Elephants can sense rainstorms from 150 miles away

Elephants are amazing creatures for a lot of reasons. The latest one to be confirmed by science? They can sense rainstorms from 150 miles away. What's more amazing is that researchers think they do it by simply listening to the sound of the air. » 10/14/14 5:45pm 10/14/14 5:45pm

Watching the world's last ocean swimming elephant is a real delight

This video features the remarkable 65-year old Rajan, the world's last ocean swimming elephant who lives on a beautiful archipelago in the Bay of Bengal.

Rajan, who weighs around four tons, once worked hard carrying lumber between islands but is now retired—although he still takes the occasional swim for fun. » 6/10/14 7:35am 6/10/14 7:35am

Did This Elephant Actually Eat This Poor Tourist's iPhone?

Imagine you're out sight-seeing in Thailand. Whoa! Elephants! Better catch some video with your iPhone. Really hold it out there for a good shot when, haha, he's touching it with his trunk! Aaaand it's gone. Sure, it'd be equal parts hilarious and a bummer if it actually happened, and while that's what this video… » 12/30/12 7:00pm 12/30/12 7:00pm

Pachyderm-Inspired Fan Lets You Direct the Breeze Through Its Adorable…

Summer is right around the corner, and if air conditioning is a luxury you can't afford, it's time to start amassing your collection of fans to stay cool. We particularly like Yuen'to Design's humorously-named Elefan which features an articulating trunk-like tube for directing its blast. » 4/30/12 5:40pm 4/30/12 5:40pm

City Hacks, Rocking Chair Freaks, and Other Stories We Didn't Post

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 4/05/12 9:40pm 4/05/12 9:40pm

Verizon Hearts Netflix, Apple Glups Flash, and Other Stories We Didn't…

So much news passes before our collective eyes every day that we couldn't possibly cover it all. Mostly because much of it isn't worth covering! But here are a some borderline tidbits we passed on, just in case. » 12/13/11 8:00pm 12/13/11 8:00pm

How Do You Keep Elephants From Eating Your Food? With Beehive Fences,…

I always thought elephants were afraid of mice. But scientists and farmers in Kenya have found that the best way fend off a herd of passing elephants is to erect a fence covered in bees. Talk about creative. » 7/13/11 7:40pm 7/13/11 7:40pm

Elephants Are Terrified By Ants

The legend is that a mouse can freak out elephants, but the truth is that their worst enemy is much smaller: Ants. Elephants get scared of ants. That's what Jacob Goheen and Todd Palmer have discovered in Africa's sub-Saharian savanna. » 9/03/10 11:40am 9/03/10 11:40am

Elephant-Subduing Device Appears Inspired by Star Wars

Angry elephants are a big issue. That's why someone invented a remote-controlled device that shoots out nylon rope and binds rampaging elephants' legs. Sounds familiar somehow. How'd those snow speeders in Star Wars subdue the ATATs again? » 11/24/09 12:00am 11/24/09 12:00am

You Can Count Elephants By Just Using Acoustic Gear, So Drop That Poop

How do you count elephants in the jungles of Africa? You can either collect their excrement or you can listen. No, seriously. The Elephant Listening Project at Cornell University has figured out how to count elephants using acoustic monitoring. » 10/09/09 1:30am 10/09/09 1:30am

Founder of Siebel Systems Attacked by a Rampaging Elephant

Tom Siebel, founder of Siebel Systems (which he sold to Oracle for a giant pile of money) was charged by an elephant in the Serengeti while on vacation there. Where's your money now?! » 9/03/09 6:00pm 9/03/09 6:00pm

Amputee Elephant Walks Again Thanks to Incredibly Strong Artificial Limb

Motola, like so many who must share their lives with former war zones and forgotten minefields, lost a limb in 1999. Thankfully, she walked again today courtesy modern medicine and an artificial limb. The thing is, she's an elephant. » 8/16/09 12:15pm 8/16/09 12:15pm

Land Rover S1 Phone Tested By Elephants: It Really Is The Strongest…

This is why the Sonim/Land Rover S1 phone is the toughest phone yet: it can stand an elephant stomp, being run over an actual Land Rover and being tossed out of a second floor window. Plus... » 7/02/09 6:00pm 7/02/09 6:00pm

Elephant Flash Drive's Junk Is Bigger Than His Trunk

If you think that trunk is impressive, wait until you see this Elephant's giant dongle. The 4GB USB flash drive whips out from the beast's underbelly when you're ready for it to mount your computer. [XTremeGeek via GeekyGadgets via CraziestGadgets] » 6/16/09 8:00pm 6/16/09 8:00pm

Text Messaging Is Saving Kenyan Elephants From Themselves

Elephants are text messaging themselves out of trouble, thanks to an SMS system implemented in a Kenyan nature reserve. The gentle-ish giants are outfitted with SIM cards in their collars, which automatically alert wildlife rangers if they get too close to nearby farms. Rangers can then shoo them away before they do… » 10/14/08 10:05pm 10/14/08 10:05pm

50 Years of DARPA: 5 Good Inventions, 5 Lousy Ones

To commemorate the golden jubilee of America's Defense Advance Research Projects Agency—formed these 50 years ago in response to a little traveler called Sputnik—New Scientist has come up with a short list of 10 DARPA inventions: five that changed the world, and five that fell flat: » 5/16/08 9:45am 5/16/08 9:45am

Elephants Shoot Excellent Video

For the upcoming BBC documentary series Tiger - Spy in the Jungle, filmmakers enlisted the help of elephants to capture the tigers with hidden HD cameras. The large "trunk cam" (pictured here) was the most ludicrous of the devices carried by the elephants, while the smaller, lighter "tusk cam" proved to be easier for… » 3/26/08 9:36am 3/26/08 9:36am

Crane Adorable Humidifiers

Usually we resent product names that tell us how we should feel about them, but the fact that Crane's line of animal-shaped humidifiers are adorable is beyond disputing. We have a dog and also live with cats, so we'd probably end up with the two at left, but the elephant and panda are nice too. » 4/17/06 6:25pm 4/17/06 6:25pm