And we can see why. The 26th World’s Ugliest Dog contest held at the Sonoma-Marin Fairgrounds in Petaluma, California just wrapped up and 2-year-old rescue dog, Peanut, bagged the esteemed honor with his dashing grin, eye-popping peepers, and beautiful fur.
It’s heartbreaking to hear and read about majestic rhinos being slaughtered left and right by poachers who want their horns. It’s more heartbreaking to know a baby rhino orphan was found grieving next to its dead mother. ‘It was a devastating sight, as the tiny animal would not leave her side, and was crying inconsolably […]
Female-named hurricanes are more deadly because people don’t fear them as much as male hurricanes, says study
According to a recent study by the University of Illinois and Arizona State University, hurricanes with female names have a higher death rate compared to those with male names. Why is this so? Because sexism! Examining the death rates from 1950 to 2012, it turns out that of the 47 most deadly hurricanes, female-named hurricanes averaged around 45 deaths compared to 23 deaths in male-named ones. ‘[Our] model suggests that changing a severe hurricane’s name from Charley … to Eloise … could nearly triple its death toll’, the study says.
Look at all that galactic beauty in the palm of your hands! Thing is, that’s not an interstellar cloud of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma, trapped inside a stone. It’s really just a stone. Ok maybe not JUST a stone, it’s a $20,000 opal, to be exact.
Careful now, you might either explode from an overload of cuteness, or shed buckets of tears over this baby goat’s success story. Frostie the snow goat was born with joint-navel ill, a disease common among kid goats and young calves resulting from an infection in the mother’s umbilical cord. The disease spread to Frostie’s hind […]
Do you know what body parts of certain animals are ok and not ok to touch? Knowing could mean the difference between life and death. For instance, dogs love unlimited belly rubs, cats however, are a different story. Snakes? Yeah you can touch them all you want – provided you have a 20 foot pole with you. Unicorns? Only those with pure hearts can dare touch their enchanting manes!
If all living, breathing humans today – around 7.159 billion – would pile up in the Grand Canyon for no apparent reason, it would look something like this. Kinda like those zombies in World War Z. If you thought the pile up is massive, it’s actually not. There’s not even enough of us to fill […]
Artist Courtney Mattison has unveiled the third instalment of her ‘Our Changing Seas’, a series of ceramic coral reef sculptures made entirely by hand. The third piece shows the devastating effect of climate change on an ecosystem through a shocking contrast between healthy, colourful corals and the skeletal remains of bleached ones. She tells Colossal: […]
Canadian DevianART user ‘NocturneJewel’ was visited not by the Easter Bunny, but by something a million times more awesome: the Easter Snake! The pet snake is a leucistic Texas Rat Snake (Pantheropis obsoletus) and goes by the name Crescent. She’s about 9 years old, over 4 feet long, and loves hiding swallowing all your Easter eggs – and probably the Easter Bunny as well.
During the ‘Siege of Leningrad’ in WWII, the Neva Bridgehead (or Nevsky Pyatachok) was a vital and strategic site for both the Germans and Russians. For the German army, it served as a staging area for their impending advance on Leningrad. For the Russians, it was a crucial place to reopen land communications with the […]
While this scene may look like 1,600 pandas storming the streets of Taiwan in a plot to subdue its citizens with their overflowing fluffiness, it actually has a sad story behind it. Called the ‘Pandas World Tour’, the paper-mache pandas were conceived by the WWF in 2008 and created by French artist Paulo Grangeon in an attempt to raise awareness about the endangered status of this adorable species.
We loved the idea of glow-in-the-dark ice cream, using jellyfish proteins. But now we could be in for some other glow-in-the-dark objects. Like trees. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde is exploring ways of ‘using the bio-luminescent qualities of jellyfish and mushrooms to create glow-in-the-dark trees that could replace street lights’.
These Caribbean pygmy octopi larvae (adorably known as babies) just recently hatched at the Aquarium at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida. As you can see in the photos, these little cuties are dwarfed by a pencil eraser and a penny. When fully matured, they grow to just the size of a silver dollar. According […]
In Australia, adorkable beekeeping Labrador, ‘Bazz’, helps out beekeeper Josh Kennett in detecting ‘American foulbrood’, a serious disease that spreads among bee colonies. Usually, the Paenibacillus larvae caused by the infection can only be detected under the lens of a microscope. But it turns out that Bazz’s powerful nose is a better alternative. Kennett built […]
They say dogs are man’s best friend, but as it turns out they can also be the best friends of endangered species. Crowdfunding project, ‘Dogs for Conservation’, has raised just enough money to fund their plan of using our ever so reliable furry buddies to help scientists and conservationists track down endangered plants and animals. […]