This beautiful newly-discovered species is about to disappear soon

"Just described 'microjewel' snail in extinction danger," announces NewScientist. Every time I see a headline like that and I look a the picture, it really makes me sad. Just admire that beautiful, delicate little beast. Which secrets will this soon-to-be-gone species take away with it? » 4/04/14 1:30am 4/04/14 1:30am

Can You Turn Cheap, Shitty Beer Into Good Beer?

You know what's great about cheap, shitty beer? The cheap part. The end. Sure, it's fun to be nostalgic about the first beer you ever drank or whatever, but if someone leaves a bunch of crappy beer in my fridge, I just want to use some kind of magic spell to turn it into something delicious. Could such a thing be… » 5/18/12 5:00pm 5/18/12 5:00pm

Why Horses Make Good Glue

If you ever drive through Northern France, you'll see a lot of butchers that sell horse meat. You'll also see a lot of glue factories. The two are very definitely linked — but why is it that horses make good glue? » 2/15/12 4:40pm 2/15/12 4:40pm

You Come From This Thing: The Oldest Animal Ever Discovered

Scientists believe that this is the animal from which everything else evolved. The first multicellular being that spawned every living being in this world through billions of mutations, from fish to amphibians to reptiles to birds to mammals to you. » 2/08/12 6:20pm 2/08/12 6:20pm

Should We Just Let Pandas Die Off Already?

Pandas. Zoos want them, other bears want to be them (maybe?). But are they really worth all the trouble? Let's fight about it: » 9/16/11 5:11pm 9/16/11 5:11pm


All apologies to your domesticated furball, who I'm sure strikes adorably schizo poses chasing reflected light around your apartment, but come on. They can't measure up against a freaking lioness versus a freaking laser. » 9/09/11 5:00pm 9/09/11 5:00pm

Zoo Animals Went Crazy Before the Earthquake Too

We already know that animals know an earthquake is coming before humans do. But it's still endlessly interesting to see how animals react (pre-act?) before it happens. For example, apes abandoned their food and climbed to the top of the tree-like structure » 8/24/11 2:20pm 8/24/11 2:20pm

Is This Really How You Weigh a Giraffe?

A six-foot tall giraffe was born at the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk and in order to get all her measurables (height, weight) the zoo hilariously had a beefy man carry the baby zoo on a scale. It seems so calm! » 8/01/11 7:40pm 8/01/11 7:40pm

The UK Would Deprive Us Our Manimals

The UK Academy of Medical Sciences is singlehandedly protecting us from a future of subservience to hyper-intelligent animal-human hybrids that will inevitably band together and usurp humanity from its seat of hegemony. Or something. » 7/22/11 11:00am 7/22/11 11:00am

10% of Pets Have a Facebook Page

It's something many pet-owners have thought about—don't lie!—but according to research undertaken in the UK, 1/10 pets in Britain have either a Facebook, Twitter or YouTube account. My pet's on Facebook; I call him "Sam." [The Telegraph] » 7/13/11 6:35am 7/13/11 6:35am

How an Adorable Pig Could Take Down the Internet

Oh, how I love the Onion! It constantly creates fantastic nightmare scenarios detailing how the world as we know it could be destroyed—or in this case, how a cute piglet could take down the Internet. » 2/25/11 10:00pm 2/25/11 10:00pm

Hunter Becomes Hunted: A Fox Shoots a Man

When a fox was shot by a hunter, it didn't die. Instead, when the hunter tried to finish the fox off with the butt of his gun, the animal pulled the trigger of the gun and shot the hunter right back. » 1/15/11 4:00pm 1/15/11 4:00pm

All the Mass Deaths of Animals Plotted on a Map

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The world is ending! Okay, maybe not. But doesn't it seem like every day animals are dying en masse? So, it must mean something! Find the correlation in this comprehensive map of all the mass animal deaths. » 1/07/11 12:00am 1/07/11 12:00am

Every Bikini Model Should Be Photographed By a Monkey

I think they were on to something in 1963. After all, just imagine all the lovely angles a monkey could capture during a bikini photoshoot. [Where is my mind? via Boing Boing] » 1/04/11 5:20pm 1/04/11 5:20pm

Proof That Chickens Make the Best Steadicams

It turns out that chickens aren't just a delicious and comical nugget source. They're also one of the best Steadicams around—assuming you can keep it focused. Here's how one precocious poultry stacks up against a real human man. » 12/29/10 6:00pm 12/29/10 6:00pm

Manta Rays Don't Want To Be Filmed, They Want To Be Their Own Filmmaker

Imagine you're deep under the sea filming beautiful manta rays with a $5,000 camera. Out of no where one giant manta ray steals your camera and swims off with it. Sad? You bet. Until that manta ray returns your camera. » 9/18/10 6:00pm 9/18/10 6:00pm

Techno Music Will Keep Your Cellphone Safe From Parrots

At first glance you'd think that someone taught a parrot how to dance, but in reality the devious bird just paused in the middle of attempting to steal that cellphone in order to get freaky to the techno beat. » 5/20/10 1:00am 5/20/10 1:00am