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The 15 most jaw-dropping images of Earth from space in 2015

The Earth Observations team at NASA's Johnson Space Center selected the 15 best photographs, which we've republished here.<p>Check them out, then head over to NASA to view their full image gallery.

10 strangest animal discoveries of 2015

Every year, scientists wade into jungles, deserts and museum collections to examine animals and, if they're lucky, discover a new species.<p>For instance, in 2015 researchers identified a ruby-red sea dragon off the coast of Australia, a new species of giant tortoise in the Galápagos Islands and an …

Cop Crashed Cruiser Into Ditch After This Owl Attacked His Head

Officer only suffered minor scratches.<p>A cop in Louisiana lost control of his cruiser and crashed into a ditch after an owl flew inside the vehicle and pecked his head.<p>Covington Police Department Officer Lance Benjamin was on patrol in the city early Thursday when he felt something fly in and hit …

Why can't anyone find the cat in this field of owls?

Whether it's math questions or mind-bending optical illusions, the internet loves to get stumped.<p>Inspired by the popular puzzle of the panda hiding …

Soldier's letters bring first world war Christmas truce to life

Pte Frederick Davies of the Royal Welsh Fusiliers wrote home about life on the western Front, in correspondence donated to the Imperial War Museum<p>A poignant description of British and German soldiers sharing meagre rations across no man’s land during the famous 1914 Christmas Day truce of the first …

Why This Newly Discovered Shark Is A Real Ninja

The jet-black creature also glows in the dark.<p>Several shark species have cool names, like great white, hammerhead, goblin and cookiecutter.<p>Now, we have one more to add to the list. Meet the newest type of lanternshark: the ninja lanternshark.<p>Researcher Victoria Vásquez and her colleagues discovered …

7 texts pranks that took things to another level

<b>Some pranks can be elaborate tales of deception, love and violence.</b><p>Others can be downright cruel, nasty acts devoid of any human compassion.<p>And then …

Behind the scenes in the Marine Corps mission against the Islamic State

TAQADDUM, Iraq — The war here smells like diesel fumes and nostalgia.<p>In the distance, there is an explosion, a single thud that has the Marines of Baker Company, 1st Battalion, 7th Marines, on their radios trying to figure out what it was. “Iraqi artillery, I think,” the Marine sitting in a …

Why Does My Dog Roll in Grass?

Ever notice a dog rolling in grass and ask yourself, WHY? Much like when answering "why do dogs eat grass," most experts believe there are several …

Pets

The Untold Story Of How Dogs Became Our Best Friends

Dogs and humans have been BFFs for a very long time -- <i>at least</i> 10,000 years.<p>No surprise there.<p>But have you ever wondered just how dogs and other animals got domesticated, and why? And how today's domesticated animals differ from their wild predecessors? The story is even more complicated than you …

What to Do When a Dog Eats Poop

Most owners love their dogs, but that doesn’t mean we’re not disgusted by them from time to time. Chief among the complaints that I most frequently …

Did You Know That Second-Hand Smoke Kills Pets, Too?

The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes …

How Dogs Hack Our Brain To Make Us Love Them The Way We Love Human Babies

We all know them: People who baby their dogs a little too much. Maybe they let the pooch sleep on the bed with them, or feed it scraps right from the …

Scientists Explain Why We Can't Resist Puppy Dog Eyes

Oxytocin, or the love hormone, helps reinforce the bond between a parent and a child. And now, researchers working with man’s best friend reveal that …

Pets

From A Dog Trainer – How To Teach My Dog To Tell Me When He Needs To Go Potty

Advertisement<p>Potty training is often the most frustrating part of dog ownership. Many dogs are relinquished to shelters due to potty training issues. …

I Photograph Dogs Wearing Cones Of Shame

When developing an idea for a portrait series it’s always nice have some sort of unifying theme that ties it all together. This project was all …

Pets

This Rescued Pet Rat And Dog Are The Best Buddies Ever

Osiris and Riff Rat are an unusually trusting couple; the 3-year-old Dutch shepherd therapy dog lets the 3-month-old rat crawl into his mouth and …

Pets

Can Your Reptile Bond with You?

By Jill Fanslau<p>Reptiles are cold-blooded, but does that mean they’re cold-hearted, too?<p>Experts aren’t exactly sure if reptiles have the ability to …

Pets

5 Signs Your Dog is Stressed (and How to Relieve it)

Is your dog acting unusual? Perhaps he or she seems overly anxious or depressed. Stress is more common in dogs than you may think. Even worse, stress …

Dog Food

Floating See-Through Dome Lets Fish Look At The Outside World

Dutch company Velda is changing how koi see the world with their revolutionary Floating Fish Dome. When placed in a pond and filled with water, the …

Aquaponics

This is not your bed: 20 dogs who took over their owners beds

These adorable pictures of dogs bunking where their masters lie proves that when you’re not around, it’s a dog’s world.<p>How and where dogs sleep says …

Pets

Pet Saliva: Health Hazard or Health Benefit?

The Daily Vet is a blog featuring veterinarians from all walks of life. Every week they will tackle entertaining, interesting, and sometimes …

15+ Hilarious Examples Of Cat Logic

Sometimes it feels like we can understand our pets, that we have bridged the animal-human divide and that we can see the logic of their actions. And …

Magical Photos Of Siberian Huskies Playing On A Mirror-Like Frozen Lake In Russia’s Arctic Region

A photographer in Russia who goes by Fox Grom has captured some stunning images of his Siberian Huskies playing on a thawing frozen lake, which makes …

Arctic Circle

Squirrel Rescued After Hurricane Becomes Family’s Cutest Member

Jill, a lovely squirrel in Louisiana that was rescued after she fell from her nest during a hurricane, has become an Instagram celebrity thanks to …

Orphaned Raccoon Rescued By Family With Dogs Thinks She’s A Dog, Too

Last year, Nassau, Bahamas resident Rosie Kemp found a baby raccoon that had fallen out of a tree. The mother was nowhere to be found, so Kemp and …

Cute Animals

10+ Purrfectly Timed Cat Photos Taken At The Right Meowment

These hilarious perfectly timed photos of cats prove that it's definitely worth it to follow our feline friends around with cameras 24/7. Since these …