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Nerds Without Borders Saves Tiny Baby Adorable Turtles With Kindhearted Science

TINY TURTLE TEARS

Here’s your heartwarming science story of the day!

An organization called Nerds Without Borders is helping to save North Carolinian Sea Turtles out of the goodness of their hearts. When the turtles lay their eggs on the state’s beaches, they could be crushed by unsuspecting tourists – so during the six-week-a-year window when the tiny turtles could hatch and make their crawl to the sea, the beaches are shut down.

But this costs NC some valuable tourists dollars, and also a six-week window is a long and imprecise time to be watching for tiny turtles. Now, NWB has developed a sensor that they place under each turtle nest that connects to a smartphone app. When the turtles start hatching (determined by seismic waves), the beaches are shut down. Cowabunga.

(via Engadget)

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Sam Maggs is a writer and televisioner, currently hailing from the Kingdom of the North (Toronto). Her first book, THE FANGIRL'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY will be out soon from Quirk Books. Sam’s parents saw Star Wars: A New Hope 24 times when it first came out, so none of this is really her fault.