It's that time again, time for the 2017 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, and while the overall winner hasn't been selected yet, there are already plenty of notable entries, including the falling owl by Tibor Kercz. "The last two years have seen some fantastic entries. We want to see even more animals represented than before. Go out and photograph, wherever you are... a squirrel could win the competition. We want to raise awareness of conservation of all animals all over the world, so wherever you are, take pictures of those wilder things," said contest officials. Continue reading for more pictures.
Police dogs are nothing new, but when a photographer captured images of new K-9 recruits Lucky Star, Schumann, Feida, Brother, AJ and Full Moon for Taiwan's National Police Agency, the internet went crazy. When they grow into their uniforms, they'll be assigned to the agency's K-9 Anti Bomb & Drug force and Blood Detection units in Taipei City. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
You could either spend $200,000 on a new house in many parts of the world, or a luxury dog mansion. They feature oak / beech hardwood floors, marble balconies, indoor / outdoor lighting, automated food systems, a television, surround sound system, and even solar panels. "Why wouldn't a dog house be as elegant and beautiful as its owner's? Why shouldn't an architect design a house for the dog? What if it could be beautiful, stylish and also practical? What if it had miniature engravings, windows, doors etc all in proportion with the dog house? Why is it that during a time when a dog is considered to be a family member can't a dog also have its own dog mansion equal to its owner's, where he can lie comfortably when outdoors," said Alice Willimas, Creative Director at Hecate Verona. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Japan-based Samurai Age may not receive any military contracts, but they do get lots of orders for their handmade samurai armor for cats and dogs. Though the company offers a one-size-fits-all set, pet owners can also place a custom order for that fits like a glove. Want your pet to really stand out? They can also handcraft armor modeled after the legendary Japanese warriors, including the Sengoku hero Sanada Yukimura. Continue reading for more pictures and information, as well as a link to order your own set.
Camouflage is basically the use of any combination of materials, coloration, or illumination for concealment, either by making animals or objects hard to see, or by disguising them as something else. The great horned owl is generally colored for camouflage. The underparts of the species are usually light with some brown horizontal barring; the upper parts and upper wings are generally a mottled brown usually bearing heavy, complex darker markings. Continue reading for more incredible instances of animal camouflage in nature. Click here for a few bonus images.
The world's first naturally fluorescent frog has been discovered in Argentina by scientists at the Bernardino Rivadaiva Natural Sciences Museum. They made the discovery while studying the metabolic origin of pigments in a tree-frog species common to South America. Under normal light, the animal's translucent skin is a muted yellowish-brown color with red dots, but under ultraviolet light, it turns a celestial green. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Digital artist Aditya Aryanto from Jakarta, Indonesia wondered what real animals would look like in the Minecraft universe, so he took several photos and transformed them into these bizarre blocky creatures. To be more specific, he scourd Unsplash and Pixabay for a few public domain images, loaded them into Photoshop, and used the curves filter to create the blocky look. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Photographer / cameraman Garth De Bruno Austin was shooting a conservation film about rhino poaching in South Africa, when he was approached by a wild rhino. Thankfully, they knew each other, and the animal only wanted a belly rub. "If a rhino walks straight up to you while you're filming and wants some rubs... you better rub that rhino like your life depends on it! Lucky for me she left my URSA Mini 4K camera alone," said the photographer. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining WinRAR's never-ending 40-day trial.
These days, album covers may utilize more computer-generated imagery than real photographs, but sometimes, you stumble upon images that would be perfect for them, like these. Whether it they be a flock of pigeons curiously staring at the lens of a camera, or just a group of farm animals relaxing on a lazy Sunday, these clever shots are sure to turn some heads. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus images.
Researchers at CalTech have developed a "Bat Robot" that boasts 40 active and passive joints, enabling it to fly just like the real thing. "[It] demonstrates one of the most advanced designs to date of a self-contained flapping-winged aerial robot with bat morphology that is able to perform autonomous flight," said Alireza Ramezani, postdoctoral associate at UIUC. This bot can dynamically alter its wing shape by flexing, twisting, extending its shoulder, elbow, wrist and leg joints. Continue reading for another video and more information.