science
We Just Got a Rare Look at Our New Overlord, the Flapjack Octopus

Octopuses are up to something. Cephalopods—the class of mollusks to which octopus, squid, and cuttlefish belong—are some of the most intelligent creatures on the planet, and they know it. These squishy geniuses are masterful escape artists and like to mess with humans by shooting water at aquarium light switches and even employees. Because their takeover is clearly inevitable, for this year’s Cephalopod Week, we’re celebrating our most adorable new overlord: the flapjack octopus. Read More >>

animals
Rotting Wildebeest Carcasses Are a Force of Nature in the Serengeti

Each year, thousands of wildebeest drown while making their annual migration through the Serengeti. New research shows how the resulting two million pounds of rotting flesh performs a crucial role in maintaining the region’s vibrant ecosystem. Read More >>

animals
How Cats Conquered Humans Thousands of Years Ago

Cats play an essential role in our everyday lives. They have many jobs around the house, such as monitoring humans in the bathroom, knocking stuff off tables to make sure gravity still exists, and most importantly, being our snuggle buddies. While cats might seem perfectly content with being couch potatoes, the reality is they’ve been pulling the long con on humanity for thousands of years. New research that tracks the palaeogenetics of cats across ancient Europe, Asia, and Africa proves what the internet has long suggested—cats have already taken over the world, and there’s nothing we can do about it. Read More >>

animals
This is What Happens When You Teach an AI to Name Guinea Pigs

As literally every sci-fi movie has predicted, we’re becoming increasingly reliant on artificial intelligence. AI can already compose music, play Ms. Pac-Man—like a pro, nonetheless—and even manage a hotel. But it’s never been used solely for the purpose of naming small, fluffy guinea pigs—until now. Read More >>

science
Incredibly Rare Albino Dolphin Spotted in California Being Adorable

In 2015, whale watchers off the coast of California’s Monterey Bay caught a glimpse of an albino baby Risso dolphin. Now, the all-white flipper has made another appearance and damn is it cute. They grow up so fast! Read More >>

science
Two-Headed Porpoise Just Wants Love, Validation

Last month, a group of Dutch fishermen discovered a double-headed harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena). The unusual little fellow was definitely DOA, and fearing that keeping it would get them in trouble, the fishermen took a few photos of the beast and threw it back in the ocean. What the crew didn’t realise was they’d found the first case of dicephalic parapagus — or partial twinning — in harbour porpoises. Read More >>

animals
Pigeons Are Misunderstood Mermaids

Most city dwellers would agree that pigeons are sentient rubbish. They eat pizza off the ground and defecate with abandon, sometimes on pedestrians’ heads. Worst of all, they don’t seem terribly bothered by humans—they’ll flap their filthy wings in our faces and move on as if nothing happened. But yesterday just so happened to be Pigeon Appreciation Day (yes, really) so we’re giving them a little extra love. Like a diamond in the rough—or the chip at the bottom of the bin—it’s entirely possible these creatures have some kind of hidden goodness. Maybe. Read More >>

animals
Sorry Donatello Fans, It Looks Like Turtles Can Spread Cholera

What a shitty week to be a turtle. According to a new journal published in the American Society of Microbiology, soft-shelled turtles can spread cholera. Read More >>

animals
These Female Crabs Store a Shitload of Sperm

Lots of species do some wild sex stuff. The purple stone crab is no exception: Females have seminal receptacles, a special organ that just holds and stores sperm for later. Read More >>

physics
The Secret History of the Cat Who Authored A Physics Paper

Regrettably, none of us will get to be cats. Most of us will never write a published physics paper either, let alone a highly respected one. But somehow, in the 1970s, a phenomenal feline named Chester managed to do all of this under the tutelage of his human, physicist Jack H. Hetherington. He even had a pawesome pen name —F.D.C. Willard. Yes, really. Read More >>

animals
Ravens Remember If You Were a Dick to Them

You do not mess with ravens. Because if you dupe them, they’ll remember. Read More >>

animals
Scientists Say Camels Might Be Able To Understand Whales. Should We Be Worried?

A group of French scientists have looked into the ear cavities of 45 million year old whale ancestors, and found striking similarities with modern-day camels. More so, even, than with modern day whales. Read More >>

animals
Sainsbury’s Heads for PR Disaster With Kangaroo Burger Launch

Supermarket giant Sainsbury's thinks it's on to a winner with a new low fat meat for the summer barbecue season, in the form of burgers made out of kangaroo flesh. It is not going down well with anti-meat protesters. Read More >>

animals
When Will the Great Human-Elephant War End?

Humans are at war. They’re at war with each other, they’re at war with themselves, and some are at war with elephants. Researchers want to know how humans and the long-snooted aggressors can live in peace. Read More >>