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How The World's Largest Solar Plant Wants To Fix Its Fried Bird Problem

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System has a problem. The myriad mirrors that reflect the sun’s searing rays onto towers that generate electricity also create a death ray that fries anything in its path, namely poor innocent birds flying through the desert. But don’t worry. They’re working on it.


Solar Power Company Wants To Make Up For Frying Birds By Neutering Cats

A few months ago, there were reports on an unsettling consequence of running the world’s largest solar plant. The 350,000 mirrors bounce sunlight back towards the atmosphere with such intensity that it basically creates a giant death ray. The poor little birds that pass by don’t stand a chance — they get scorched in midair.


Visualised Bird Songs From Aussie Artist Are An Awesome Acid Trip

Videos: Australian artist Andy Thomas recently built a visualiser for bird songs, the latest in his fascinating line up of so-called “audio life forms”. As the term implies, these gorgeous creations look like the sounds they represent and react accordingly. The end result is an acid trip of an experience.


This 3D-Printed Falcon Is A Flying Robot Scarecrow

Your usual scarecrow is a pretty low tech contraption: a vaguely humanoid shape draped in old clothes on a field. But what would a high-tech scarecrow look like? A Dutch company has created 3D-printed robot birds of prey that can soar and swoop like the real thing, scaring away pesky real birds away from airports and fields.


Clever Crow Knows Exactly How To Solve Different Puzzles To Get Food

Video: I love it when animals can solve puzzles and problems that I can’t even figure out. Here’s a crow going through a bunch of different exercises to show its understanding of size, weight, density, the elements and even the amount of effort it should put in to a puzzle to win its reward.


World's Largest Flying Bird Was As Big As Some Aircraft

Wow. A newly discovered flying bird species had a wingspan that stretched 24 feet long — as big as some aircraft. That’s pretty much a flying giant in the sky that’s twice as big as anything that can fly today. In fact, the bird, Pelagornis sandersi, is so ginormous that it exceeds our estimates “for the limits of powered flight”.


Hawaii Uses Lasers To Scare Endangered Birds Away From Power Lines

Hawaii has a bird problem. They keep crashing into power lines and dying. While that’s not so grim when pigeons are involved, the situation gets more serious when the birds are endangered. And many of the species in Hawaii are. That’s why they’re busting out the lasers.


United Is Using Its Planes To Track Butterflies And Birds From Above

United Airlines is working with the Smithsonian on a conservation project that will tag and track the smaller members of the animal kingdom. More specifically, the project will use radio receivers mounted on planes to create a low-altitude network of vanishing species like the monarch butterfly. All while you enjoy your complimentary beverage.


Feral Parrots Of Tokyo Are A Spooky Presence Flocking Above

Birds are a traditional subject of nature photography, and usually are seen as specimens of beauty. But the parrots that soar and roost around Tokyo are portrayed in the work of Yoshinori Mizutani quite differently.


An Hour Of Birds Condensed In One Minute Is Hitchcock's Worst Nightmare

Parker Paul recently filmed the birds flying around outside his window for an hour and, in his own words, “used the sky as a blue screen” to create a one-minute-long composite video. It’s hard to decide if it’s hauntingly beautiful or just plain haunting. The dark Italo disco soundtrack suggests the latter.


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