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Florida's Attempt to Ban This Fish Has Virtually No Chance of Working

If you were trying to create the perfect invasive aquatic species, a fish capable of out-eating and out-breeding anything it comes across, chances …

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Nevada Rescue Squads Scramble to Save Fish From Drought

Nevada is tak­ing drastic meas­ures to keep wild­life alive.<p>The state De­part­ment of Wild­life as­sembled a team of res­cuers on Tues­day to pull …

Sewage spiked with anti-anxiety meds helps baby fish live longer, mellower lives

Humans aren’t the only ones living in an overmedicated society. Many of the drugs we take keep working long after they leave our bodies. Flushed into the sewage system, the compounds dose streams and lakes—and the fish that live there. Caffeine, estrogen, anti-epilepsy drugs—these are just a few of …

These Spiders Look Like They’re Covered In Mirrors

This isn’t a stained-glass sculpture or piece of delicate jewelry – it’s a real live spider. These spiders, called mirror or sequined spiders, are …

Doctor: There is ‘no question’ Obama administration is putting America’s health at risk in illegal immigration crisis

Reporting indicates that some in the medical community are growing increasingly concerned over the health threat posed by the wave of humanity coming into the country illegally on the southern border. Tuberculosis, Swine flu, scabies and epidemic levels of lice are just a few of the imports coming …

Federal judge rules DC ban on gun carry rights unconstitutional

A federal judge in the District of Columbia on Saturday overturned the city’s total ban on residents being allowed to carry firearms outside their home in a landmark decision for gun-rights activists.<p>Judge Frederick Scullin Jr. wrote in his ruling in Palmer v. District of Columbia that the right to …

Meet Hitchbot, the Robot Hitchhiking His Way Across Canada

While picking up hitchhikers is generally considered unsafe, Canadian motorists are going to find it difficult to refuse this cute, fun-loving robot. …

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Abandoned Bangkok Shopping Mall Houses the World’s Most Amazing Accidental Fish Pond

From the outside, this four-storey, roofless, dilapidated structure located on a busy Bangkok intersection looks pretty much worthless. But the ruins …

The Polluting ‘Rolling Coal’ Trucks Purposefully Created to Anger Environmentalists

A group of ‘manly men’ from small-town America are performing outrageous acts to display their contempt for environmentalists. The rednecks, as they …

Iraq Veteran Darin Walker Could Lose Therapy Ducks In Dispute With Town

Darin Welker, a veteran of the Iraq War, says he relies on 14 pet ducks for comfort and physical therapy, but by keeping the birds, he's running afoul of local laws.<p>As a result, the village of West Lafayette, Ohio, is trying to make the 36-year-old ditch his ducks.<p>Welker told the Coshocton Tribune …

Behold The Sea Tank, Beach Assault Vehicle Of The Future

Is your rogue nation or terrorist organization defended by sea walls? If you answered yes to that question, you'd better start praying, because the USA has a motherf***ing sea tank now.<p>That's right. A sea tank. An Ultra Heavy-lift Amphibious Connector (UHAC). A tank that goes on water. And land, …

An Epic Lego Shipwreck Has Been Washing Thousands of Lego Onto Beaches

BBC News recently reported on a pretty rad story out of Cornwall, UK. Way back in 1997 a shipping container carrying 4.8 million Lego pieces fell into the sea, roughly 20 miles from Land’s End. 17 years later the tide is still washing loads of Lego onto beaches around Cornwall. There have also been …

How to Get Orchids to Bloom and Rebloom

01 of 08<p>Not Enough Light<p>Inadequate light is the number one reason orchids refuse to bloom or rebloom. Dendrobium, cattleya, and cymbidium orchids are …

NCTU's Energy Efficient Evaporative Cooling Orchid House Wins Best Urban Design at Solar Decathlon Europe 2014

With temperatures on the rise, households across the world are cranking up their air conditioning to the detriment of both their electricity bill and …

Why Are So Many Animals on the Verge of Extinction?

Let’s talk facts: African elephants are endangered, and it’s possible that in five years, they will be extinct. Gone. No more African elephants.<p>What? …

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FBI: Driverless Cars Could Be Perfect For Police... But Also For Getaway Criminals

The driverless cars of the future, such as those being developed by Google and a number of automotive manufacturers, could help police chase down criminals but could equally help lawbreakers make a fast get away, according to a newly released FBI report.<p>Within a few years, the cars could allow …

Sign for Delivery

Soccer fans aren't the only depressed creatures in Argentina these days. Arturo the polar bear, a 29-year-old male who lives at the Mendoza Zoo, has been swaying back and forth, shaking his head and acting downright despondent ever since his longtime playmate Pelusa passed away two years ago.<p>And …

The Navy's Deadly Obsession with Whales

You've likely read the stories—or at least heard rumors—about America’s secret dolphin navy, trained to patrol harbors and clear mines. Or perhaps you’ve followed the lawsuits, filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council, against the U.S. Navy over whale strandings, one of which made its way to …

Trio of cheesy classic VW buses stolen, recovered

Three customized Volkswagen Buses (pictured above) made to look like blocks of Tillamook cheddar cheese are safe again after being stolen on July 12, and two men are in police custody for the alleged theft.<p>The cheesy cadre of VWs, their custom trailer and a Ford F-350 to haul them were on a …

Smart highlights safety of new Fortwo by crashing into much bigger brother

Smart is just getting ready to launch its new Fortwo and Forfour minicars, riding on a completely different platform, and the diminutive brand wants to show that its latest creations can stand up to some serious abuse. For such a tiny car, the crashworthiness of the Smarts is a legitimate concern …

Gravel-slinging in the name of science

Testing 3M's spray-on Paint Defender.<p>Fun rock-throwing fact: 3M's engineers use something called a "Gravelometer" to test coatings. The procedure is backed by SAE and ASTM standards; the misleadingly named device doesn't measure gravel, but sprays it at a panel to gauge chip resistance.<p>Naturally, …

Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy up to 1,000 guardsmen to border

Gov. Rick Perry said Monday he is deploying up to 1,000 National Guard troops over the next month to the Texas-Mexico border to combat criminals that Republican state leaders say are exploiting a surge of children and families entering the U.S. illegally.<p>Perry, a vocal critic of the White House's …

Mitt Romney, Chris Christie To Campaign For Asa Hutchinson In Arkansas

GOP 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney, as well as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), will campaign for Arkansas gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson (R) in August.<p>Romney will campaign for the former congressman at an event in Jonesboro on Aug. 20, and Christie will do the same at events in …