The eyes of animals look a lot like alien worlds

Continuing his fantastic series of macro shots of the eyes of animals, here is Suren Manvelyan's Animal Eyes 3. The close up shots of the fish and reptiles and other animals in this series look positively alien when seen up close. I thought they were artist's rendering of deep space planets from a sci-fi movie. » 9/17/14 11:24pm Wednesday 11:24pm

If nobody owns these cool animal selfies, we should give them the money

This animal selfie compilation got me thinking: If the courts say these photos can't be owned by humans because they are taken by animals, shouldn't there be some kind of international legal mechanism to make the people who use the photos pay some money to protect each species? Makes sense to me. » 9/17/14 12:37am Wednesday 12:37am

This Custom Poop-Chute Dispenses Droppings for Lions to Play With

There's a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair. » 9/16/14 3:25pm Tuesday 3:25pm

MIT's Robot Cheetah Now Runs Free Without Cables Or a Leash

A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they've got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they're forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that… » 9/15/14 10:04am Monday 10:04am

How Polar Bears Will Keep the Elephants Warm at the Oregon Zoo

Zoos are weird places. You have fake safari next to fake tundra next to fake rainforest—all separated by a glass and concrete and a few feet of space. At the Oregon Zoo, a new energy plan manages to both subvert and perfectly embody the zoo's artificial ecology: The excess heat from the polar beat habitat will keep… » 9/04/14 2:45pm 9/04/14 2:45pm

Radioactive boars from Chernobyl are still wandering around Germany

Nearly 30 years later, radiation from Chernobyl still scars the landscape. Perhaps most remarkably, some of that radiation traveled hundreds of miles downwind, settled into the soil, and moved up through the food chain. So now we have radioactive wild boars, still roaming around Germany causing trouble. » 9/03/14 11:16am 9/03/14 11:16am

Angry ram knocks a drone out of the air and chases down photographer

Meet Ram. It rams things it doesn't like. Meet Drone. It buzzes around and films things it sometimes shouldn't. Ram meet drone. Ram rams drone. Ram chases down photographer who tries to save drone. Ram is like celebrities who freak out on the paparazzi for getting too close. Celebrities are just like us. Ram is us. » 9/02/14 10:30pm 9/02/14 10:30pm

Giant goliath fish swallows a shark whole in just one bite

Sometimes the shark plays the role of David. Especially when it goes up against the giant Goliath Grouper who looks more like a swimming Godzilla than a fish. And in real life, David the shark doesn't have a shot against the Goliath fish because the ginormous creature can swallow the 4-foot shark whole in one bite. » 8/20/14 11:00pm 8/20/14 11:00pm

Dogs jumping for treats in slow motion

The focus. The determination. The body control. The complete satisfaction. It all comes together when a dog jumps in the air for a treat. It's so fun to see, the dog jumps in the air without ever thinking about landing, it's 100 percent concentrated on the treat. And once it chomps down, that face of happiness is gold. » 8/11/14 8:41pm 8/11/14 8:41pm

Why Russia Was Studying Space Lizard Sex In the First Place

For a brief moment, the internet was captivated by the thought of geckos copulating madly in a lost Russian satellite. Russia has since regained control of its lizard-sex orbiter, but the whole episode has gifted us an opportunity to consider a topic of extremely legitimate scientific interest. Namely, lizard sex in… » 7/29/14 12:27pm 7/29/14 12:27pm

Clever crow knows exactly how to solve different puzzles to get food

I love it when animals can solve puzzles and problems that I can't even figure out. Here's a crow going through a bunch of different exercises to show its understanding of size, weight, density, the elements and even the amount of effort it should put in to a puzzle to win its reward. » 7/25/14 10:41pm 7/25/14 10:41pm

This Warehouse Holds All Illegal Wildlife Goods Confiscated In The U.S.

Crocodile purses, polar bear rugs, ivory chalices—they're all illegal in the U.S. And no matter where they're confiscated, these pieces ends up in a warehouse outside Denver named the National Wildlife Property Repository, a haunting space filled with the frozen faces of endangered and extinct creatures. » 7/22/14 7:16pm 7/22/14 7:16pm

Yikes, these animal hybrids are so hilariously terrifying

Don't be surprised if in the future crazy scientists will have tampered with genetics so much that they'll create insane animal hybrid mashups. And not just designer dogs but psycho frigs, horsquirrels, eagluanas and chinchillapotamuses. They'll probably look a lot like these excellent photoshopped animals. » 7/17/14 9:39pm 7/17/14 9:39pm