Word, bird. We're totally diggin' those headphones. It's just a shame that they're epoxied directly to your skull, but, on the other hand, you'll never have to worry about them falling off ever again. Just think of it as a premium feature that we'll probably start seeing in headphones for humans.
Dean Swartz was photographing a black bear family in Minnesota when one particularly curious cub decided to check out his equipment up close. Swartz used the back-up camera slung over his shoulder to capture this image from a safe distance.
The U.S. Navy's Marine Mammal Program started back in the '60s, and the dolphins and sea lions in it help defend harbors, retrieve sunken equipment and, most dangerously, identify mines for deactivation. By 2017, the Navy wants robots to do all that, instead.
Earth is running out of animals. Or rather, Earth is suffering from an overabundance of some animals (namely humans and cows) and a serious lack of others. Brazil is taking some initiative by starting a program to clone animals from species at risk of going extinct, including black lion tamarins, maned wolves, and jaguars.
Just last month we told you about a whale with the ability to mimic human speech, but apparently that was just the beginning. An elephant with the ability to actually speak distinct words has now been discovered in South Korea.
We've seen some fancy ways to improve the flavor of your morning brew, but few can compare to sending it through the digestive tract of an elephant for a little biological flavor enhancement.
Man has long warred against man, bringing all manner of bloody machination to rend the opposition limb from limb. For as long as man has been capable of throwing stones, he has also brought with him all manner of beast. You will likely recall stories of courageous horses, mules, dogs and perhaps carrier pigeons, but animals have "enjoyed" far stranger uses in battle. Here, commonplace creatures have been called upon to fulfill the strangest of roles. Here's our list of the 17 strangest, most under-sung animal war heroes ever called to battle.
This cute little creature is very likely the only liliger in the universe. Her name is Kiara, and she was born last week at Novosibirsk Zoo in Russia. Kiara's dad is a lion, but her mom is a liger — a hybrid cross between a lion and a tiger that's bred for (among other things) its skills in magic.
In news that bears repeating, scientists have shown that bears can differentiate between larger and smaller numbers of dots on a computer screen. That's right, bears can count and use computers, and this may just barely scratch the surface of what they're capable of.
Rayfish Footwear is a company from Thailand that claims to be able to genetically engineer stingrays with customized colors and patterns that it then uses to make shoes. It's a futuristic, dramatic, and perhaps ethically questionable way of designing clothing— we're just not quite sure whether it's real or not.