Men dressed as bears and other beasty beings

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Thursday 15 August 2013

Fine art photographer Charles Fréger, who is based in Rouen, France, recently trudged through 19 countries in Europe with his lens, capturing rituals such as the Festival of Bears or Fete de l’Ours in the Pyrenees, which had men dress up as the beasts stirring from hibernation. It’s fascinating to see how people all over […]

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Dolphins riding waves

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 13 August 2013

Dolphins. The more we know about them, the cooler they are. Here’s a bunch of pictures we found showing dolphins having a ball of a time catching the wave at Bondi Beach in Sydney. You’ve got to love these creatures.

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Cool Knitting: knitted sloths and other things you have to have

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By Karla Courtney in New Products on Tuesday 6 August 2013

Internet behold! Your favourite animals – sloths, sharks, cats, unicorns – all have knitting patterns for toys that you know you need (yes, you can sleep with a toy sloth at 30). Brought to you by the makers of the legendary Children’s Birthday Cake Book with the train on the cover, the book’s poems and […]

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Wooly horror: Sheep that evaded shears for 6 years

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 5 August 2013

Okay, this happened nearly a decade back, but as Business Insider said of Shrek, a sheep that craftily dodged the shears by holing up in a South Island New Zealand cave for six years, ‘We can remember him in photos.’ That’s a lot of wool there.

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Fire ants link legs, bodysurf to escape floods in Amazon

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Friday 2 August 2013

Ants are cool. This BBC video footage showing ants creating a living raft from their naturally water-repellent bodies — just so they can sail in flooded waters — is amazing. It’s a curious and marvelous sight.

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Animal Kingdom illustrations by Sweden’s Åsa Wikman

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By Asa Wikman in New Illustration on Friday 2 August 2013

I am a Swedish illustrator and designer who works in London. I love character design, doodling and patterns, being inspired by childhood memories, my bad sense of humour, and my love for nature. With my constantly growing Animal Kingdom collection, I combine all that with a bit of “nature strikes back”.

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Forget guard dogs, China’s taking to guard geese

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 31 July 2013

We’ve known geese to be a feisty bunch yes, but who knew they’d make good partners in, er, fighting crime? In the Xinjiang province of China, the boys in blue are using geese to watch over the police stations at night.

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Sea slugs slug off predators with toxic colors

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 29 July 2013

Photographer David Doubilet captures a lot of stunning underwater life, such as these cute little Nudibranch or marine sea slugs. The colorful food they consume is what gives them these crazy hues, which in turns signal to predators that eating them is a bad idea.

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Fred Stonehouse’s two dimensional artistic dreams

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By Travis Lawrence in New Art on Friday 26 July 2013

Every morning I wake up and have this hazy half recollection of a series a dreams the night before. The linearity doesn’t follow, the settings and props are spontaneous, space and time are surreal. However, something inside me lets me know that it all makes sense. Fred Stonehouse’s painting and works on paper take these […]

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Techtomeat: an art project by Clement Fey, Raul Posse, Dylan Howells

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By Raul Posse in New Art on Thursday 25 July 2013

Techtomeat, a geological exploration into the texture and form of flesh, is a collaboration between geologist Clement Fay, photographer Raul Posse and musician Dylan Howells. Part of the Incubator series, curated by Michelle Hall for Artspaced Inc. and funded by RADF in Townsvile QLD; Techtomeat works across existing boundries by blending the shape, texture, colour […]

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Cats dressed as Hello Kitty

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Tuesday 23 July 2013

We wondered if any adoring Hello Kitty fan who’s also a cat owner would actually dress their cat as the mouthless doll. Yes, the answer is yes. Must say though, these kitties certainly don’t look very pleased. Watch out for the surprise appearance by a photoshopped Grumpy Cat and a sheepish-looking chihuahua.

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Scientists discover that fish exhibit backstabbing behavior

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 17 July 2013

Fish don’t make great friends. Well, particularly the ones of the twospot astyanax variety. Robert Young from the University of Salford and Vinícius Goulart from the Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, were investigating how to deter fish from getting into the machinery when they made this accidental finding.

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In Spanish town, offending dog owners get their dog’s poop delivered to doorstep

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 16 July 2013

To get dog owners to clean their dog’s act up, Brunete, a small town 20 miles of Madrid, recruited a patrol team of 20 to pick up dog poop when their owners didn’t. They then went on to label the poop ‘Lost Property’ and coolly couriered the stinky substance back to the owner’s home. In […]

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Curious polar bears approach cruise ship

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By Low Lai Chow in Video on Tuesday 16 July 2013

Adventure travel operator G Adventures had a recent run-in with curious polar bears when its MS Expedition cruise ship made its way to the Norwegian islands of Svalbard between Norway and the North Pole in the Arctic Ocean. Gregers Fogt, who was on board the cruise, captured this arresting eye-witness video footage of polar bears […]

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Sebastian at the Battle of the Bands: an illustrated eBook

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By Jonathan Schlackman in New Illustration on Thursday 11 July 2013

Local ‘Mokummer’ Lisbel Gavara has lent her considerable artistic talents to illustrate a new young person’s book called Sebastian at the Battle of the Bands, featuring a Bluesman alligator, hair metal rodents, and Grunge-Era pigeons. It’s currently available on Amazon Kindle.

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