I was quite amused to read in the Fargo Forum the other day an article about the problem tracking male polar bears in the Arctic. Scientists who track animals typically track them with collars. Female polar bears have have large heads and small necks. Their collars stay on. Male polar bears have small heads and large necks. The smaller heads on the male polar bears means that their tracking collars slip off, rendering the tracking collar useless. Leave it to 3M, and the lead researcher from White Bear Lake (how appropriate), to solve the problem.
3M developed Polar Bear Glue to stick tracking devices on the male bears’ fur that would track the bears until they shed their fur in the Spring. The tracking devices could then be retrieved from their radio signals, and the bear travels documented. The test bears would be Churchill, Manitoba polar bears. I have a soft spot in my heart about anything from Manitoba. Taking the Polar Bear Express from Winnipeg to Churchill is on my bucket list.
What are some inventions you would like to see for what P. G. Wodehouse referred to as “our dumb chums” to make their lives easier? What are some of your favorite recent news items?