Meet Roosevelt, the only dog in a wheelchair, learn about rocks worth trillions of dollars, gain insight into pigeon´s navigation system and get to know Iceberg, an all-white killer whale. Enjoy this week´s News Highlights Cloud.
Roosevelt – a dog in a wheelchair
Border collie Roosevelt was born with deformed front legs. That´s why his owner Stephanie Fox, from Portland, Maine, invested $900 in a custom-built two-wheel cart that straps underneath the dog´s body and stands in for his two front legs. Just like his namesake, former US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, the border collie doesn´t let his disability hold him back. To learn more about the cute dog, click on Roosevelt´s picture in this week´s News Highlights Cloud at the end of this post.
Amun 3554 – a rock worth $20 trillion
Amun 3554 looks like a simple rock. However, Amun 3554 is worth more than $20 trillion dollars. Orbiting the sun, Amun is one of the smallest metal-bearing asteroids discovered to date. Planetary Resources, an asteroid-mining startup from Seattle, took out to retrieve the valuable platinum, iron, nickel and cobalt with the help of robotic spacecraft. I am pretty sure that the investors (James Cameron as well as Microsoft and Google billionaires) can spare a few dollars for this adventure =) To learn more about this project, click on the picture of Amun 3554 in this week´s News Highlights Cloud at the end of this post.
GPS neurons help pigeons navigate
A group of cells in pigeons´ brains have now been shown to respond to both the direction and the strength of the earth´s magnetic field. A study published in Science last week suggests the cells to work like a compass. To learn more about these GPS neurons that help pigeons to navigate, click on the according picture in this week´s News Highlights Cloud at the end of this post.
Iceberg – an all-white killer whale spotted off Russia
This is the third time that scientists spotted an all-white killer whale. After sightings off Alaska in 2000 and 2008, researchers spotted a 7 meter long animal off the North Pacific´s Commander Islands, Russia. Since each of the three white whale sightings were among about a dozen family members, all bearing the typical black-and-white pattern, it is likely that “Iceberg” is the same orca which had been sighted in Alaska. Scientists are not sure whether the white whale is a true albino or not. To learn more about this extraordinary sighting and check out some pictures of Iceberg, click on the orca picture in this week´s News Highlights Cloud at the end of this post.
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