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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.


The Alley Cats Of Japan Look Badass

French photographer Alexander Bonnefoy recently traveled around Japan looking for felines. And boy did he find some pretty ones. He found some pretty scrappy ones, too!


Why Are These Fish Shooting Out Blue Lasers With Their Mouth?

I wish these crazy blue laser lava spewing fish were a newly discovered species or some radioactive experiment gone wrong but they’re not. Luckily, reality is just as cool. Well, almost. The blinding light is actually a tiny crustacean called an ostracod’s defence mechanism against the translucent cardinalfish.


Radioactive Boars From Chernobyl Are Still Wandering Around Germany

Nearly 30 years later, radiation from Chernobyl still scars the landscape. Perhaps most remarkably, some of that radiation travelled hundreds of kilometres downwind, settled into the soil, and moved up through the food chain. So now we have radioactive wild boars, still roaming around Germany causing trouble.


You Can Buy This Adorable, Original Soviet Spacesuit For Your Dog

Is your dog made of tough stuff? Is it calm under pressure? Is it smart, patient and loyal? Then maybe it would make a great space dog — and if so this is just the outfit for your precocious pooch.


Watch Ants Work Together Beautifully To Bring Food Home

Video: It’s always incredible to see ants work as a team by stringing their bodies together like a rope to pull something much heavier back home. It looks a lot like what us humans would do when we’re trying to move something big. Ants, they’re just like us!


The Alien Beauty Of The Portuguese Man-Of-War

The Portuguese man-of-war, also known as the weirdest looking creature with the coolest name, was captured in an up close video that shows how stunning this colourful alien-looking, not jellyfish, blown-up balloon can be. I can’t believe these things live on the same planet that we do.


Giant Goliath Fish Swallows A Shark Whole In Just One Bite

Sometimes the shark plays the role of David. Especially when it goes up against the giant Goliath Grouper who looks more like a swimming Godzilla than a fish. And in real life, David the shark doesn’t have a shot against the Goliath fish because the ginormous creature can swallow the 1.2m shark whole in one bite.


Adorable Dog Balances 100 Different Fruits And Vegetables On Its Head

This is so ridiculous that it’s kind of fun. Maymo, the lemon beagle in the video, is so great at balancing things on his head that he can wear 100 different kinds of fruits and vegetables as hats. The more colour, the better.


Magician Makes Dogs Freak Out With Flying Sausage Trick

Video: I love dogs. I love magic tricks. I love sausages. Obviously, I was bound to love this video of dogs reacting to magic flying sausages. I like the fact that some of them get so freaked out at the sight of a delicious treat floating in front of them — but others just don’t give a damn.


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