If You Want Healthy Cows, Feed Them Magnets

Dairy farmers routinely feed their cows a finger-sized magnet, which settles in the digestive tract to help keep the cows healthy. Wait what? This is no bizarre homeopathy, but rather a legitimate treatment for a stomach-churning ailment called "hardware disease." » 3/11/15 7:53pm 3/11/15 7:53pm

Farmer makes living drawings using cows, a drone and a truck

The Quest to Resurrect an Extinct Animal Without Cloning

Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the… » 9/11/14 7:10pm 9/11/14 7:10pm

How To Brand A Cow Like A Cowboy

Ever wondered where your food comes from? Well, before they get turned into prime rib and burgers, cows have to be raised and handled by real men and women — cowboys. Yes, they really do still exist and this is what they do. » 6/09/14 12:27pm 6/09/14 12:27pm

Do Cow Farts Actually Contribute to Global Warming?

There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And these 1,300 pound (average weight for both a beef and dairy cow) animals eat a lot. Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See » 4/11/14 7:15am 4/11/14 7:15am

Take a dip in the salty waters of the Dead Sea, visit a surprisingly musical milking parlor, get swept away by the surreal majesty of "underwater rivers," and go birding in the urban alleyways of Cambodia—all in this week's landscape reads. » 2/25/14 6:40pm 2/25/14 6:40pm

Competitive Dairy Tasting Is A Thing That Exists

So this is the situation. Human tastings are a crucial component in milk safety evaluations and by extension the dairy industry as a whole. So the Future Farmers of America (FFA) have an event called the Milk Quality and Products Career Development. A big part of it is a milk tasting contest for high school students,… » 10/27/13 4:10pm 10/27/13 4:10pm

How South Dakota's Human-Cow Hybrids Are Helping Modern Medicine

A rapidly growing field of disease treatments now revolves around the use of antibodies. These immune system foot soldiers identify and neutralize foreign objects like bacteria and viruses, but producing them en mass for modern pharmacology is no simple task. That's why a team from Sanford Applied Biosciences in Sioux… » 9/26/13 7:20pm 9/26/13 7:20pm

Why Is the USDA Storing 700,000 Vials of Frozen Sperm in Colorado?

When a drive through America's heartland showcases mile after mile of cow-filled field, it's easy to overlook the most sobering of all possibilities. These wonderful delicious animals could all get wiped out one day, leaving the world burgerless and milk free. Don't worry. The USDA is on the case. » 8/09/13 2:40pm 8/09/13 2:40pm

Wireless Networks of Cows Will Keep Gas Under Control

I'd hate to be the IT guy fixing this network. By dropping electronic devices into the stomachs of cows and networking them together, researchers hope to reduce the climate-warming farts and burps they produce. » 11/26/12 8:23am 11/26/12 8:23am

Colorado Considers Blowing Up Frozen Cow Carcasses

High in the Rocky Mountains, in Denver, Colorado, a group of ill-fated cows wandered through a snow storm and took shelter in an old ranger cabin. The cows died in that cabin, frozen solid, never again to see the light of day. » 4/19/12 1:20am 4/19/12 1:20am

Hawaiian Shirt Commando Tests Knives Against Frozen Pig Skull

Here at Gizmodo, we like to think we put our reviewed products through a rigorous, real-life evaluation. That's one way of doing it. Or, you can test a device by attacking frozen animal corpses while wearing a Hawaiian shirt. » 4/03/12 9:40am 4/03/12 9:40am

Origin of Modern Cows Traced to a Single Herd

A genetic study of cattle has claimed that all modern domesticated bovines are descended from a single herd of wild ox, which lived 10,500 years ago. » 3/27/12 12:40pm 3/27/12 12:40pm

Cows Can Now Booty Call Their Farmers

Farming cows is a thankless task; keeping track of their fertility sounds funny, but it's what keeps meat in your burger and milk on your cereal. Fortunately, mobile technology means that cows can now drop their farmers an SMS when they're feeling frisky. That's right. Bovine sexting has arrived. » 2/21/12 7:20pm 2/21/12 7:20pm

Sex With Animals Will Give You Penis Cancer

I hope you didn't need the risk of death to convince you to not have sex with animals. But just in case, know this: bestiality will give you penis cancer. » 11/07/11 6:00pm 11/07/11 6:00pm

Japan's Buying All the Radioactive Beef It Can Find (And Burning It)

Japan's nuclear beef problem is getting worse. Bloomberg reports over 1,200 cesium-tainted cows have been detected—double the initial estimate. And their meat's already been eaten around Japan. The solution? Buy it and incinerate it. » 7/21/11 11:55am 7/21/11 11:55am

Fukushima's Radiation Now Spreading in Japanese Meat

You know what happens when your nuclear reactor explodes, sending radioactive materials into the dirt? The irradiated gunk gets into the plants. Animals eat the plants. Humans eat the animals. You can see where this is going. » 7/12/11 7:00pm 7/12/11 7:00pm

A Chinese Dairy Farm Made The World's Largest Machine For Turning Crap…

What happens when a Chinese dairy farm takes the excrement from 60,000 of its 250,000 cows and converts it into electricity? They generate 5.66 megawatts of power, which is roughly enough to power 3500 American homes. » 11/22/10 9:40pm 11/22/10 9:40pm

Cow Manure Will Power Data Centers In Coming Years

Spare a thought for the cows when you're surfing the net in the coming years, won't you? Their manure will be shoveled and turned into fuel, so companies such as HP can power their data centers and save the world. » 5/20/10 3:38am 5/20/10 3:38am

Trippy Lamps Capture Martians Going At Their Favorite Pastime

These UFO Abduction Lamps made by Jason Dietz sport some nifty tractor beam effects. Using a mix of glass, 10 gallons of water, and an air pump, cows float up along the base. See the video after the jump. » 5/06/10 10:00pm 5/06/10 10:00pm