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Daniel Kolitz Daniel Kolitz Jan 20, 2020 at 20:00. 13 comments

What's the Most Monogamous Animal?

What's the Most Monogamous Animal?
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Animals, we know, typically lack the hang-ups that make human mating so difficult. You won’t find a bonobo moping around, stewing in jealousy. Nor will you find a bonobo contentedly fucking his or her bonobo-spouse to the exclusion of all...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jan 15, 2020. 14 comments

The Anti-War, Pro-Animal Rights, Colonialist History of Doctor Dolittle's Creation

The Anti-War, Pro-Animal Rights, Colonialist History of Doctor Dolittle's Creation

Doctor Dolittle usually conjures up memories of Eddie Murphy being stuck in a bathroom with a bear taking a dump, or that time a squirrel was imbibed with gin so it would sit still for a scene with Rex Harrison. Now, with Robert Downey Jr.’s Dolittle featuring a fire-breathing dragon, it’s hard to picture who or what the famous character is supposed to be. But the real origins of Doctor...

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Jan 07, 2020. 23 comments

It's Time to Stop Using Police Dogs

It's Time to Stop Using Police Dogs

One overcast day in February 2016, a massive police motorcade coursed through Pittsburgh. Hundreds of officers mourned one of their own—Officer Aren, a five-year-old German Shepherd, a four-year veteran of the city’s Port Authority force.

The dog had died from stab wounds. Days earlier, 37-year-old Bruce Kelly, Jr., a Black Baltimore resident, was reportedly drinking in a park gazebo with his...

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Charles Pulliam-Moore Charles Pulliam-Moore Jan 04, 2020. 12 comments

Who Put This Dragon in the New Dolittle Trailer?

Who Put This Dragon in the New Dolittle Trailer?

When you think “Doctor Dolittle” a number of things like “talking animals” and “some of Eddie Murphy’s finest work ” come to mind. What doesn’t tend to come to mind is “fire-breathing dragons ,” but the latest trailer for Universal’s new attempt as turning the Dolittle brand into an action franchise wants to change that. Emphasis on “wants.”

In Hugh Lofting’s The Story of Doctor Dolittle, the...

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Andrew Couts Andrew Couts Dec 27, 2019. 13 comments

Actually, 2019's Gadget of the Year Is My Electronic Chicken Door

Actually, 2019's Gadget of the Year Is My Electronic Chicken Door

The best gadget of the year is neither phone nor laptop nor smartwatch nor headphones . It’s not even something most people need. It is, instead, an automatic chicken door, a simple piece of tech that not only changed my family’s life for the better, it may have also saved my marriage.

When all’s said and done, my legacy as a professional, among my colleagues at least, will have nothing to do...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Dec 17, 2019.

New Count of Endangered Mountain Gorillas Suggests Conservation Is Working

New Count of Endangered Mountain Gorillas Suggests Conservation Is Working

The total population of free-ranging mountain gorillas is now 1,063, according to an encouraging new survey.

Population figures for mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) are heading in the right direction, according to new census findings provided by Fauna & Flora International, a conservation group that works to protect the endangered species. At 1,063 confirmed individuals, these...

Ryan F. Mandelbaum Ryan F. Mandelbaum Dec 16, 2019. 15 comments

All the Species Declared Extinct This Decade

All the Species Declared Extinct This Decade
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Lonesome George, the last of the Pinta Island tortoises, died in 2012. George’s story is the perfect extinction story. It features a charismatic character with a recognizable face, an obvious villain, and the tireless efforts...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 30, 2019. 16 comments

Toxic Coastal Fog Linked to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury in Mountain Lions

Toxic Coastal Fog Linked to Dangerously High Levels of Mercury in Mountain Lions

An unlikely culprit is being blamed for elevated mercury levels found in mountain lions living along the California coast: marine fog.

Marine fog appears to be responsible for elevated levels of mercury in coastal terrestrial food webs, and it’s trickling all the way to the top, according to new research published this week in Scientific Reports. Pumas living in the fog belt of the Santa Cruz...

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George Dvorsky George Dvorsky Nov 29, 2019. 5 comments

Why Did the Sloth Cross the Road? To Pose For This Year's ‘Capturing Ecology’ Photo Contest

Why Did the Sloth Cross the Road? To Pose For This Year's ‘Capturing Ecology’ Photo Contest

The British Ecological Society has announced the winners of its annual ecology-themed photo competition. From boas, birds, and birches, through to a three-toed sloth trying to cross the road, this year’s crop is a wondrous celebration of our planet’s remarkable diversity.

Hundreds of ecologists and students from around the world submitted their photos for this year’s BES contest, of which only...

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Catie Keck Catie Keck Nov 26, 2019. 13 comments

Animal Abuse Including 'Crushing' and 'Burning' Is Now a Federal Felony

Animal Abuse Including 'Crushing' and 'Burning' Is Now a Federal Felony

Heinous and intentional acts of violence against animals are now a federal crime under a new bill that was signed into law this week.

The bipartisan Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture (PACT) Act, introduced in the House in January, builds on an existing law signed by President Barack Obama in 2010 that prohibits “animal crush videos” or digital media depicting intentional violence against...

