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Behold the Best-Designed Cat House Any Cat Will Still Completely Ignore Behold the Best-Designed Cat House Any Cat Will Still Completely Ignore

Every year, FixNation, a Los Angeles animal charity, holds an auction of designer cat houses to raise money. This year’s Fan Favorite is “Cat in the Fishbowl.” It’s very nice, but we’re pretty sure any cat will ignore it in favor of the box it came in.

Biologists Have Discovered Underground, Burrowing Tadpoles Biologists Have Discovered Underground, Burrowing Tadpoles

Scientists have documented Indian dancing frogs for over a century. For that century, they’ve found only adult frogs. At last, a team of biologists have found the tadpoles that develop into frogs—and they’ve found them underground.

This Company is Making an Epi-Pen That Fits in a Wallet

AdrenaCard is meant to help people who are both unfortunate enough to need an epinephrine injection for serious allergic reactions—and human enough that they regularly forget their “epi-pen” when they’re going out. It’s a small epinephrine injector that fits inside a wallet.

Robot Anesthesiologists Lose Their Jobs Because of Humans Robot Anesthesiologists Lose Their Jobs Because of Humans

A robot anesthesiologist designed by Johnson & Johnson is going off the market. Only three years after approval, the company has stopped production on the Sedasys machine due to poor sales.

This Software Can Read Harry Potter and Answer Questions About It This Software Can Read Harry Potter and Answer Questions About It

A Canadian company has come up with an algorithm that can read texts, and then accurately answer questions about them. The software is meant to help people by scanning and responding to their questions about boring technical texts—but there could be so many other great ways to use it.

Major Logging Will Begin in the Last Primeval Forest in Europe Major Logging Will Begin in the Last Primeval Forest in Europe

In depressing news, about 180,000 cubic meters of wood will be taken from the last of Europe’s primeval forests. The environmental minister in Poland declared that the Bialowieza Puszcza will be logged over the next decade.

How Chicago Is Trying to Hide Its Giant Hell Pit How Chicago Is Trying to Hide Its Giant Hell Pit

This 110-foot-wide hole, punched into one of Chicago’s best neighborhoods, represents nearly a decade of dashed architectural dreams. Recently, developers gave up trying to build on it, and have started building hills to hide it from the sight of angry neighbors.

 Arrow Knows How to Break Our Hearts But Good  Arrow Knows How to Break Our Hearts But Good

Arrow is not a perfect show, but if there is one thing it knows how to do, it’s how to wring our hearts like they’re dirty dish rags. That skill was utilized last night in “Broken Hearts,” and we have the clip that proves it.

Genetically-Modified Maggots Could Help Wounds Heal Faster Genetically-Modified Maggots Could Help Wounds Heal Faster

Scientists at North Carolina State University are bringing an 18th century wound treatment into the 21st century. They’ve genetically modified maggots to secrete a human growth factor to promote healing while they clean people’s wounds.

'Cat Parasite' Could Be To Blame for People Suffering from Rage Disorder  'Cat Parasite' Could Be To Blame for People Suffering from Rage Disorder 

A new study has shown that people with Intermittent Explosive Disorder (IED), associated with bursts of overblown aggression, are twice as likely as healthy people to have Toxoplasma gondii. This parasite, famously carried by cats, has been shown to mess with the neurochemistry of mice. Could it be doing the same to…

Arctic Microbes Are Expanding Their Homes By Making Stuff that Melts Glaciers Arctic Microbes Are Expanding Their Homes By Making Stuff that Melts Glaciers

Humans aren’t the only ones trying their best to warm up the world like it’s a Hot Pocket. Bacteria are also creating particles that melt glaciers and make the world comfortable for more bacteria.

Birds Nest Near Alligators to Scare Off Predators and "Pay" Them in Rejected Chicks Birds Nest Near Alligators to Scare Off Predators and "Pay" Them in Rejected Chicks

A lot of things eat baby birds, and alligators eat most of those things. Birds in the Everglades seem to have noticed this, and nest in trees near alligators. The alligators provide a benefit to the birds, keeping away the opossums and raccoons that would eat their eggs. But what might the alligators get out of it?

Take a 3D Tour of Richard III's Grave Take a 3D Tour of Richard III's Grave

Richard III is best known as the eponymous villain in one of Shakespeare’s plays, and second best known for having his body discovered in a car park in 2012. The remains were re-interred in a suitably sober fashion, but now you can get a 3D glimpse at what the king’s original grave looked like.

We Might Finally Be Able to Read Ancient Scrolls Damaged By Vesuvius Eruption We Might Finally Be Able to Read Ancient Scrolls Damaged By Vesuvius Eruption

Pompeii has the best press, but the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD also buried the town of Herculaneum. Charred scrolls were recovered from the town library in 1752, and Italian scientists just discovered it might be possible to use X-ray technology to read them. Their findings were published recently in the …

Our Cities May Be Making Birds Smarter Our Cities May Be Making Birds Smarter

The term “bird brain” is going out of fashion as biologists come to understand that birds are actually quite smart and competent. Now scientists in Barbados say that, in many respects, urban birds are smarter than rural birds.

Seventeen People in Wisconsin Have Died From One Strain of Bacteria Seventeen People in Wisconsin Have Died From One Strain of Bacteria

The bacteria Elizabethkingia anopheles has claimed 17 lives over the last five months in 12 Wisconsin counties, and caused 54 people to become seriously ill. As yet, no one has been able to trace the source of the infection.

Physics Students Calculate How Long a Vampire Needs To Drink Your Blood Physics Students Calculate How Long a Vampire Needs To Drink Your Blood

A bite to the neck and a clean getaway—that’s what a vampire needs. A group of physics students from the University of Leicester calculated exactly how long a vampire would need to accomplish those two things: about 6.4 minutes. They published their findings in the university’s Journal of Physics Special Topics.

Hyenas and Wolves Are Teaming Up to Survive Hyenas and Wolves Are Teaming Up to Survive

Different species of carnivores don’t get along. At best, they’re in direct competition for prey. At worst, they turn each other into prey. But recently, zoologists found that two predators are teaming up to both survive and haunt your nightmares.

This On-Off Switch for Sperm Could Lead to Better Male Birth Control This On-Off Switch for Sperm Could Lead to Better Male Birth Control

Researchers just found an on-off switch for sperm movement. This has the potential to help men who are infertile, but it also has the potential to help all men. It could be an effective form of male birth control.

Microwaving Rubies Makes Them Prettier Microwaving Rubies Makes Them Prettier

Not all gemstones are of the same quality. While some rubies are clear and beautiful, others are dull, filled with flaws, and the color of old blood. Scientists have found that chucking them in a serious microwave can really improve them.

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