Ebola isn’t the only serious disease people are concerned about, though it is certainly a disease to worry about. Malaria is still very much a risk for people in various parts of the world.

It’s now thought that monkeys may be carrying the disease and passing it onto humans, particularly with the macaque monkeys on the island of Borneo. Knowing this, scientists are using GPS tracking and drones to figure out how to avoid this from happening.

Malaria is a very serious disease that can also be fatal. People get flu-like symptoms when they have malaria, including a high fever and chills. People usually get a vaccine when traveling to companies that are known for the disease, but this doesn’t prevent the disease for everyone.

Historically, malaria was originally carried by mosquitoes in areas like South Asia and the sub-Saharan parts of Africa. These mosquitoes bite monkeys there, who then can pass it on to humans.

However, there is now an increased rate of monkeys being bitten by Malaria-ridden mosquitoes, which is causing researchers to want to study this further and figure out what exactly is happening.

“One of the hypotheses is that it’s due to environmental change, which includes an increase in population and farming, and changes in land use, which are putting pressure on the macaque population to change their behavior,” said Chris Drakeley, who is a professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine:

Researchers are using drones that have GPS tracking technology inside them. The drones are being sent over areas where land is changing fast, including fields in areas where the monkeys with malaria frequent.

They are using a drone carrying a camera and GPS device, which is called the senseFlyeBee. There is software attached to it that creates detailed maps and surface information of the nearby land and its vegetation.

The camera inside the drone takes images that can be linked to data collected from GPS collars that were placed on the monkeys being tracked. There are also residents who are carrying GPS trackers, so that they can see the difference between the monkeys and humans in the same area with the land changes.

Researchers have found that there are often unexpected ways the monkeys and humans cross paths. The macaque monkey is very adaptable to any environment, so they are not opposed to interactions with humans. They are not afraid to go near homes, where humans become interested in the monkeys.

Next, researchers want to add infrared cameras to their study so they can see the quantity of macaque monkeys in each troop. By knowing how many monkeys are around the one being tracked, they can better look at the monkey and human interactions. Researchers have already covered half of their 5-year project, though they still have a lot of work to do.

The color of your vehicle has more impact than you probably think, and not just how cool it makes you and your ride look. Nor is your vehicle color choice simply related to how likely you are to get pulled over by law enforcement.

Did you know there are also some colors stolen more often?

A survey conducted by CCC Information Services and reported on by Property Casualty 360, looked at car colors, and which tend to be targeted by criminals more often.

If you have a car with one of these below colors, you might want to practice more caution to prevent a theft, such as installing a security system. You also might want to look into a GPS tracking device for your car, in order to find your car quickly if in fact it is stolen.

Silver

The most commonly stolen car color is silver, with over $4.3 billion worth of thefts of silver vehicles in 2012 alone. The average loss for victims with silver cars was $6,019.

That same year, there were some states that had the least amount of thefts, which can be reassuring if you live in one of these states. They include Vermont, Wyoming, Maine, New Hampshire, South Dakota, North Dakota, Idaho, Delaware, Alaska, and Montana.

White

Another color that was frequently stolen was white. According to statistics provided by the FBI, a white vehicle was stolen every 44 seconds in 2012. Passenger cars are definitely among the most stolen vehicles, even though you might think it was sports cars. The Honda Accord and Honda Civic were among the most stolen in 2012, at 58,596 and 47,037 thefts respectively. Near the bottom of the list were the Dodge Caravan, Acura Integra, Nissan Altima, and Nissan Maxima.

Black

In 2013, black vehicles were the most commonly stolen vehicle, according to LoJack. This included everything from small passenger cars to luxury sports cars and oversized SUVs. The least common color that year was turquoise. While black cars are stolen frequently, they are also recovered on a regular basis. The most recovered stolen vehicles are the Honda Accord, Toyota Corolla, Ford F250, Honda Civic, and the Toyota Tacoma.

Gold

This may seem surprising, but gold vehicles are also a very common color of vehicle to be stolen. In 2013, gold was near the top of the list, as well as the Honda Accord. That year, other commonly stolen cars were the Honda Civic, Toyota Camry, Toyota Corolla and Chevy Silverado.

Green

While the CCC doesn’t mention the actual shade of green, the car is also one of the most common colors of vehicles to be stolen. Where you live, including the city, also varies based on how likely it is your green or any other colored vehicle is going to be stolen. For example, California has a bad reputation for vehicle thefts, but only in certain areas. The risky areas include Bakersfield, Fresno, Modesto, San Francisco, Stockton, Vallejo, San Jose, and Yuba City.

Whether or not your vehicle is white, black, green, gold or silver, you should protect it with a GPS car tracking device. While it may still get stolen, you have a better chance at recovering it.

Your other alternative is to buy a pea-soup green, tangerine orange or one of two from the yellow family: pale-as-your-winter skin yellow or puke yellow. Nobody wants those.

Science has discovered a new way to learn about wetlands. University of Missouri researchers recently fitted 20 mallard ducks with GPS trackers in order to closely track their migrations patterns as they make their journey from Canada into the U.S. Midwest and then back again.

The GPS tracking technology was able to follow their movements closely and to determine that the ducks rely heavily on public and private wetlands during their yearly migrations.

The GPS tracking devices attached to the ducks operated are solar powered and transmit the ducks’ locations every four hours so that researchers were able to monitor the ducks in real time.

Dylan Kesler, assistant professor of fisheries and wildlife for the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources at MU, stresses that this is a signal of just how important these wetland areas are and the need for substantial efforts to maintain and protect these wetlands.

Kesler reveals in MU News that nearly 90 percent of Missouri’s wetland areas have been lost within the last century. Nationwide, we’ve experienced a 50 percent decrease in wetlands since the early 19th century.

“This loss,” says Kesler, “has affected migratory bird populations and migration timing and routes. Our research shows the importance of these wetland areas to maintain healthy populations of migratory birds and other species, especially in an age of budget cuts for government programs protecting these few remaining wetlands areas. If we don’t maintain these wildlife preservers it will put dozens, if not hundreds, of wildlife species in danger.”

One interesting detail revealed by the study was that ducks currently forage for food up to 90 miles away the areas where they roost as they migrate. This news tells researchers that there are improvements needed in the conservation areas currently used by these migrating ducks.

One of the recommendations being made, according to MU doctoral fellow William Beatty, is to increase diversity in wetlands so that the birds have better food choices to consider.

Another surprising discovery of the study is how heavily the ducks are relying on private conservation lands to meet their needs while migrating each year.

With continued advancements and applications in GPS technology (you can read about many of them here on LiveView GPS tracking blog) there are likely to be more studies that are similar in nature to this one.

Hopefully all of them will lead to exciting discoveries about nature and what needs to be done in order to help nature recover from some of the impact humans are having on the planet and the natural habitats of its creatures.

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