Solar Powered Transmitters Help Scientists Track Turtles

You've heard of the internet, even sneakernet?  How about turtlenet?  Scientists from the University of Massachusetts were having a hard time trying to track snapping turtles, in trying to find out how they are coping with the loss of habitat, but turtlenet has come to the rescue. 

Transmitters that communicate with each other and a base computer at the school 15 miles away are glued to the backs of the turtles.  These are solar powered and have GPS and WiFi capabilities.  No more sloshing through swamps for the scientists.  The turtle to turtle information is gathered and transmitted back to the University once a day.  There are no batteries to recharge and the information is always up to date and mobile.


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