A Landfill Park Is Leaking Toxic Waste Thanks to Burrowing Gophers

Let this be your cautionary tale against building a pretty waterfront park on a landfill. At Cesar Chavez Park on the Berkeley Marina, squirrels and gophers are burrowing through old trash, turning the ground into toxin-leaching swiss cheese. Poison from the estimated 1.9 million tons of residential, commercial, and… »2/24/14 3:25pm2/24/14 3:25pm

Sick of MacBook Posts? Here's a Picture of a Squirrel Dressed Up Like Darth Vader

Yes, I too am really sick of all these Apple/MacBook posts »10/14/08 2:58pm10/14/08 2:58pm. I apologize, but we have no choice, really (turn off all Apple news by clicking ). Here, allow me to cleanse your palate with the above picture. Feel free to use the comments below to talk about anything at all, as long as it has nothing to do with Apple or…

Rocky the Robo-Squirrel Scares the Hell Out of Timid Woodland Creatures

Why we care to know how squirrels communicate is anyone's guess, but it seems that this research is so important that a robot squirrel is being employed to live amongst the regular squirrel population. In fact, "Rocky" here (named after the cartoon character) is one of a growing legion of robo-creatures designed to… »5/02/08 8:45pm5/02/08 8:45pm

Humans Further Exploit Squirrels With Challenging Obstacle Course

You may have winced at that squirrel catapult we showed you a couple of months ago, but here's a Rube Goldbergesque contraption that squirrels willingly navigate. Look at those little guys running the obstacle course, willing to do just about anything for their next meal. One of the ambitious rodents ran the course… »9/19/07 9:30am9/19/07 9:30am

Squirrel-Proof Rollerfeeder: This Is a Birds-Only Club

The Rollerfeeder keeps those squirrels out of the bird feed like a bouncer behind a velvet rope, using a clever design that keeps the seed container upright while the outer shell spins around on an axle. Lightweight birds won't affect it, but once a heavier squirrel steps aboard, it starts spinning, resulting in a… »12/12/06 11:22am12/12/06 11:22am