Alex, the African Grey Parrot, was likely one of the most demonstrably intelligent non-human animals in the world when he died prematurely in September of 2007. A final paper on his mathematical prowess has just been published, showing that the bird was likely capable adding sets of numbers in his feathery little head.
If you've ever seen a gecko, you've probably noticed how excellent they are at not falling off of things. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have managed to create an adhesive based on gecko toes that works nearly as well as the real thing, and an index card of this stuff is powerful enough to stick you and six* of your most daring friends directly to a sheet of glass.
Here at DVICE, we have a proud tradition of only bringing you stories that matter. Stories about science, about the evolution of technology, and about the future. And it is in the spirit of none of these things that we are proud to present the HPS Hamstar, a hamster-powered submarine.
You know those eyes in the back of you're head you've always wanted? Geneticists have now figured out how to get tadpole embryos to grow any organ, anywhere in their bodies.
There's a global shortage of hermit crab shells out there, forcing our crustacean friends to make new homes in trash such as bottles and shotgun shells. But our 3D printers are here to help!
Mayo Clinic researchers think they might be on the road to finding an AIDS vaccine by injecting monkey genes into cat genomes. The plan is to treat cats with Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV — the HIV for cats) and then use what they learn to treat HIV in humans.
Humans have a lousy record of predicting earthquakes, but odd behavior by animals at Washington's National Zoo, shows that some animals have a finely tuned ability to sense when a quake is coming.
In case you weren't already aware, being a chicken kind of sucks. Not only are you crowded into pens with a bunch of other chickens under lousy conditions only to be killed off for your delicious, delicious meat, but they'll suck you right off the ground with a terrifying machine.
Plants, shockingly, have not evolved flowers and fruits to make our lives prettier and tastier. Instead, they're engaged in hardcore competition to trick insects and animals into pollinating them and spreading their seeds. It should be no surprise, then, that one particularly enterprising plant grows its own echolocation beacons to attract bats.
With one of those conventional glowing dogs that you can find at PetCo or outside of your local nuclear power plant, the incessant light can become an issue when you're trying to watch a movie or something. South Korean scientists have put an end to this widespread and serious problem by giving their latest glowing dog an off switch.