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Friendly reminder: There are a lot of soothing dog show videos on YouTube

October 18, 2018

Good dog.Image: ATLGAN OZDIL/ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES Hard Refresh is a soothing weekly column where we try to reset your brain and cleanse it of whatever terrible thing you just witnessed on Twitter. In my opinion, one of the only reasons for YouTube to still exist is animal videos.  Otherwise a cesspool of screaming vloggers and […]

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Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s tortoise reunion is the happy ending we needed

October 16, 2018

Russian tortoises are herbivores.Image: Twitter co-founder Biz Stone’s family has just witnessed a herpetological miracle! Five months ago, the Stone family’s pet tortoise, Roshi, went missing. Though high and low they searched, the distinctive reptile remained gone in the wind. SEE ALSO: 8 essential keyboard tips every iPhone owner should know But, lo! On […]

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The Internet Cant Get Enough Of This Man Who Volunteers And Naps With Cats At A Shelter Every Day

October 6, 2018

75-year-old Terry Lauerman knows this, and he regularly heads down to his local shelter for catnaps. Staff at Safe Haven Pet Sanctuary in Green Bay, Wisconsin, said that he came in brandishing a brush one day, and asked if he could groom the cats. “He just walked in and started brushing,” founder of the shelter […]

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Personality tests are all the rage but what do they really tell you?

October 3, 2018

A new test claims to be most scientific yet and that out of four types, most of us are Average. The thing is, we dont really do them to find out the truth I was once forced to take a personality test by a boss who had read that they were a valuable source of […]

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A giant crawling brain: the jaw-dropping world of termites

October 1, 2018

At least half of termite studies used to be about how to kill them. But science is discovering their extraordinary usefulness In July 2008, Irented asmall yellow car in Tucson, Arizona, and drove it south towards Tombstone. My passengers included an entomologist and two microbial geneticists, and Iwas following awhite van with government plates carrying […]

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Beni the Shiba Inu dog can speak Japanese better than you, probably

September 24, 2018

When it comes languages, Japanese stands out as one of the more difficult to learn. It’s not such a problem for Beni the Shiba Inu, who can apparently say the words taberu — that’s “to eat” in Japanese, then hanbagu, which translates to “hamburger steaks.” SEE ALSO: This dog’s ear contains another dog and it’s […]

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Paw outcome? New Zealand council proposes banning all cats

September 21, 2018

Pest plan means that when a domestic cat dies, Omaui residents will not be permitted to have another A regional council in New Zealand has proposed banning all domestic cats in an attempt to protect native animals. The South Island councils new pest plan calls for all domestic cats in the Omaui region to be […]

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Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

September 8, 2018

The next time you’ve got something to complain about, consider the plight of the intestinal worm. It not only has to figure out how to eat and breed in the confines of another creature, it has to prevent that creature’s body from dissolving the parasite into a mist of cells. That means dodging the immune […]

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We live in an age of anxiety and we cant blame it all on Trump | Arwa Mahdawi

September 6, 2018

Precarious jobs, inequality and unaffordable housing: no wonder we are all so worried. But what if the answer is to drop out a little? The anxiety industry is having one hell of a moment. Barnes & Noble recently announced that US sales of books related to anxiety are up more than 25% from a year […]

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Oceans last chance: It’s taken years of negotiations to set this up

August 30, 2018

Wildlife in most of the lawless high seas faces an existential threat from fishing, shipping and the military. Next month, a landmark UN conference could finally bring hope The leatherback turtle is one of our planets most distinctive creatures. It can live for decades and grow to weigh up to two tonnes. It is the […]

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