Hero Rats wear tiny backpacks that can help save earthquake survivors

10 June 2022

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Rats are being trained to carry tiny backpacks into earthquake zones, so rescue teams can communicate with survivors. ‘Hero Rats’ is an innovative project worked on by Dr Donna Kean and the non-profit organization APOPO. The backpacks contain a microphone, video gear and location trackers. The rats are currently practising in mock debris and are trained to respond to a beeping sound that calls them back to base. “They are very good at surviving in different environments which just shows how suitable they are for search and rescue work.”

Did you know that cigarette butts take over 15 years to decompose and constitute over 30% of garbage collected from the sea? A couple in India have created biodegradable cigarette filters embedded with seeds. When the cigarette butts are discarded the seeds sprout into healthy plants!

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