environment
UN: Ships Need to Shut Up So Whales and Dolphins Can Hear

The noises made by the gargantuan boats that move our stuff from one continent to another are ruining marine life. So this week, new regulations have been issued by the International Maritime Organization, the sea-faring agency of the United Nations, asking shipping companies to turn down the volume. Read More >>

booze
Icelandic Innovators are Making Beer out of Whales

These days brewers get pretty creative with what they put in their beer. You can get beer containing anything from doughnuts to moon dust. And, wacky as it is, weird beer is a pretty fun conversation starter. That is, until you start putting endangered species in it. Read More >>

science
Whales Don’t Spray Water Out of Their Blowholes

Contrary to what you may have seen in such movies as Pixar’s otherwise extremely entertaining Finding Nemo, whales don’t spray water out of their blowholes. Further, the whale’s trachea doesn’t connect to the oesophagus of the whale; so when Dory and Marlin went down the whale’s throat, in real life, they’d have simply been eaten. Read More >>

toys
These Whale Mech Toys Give Us an Excuse To Post the Most Amazingly Insane Cartoon We've Ever Seen

Think of every awesome video you've ever seen on YouTube, and multiply that by a billion. Then, and only then, will you be able to comprehend the amazingness that is the Mechawhales. A couple of short, cel-shaded CG cartoons starring a gigantic sperm whale that's not only able to navigate dry land, but also wage war thanks to a mechanical suit it wears. Read More >>

science
Goats Have Accents!

Not only do pygmy goats have accents, but they tend to pick up the characteristic "BAAAAAAAAAAA" of the locals bleating around them. Read More >>

science
Helicopters Are About to Get Faster Thanks to Humpback Whale Fins

A helicopter's rotor design may allow for vertical takeoffs but that comes at a price — the backwards moving blade counteracts the helicopter's forward momentum, causing it to stall at high speeds. But one German firm believes that outfitting the blades with bumps inspired by the fins of humpback whales will speed whirly-bird flights significantly. Read More >>

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