Is the future of science in the hands of Robo Scientists? Is automated scientific discovery already possible? Find out what's happening in the research world and learn more about how remote science is moving beyond human limitations.
Day 4: Rise Of The Roboscientist
Celebrating Biology Week 2016
Advances in the quality, size and availability of remote sensor technology has created an explosion of research detailing landscapes, habitats and animal behaviours that were never able to be documented before. Scientists are now able to map geological sites, measure environmental processes or track animal movement patterns across vast or inaccessible environments, such as across the plains of Africa or in the depths of the ocean.
Important ecological processes and species-specific behaviours are being discovered, and we can use these data to make predictions about habitat destruction or outbreaks of disease. The possibilities of remote sensing technologies for science are endless and exciting.
Today, we present a selection of our top articles on research on remote science and explain more about the Rise of the RoboScientist in today's blog.
The Realm of Remote Science
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Read our Top Remote Science Articles
Read our collection of reviews, editorials and research articles, covering remote science and more.
From Animal Biotelemetry
- Using an active Radio Frequency Identification Real-Time Location System to remotely monitor animal movement in zoos
- Tracking sharks without teeth: a non-invasive rigid tag attachment for large predatory sharks
- Observing the unwatchable through acceleration logging of animal behavior
- A week in the life of a pygmy blue whale: migratory dive depth overlaps with large vessel drafts
- Effect of analgesic therapy on clinical outcome measures in a randomized controlled trial using client-owned dogs with hip osteoarthritis
- Assessment of behavioral changes associated with oral meloxicam administration at time of dehorning in calves using a remote triangulation device and accelerometers
From Ecological Processes
- A methodological approach to urban land-use change modeling using infill development pattern—a case study in Tabriz, Iran
From Environmental Systems Research
- View: implementing low cost air quality monitoring solution for urban areas
- Patterns, causes and consequences of land use/cover dynamics in the Gumara watershed of lake Tana basin, Northwestern Ethiopia
- Change in snow cover area of Brahmaputra river basin and its sensitivity to temperature
From Frontiers in Zoology
- Passive acoustic monitoring reveals group ranging and territory use: a case study of wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes)
From Marine Biodiversity Records
- The first definitive record of the giant larvacean, Bathochordaeus charon, since its original description in 1900 and a range extension to the northeast Pacific Ocean
From Movement Ecology
- Prying into the intimate secrets of animal lives; software beyond hardware for comprehensive annotation in ‘Daily Diary’ tags
- Land or sea? Foraging area choice during breeding by an omnivorous gull
- Effects of geolocators on hatching success, return rates, breeding movements, and change in body mass in 16 species of Arctic-breeding shorebirds
- Caribou, water, and ice – fine-scale movements of a migratory arctic ungulate in the context of climate change
- Are white storks addicted to junk food? Impacts of landfill use on the movement and behaviour of resident white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from a partially migratory population
- A spherical-plot solution to linking acceleration metrics with animal performance, state, behaviour and lifestyle
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Biology Week 2016 Rise of the RoboScientist has been curated by Emma Buckland and Alexander Mulhern.