Should science filmmakers tell the truth?

These days, television networks air completely fictitious productions as non-fiction documentaries on subjects such as the extinct Megalodon shark or mermaids. Read the rest

Fred Armisen cameos in Kate Pierson video

SNL alum and Portlandia star Fred Armisen cameos in B-52s founding member Kate Pierson's video for Mister Sister from her upcoming solo album Guitars and Microphones. Read the rest

Time lapse painting with Butch McLogic

Artist Butch McLogic digitally paints a piece called "John of Venus." I'm blown away at the subtle shading and the detail. Read the rest

Cindy Wilson performs vintage B-52s song

Cindy Wilson, founding member of The B-52s, has recently been performing with Glenn Phillips and his band at small venues in the Atlanta area. In this clip, she performs the classic song Hero Worship from the B's eponymous first album from 1978, and totally rocks it out. Read the rest

Stray dog joins Swedish adventure race

A stray dog joined a Swedish adventure race team competing in Ecuador. That's amazing in and of itself, but what happened after the race finished is just awesome. Stories like this one remind me that there are still good people in the world. Read the rest

Pit bull crashes TV station

How adorable is this lovable pit bull who crashed the set of a Miami TV station and showered kisses on the (equally adorable) weatherman? Read the rest

Conjoined whale calves wash ashore

This video shows conjoined Pacific gray whale calves that washed ashore in Mexico. Female gray whales give birth each winter in the warm waters off Mexico where they are safe from their primary predators, killer whales.

Unfortunately for these twins, absence of predators didn't make much of a difference to their survival. It's sad that these calves didn't make it, but not surprising given the physical limitations and the problems that being attached in this way would present to a wild animal. (Learn more about gray whales.) Read the rest

This is what cows look like when you blow dry them

These girls got their hair did. Read the rest

African wild dog puppies raised by golden retriever

Painted dogs, also known as African wild dogs, are some of the most successful large predators. They are more effective than the other large, African carnivores—lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas—when it comes to hunting.

Unfortunately, that hasn't saved the species from decline, and it is now listed as an endangered species. Many zoos and other conservation organizations are working to save the painted dog.

So when a litter of painted dog pups was born at the Oklahoma Zoo, it was cause for excitement. Sadly, things didn't look good for the pups when Xena, their young mother, proved ineffective at caring for and feeding them.

That's when Lily the golden retriever, a retired rescue dog, saved the day. She adopted the pups of her wild cousin and is doing a bang-up job as a foster mom.

Here's another video of the adorableness.

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Falcon dive-bombs ducks

Peregrine falcons specialize in eating other birds. Sometimes they even prey on birds larger than themselves. With dive speeds of over 200 mph, it wouldn't be a pleasant experience to get hit by one of these aerial predators, and the pintail ducks in the video seem to agree. [Video Link] Read the rest

Creationist "just can't" with museum's evolution propaganda

This lady just can't with the Chicago Field Museum's evolution propaganda. She rambles on about it for over 30 minutes in this video—and it's as hilarious as you might imagine.

This comes via the Bilerico Project, who had this to say:

Anyone who follows the infuriating "debates" about topics like climate change, vaccinations, and the choice myth of sexual orientation -- where fear, misinformation, urban legends, and pseudoscience are presented alongside scientific consensus as though both "sides" are equally legitimate -- knows that we've got a serious idiocy problem here in America.... (She can't pronounce "eukaryotes," but she knows her facts, you guys!)

Read their full post on the video here. Read the rest

Border collie surrounded by otters

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I don't know the inspiration of this fun (and clearly photoshopped) image of a border collie surrounded by sea otters, but I don't really need to because it's awesome.

On a serious note, sea otters are in trouble. Populations of this endangered species are dwindling as a result of pollution, disease, unprecedented predation by sharks and killer whales, and other factors. In just 30 years, the species has declined over 50 percent.

Support conservation groups such as the National Wildlife Federation to help sea otters and other wildlife. Read the rest

The Best Bigfoot Podcast

The Bigfoot Show is the best bigfoot podcast you're not listening to.

Baked Potauntaun

This Star Wars-themed Indiegogo campaign seems unlikely to receive the official imprimatur of Lucasfilm.

Fear of aliens is based on our behavior

Some more words of wisdom and perspective from Neil deGrasse Tyson. Read the rest

Pufferfish are amazing artists

When threatened by predators, they can inflate themselves into giant balloons that are too large to swallow. Parts of their bodies are highly poisonous. But did you know what males of one species of pufferfish do to attract mates? Create icthyological masterpieces under the sea. Read the rest

Jurassic Park with cats instead of "velociraptors"

The trailer for the new Jurassic Park film "Jurassic World" has just been released, and it's awesome. (Hello, Chris Pratt-as-dinosaur-hunter!) If you haven't seen it yet, you need to.

But since everyone else is sharing and posting the trailer, I thought I'd share something Jurassic Park-related but a little bit ... different.

David Mizejewski is a naturalist and media personality with the National Wildlife Federation. Read the rest

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