Two extremely rare rainbow blanket octopuses were captured on camera during a night dive off the coast of Romblon, Philippines by Joseph Elayani. Its rapid color change is due to a reaction it has to the different light levels from the camera, and doubles as a defense mechanism against would-be predators. This rare species of cephalopod is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions deep down under the waves, thus they rarely m,ake contact with humans. Read more for a video and additional information.
Scientists have discovered that YouTube sensation Snowball the dancing cockatoo boasts sophisticated brain function thought to originally be exclusive to humans. They analyzed a new set of videos and determined that the famous bird, who resides at a bird sanctuary in Indianna, is also capable of creativity and spontaneity on a whim. In other words, he taught himself to perform as many as 14 different moves, none that were taught to him, according to his owner. Read more for two analysis videos and additional information.
The giant squid can grow to a tremendous size due to deep-sea gigantism with recent estimates putting the maximum size at 43-feet for females and 33-feet for males from the posterior fins to the tip of the two long tentacles. One giant squid was filmed for the first time in U.S. waters using a red-light camera called Medusa that boasts a mile-long plastic line that ends with a ring of jellyfish-like LED lights designed to lure curious squid towards it. Read more for the video and additional information.
An old NASA Tech Briefs article from 1995 discussed work done Marshall Space Flight Center researchers to see how various substances — including caffeine — affected spider web patterns. To be more specific, they exposed spiders to a range of different chemicals, including caffeine, marijuana, and Benzedrine (amphetamine) and recorded how they spun their webs under the influence of each of those substances. Read more for another video and additional information.
Petz, a Brazilian pet shop chain, has decided to use facial recognition technology and artificial intelligence to let dogs to buy their favorite products by simply analyzing their facial expressions. How does it work? Simply turn on your internet connected camera, put the dog’s face in frame and then allow the AI system to analyze its facial expressions as you scroll through the various products listed on the site. Once it detects excitement, it automatically adds the product to your shopping cart. Read more for a video and additional information.
Circus Roncalli, founded inn 1976, has just replaced real animals in performances with lifelike 3D holographic projections, whether they be elephants or even a goldfish. Roncalli’s agency TAG/TRAUM in cooperation with Bluebox chose Optoma as the best solution for this project and installed 11 ZU850 laser projectors for an immersive holographic experience. “We have been using Optoma projectors for 6 years and have consistently had a very positive experience in price, performance and reliability. We needed a high contrast projector with great colors for the 3D effect and the ZU850’s 2,000,000:1 contrast is perfect for this project,” said Birger Wunderlich at Bluebox. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Google Mobile Search now has a new card that brings augmented reality animals into the real world. How does it work? You’ll need an AR-enabled phone and then simply just search for alpine goats, angler fish, bears, emperor penguins, European hedgehogs, lions, tigers, dogs, cats and timberwolves. Next, click the “Meet a life-sized animal up close” card, and they come to life in front of your eyes through an AR filter. Read more for two videos and additional information.
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Memes and cat pictures have nearly been around as long as the internet, but back in 1898, an unknown photographer was already planning for this by capturing the photo above, or so we’d like to think. Then starting in 1914, American photographer Harry Whittier Frees continued by shooting an entire series of photos showing cats wearing clothes and in human-like poses. Frees photos of posed animals were published on postcards, in magazines, and even children’s books. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Steve Biro
Photographer Steve Biro was shooting at the Canadian Raptor Conservancy in Ontario when he just so happened to be in the perfect place and time to capture a stunning bald eagle, named Bruce, flying straight towards him. What really stood out was its symmetrical reflection on the surface of calm water below. For the photography geeks, he used a Canon 5D Mark IV and a Canon 100mm L macro lens,at f/7.1, 1/2000s, and ISO 2500. Read more for a video and additional information.
Photo credit: Euan Rannachan via Peta Pixel
Photographer Euan Rannachan managed to capture a stunning shot of a great white shark while shooting underwater off the coast of Mexico last year. After posting the image on social media, many were quick to point out the uncanny resemblance to the iconic “Jaws” movie poster. Fortunately, he was safely in a cage when the 17-foot female great white shark swam by with its mouth full of razor sharp teeth. Read more for the full image and additional information.