Posts Tagged 'University of Oxford'

Tool-wielding Monkeys Push Shellfish To Edge Of Extinction

According to NewScientist –

HUMANS aren’t the only primate to have pushed their prey towards extinction. Monkeys have also over-exploited animals for food. Long-tailed macaques forage for shellfish on islands off Thailand, then crack them open with stone tools. They target the largest rock oysters, bludgeoning them with stone hammers, and pry open the meatiest snail and crab shells with the flattened edges of their tools. These macaques are one of three primates that use stone tools, alongside chimpanzees in Africa and bearded capuchins in South America. “Stone tools open up an opportunity for foods they otherwise wouldn’t even be able to harvest,” says Lydia Luncz at the University of Oxford.

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One Battery Has Powered A Bell For 170+ Years

OxfordElectricBell-smTIL that a bell has been ringing almost continuously since 1840. Saying that the bells are being rung, is a bit of a stretch; the clapper vibrates between the two bells. It is located at University of Oxford in England. It is powered by a battery (dry pile) of unknown composition. It is amazing to consider that that this device had already been operating for 20 years by the time Abe Lincoln became President. I could use some batteries like those.

Read more about it at Wikipedia

Short video of the device shown below.


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