Tagged With 2012

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Want to watch the Melbourne Cup today, but don't have a TV in your office? If you're stuck in front of a desk while the race that stops a nation takes place, here's everything you need to know — from where to watch it online without paying a cent like Twitter, to where it's showing on free-to-air digital TV and Foxtel.

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By using a message board with three icons, scientists have shown that horses can use symbolic language to convey their preferences. They now join an elite group of animals that exhibit communications once thought exclusive to humans. Others in the group include primates, dolphins and pigeons.

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Horses are the one inescapable fact of Lexington, Kentucky — home to BreyerFest, the model horse Comic-Con, an annual convention for one of the last hobbies nearly untouched by culture at large.

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In order to CT scan a horse, the 450kg animal has to be anaesthetised and carefully manoeuvred into a machine. The procedure is even more difficult than it sounds. A newly developed technique uses a pair of precisely-controlled robots to perform the scan, so that the animal can be awake and standing up while it's being imaged.

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Video: The internet has some dark corners, there's no denying that. But how could humanity ever carry on without a tool that lets us share a brilliant video of a man in an inflatable T. rex costume riding a horse kicking a giant soccer ball? Lets make sure we never do anything to endanger the world wide web, because how else could we possibly survive Thursday nights without it?

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Since before even the Roman Empire, a small town in Spain has played host to an annual ritual that sees young men and women wrestle wild horses into submission, then trim the flowing hair along their mane and tail. This year, we were there.

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"Split fingernails, bleeding ass-crack, falling off, getting kicked, getting dragged, breaking fingers, breaking my neck, losing horse, trying not to crap myself at speed because my Cipro isn't working, death." Kat Whitney has a long list of things she'd like to avoid at the Mongol Derby. The odds aren't in her favour.

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These are The Kelpies, an impressive monument in The Helix, a land transformation project in Scotland. The two metal horse heads stand 30m tall. This time-lapse video — created over 60 days of stop-motion filming across seven months — show how they were built.

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If you are a rich race horse, I've got great news for you! If you aren't a horse, you're going to freak out looking at this image: a horse in a full body suit. Why the heck does a horse need a suit?

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If you ever drive through Northern France, you'll see a lot of butchers that sell horse meat. You'll also see a lot of glue factories. The two are very definitely linked — but why is it that horses make good glue?

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Horse gas masks first came about around World War I to protect them from chemical agents. Amazing that we still used horses during warfare then! I do love how fitting them up with these crazy masks makes the little horsey look a lot more intimidating and apocalyptic. Gas masks have that effect.