Cow-Slaughter Game Removed From Bristol Museum

A museum in Bristol has temporarily suspend access to one of its interactive exhibits, with the fun-for-all-ages touchscreen game Beat Bovine Tuberculosis cordoned off and powered down thanks to a public complaint. Read More >>

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Which Animal Kills the Most Humans?

Animals fatally maul, sting, trample, and chew about a million humans per year. Pretty nice of them, given the numbers on our side—the average of 950 million birds we kill in the UK every year for our consumption, for instance. In an ideal world, no one would ever get mauled by a bear, or contract rabies from a feral squirrel. But for this week’s Giz Asks, we’re asking which creatures are most desperate for our blood (or, in fairness to the animal kingdom, which are most likely to kill us by accident). Read More >>

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Peta Berates Nintendo For “Taking All The Cruelty Out Of Milking”

Nintendo recently got a letter from a farm, asking if they'd be willing to come and try milking a cow for real, since they'd "taken all the challenge out of it" in their daft milking game for 1-2-Switch: Read More >>

Scientists Create the First Gene Edited, Tuberculosis-Resistant Cows

Gene editing research is moving quickly in China — researchers there have already edited human embryos, after all. But a team of scientists now have their sights set on the food supply. Ladies, gentlemen, etc., meet the first crop of tuberculosis resistant, genetically moo-dified cows. Read More >>

Wisconsin Cows Go Hungry After Their Meal of Skittles Spills All Over the Highway

I walk a lonely road, the only one that I have ever known. Don’t know where it goes, but it’s fucking littered with red Skittles that fell off of a truck en route to feed some cows. Read More >>

Scientists Feed Cows Onions to Make Them Stop Farting So Much Methane

Napoleon Dynamite takes a sip from a tall jar of milk, then sets it down next to two other jars. He points. “The defect in that one is bleach.” “That’s correct,” says a judge from FFA, the agricultural education organisation. He sips another. “This tastes like the cow got into an onion patch.” Read More >>

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Earthquake Leaves Cows Stranded on a Tiny Piece of Grass

A massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck New Zealand last weekend, leaving these poor, poor cows stranded. The ground around them simply disappeared. Read More >>

Seaweed Could be the Key to Reducing Methane Emissions From Cattle

Carbon dioxide is often the key focus when it comes to carbon emissions, but methane is a serious problem as well. The gas is far more potent than CO2, and a lot of it is produced by the cattle we farm and turn into steak. Now, though, seaweed could be coming to the rescue. Read More >>

Google Maps is Protecting This Cow’s Identity

We heifer bovine social media (not a real thing yet) storm on our hands. The UK's cattle population has got beef with Google, after its mapping service decided to protect the privacy of a mysterious cow at Coe Fen, Cambridge. Read More >>

Hyperlocal Anthrax Outbreak Closes Wiltshire Footpath (and it’s All Down to a Cow)

People who came into contact with a cow that died of anthrax last week have been given the all clear, but not before Public Health England closed off a farm and incinerated the poor old cow to hedge off the threat of the disease spreading to other livestock and humans. Read More >>

Locals Plan Vigil for Cow Murdered by Armed Police

Bessie, the cow shot by armed police in Newcastle recently, will be remembered this Friday, with a memorial vigil planned to let locals express the sadness at her sad, tarmac-based passing. Read More >>

If You Want Healthy Cows, Feed Them Magnets

Dairy farmers routinely feed their cows a finger-sized magnet, which settles in the digestive tract to help keep the cows healthy. Wait what? This is no bizarre homeopathy, but rather a legitimate treatment for a stomach-churning ailment called "hardware disease." Read More >>

The Quest to Resurrect an Extinct Animal Without Cloning

Before there was the cow, there was the auroch, a sinewy beast that roamed Eurasia by the millions. And over thousands of years, humans bred the creature into the millions of milk-and-steak-machines we have today. The last auroch, however, died in the 17th century. A group of scientists now want to bring back the auroch by selectively breeding modern cows—domestication, but in reverse. Read More >>

Do Cow Farts Actually Contribute to Global Warming?

There are currently approximately 1.3 to 1.5 billion cows grazing, sleeping, and chewing their cud at any given time on planet Earth. And these 590-kilo (average weight for both a beef and dairy cow) animals eat a lot. Much like humans, when they eat, gas builds up inside of their guts and has to be expelled. (See Why Beans Make You Fart) Cows fart and burp… a lot. The result is a large amount of methane being introduced into the atmosphere. Read More >>

Bored Scientists Imagine Rats the Size of Cows

The fast-breeding rat could one day evolve to be the size of a cow, according to scientists, who suggest extinctions higher up the animal size chain could leave empty evolutionary slots for the rat to bulk up and fit itself into. Read More >>