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Alyse Stanley Alyse Stanley Nov 01, 2019. 20 comments

Woman Found Dead With A Python Around Her Neck in House Full of 140 Snakes

Woman Found Dead With A Python Around Her Neck in House Full of 140 Snakes

In a residence purportedly housing 140 other snakes, an Indiana woman was found dead Wednesday evening with an 8-foot-long python hanging around her neck.

According to a report from the Journal & Courier, police are currently investigating the death of Laura Hurst, 36, in Oxford, Indiana, though they have a hunch. “She appears to have been strangled by the snake,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim...

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Andrew Liszewski Andrew Liszewski Oct 28, 2019. 6 comments

Nvidia's New AI Lets You Know if Your Pet Would Look Cuter As a Different Animal

Nvidia's New AI Lets You Know if Your Pet Would Look Cuter As a Different Animal

Sure, you love your dog/cat/currently trendy animal people are keeping as pets, but is there a chance you might like it more if it were a different breed? You can’t simply trade in your Golden Retriever for a weekend test drive with a Schnauzer, but with Nvidia’s new GANimals tool, you can at least see if your beloved pet looks even cuter as another animal.

Nvidia Taught an AI to Flawlessly...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 25, 2019. 11 comments

Okay, But Can We Teach the Rats to Race?

Okay, But Can We Teach the Rats to Race?

Scientists have previously run experiments teaching rats how to play hide-and-seek . Now researchers at the University of Richmond in Virginia have managed to teach 17 rats how to drive tiny electric cars around in pursuit of food, with the rats apparently loving it.

The study involved six female and 11 male rats, who the researchers taught to pilot little cars with aluminum floors and three...

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Jennings Brown Jennings Brown Oct 24, 2019. 16 comments

At Least We Can All Agree That People Who Torture Animals Should Be in Prison

At Least We Can All Agree That People Who Torture Animals Should Be in Prison

Providing new evidence that the last remaining thing we can all agree on is that animals are good, the U.S. House of Representatives voted unanimously on Tuesday to pass a bill that would make animal cruelty a federal offense, broadening a 2010 law that banned videos of animals being tortured.

The original law, the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act, was a response to a rise in videos ...

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Julie Muncy Julie Muncy Oct 14, 2019. 19 comments

Watch the Trailer for Robert Downey, Jr.'s Next Big Role, Which for Some Reason Is Doolittle

Watch the Trailer for Robert Downey, Jr.'s Next Big Role, Which for Some Reason Is Doolittle
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There are a few inevitables in life. Death will come for us all. Everyone has to pay taxes unless they’re rich. And Hollywood is never going to stop rebooting that film series about the doctor who can talk to animals.

Doolittle is interesting for one reason, though: Robert...

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Tom McKay Tom McKay Oct 06, 2019. 16 comments

Six Elephants Die in Thailand Trying to Rescue Each Other From Waterfall

Six Elephants Die in Thailand Trying to Rescue Each Other From Waterfall

At least six wild Asian elephants died in southern Thailand’s Khao Yai National Park after trying to save each other from a waterfall, Reuters reported on Saturday.

According to the BBC, the incident began when a baby elephant fell into the waterfall, which is known as Haew Narok (Hell’s Fall) and in 1992 was the scene of a similar incident that ended in the deaths of eight elephants....

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Sep 04, 2019. 19 comments

The Scientists Training Australia’s Native Critters How to Survive Feral Cats

The Scientists Training Australia’s Native Critters How to Survive Feral Cats
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How do you solve a problem like an invasion of feral cats?

No, it’s not a scenario from a sci-fi dystopia but a real conundrum for scientists, authorities, and conservationists in Australia. No one is exactly...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Aug 31, 2019. 11 comments

The Voices of His Dark Materials' Daemons and Animals Have Been Revealed

The Voices of His Dark Materials' Daemons and Animals Have Been Revealed

In the world of His Dark Materials, there aren’t just humans milling about—there’s the magical world of daemons, spiritual companions just as vital to its story as their human counterparts are. Now, HBO’s lifted the lid on some of the actors lending their voice to the adaptation’s take on these mythical beings.

One of the many things that makes the world of His Dark Materials so special is...

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Aug 31, 2019. 4 comments

Scientists Gave One of the World’s Rarest Bats a Manicure to Help Save It

Scientists Gave One of the World’s Rarest Bats a Manicure to Help Save It

Conservation technology has come a long way in recent decades. Scientists can now track birds’ migratory patterns via satellite and try to bring species back from the brink of extinction through advanced fertility technology.

But there is still room for more low-tech approaches. Sometimes all you need are small fishing nets and four bottles of nail varnish.

“Above all we needed something...

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Germain Lussier Germain Lussier Aug 30, 2019. 10 comments

The Mandalorian Is Bringing a Deep Cut Star Wars Creature Back to Live-Action

The Mandalorian Is Bringing a Deep Cut Star Wars Creature Back to Live-Action

The more we hear about The Mandalorian, the more it feels like executive producers Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni made it their own personal Star Wars playground.

Even seeing only a few brief minutes, we already know the show solves the mystery of Willow Hood’s ice cream maker , brings back IG bounty hunter droids in a big way, references the Star Wars Holiday Special , and god knows what else....

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