Hope for the Future

Hope for the Future

Some of the most amazing experiences of my career had occurred on the Control Plot, where I was part of a crew doing focal observations. We would follow an individual tortoise over the course of days, recording their every behavior. It showed me the true individuality of tortoises and gave me a window into the… Continue reading »

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Handsome Jojo’s TV Cameo on Discovery Channel Canada

Handsome Jojo’s TV Cameo on Discovery Channel Canada

Jojo is a remarkable, handsome tortoise at California’s Lewis Center for Educational Research. Discovery Channel Canada’s Daily Planet hired Jojo to record his tortoise-eyed view for a segment to be aired tomorrow, April 19, 2015, on Daily Planet about Hardshell’s ground-breaking collaboration with Lewis Center. Jojo has a dry sense of humor, and told reporters he loves… Continue reading »

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Autodesk + Hardshell Labs + Tortoises

The brilliant, kind, talented and beautiful animal lover Tatjana Dzambazova led her October 2015 Be3Dimensional presentation with Hardshell’s collaboration on our (revolutionary-to-biologists) Techno-Tort™. I just found out she lead her B3D presentation with us, and I’m especially honored. The conference at which she presented was the first ever B3D conference! Her presentation is titled, “Rip Fix Burn |… Continue reading »

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Fresh Fun in Animal Conservation :-)

The nifty little virtual spinner below was created with Autodesk’s clever digitization and workflow tool beta, Memento, and shows Hardshell Labs’ 3D-printed, faux tortoise shell lure, christened the Techno-Tort™. For use in predation research on the ravens which have decimated Desert tortoise populations in the southwestern U.S., these can be printed in whatever size we like,… Continue reading »

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Many Lenses for a New View

This is a complicated picture. You are looking at a screen shot of a phone taken during our recent tests of the Guardian Angel Rover™. The phone, mounted on the rover, is aimed at the tortoise you see in the foreground. Inset in the lower right corner is the visage of Roy Haggard, our chief engineer and resident… Continue reading »

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