animals
Dog Saves His Owner's Life by Smelling Her Cancer

This is Max the dog and his human Maureen. An amazing BBC Earth report tells their story: Max became depressed when he started to smell the cancer that Maureen was developing inside her breast. It's a really incredible tale. Read More >>

war
British Intelligence Officers of WWI Suspected Cats and Dogs of Spying

At the height of First World War trench warfare paranoia, British intelligence officers believed that two cats and a dog were being used by the Germans to spy on Blighty's forces. Read More >>

furniture
Starck's Dog Desk Will Actually Help Kids Do Their Homework

In a surprising turn of events, students around the world might soon be crediting their dog for actually helping them complete their homework, instead of using man's best friend as a scapegoat. But that assumes that every student has access to this adorable dog desk designed by Philippe Starck. Read More >>

olympics
The Most Unusual Sports in Winter Olympics History

Everybody gets the gist of the Winter Olympics. Skiing, hockey, figure skating, various sled races—we're all familiar with the classics. But did you know that dogs once competed in the Winter Olympics? Have you heard of the sport that's a cross between hockey and soccer? Read More >>

animals
Your Dog Could Talk Back With This Mind-Reading Headset

Some dog owners just get their pet. They can interpret every growl, yawn, and yelp the way a new parent can distinguish his or her child's cry. But what if you don't have that perception with your pooch? Enter No More Woof, the headset that wants to translate your dog's thoughts into human-speak. Read More >>

weapons
Exploding Dogs Were Used as Mobile Anti-Tank Mines During World War II

Today I found out about the use of exploding anti-tank dogs during World War II. These dogs, usually alsatians, were also called "Hundminen" or "dog mines." They were trained to carry explosives on their bodies to enemy tanks, where they would then be detonated. No, it did not end very well for the dogs in question. Read More >>

appliances
A Woof-Activated Washing Machine Lets Support Dogs Run a Load

Ending the dogs vs. cats superiority debate once and for all, UK-based appliance maker JTM Service has developed a washing machine that can actually be operated by support dogs trained to assist those living with disabilities. The machines are even bark-activated, since dogs are notoriously bad at pushing buttons. Read More >>

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Dogs Shaking in Super Slow Motion Will Fix Any Bad Day

It's no secret that dogs plus great photography and super slow motion have the power to mend the wounds of the world. Who doesn't want more of that? You do. We all do. Here. Read More >>

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Playing with Your Dogs in Matrix-style Bullet Time Looks So Fun

Slow motion and Matrix-style bullet time was invented for this and this only: dogs. As in playing with dogs and recording them in bullet time with 52 GoPro cameras set up to freeze time. The video itself is already fun (if you have a heart) but the behind the scenes footage is almost just as interesting (if you like cameras). Read More >>

animals
There's Such a Thing as Remote-Controlled Dogs Now (Yes, Real Dogs)

So here's a weird scenario: You're sitting outside stuffing your face with crisps, and you can't find your dog. You can't yell at her because your mouth is full of crisps, and you can't get up because your chair is just too damn relaxing. What you need is a remote control. For your dog. Read More >>

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Here's a Video of a Kangaroo Fighting a Dog, Just Because it's Friday

The kangaroo has been misrepresented. We have, via a media conspiracy, been taught that it fights with its feet, or perhaps smashes enemies into submission with a sweep of its powerful tail. But it doesn't, at least not when fighting a dog in a pool. Read More >>

animals
Pavlovian Trainer Rewards Your Puppy For Pottying On Target

If you're having a tough time potty training a new puppy, it turns out the research done by Russian physiologist Ivan Petrovich Pavlov can be of service. He was famous for conditioning dogs to salivate at the ring of a bell, and with this potty trainer, you can run a similar experiment by rewarding a puppy every time they do their business on the mat. Read More >>

gadgets
Behold the Cleverest Dog Leash We've Ever Seen

You know that brief moment of concern when you have to momentarily unlatch your dog's leash to wrap it around a pole, and you're a little anxious they're going to bolt? That's now a thing of the past with this incredibly clever Secret Agent Leash. Just below the handle is a built-in set of plastic clips that make it easy to secure your pup anywhere without ever having to unleash them from their tether. Read More >>

furniture
Every Dog Needs This Magnet-Powered Flying Carpet

The new skunkworks project from Swiss retailer MiCasa—MiCasa Lab—is all about giving scientists, engineers, and crazy people a safe space to work on the types of projects that might otherwise go unsupported due to a lack of "practicality" or "commercial viability" or "any reason for existence whatsoever." And thank god it does—otherwise we might never have had the wonderful, life-affirming pleasure of looking upon this tiny-hat-wearing puppy atop a magic carpet. Read More >>

gaming
Apparently You'll Even Be Able to Customise Your Dog in GTA V

Rockstar showed off weapon and car customisation, but failed to mention the best bit of GTA V. You'll supposedly be able to kit out your very own Rottweiler, customising the fearsome beast with all manner of paraphernalia. Read More >>

chatroom
Do You Skype Your Pets?

This one has caught me completely by surprise. Apparently over half of Brits actually Skype their pets, and a quick whip round the office says, yes, people really do Skype, FaceTime, Hangout, whatever, their pets. We're surrounded by secret pet-chatters -- are you one of them? Read More >>

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