Using Animals to Predict the Future

Issue 08-07-17   |   Reviewer:   Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.


German migration expert, Martin Wikelski, tests whether sharp changes in animal behavior can predict seismic and other events. He taped sensors onto animals to find out if animal migration meant that they could anticipate aftershocks. Wikelski found that the animals expended much more energy as many as 14 hours prior to an aftershock.

His Icarus project is an open-source online database designed to follow animals around the world via embedded tracking devices that relay their locations to a satellite scheduled for launch in October. However, even though Wikelski's code is private, it is still vulnerable to hacking.

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