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Share Fun and Quality Time With Your Cat With Designer Ruan Hao’s CATables

Hello there!Yes, you saw it right: it’s a cat peering out of a “cave” in a table— a purpose-built cat table, in fact. CATable was designed in 2014 by …

The Palombo 10: How losing Dad on 9/11 and then Mom turned suffering into strength

<b>New York (CNN) —</b> "Am I loving you enough? Are you feeling loved? Is your faith strong?"<p>Those are the questions Jean Palombo asked her 10 children in the years that followed 9/11.<p>Her eight boys and two girls ranged in age from 11 months to 15 years when they lost their father on that fateful day. …

Why we must keep telling the FDNY's 9/11 story

<b>(CNN) —</b> I never planned on becoming a fireman. As a young New York actor, my brother had persuaded me to take the test so that I had something to fall back on if the acting thing didn't work out. I could never have imagined how, years later, what would turn out to be my two big passions would end …

Why I Forgave My Brother's Killer

I forgave my brothers killer and it changed my life<p>January 31, 2006 is a day that is etched in the history of my mind forever. It is the day that my brother's life was taken abruptly from him for reasons unknown to those who love him. I will never forget the call that has subsequently changed my …

Alan Kurdi's Death Has Changed Little for the World's Refugees

Some faces are impossible to forget. Five-year-old Omran Daqneesh blinking and confused as he stares through the blood and dust after a shelling in …

European Union

Smallpox Could Return Years After Eradication

Have a bad day? Didn’t get the pumpkin spice latte that you ordered? Someone say something mean to you on Facebook? Well, at least you didn’t get smallpox. And you can thank the global smallpox eradication efforts that resulted in the last natural case of smallpox occurring in 1977 and the World …

Nigeria crisis: The children who know only hunger

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1257000/1257989_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524696717_f66c11d6315a5a0aa24b5d0dacf37406<p>50,000 children could die from malnutrition unless they receive immediate help, the UN has warned.<p>Aid agencies say the humanitarian crisis in …

Man Tries to Find Kitten Home After Saving Her, But She Has Different Idea

A tiny homeless kitten decided to hitch a ride to a work place inside a truck. An employee there rescued the kitten and offered to care for her until …

The Best Way to Move With Pets Without Freaking Them Out

When I relocated from New York City to Washington, DC, 20 years ago, I had a cranky calico cat named Blaze. Before movers arrived, I placed my kitty in the bathroom while movers packed and taped 50 boxes. But after the last box filled the truck, Blaze was nowhere to be found.<p>I panicked, imagining …

How hummingbirds use spider silk to build better nests

Have you ever stopped to consider the nest of a hummingbird? So tiny and light, they can be crafted on the edge of thin branches or even balanced on …

Birds

22 stunningly rare albino animals

https://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/stunningly-rare-albino-animals/colorless-creatures<p>article<p>MNN - Mother Nature Network

Nature

We’re Helping Deport Kids to Die

TAPACHULA, Mexico — Elena was 11 years old when a gang member in her home country, Honduras, told her to be his girlfriend.<p>“I had to say yes,” Elena, now 14, explained. “If I had said no, they would have killed my entire family.”<p>Elena knew the risks because one of her friends, Jenesis, was also …

This Husky Picked Out Her Own Kitten To Take Home From Shelter

Little Raven, a Tamaskan husky pup, needed a friend to grow up with but her human mom Christina knew that you can’t just pick a best friend for …

This brilliant 'halo cane' keeps blind dogs from banging into things

Muffin's Halo is a device which prevents blind dogs from running into walls or other obstacles. It attaches to a dog's chest and consists of a hoop which protects the dog's head and helps guide them around a crowded room. The device was invented by Silvie Bordeaux, whose mini-poodle Muffin went …

Why Do Dogs Watch—and React to—TV?

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say.<p>Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.<p>"He totally …

Falling in love with Pete: there's never been a better time to rescue a dog | Steph Harmon

Anyone who says ‘I want a dog who doesn’t change my lifestyle’ doesn’t really want a dog. And anyone who really <i>wants</i> a dog should really want a rescue<p>Last Sunday I went on one of the most nerve-racking drives of my life: my partner behind the wheel, Smooth FM failing to calm us as we hurtled …

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Spectacularity—While it lasts

Human Journey<p>The high Arctic is—well, it’s cold. It’s the Arctic after all. And we are very far north. Far north of Iceland, way up at 78º N and way north of Norway, in the waters around an astonishing group of rock-and-ice islands known as Svalbard.<p>Greenpeace has invited me to join them for a …

Here's What Some Twin Cities Residents Say About Philando Castile's Killing

In the days since police officer Jeronimo Yanez shot and killed 32-year-old school cafeteria supervisor Philando Castile, thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest across the Twin Cities region. They've camped out in front of the governor's mansion, visited the site where Castile was …

Chill farm cat just wants to hang with his pig best friend

Despite their differences, one farm cat in the Netherlands has become best friends with a pig.<p>Annette Hagemeijer, who breeds Kunekune pigs, says that …

Pigs

When One Mother Defied America: The Photo That Changed the Civil Rights Movement

The raw videos depict the last moments of Philando Castile‘s and Alton Sterling‘s lives. Widely shared on social media – one of them live – they have …

Black History

‘We are better than these tragedies’: A Minnesota chief’s powerful call for national police reform

There are many powerful voices calling for reconciliation and reform after a historically violent week in which Americans witnessed police killing black men in Minnesota and Louisiana, followed by a mass shooting that killed five officers in Dallas.<p>Amid the outpouring of frustration and grief that …

Orangutans Are Now One Step Closer To Extinction

Both species of orangutan are critically endangered.<p>Conservationists have been warning of this moment for years. Orangutans ― one of the planet’s most intelligent animals ― are officially headed for extinction.<p>The Bornean orangutan is now critically endangered, according to a species assessment …

Whales Chase Dolphins In A Playful Game Of Tag

"You're it!" 🐬 🐳<p>Though the ocean covers more than 70 percent of our planet, we actually know very little about the deep blue sea. What we do know is it’s a world full of beauty, mystery and magic.<p>And sometimes we get to witness that magic firsthand, through incredible animal interactions such as …

Kind boaters rescue baby raccoon with life jacket

When you're on the boat for Fourth of July festivities, you expect some swimming, some sunbathing and seeing the reflection of fireworks sparkle in …

Boating

15 feral horse colonies from around the world

Copyright

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic fabrics are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals<p>The first time professor Sherri Mason cut open a Great Lakes fish, she was alarmed at what she found. Synthetic fibers were everywhere. Under a microscope, …

Pollution

Dashing fluffy foxes finish first in nature photo contest

Every year, photographers from around the world submit imagery from their journeys to far-flung locales in hopes of being recognized in the National …

Nature Photography

Mobula Munkiana – The Secret of El Barril

Changing Planet<p>Mobula munkiana swirl beneath our boat in a mass aggregation, and leap from the water in an array of fantastic arial displays. Photo: Amber Jackson<p>Clap, slap, clap clap clap! Mobula munkiana, also known as “Munk’s Devil Ray” explode out of the water around us like popcorn. Each, …

Dog owners' concerns over dog deaths

Thousands of dogs across Britain are dying or suffering severe allergic reactions after being treated with a vaccine meant to protect them against mild bacterial infections, claim their owners.<p>Fears over the safety of the vaccine against leptospirosis - a bacterial infection spread to dogs through …