Yet more plummeting dead mice over Guam

Krystal Paco reports, in Guam News: It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s dead mice baits filled with acetaminophen being dropped from helicopters. As today marked the fourth mice drop atop forested areas of Anderson Airforce Base since September, U.S. Department of Agriculture assistant state director supervisory wildlife biologist Dan Vice explains the process […]

On the non-omnipotence of Elephant Snot: Cactus graffiti

Elephant Snot is not the solution to every problem. The Arizona Daily Star confirms that, in this article: Elephant Snot isn’t the answer. Saguaro National Park officials tested a viscous product — with the odd brand name of Elephant Snot — to remove graffiti from saguaros at the park. It didn’t work. “Elephant Snot is out,” […]

Heli Man —

Add/blend together Leonardo da Vinci, Igor Sikorsky, Rube Goldberg, and Eddie Merckx, and if you are very, very good and very lucky, you get something like this: AeroVelo Officially Awarded AHS Sikorsky Prize! Posted on July 11, 2013 by Cameron in Blog Great news! The American Helicopter Society has officially declared AeroVelo winner of the Igor I. Sikorsky Human Powered […]

Copters and whales… now planes and crabs

Dave Brooks at Granite Geek alerts us to low-flying research that echoes, distantly, the Ig Nobel Prize-winning innovation of using a remote-control helicopter to gather whale snot.  The University of New Hampshire news service reports: To survey pits dug by horseshoe crabs in the sediments of the Great Bay Estuary, researchers attached a small camera […]

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