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Cute Animation Imagines What Our Dogs Do When We Leave The House

Video: What does ol’ Fido do when we leave the house for the entire day? Does he wait patiently in front of the door? Or does he celebrate the freedom and jump on couches and eat snacks he’s not supposed to? Does he mourn a broken heart? Or does he not even notice? This fun animated short by Pieter Vandenabeele imagines a dog’s life and how wacky he gets when he’s left alone.


Here Are The 5 Ugliest Endangered Animals

Video: All animals need love. But which animals need more attention? Endangered species. And which endangered species need even more attention than that? Ugly endangered animals.


Robotic X-Rays Make Racehorses' Lives Much Easier

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.


Finally, An Invention That Can Tell You What Your Cat Is Really Saying

Convinced that when your cat meows, it’s truly trying to tell you something? Now there’s a 3D printed talking cat collar to pick up on Fluffy’s varied vocalisations and “translate” them via an app on your smart phone. Yes, just like the one worn by Dug the talking dog in Pixar’s Up (“Squirrel!”).


Watch How Dead Silently An Owl Flies Compared To Other Birds

Video: When a pigeon flies, you can hear it sloppily slap its wings as it makes its way through the air. When a peregrine falcon flies, the flight is powerful and beautiful but you can still hear the movement. When a barn owl flies? Complete silence. It’s amazing to see. BBC Earth set up microphones along the flight path of the birds to let us hear the difference.


Why Do Cats Act So Damn Weird?

Video: Dogs just want to love you but cats, well, what the hell do cats want? They have a mind of their own, they seemingly do whatever the hell they want and their habits are just so weird. Why is that? According to Ted-Ed, it’s because of how they developed as both a solitary predator that had to hunt and kill smaller prey for food, and stealthy prey who had to hide from larger predators to survive. Their habits today reflect both!


Glorious Footage Of Animals In The Bitter Cold

Video: Muskoxen look like mythical creatures, stuff you’d see in a museum or on a TV show. That’s because they’re animals from a prehistoric age. Rolf Steinmann made this short film In Between in order to show the animals’ lives in the bitter cold of the Arctic, and to document their current plight. The footage of these animals huddled together is totally gorgeous.


Damien Hirst Art Is Leaking Poisonous Gas

In the early 1990s artist Damien Hirst became famous for a series of works featuring dead animals swimming in tanks of formaldehyde. Now a group of chemists claim they have found troubling levels of formaldehyde gas — a known carcinogen — around these publicly displayed artworks.


Watch What Snake Venom Does To Human Blood

Video: Blood isn’t supposed to plop out like a solid, but that’s what happens when a snake’s hemotoxic venom gets mixed in with human blood — it thickens liquid blood into this congealed jelly substance. It’s pretty gross. This is how a venomous snakebite affects the body of its prey. A lot of tiny blood clots form inside the bloodstream, causing fatal blockages.


Visual Effects Reel Reveals How They Make A Dog Attack A Person

Video: Dogs are friendly, loveable best friends. They don’t want to hurt anyone! So how do movies get dogs to attack people? With visual effects. A special effects team basically creates a digital double of a real dog and then makes it so that the CG-created dog attacks the actor in the way that the movie wants. In this VFX reel of German movie Look Who’s Back, it shows how that whole process works.


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