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The government is engineering cyborg spy animals (really)

Science writer Emily Anthes has a new book out that covers all the ways we're tinkering with animals and turning them into cyborgs, ready to obey our every whim.

Photos of a lightning storm in a volcano will blow your mind

Did you know that volcanic eruptions can sometimes generate lightning? Well, they can, and it's spectacular.


Shark dies in L.A. pool while filming a commercial, miraculously has no cocaine in system

A shark meant for a Kmart commercial died in an above-ground pool in Van Nuys, in Los Angeles. Not a dignified way to go.


Weird worm that looks like a penis may be an evolutionary missing link

It's not a fossilized dong; it's a significant paleontological discovery. That happens to LOOK like a fossilized dong.


Watch a pine marten turn a soccer game into a Wild Kingdom episode

A pine marten bit a soccer player. We know what a soccer player is, but WTF is a pine marten, other than something that bites them?


This site lets you alert other dumpster divers to the best curbside treasures

You know what we're talking about. The dressers, the couches, the chairs, the books, the records, the lumber -- the stuff that makes you think "I want that! But I'm not going to bother picking it up right now!"


German prince is bringing bison back to Europe

Releasing them into the "wild," in this case, means something pretty specific: the bison will likely hang out on the 30,000 acres that Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg controls.


This orphaned dik dik may be the cutest animal we’ve ever encountered

This baby is being raised by a zookeeper after being abandoned by her mother. Good luck feeling satisfied with your life ever again.


We’re just gonna spend all day watching this video of penguins falling down

Oh sure, penguins. You're soooooo good at walking on ice. Well, if you're the ice experts, how come you keep falling on your adorable asses?

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