(Utah State University) A new paper provides a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife. The framework is the product of an effort among worldwide experts in ecology and physiology and reveals the presence of “sensory danger zones,” or areas where sensory pollutants influences animal activity. For example, artificial lights cover the glow of the moon, preventing birds or insects from detecting it. “From a conservation biology point of view, we don’t know how to mitigate the effects of sensory pollution if we don’t know what the pathway of harm is.”
(Financial Times) The researchers are carrying out different experiments to “reverse engineer” bee brains with the goal of designing navigational software for future drones. Bees optimize the distances flown from one point to another. Bee brains can multitask, adapt to new scenarios and learn very fast.