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.
A team of scientists have created the world's first human-pig hybrid in a research project that could some day be used to harvest organs for transplantation. This hybrid was created by injecting human stem cells - embryonic cells that can develop into any type of body tissue - into pig embryos. The embryos were then placed back into pigs and removed for analysis three to four weeks later, with a total of 186 being collected. Continue reading for a video and more information.
This giant panda staying at the Dujiangyan Panda Base in Chengdu, China absolutely loves cameras, and these photographs prove it. Yes, guests here are actually allowed to sit next to these furry animals and interact with them, resulting in some interesting images. The Dujiangyan Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was founded in 2011, specializing in re-introducing the bears into the wild. Continue reading for more pictures.
Photographer Andy Seliverstoff, based in St. Petersburg, Russia, introduces his latest photo series, titled "Little Kids and Their Big Dogs." It's exactly as it sounds, and features Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Leonbergers, Newfoundlands, Irish Wolfhounds, Tibetan Mastiffs, Briads, and Black Russian Terriers. Some shots, like the ones above, appear to be straight from a fairytale. "I always take plenty of time with the dog who's in front of my camera so I get to know the personality of my dog model the best I can. The personality and the character is unique for every individual dog. The human aspects we often recognize in our dogs are, among other things, what makes us feel so close to them. And it is this aspect I try to express in my photography," said Seliverstoff. Continue reading for more images and a few bonuses.
Indonesian photographer Tanto Yensen managed to capture and up-close image of a frog with two small snails hanging around each side of its head. While many internet users claim that the frog resembles Princess Leia from the Star Wars universe, others have envisioned it as other characters, such as Ludwig van Beethoven, George Washington and more. Continue reading to see more Photoshop hilarity that ensued.
Photographers from around the world have captured small animals in sweaters that are gearing up for winter and submitted them to Bored Panda. They range from tiny hamsters to snails, and even a group of penguins. Now getting to wear them and stay still long enough is an entirely different story. Continue reading for more pictures. Click here for a few bonus images.
Seth Casteel, known for his Underwater Dogs and Underwater Puppies series, is back at it again, but this time, with Pounce, which basically captures kittens mid-pounce. "A beautiful, funny gift book with more than 70 previously unpublished photographs, Pounce reveals adorable cats and kittens as they pounce and jump through the air, arms outstretched -- all in Casteel's signature up-close, mid-action style," according to the book description. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Netherlands-based photographer Marloes van Antwerpen Mieps may not be known for traditional shots, but Mieps, the Guinea Pig, more than makes up for that. "I usually create these photos in my backyard or in my DIY studio...[with] a tiny bit of Photoshop magic," said the photographer. She visits thrift stores and flea markets on weekends to search for props to be used in upcoming photo shoots. A few notable finds, include: Alice in Wonderland-inspired tea cups, stacks of antique Dutch literature, and a small hot air balloon. Continue reading for more pictures.
Russian nature photographer Vadim Trunov specializes in capturing squirrels in peculiar situations, including shooting photos of each other. You might think some of these images have been digitally altered, but the truth is that Trunov left some food for them in a clearing so he could see how they reacted, and sometimes, nuts were strategically placed inside objects to capture the perfect poses. Continue reading for more interesting pictures from around the web.
In North American folklore, Bigfoot is usually described as a large, hairy, bipedal humanoid. Over the years, there have been many alleged sightings, but could this dog have captured a glimpse of the real thing? In this short GoPro video, you see a creature walking through the grassy woods that stands up on two legs like a human, but also appearing to be hairy and ape-like. Individuals claiming to have seen Bigfoot described large eyes, a pronounced brow ridge, and a large, low-set forehead; the top of the head has been described as rounded and crested, similar to the sagittal crest of the male gorilla, with a strong, unpleasant smell. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a metal version of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata.