Amish Farmers Fight Government to Battle Bovine Mark of the Beast

Generally, the government doesn't meddle too much in Amish affairs—it doesn't make them educate children after the eighth grade »9/12/08 6:40pm9/12/08 6:40pm, for instance, 'cause of the First Amendment and all that. So it's kind of surprising to see many Amish threaten to quit farming in a over lojacking their livestock with the Mark of the…

CIA Animal Tech: Bats, Cats and Rats As Covert Operatives

I was surprised to learn that the CIA has had a long though not always fruitful relationship with the animal kingdom. In Spycraft, the authors describe many clever animal-assisted devices, from the dead-rat dead-drop pouch to the "acoustic kitty," a cat with a remote listening system embedded in its body. And what's… »5/22/08 2:20pm5/22/08 2:20pm

Question of the Day: Will Robotic Pets Ever Replace The Real Thing?

We have seen creepy robotic cats, dogs and even parrots. It may seem ridiculous to think that these types of toys will ever make the jump from novelty to full-fledged replacements for our beloved pets, but lets face it—you're lazy. Think about a future without walking dogs, scooping poop or the emotional pain that… »5/05/08 8:00pm5/05/08 8:00pm

A Hippopotamus Isn't the Most Practical Family Pet I've Seen

This is Jessica, a hippo that was found abandoned as a baby but is now the pet of the Joubert family in South Africa. It thinks it's people! There's no gadget connection here, but when Blam says it's animal day, who am I to argue? [Actually, I said gadget related animal posts. Hippos are gadgets, though. —B.L.] Hit… »5/05/08 5:30pm5/05/08 5:30pm

Eagle With Prosthetic Beak Will Be Better, Stronger, Faster

In much the same way that science came to the rescue for a tail-less dolphin, a very dedicated group of volunteers is working hard to develop a robo-beak for one unfortunate eagle. "Beauty" was the victim of a hunter's bullet a number of years ago, leaving her unable to clutch or tear at food. Over the course of the… »5/05/08 3:00pm5/05/08 3:00pm