Social Media Sidebar

Announcement

Please sign up, comment on articles and bring your friends!

Current poll

PlanetTech is asking:

What do you think about our new web site?

Love it, indeed
Really good solution
Same as old one
The old one was better
This is a new option

Quote of the day

People say we're running out of energy. That's only true if we stick with these old 19th century technologies. We are awash in energy from sunlight.

 

Ray Kurzweil

 

Biologists will be able to track animals in real time using the ISS

RATE THIS! +46
Posted in Science on 8th Jul, 2016 05:48 PM by AlexMuller

We can see a lot from space. Satellite imagery has gotten to the point where saying that something is "big enough to see from space" doesn't really mean much anymore. But there are some things that still elude us, like the day-to-day tracking of small animals in real time from above our atmosphere.

 

One group, the International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space (ICARUS) hopes to change that. In June 2017, the group's instrumentation will be deployed on the ISS' Russian Service Module, allowing members to track the movement of animals from insects to birds as they move around the world.
 
Writing in The Atlantic, Ed Yong describes how the project will be used by everyone from bat biologists to people tracking stolen dinosaur bones in Mongolia. Go read his story here.
 
And it's not just animals. Members of the group hope to monitor everything from growing trees to transportation of goods as a part of the initiative. They'll accomplish all this by affixing tiny tags weighing just 1 or 2 grams to the thing they want to track, whether it's a songbird or a shipping container.
 
The tags are now available to pre-order by researchers interested in using ICARUS data in their research projects. Tags cost between $550 and $775, along with an extra service fee for the data center.

Tags: spacebiologyISSsatelliteanimal

Read original article » Back to category

Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-09
+1
Being able to track animals that are tagged and learn about their behaviour will add to our understanding of life on earth - it is good that ISS can provide the method Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-09
0
Already monitoring Earth from space has revealed many changes that would be otherwise difficult to document otherwise - impact on forests for example Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-07-21
+0
I’m really loving the theme/design of your website. Do you ever run into any internet browser coitipibalmty issues? A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my site not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Opera. Do you have any ideas to help fix this problem? Reply


 

Recent headlines

  • Posted in Business on 2017-09-21 08:16:42
    Google signs $1.1bn HTC smartphone deal..read more
    Posted in Business on 2017-09-21 08:11:40
    US solar plant costs fall another 30 per cent in just one.....read more
    Posted in Science on 2017-09-21 08:04:25
    SpaceX will call global internet satellite network Starlink..read more
    Posted in Software on 2017-09-20 19:05:15
    Google boosts Cloud Natural Language API with automatic.....read more
    Posted in Software on 2017-09-20 18:55:34
    Salesforce to launch $50 million artificial intelligence.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-10 01:33
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Business on 2013-10-20 07:17
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Software on 2013-10-20 06:43
Pirate Bay Browser Clocks 1,000,000 Downloads..read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-10 02:10
Google reportedly investing hundreds of millions into new.....read more
Posted in Medicine on 2013-10-14 03:13
Endothelial Cells Can Repair and Regenerate Organs,.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Spacex says China is their main competitor for commercial.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Staring at Your Phone Could Be Making You Short Sighted..read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Oculus Rift virtual reality headset coming to mobile, but.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
China is working towards a manned lunar mission in about.....read more
Posted in Science on 01.01.2010
Delivering drugs via nanoparticles to target mitochondria..read more

Recent Blog Posts

  • Posted by AlexMuller
    Scientists probe Neptune's depths to reveal secrets of icy.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    New terahertz imaging approach could speed up skin cancer.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Rebutting the claim that antidepressants do not work..read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Artificial neural networks decode brain activity during.....read more
    Posted by AlexMuller
    Four Earth-sized planets detected orbiting the nearest.....read more

Login to your Account

Login to your PlanetTech Account here

Username:
Password:
Remember me
or

Create a New Account

You just need username and password

The following errors occured:
Username:
Email:
Password:
Verify password:
Remember me