Can you snap me now? It's a turtle-to-turtle wireless network
Two teams of researchers with seemingly divergent areas of interest have come together for a techie-meets-nature experiment in Massachusetts. The researchers are simultaneously studying new wireless technology and tracking the movements and activities of snapping turtles in the area. The coolest part, in my books, is that the tagged turtles exchange info whenever they pass within 100 metres of one another. I hope it's something along the lines of "OMG, i just ate so many bugs, LOL!"
The turtle-to-turtle relay ends when one of the snappers passes near a single base station that receives all the accumulated information. While Jones thinks the snappers may roam up to 16 kilometres from the Deerfield swamp they know as home, he says it's in their nature to return to the bog where the base station is.
Working like a cellphone sending a text message, the base station zaps the data to the UMass-Amherst campus about 20 kilometres away, where biologists are charting each turtle's whereabouts.