DAILY INNOVATION BRIEF by Maryanne Kane, Journalist


By Journalists Edward Kane & Maryanne Kane


 Source:  Brewster Kane & Stock

  • A solar eclipse has a significant impact on animals, unexpectantly turning their sunlight day into darkness.  Here are some new scientific findings on the impact:
  • Dogs can cower and be frightened
  • Birds stop singing, stop flying and return to their nests, sensing the onslaught of nighttime
  • Large animals stop roaming and go to sleep
  • Scientists have documented strange and surprising animal behavior during eclipses:
  1. Around the world there are areas of serene silence as birds, insects and animals pause their chatter and daily activities
  2. Flamingos gather around their babies in a circle to protect them
  3. Zoo gorillas return to their dens
  4. In New England, a 500 citizen-scientist group led by Harvard University, during the last eclipse, found honeybees roaring their wings in their rush to get back to their hives, literally blocking the entrances
  5. Nocturnal birds like owls and whippoorwills started hooting and singing
  • When nighttime comes in the middle of the day as it is in the US today, it has a profound effect on everyone, including animals birds and even bees
  • Scientists and citizen-scientists are poised at zoos and animal habitats around the US today to document more animal reactions to this natural phenomenon.


                                                                    Source:  Skydweller

  • US-based Skydweller Aero has successfully test flown its totally autonomous/unmanned and uncrewed, large solar powered plane for takeoffs, flying and landings. This is breakthrough aviation technology.  Here are some key facts:
  • This new plane operates autonomously with no pilot and no humans onboard
  • It's called Skydweller
  • Capable of 90 days of flying with no landings; maximum flight time by other planes has been 40 hours
  • Unique design:  it weighs less than a pickup truck and has a wingspan greater than a 747 aircraft
  • Altitude max of 45,000 feet
  • Maximum speed is 35 mph
  • Expected to be used for surveillance, national security, cargo flights and disaster missions
  • With its 90-day endurance capability, this new aircraft will be setting new milestones in green flying.

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