Sunday, June 9, 2019

"These tortoise-killing ravens are so smart, scientists must use drones to stop them"

LAT:

Instantly, the quadcopter squirted streams of silicone oil into the unoccupied raven’s nest, thoroughly coating a clutch of simulated eggs.

While the attack may have lacked the shock and awe of a Hellfire missile strike, it would have proved lethal to actual raven eggs. The layering of oil would have prevented oxygen from permeating the shells, slowly suffocating the embryos within.

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Other options now on the drawing board include “techno-tortoises”: realistic replicas of baby tortoises that, when pecked or bitten, emit irritants derived from grape juice concentrates
Related, the Gears 5 collector's edition includes a drone: