I'm pretty sure the internet came to a standstill when it learned that California resident Jason Louis Wilmert was being held in Kern County Jail on charges for animal cruelty and eating pet cats for food.
In a disturbing story (that comes with a happy ending!), a bomb squad in Amherst, New York responded to reports of a suspicious package but instead of figuring out which colour wire to cut, they found a living cat sealed inside the box.
Brant Widgeon, an Astronomical Image Enhancement Engineer at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center*, chats about his experience creating all those amazing space images that leave the entire world in awe. What the world doesn't know is how they're really created.
You haven't cleaned the litterbox in what, two weeks now? It's all well and good that you've acclimated to the overwhelming stench of ammonia and kitty poop, but what about when guests come over? With some minor mods and a little electrical engineering, you can keep your home from smelling of feline by-products without actually having to be a responsible pet owner and clean up!
Off the top of my head there are quite a few applications I can think of for a remote, VR-controlled robot system, but petting a cat is probably not as high up on the list as it should be. Taylor Veltrop didn't have that issue and using Kinect; a Wiimote; a head mounted display; a treadmill (!), and a Nao robot, he concurred the distance and managed to brush his cat remotely.
Of all the trends to close out 2011, I couldn't be happier with the emergence of Animals Playing Games On Gadgets. First came the agile bearded dragon, then the vicious African Bullfrog, and now, in perhaps the most impressive display yet: a cat that is very, very good at Fruit Ninja.
When cat owner Chris sent his HP Elitebook in for repairs, he received a nasty surprise—not only weren't his repairs covered by his warranty, but his cat was to blame. HP claims the computer was furred to death.
In an epic tale of a Welsh community coming together, a toy cat was cut free from a clothes recycling bank after passers-by thought they heard a local pregnant cat meowing from within. It wasn't a simple job either, the bank had to be shipped 20 miles to a specialist engineering yard with heavy duty steel cutting equipment -- not even the Firemen could get it out.
Kitty! is an iPad app that shows off a highly detailed, 3D virtual cat that you can play with. It's not like a Tamaguchi pet though—you don't raise it—but it's pretty interactive and reacts to your touch.
So your house just burned down, taking everything you hold dear with it. You suspect it was your ex, but you have no proof. Luckily, British forensic scientists have found that cat litter is great for picking up traces of gasoline. Who knew?