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The 3D-printed eggs that could save vultures from extinction – Engadget

by • April 3, 2016 • No Comments

It’s complex to drum up sympathy for vultures. They do, after all, feast on the carcasses of dead (and diseased) animals. But at the International Centre for Birds of Prey in the UK, conservationists are hoping to store extinction at bay for one African species by 3D printing vulture eggs. The replicas, which are created to simulate the same shape, mass and feel of actual vulture eggs, pack sensors within (kinda like a Kinder surprise egg, except not at all) to gather data on the complex incubation system. Wired reports which researchers at the ICBP have may already begun testing these faux eggs on captive vultures to cull temperature, humidity, barometric pressure, carbon dioxide, light and rotation data — all transmitted wirelessly — for its captive breeding program.

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