GirlieMac, aka Tomomi Imura (Twitter) just won the internet with her deftly conceived and Photoshopped series of HTTP status message "motivational poster" images, featuring cats. A bunch of them are featured above and below. The full set is here at Flickr. She's taking suggestions for more, if you can think of any she missed. (thanks, Bonnie Burton)
PBS NewsHour's Jenny Marder wrote a really interesting feature about the abandoned pets inside the Fukushima evacuation zone in Japan. I encountered some of them when I traveled to the area with Safecast and PBS NewsHour science correspondent Miles O'Brien (our resulting PBS NewsHour report video is here).Read the rest
One of my greatest regrets about my recent trip to Japan? I didn't manage to meet Maru.
Today, there's news that provides some consolation. The story of Maru, a Scottish Fold cat of great internet fame, will soon be available in book form for English-language audiences.
In I Am Maru (out Aug 23 in hardback), the kitty's owner mugumogu "gives readers a peek into the low-key life of the world’s most famous cat," and an insider's view on all his favorite hiding places around the house: trash cans, cupboards, cereal boxes, you name it. "If it’s cozy, he’s there."
Thank you for making the internet a sweeter place, Maru. Let's hang out sometime, when you're done promoting that new Mac operating system? As one YouTube commenter put it, "Some people want to meet Justin Bieber or Barack Obama. I just want to meet this cat."
(thanks, Susannah Breslin!)
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Kitten hugs! What do they mean? Amanda Fiegl at National Geographic News has the hard-hitting answers you've been waiting for. This is why I love the Internet.
Folks who've commented on this video seem convinced that this kitten is having a nightmare. But do kittens really have nightmares, or dreams at all?
Well, the kitten's clearly dreaming. It may not be a nightmare, it may be running after a mouse; we'll never know. Naysayers will say: You can't prove cats dream. But if you measure brainwaves in cats, dogs and several other animals, it's clear that they go through a period of rapid-eye movement, or REM sleep, when the brain is very active. In humans, exactly the same thing happens--and that's when we dream. I read a study that kittens do a lot of this kind of sleeping in their early life, as their brain is developing. And I believe it makes sense that REM sleep is not only associated with the maturation of neurons in the brain, but also with dreaming processes. As kittens begin to sense the world around them, those things can be regurgitated in sleep in the form of dreams.
Cat Hugging Video: What's Really Going On? — National Geographic News Watch