastic pollution.  She is hoping her photographs will have an impact on humans discarding their trash wherever they please and will hopefully save the endangered animals.

Trash accumulation in Roatan might not be as large as the enormous Great Pacific Garbage Patch but is still endangering and killing vulnerable species like the hawksbill sea turtle.

These animals are not able to speak for themselves but Caroline’s photos have clearly shown the plight of these helpless turtles struggling to just stay alive in an environment that is loaded with plastic trash.  These young sea turtles have mistaken plastic garbage as food which will cut their lives in half.  In many cases, while filming, this photographer has freed many sea turtles caught up in plastic rings or empty snack containers.

Not Edible

The bottom line, one piece of plastic ingested by these turtles is fatal.  Really young sea turtles run a very high risk of dying after eating plastic with 50% dying after eating 14 pieces.  It’s shocking that the threats to the survival rate of endangered sea turtles’ are very low because they are unable to regurgitate this plastic.

Sandra Hochscheid, a marine biologist. said there must be a reduction in using plastic and significant changes are needed.  Caroline believes the problem in Roatan is caused by various plastic traveling from the Motagua River and other waterways in Honduras and Guatemala.

People need to understand the impact this lifestyle is having on wildlife and make the choice to use less single-use plastics. In 2018, NowThis News showed Caroline’s exclusive video “Baby Turtles Struggle to Swim Through Plastic Pollution in Honduras”. This video has received well over six million views as of March 2019.

Hopefully, this film and many others will force the human being to wake up and realize the destruction they are causing our planet and the lives of other living creatures.  Plastic items must be discarded in proper receptacles and safely destroyed or re-processed properly.

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Animals Tech News

Lobster Inspired Body Armor

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a side of melted butter.

Ming Guo, from the mechanical engineering department of MIT, had a breakthrough when he was enjoying a lobster at dinner. He noticed that lobsters have membranes between their joints that is as strong as tire rubber.

He realized that this naturally growing material was nearly impossible to chew but was also flexible and soft. His thought was that this material would be perfect in the joints of body armor.

A study released in Acta Materialia states: “The knowledge learned from the soft membrane of natural lobsters sheds light on designing synthetic soft, yet strong and tough materials for reliable usage under extreme mechanical conditions, including a flexible armor that can provide full-body protection without sacrificing limb mobility.”

Ming explains, “We think this work could motivate flexible armor design. If you could make armor out of these types of materials, you could freely move your joints, and it would make you feel more comfortable.”

The Flawed Effectiveness of Kevlar

While bulletproof vests are a valuable tool for law enforcement officers and military, they do have a few drawbacks. Kevlar’s effectiveness only spans around five years, at which time they should be replaced. Kevlar is also bulky and unforgiving, not suitable for all body types.

In particular, women frequently need to have Kevlar vests altered.  Because Kevlar is bulky, it interferes with concentration and marksmanship abilities. Making the vests more mobile decreases their effectiveness.

To be truly effective, body armor needs to be flexible and light to allow the wearer to move freely.  It also needs to be tough and made from materials that are abundant for ease and affordability of manufacturing.

As hard as it is to imagine a lobster-inspired bulletproof vest, the body armor of the crustacean fulfills all of these qualities. Researchers from MIT and Harvard are currently exploring how best to harness the benefits of lobster armor for human use.

Learning from Lobsters

Even though lobster armor brings to mind a cartoon character with claws and a bright red suit, it’s not so far-fetched.  As body armor evolves to be stronger and more flexible, chances are that bulky armor, made from cloth and Kevlar, will become a distant memory.

Science fiction films hint at ways that body armor will improve.  In fact, the Robert Rodriguez film, Alita: Battle Angel, hints that in the distant future, humans will sport robotic body parts.

For now, MIT scientists are taking their cues from a million-year-old lobster who has evolved to fit their habitat perfectly.  Their armor protects them from temperature extremes and other intense under-water conditions, and one day, it may protect our LEO’s and military from equally intense conditions on duty and in the battlefield.

As fantastical as it sounds, our next innovation in defensive body armor for our military and law enforcement officer’s may be inspired by a million-year-old sea creature who is not only a tough customer but also happens to be delicious when served with a...