PVRR (Pet Virtual Reality Research Technical Brief & Synopsis) have developed the world's first CatVR system, and it's not what it seems, as this device utilizes EEG and EKG technology to monitor feline emotions to certain stimuli. This accounts for the fact that cats see less color, but see have better visibility in the dark compared to their human counterparts. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Photographer Miles Herbert of Captive Light specializes in taking quirky photos, like these harvest mice in tulips, but they aren't optical illusions, believe it or not. "These harvest Mice were photographed in an indoor studio. We provide a service for photographers looking for high impact pictures of the animals, and using a purpose built studio means that we are not weather dependent. There is also an option to photograph animals outside if the client wishes, our other specialty is frogs," Miles told Bored Panda. Continue reading for more pictures.
Yes, Smokey the Bear was based on a real three-month-old American black bear cub who in the spring of 1950 was caught in the Capitan Gap fire, a wildfire that burned 17,000 acres in the Lincoln National Forest. Smokey had climbed a tree to escape the blaze, but his paws and hind legs had been burned. The image above shows a forest ranger playing with the real Smokey at a camp. Continue reading for more rarely seen color photos of the US during the 1950s.
Researchers at MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory have created "SoFi," an innovative robotic fish that is being used to better understand marine life. It's remotely controlled by a diver using acoustic commands or a game controller, and it uses a hydraulic motor to move from side-to-side just like a real fish. The robot comes equipped with a pair of side fins and a buoyancy control unit to enable it to move in all three dimensions. Researchers also use onboard camera to capture footage in places that humans can not reach. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Photographer Jessika Coker is the owner of Juniper Fox, a two-year-old domestic fox who has amassed over 2 million followers on Instagram. "We live in the Florida Panhandle with a Malamute mix dog named Moose, a young male fox named Fig, and two Sugar Gliders named Petunia and Peach and quite a few reptile friends. Caring for animals has always been a passion of mine and I am working to start my own rescue for animals in need," said Jessika. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
An ultra rare deep-sea anglerfish was observed for the first time alive by a team from the Rebikoff Foundation near Sao Jorge Island, Portugal. The video depicts a parasitic dwarf male permanently attached to the belly of a female, estimated to be about 16 centimeters long while the male is three centimeters long. Operators of the manned submersible LULA1000, Kirsten and Joachim Jakobsen, observed the anglerfish at a depth of about 800 meters in an area off the south slope of the island. Continue reading for more fascinating creatures of the deep.
Digital artist Julien Tabet specializes in surreal animal photo manipulations. To be more specific, the artist scours the internet for high-resolution animal photos and then proceeds to manipulate them in Adobe Photoshop. For example, the cat above was originally hiding beneath a normal rug, but now, it appears to be peeking out from a spot in the ocean. Continue reading for more.
Modeled after the Orcinus orca, the Seabreacher Y is a two-person submersible that breaches and submerges just like its real-life counterpart. With a finger on the right lever's throttle trigger, steering is provided by dual foot pedals that control the vectored thrust of the craft's 255-hp supercharged Rotax axial flow engine, enabling realistic behaviors such as porpoising or skyhopping. Featuring a watertight 1/2"-thick acrylic canopy, it can hydroplane up to 70 mph over the water's surface and it can cruise up to 25 mph while submerged. An integrated snorkel in the dorsal fin ensures air supply to the engine up to a depth of 5', while the cockpit's dashboard includes a speedometer, tachometer, engine and air pressure gauges, and an LCD that displays live video from the dorsal fin's built-in camera. One caveat: you'll have to shell out $90,000 for one of these beauties. Click here for the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what really happens when Nintendo's Mario destroys castles.
Sure, many photos of tiny cats found online have been doctored, but the rusty-spotted cat that you see above is not one of them. One of the cat family's smallest members, it weighs only 2-pounds and has short grey fur over most of the body, with rusty spots over the back and flanks, while the underbelly is white with large dark spots. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and information.
When you see miniature palm-sized animals, the first thing that probably comes to mind is Photoshop, since most surreal images appear to be doctored now days. However, that isn't the case with these, as artist "In. K" specializes in transforming oddly-shaped rocks into 3D animals of sorts, like the pug above. "Some stones have similarities with animals. I create picturesque 3D miniatures, I convey the character of these creatures. I believe that in big cities people often do not have enough contact with nature and I want to bring them joy with my art," said the artist. Continue reading for more pictures.