Alligator snapping turtle found wild in Illinois — first in 30 years


Josh Hafner | USA TODAY The first wild alligator snapping turtle found in Illinois in 30 years might have wandered a creek’s depths “like a zombie,” the last of its kind in the region. That’s according to University of Illinois…

Ancient sea turtle reveals pigment-based survival trait at least 54 million years old

Oct. 17 (UPI) — Scientists have recovered beta-keratin and muscle proteins from the remains of an ancient sea turtle hatchling, proving modern sea turtles’ pigment-based survival trait emerged at least 54 million years ago. The turtle specimen was originally recovered from Jutland, Denmark, in 2008, and is representative of the …

Florida, Nike unveil uniform that looks like alligator skin

Florida, Nike unveil uniform that looks like alligator skinShare This Story!Let friends in your social network know what you are reading aboutFlorida, Nike unveil uniform that looks like alligator skinThe Florida Gators will actually look the part when they host Texas A&M on SaturdayPost to Facebook Try Another Audio CAPTCHA …

Shotgun shell: Google’s AI thinks this turtle is a rifle | Technology

If it is the shape of a turtle, the size of a turtle, and has the patterning of a turtle, it’s probably a turtle. So when artificial intelligence confidently declares it’s a gun instead, something’s gone wrong. But that’s what researchers from MIT’s Labsix managed to trick Google’s object recognition …

The illegal turtle trade is another reminder why scientists keep secrets

I could tell you where I work, but then I’d have to kill you.OK, not really; that seems extreme. But I might blindfold you if I took you there. Now you’re wondering what kind of work could justify such secrecy.I bet you aren’t thinking “turtles.”Turtles are in trouble. Some researchers …

I’m a biologist and I keep my research location secret to stop turtle poachers

I could tell you where I work, but then I’d have to kill you. OK, not really; that seems extreme. But I might blindfold you if I took you there. Now you’re wondering what kind of work could justify such secrecy. I bet you aren’t thinking “turtles.” Turtles are in …

Google’s AI thinks this turtle looks like a gun, which is a problem

From self-driving cars to smart surveillance cams, society is slowly learning to trust AI over human eyes. But although our new machine vision systems are tireless and ever-vigilant, they’re far from infallible. Just look at the toy turtle above. It looks like a turtle, right? Well, not to a neural …

Survival Trait Evolution Shown in 54 Million-Year-Old Sea Turtle

Tasbacka danica. Credit: Johan Lindgren. Researchers from North Carolina State University, Lund University in Sweden and the University of Hyogo in Japan have retrieved original pigment, beta-keratin and muscle proteins from a 54 million-year-old sea turtle hatchling. The work adds to the growing body of evidence supporting persistence of original …