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Friendly reminder: There are a lot of soothing dog show videos on YouTube

October 24, 2018

Good dog.Image: ATLGAN OZDIL/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES Hard Refresh is a soothing weekly column where we try to reset your brain and cleanse it of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter. In my opinion, one of the only reasons for YouTube to still exist is animal videos.  Otherwise a cesspool of screaming vloggers and […]

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A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites

September 29, 2018

At least half of termite studies used to be about how to kill them. But science is discovering their extraordinary usefulness In July 2008, Irented asmall yellow car in Tucson, Arizona, and drove it south towards Tombstone. My passengers included an entomologist and two microbial geneticists, and Iwas following awhite van with government plates carrying […]

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Beni the Shiba Inu dog can speak Japanese better than you, probably

September 28, 2018

When it comes languages, Japanese stands out as one of the more difficult to learn. It’s not such a problem for Beni the Shiba Inu, who can apparently say the words taberu — that’s “to eat” in Japanese, then hanbagu, which translates to “hamburger steaks.” SEE ALSO: This dog’s ear contains another dog and it’s […]

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The Internet Cant Get Enough Of This Man Who Volunteers And Naps With Cats At A Shelter Every Day

September 27, 2018

75-year-old Terry Lauerman knows this, and he regularly heads down to his local shelter for catnaps. Staff at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said that he came in brandishing a brush one day, and asked if he could groom the cats. “He just walked in and started brushing,” founder of the shelter […]

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This smart feeder will stop your pets from mooching off each other

September 18, 2018

"Hello. I also own dis."Image: The Washington Post / Getty Images I’m packing my bags and my imaginary dog, and I’m moving to Denmark immediately. Niels Martin Viuff, a Danish entrepreneur, is building an apartment complex that requires tenants to own a pupper. The dream for any dog lover.  According to a report from The […]

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Kangaroo casually hopping around Austria has people confused for many reasons

September 8, 2018

A red necked kangaroo at Schoenbrunn Zoo in Vienna, Austria. Not Australia.Image: JOE KLAMAR/AFP/Getty Images Kangaroos hopping about in Australia wouldn’t make news. But a rogue hopper in Austria? Everything is melting. A kangaroo has been sighted casually making its way through the forests and meadows of Austria, the country routinely confused for the marsupial’s […]

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How a lightweight, prefabricated concrete roof is just a taste of the coming revolution in architecture

September 6, 2018

This bird was not in the mood to be saved.  Jessie, a bright yellow and turquoise Macaw parrot, escaped her home in Edmonton, UK over the weekend and stranded herself on her neighbor’s roof for three days. Concerned that she was injured, her owners called the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals […]

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Here are 3 feline-friendly products for your beloved cat

September 6, 2018

This is One Good Thing, a weekly column where we tell you about one of the few nice things that happened this week. Bruno, the beloved and very ~thicc~ polydactyl cat, has officially been adopted. We can all breathe a sigh of relief. The extremely high-maintenance feline captured the hearts of internet users everywhere after […]

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Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

September 6, 2018

The next time you’ve got something to complain about, consider the plight of the intestinal worm. It not only has to figure out how to eat and breed in the confines of another creature, it has to prevent that creature’s body from dissolving the parasite into a mist of cells. That means dodging the immune […]

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