Animals

March 5, 2022

Crow Family Leaves Little Gifts for Human Who Kindly Feeds Them

There are many people who have had the experience of a heartwarming bond with wild animals that frequently visit their homes. One woman in particular, has gained a sweet new friendship with a family of crows—they even exchange gifts! When Tango Steinke moved into her home in Virginia, she realized that she had some noisy neighbors. A pair of crows nested behind her home and had made themselves rather comfortable.

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February 28, 2022

Professor Asks Students To Send Photos of Their Dogs Doing Homework and Whole Internet Joins In

The start of a new semester of school is often filled with lots of new names, important assignments, and tedious details to remember—for both students and professors. But one university instructor likes to start off her class with a little bit of levity. To help her remember her students’ names, Dr. Marie-Amélie George started asking them to send in photos of their cute dogs doing the homework assigned for the course.

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February 23, 2022

Google App Uses Artificial Intelligence to Find Your Pet’s Look-Alike in Art History

In 2018, Google put their impressive artificial intelligence to use in a new way. People took selfies and uploaded snaps on the Google Arts & Culture app. The app then analyzed your appearance and found doppelgängers throughout hundreds of years of art history. Even celebrities jumped on the trend by posting their unlikely look-alikes. Now, your beloved pets can use the app with a new feature called Pet Portraits.

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February 14, 2022

Iceland Will Officially Ban Whale Hunting by 2024

Whaling is an ancient practice. Indigenous peoples have long hunted the giant marine mammals for food, blubber, and other resources. However, commercial whaling efforts to harvest blubber and baleen began in the 17th century and continued through the mid-20th century. By that time, wasteful over-hunting had pushed many species of whale close to extinction. Subsequent conservation efforts and the establishment of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) have since helped repair much of this damage.

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