This Pigeon-Guided Missile System Was (Thankfully) Never Deployed

Yesterday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, really. » 3/21/15 4:00pm 3/21/15 4:00pm

The Pigeon-Guided Missiles and Bat Bombs of World War II

Today I found out about Project Pigeon andProject X-Ray, WWII plans to use pigeons to guide missiles and (literal) bat bombers. » 12/05/13 7:40am 12/05/13 7:40am

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. » 11/25/13 3:40pm 11/25/13 3:40pm

I'm a Bird! This Pigeon Simulator Lets You Soar Over London

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. » 10/30/13 10:20am 10/30/13 10:20am

Pigeons Are Smarter Than You Might Think And Can Use Touchscreens

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… » 6/02/13 3:38pm 6/02/13 3:38pm

Early Aerial Photography: Cameras on Pigeons in 1907

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. » 10/15/12 7:45am 10/15/12 7:45am

Grizzly Flying Rats are Transformed into Flapping Flocks of Color via…

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. » 9/04/12 9:30pm 9/04/12 9:30pm

Where Do All the Pigeons in Cities Disappear To?

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. » 5/21/12 3:40pm 5/21/12 3:40pm

Pigeons In Zero Gravity

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? » 2/07/11 10:00am 2/07/11 10:00am

Watch a Ton of Pigeons Being Trapped By a Catapulted Net

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. » 8/16/10 9:00pm 8/16/10 9:00pm

It's About Time They Upgraded the Carrier Pigeon

We knew certain prisoners used pigeons to smuggle cellphones, but this guy looks like he's merely keeping up with the times. Tying paper messages onto a bird's leg is so 20th century. [Terra] » 7/01/09 10:00pm 7/01/09 10:00pm

Cellphone-Smuggling Pigeons Are a Jailbird's Best Friend

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. » 3/31/09 10:40pm 3/31/09 10:40pm

Pigeon Flock to be Decked Out Like Camera-Toting Tourists

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… » 2/03/06 8:22am 2/03/06 8:22am