Smithsonian Magazine: Researchers Develop a ‘Bear-Dar’ That Warns Humans of Approaching Polar Bears

Smithsonian Magazine: Researchers Develop a ‘Bear-Dar’ That Warns Humans of Approaching Polar Bears. “Whenever Alyssa Bohart heard a voice from her computer repeatedly chiming—status alert, status alert—the search was on. The warnings came from a radar device installed in Churchill, Manitoba—a modified military system programed with artificial intelligence (A.I.) and trained to detect polar bears. Bohart’s job was to remotely operate a camera and visually confirm that the AI was making the right call.”

Ubergizmo: Bear Finds Lost GoPro And Shoots A Selfie Video With It

Ubergizmo: Bear Finds Lost GoPro And Shoots A Selfie Video With It. “The footage (see video above) shows the bear hitting the camera around with both of its paws and even carrying it in its mouth. The bear seems to eventually get bored of the GoPro, perhaps after figuring out it isn’t edible, and leaves it on the ground where [Dylan] Schilt eventually stumbles across it himself.”

University of Wyoming: UW Museum of Vertebrates Launches 3D Scans Database for Remote Research, Teaching

University of Wyoming: UW Museum of Vertebrates Launches 3D Scans Database for Remote Research, Teaching. “UW’s Museum of Vertebrates, located in the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, and Coe Library Digital Collections recently released 65 3D scans, such as the skulls of eagles and bears. These images are available free to remote learners, researchers and teachers. The specimens can be viewed through augmented reality and rotated 360 degrees or downloaded as still images.”

Vancouver Sun: Grizzly bear facial recognition promises to revolutionize wildlife management

Vancouver Sun: Grizzly bear facial recognition promises to revolutionize wildlife management. “A facial recognition system for grizzly bears could usher in a new wave of celebrity animals that scientists and the public could follow through their lifetimes. Biologists at the University of Victoria have teamed up with software experts to create an artificial intelligence (AI) that can recognize individual bears even though they don’t have much in the way of identifiable facial features.”

The State News: MSU Museum bear comes to life on social media

The State News: MSU Museum bear comes to life on social media. MSU in this case is Michigan State University. “Bears have a mind too, and the MSU Museum has brought theirs to life through the world of social media. The museum’s most famous attraction, which stands about 10 ½ feet tall and weighs 14,000 pounds, now has a Twitter account that story tells the life of a bear. Director of MSU Museum Mark Auslander said this is the largest brown bear in any museum in the world and ‘because everybody loves it so much, we thought we should create a Twitter feed.’”

New Web Site Lets Visitors Track Bears in Yosemite National Park

A new Web site lets you track bears in Yosemite. “Rangers at Yosemite National Park on Monday unveiled a unique tool aimed at reducing interactions between its population of black bears and people: a website where fans of the animals can follow their every step – from a distance. That’s possible because select bears are fitted with GPS collars showing where the animals are heading.”