Camera traps designed for animals are now invading human privacy

Enlarge / A camera trap working properly. (credit: Flickr user: NationalZoo) Over the past two decades automated wildlife cameras—known as camera traps—have proven invaluable in ecological research and conservation management. Their sensitive motion detectors have enabled scientific surveys of rare or shy animals in dense forest and as a consequence have seen broader use around […]

2019 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations: ‘We the Animals’, ‘Eighth Grade’ and ‘First Reformed’ Lead the Pack

Awards season is officially in full swing as the folks at Film Independent have officially announced the nominations for the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards, honoring achievements in independent film for the year 2018. Jeremiah Zagar‘s film We the Animals led the indie pack with five total nominations. But coming in close behind are two wildly […]

Cats, beetles, other mummified animals found—along with a sealed door

Enlarge (credit: Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities) Archaeologists discovered dozens of mummified cats in seven previously undisturbed tombs in a 4,500-year-old pyramid complex near Saqqara, south of Cairo. The cats were found along with a collection of mummified scarab beetles, gilded wood cat statues, painted animal sarcophagi, and other artifacts. Sacred to Bastet Today, dozens of […]

Film Reviews: Puzzle, American Animals, Hurricane and more…

PICKING UP THE PIECES: Kelly Macdonald and Irrfan Khan in Puzzle (Image: Linda Kallerus) Puzzle ★★★★ (Cert 15, 103mins) A RE film-makers running out of ideas for underdog sports movies? After maths quiz drama X+Y and chess flick Queen Of Katwe comes a film about a jigsaw puzzle contest. Thankfully, this is nowhere near as desperate […]

The 7 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘RBG,’ ‘American Animals,’ and Universal Monsters

One of last year’s most controversial movies is available this very instant for your streaming pleasure (and confusion), as is as a compelling frontier story you probably haven’t heard. This week’s disc new releases include a summer documentary hit and a fascinating hybrid of doc and narrative forms. And from the catalog, we’ve got a striking […]

Lost Ember’s exploring animals discover Gamescom’s indie award

Indie developer Mooneye Studios announced today that its upcoming game Lost Ember won the Gamescom Indie Award 2018. The honor was given out during last week’s Gamescom conference in Cologne, Germany. Lost Ember has you exploring a beautiful world through the lens of 15 playable animals, including wolves, birds, and fish. It is coming out […]

3 Pennsylvania men charged with 1,460 counts of ‘sexual intercourse with animals’

Three Pennsylvania men have been arrested and charged with 1,460 counts of “sexual intercourse with animals,” in addition to animal abuse and endangering the welfare of children, according to Clearfield County District Attorney. In what District Attorney William A. Shaw, Jr described as one of the “most extreme cases of animal abuse,” the three suspects were […]

Drug-addicted pet owners may abuse their animals to secure opioid fix, study warns US vets

Some opioid addicts have been known to injure their pets to get their hands on powerful prescription drugs to satisfy their cravings, a new survey in Colorado has revealed, calling for more oversight on drug prescription by vets. Arguing that authorities have overlooked the issue of a “supply and demand equation” of prescription opioids in […]