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I Can't Wait To Watch Disney's New Short About A Cute Dog That Loves Food

Disney just released a teaser trailer for the new animation short Feast that will premiere right before Big Hero 6, and it’s just adorable. I mean, does life get better than seeing a loveable dog happily gulp down delicious food? Yeah, I didn’t think so.


Elephants Can Sense Rainstorms From 240km Away

Elephants are amazing creatures for a lot of reasons. The latest one to be confirmed by science? They can sense rainstorms from 240km away. What’s more amazing is that researchers think they do it by simply listening to the sound of the air.


The Creepiest Talking Raven Ever Will Be In Your Nightmares Tonight

Video: Ravens are known for making pretty uncanny voice impersonations. This one has to be one of the creepiest I’ve ever heard. I-will-be-in-your-nightmares-tonight creepy.


What Animal Tracks Mean For You

Big ones, small ones, cute ones and dangerous ones. The outdoors is full of animals, but often the only way you’ll know they’re there is if you see the tracks they leave. Here’s how to identify them and use them to your advantage, even if you’re just a casual day hiker.


How To Pull Off The Most Complex Taxidermy Of All Time

Yesterday the American Museum of Natural History took the wraps off its newest main attraction: Lonesome George. Lonesome George, the world-famous giant tortoise native to the Galapagos. He passed on in 2012 of natural causes. This set in motion the process to preserve George through the most complex and intricate taxidermy ever attempted — from a species of one.


The Eyes Of Animals Look A Lot Like Alien Worlds

Continuing his fantastic series of macro shots of the eyes of animals, here is Suren Manvelyan’s Animal Eyes 3. The close up shots of the fish and reptiles and other animals in this series look positively alien when seen up close. I thought they were artist’s rendering of deep space planets from a sci-fi movie.


X-Rays Of The Weird Things That Vets Find Inside Pets

I just knew about They Ate WHAT? A competition where vets send X-rays of animals with weird things stuck within their bodies. These are some of the winners — some images look kind of harsh but don’t worry, all the animals were treated appropriately and they are fine and hungry again.


This Custom Poop-Chute Dispenses Droppings For Lions To Play With

There’s a lion in the San Francisco Zoo that absolutely adores rhino dung: loves smelling it; loves rolling in it. A team of Stanford students found this out during a design-build course, and you know what they did? Those undergrads developed a custom three-pronged poop-chute for the lion lair.


If Nobody Owns These Cool Animal Selfies, We Should Give Them Money

This animal selfie compilation got me thinking: If the courts say these photos can’t be owned by humans because they are taken by animals, shouldn’t there be some kind of international legal mechanism to make the people who use the photos pay some money to protect each species? Makes sense to me.


MIT's Robot Cheetah Now Runs Free Without Cables Or A Leash

A lot of robots in development are able to perform amazing feats in a laboratory setting when they have got plenty of tethers and cables keeping them perpetually powered and safe. The real test of their capabilities is when they’re forced to explore and interact in a real-world environment, like the robot cheetah that researchers at MIT are developing, which recently took its first untethered steps outside.


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