Yesterday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, really.
Around sixty-seven thousand years ago, someone ate a Rock dove. In doing so, that individual began an association between a primate and a bird that would persist up until the present.
Today I found out about Project Pigeon andProject X-Ray, WWII plans to use pigeons to guide missiles and (literal) bat bombers.
Driverless cars as life savers, pigeons as pedestrians, lip readers as crime stoppers, and alcoholics as city employees. These are just a few of the urban reads on our radar this week.
Who hasn't dreamed of soaring over a city, dipping between the rooftops, peering into people's windows? A new simulator allows anyone to have a real-life birds-eye view of London.
Pigeons are everywhere in cities, but they don't get a lot of love. True, they can spread disease and aren't very personable, but maybe they're not getting the credit they deserve. Like city-dwelling humans they have places to be and lunch deals to scavenge. And like good urbanites (and penguins) they know their way…
These days there are plenty of opportunities to take interesting photographs from unusual angles, including strapping tiny digital cameras to birds. But some early aerial photography was rather more clunky—and used massive cameras strapped to the breasts of pigeons.
The pigeon is a nasty bird. Sooty, dingy, generally unpleasant to behold. But right now, as part of the currently underway Venice Biennale contemporary art festival in Venice, Italy, the city's unsightliest tourist attraction (its plethora of pigeons) has been given a stunning makeover.
John Metcalfe at The Atlantic Cities answered the question every city slicker wonders at least once: how come there aren't dead pigeons littering the city? Where do they go? How can they just disappear? The answer, though not too surprising, is rooted in nature.
What would it be like if we brought pigeons into outer space? Well, you'd have a lot of crazed and confused pigeons, that's what. How come more of our space budget can't go towards projects like these?
Ahhhh! If you get freaked out by pigeons, wait until you see a whole writhing mass of the winged rats trapped inside a catapult-sprung net. Truly terrifying. And apparently the solution to Spain's big pigeon problem.
Hey you jailkeepers, you know how the inmates been asking about keeping harmless little pigeons around? Well, it's a con: They're using them to smuggle in cellphones.
Who needs robots when you can control actual animals? Robots, they're pretty conspicuous, but no one ever suspects the pigeon of foul play.
It's great being at the top of the food chain. That means we can use animals for our own devices. Sorry, PETA, but that's the law the jungle. And here's a great example of our cooperation with (or if you prefer, enslavement of) animals, this time with our friends the pigeons. A flock of 20 of the birds will be…