Floating whales, apple picking, and kitten rescue: how this VR therapist helps people conquer fear of heights

Oxford VR Oxford VR, a spin-out company of Oxford University, has developed an automated virtual reality programme which can help people conquer their fear of heights. The programme features a virtual therapist called Nic, who coaches people through various challenges like picking apples or rescuing a cat from a tree. The results of the first […]

Shark attack warning: Fears man-eaters will head for beach where 140 whales died (IMAGES, VIDEO)

More than 140 pilot whales have died after becoming stranded on a beach in Western Australia. A shark warning has now been issued as volunteers race to rescue the beached pod’s seven remaining survivors. The whales were spotted at Hamelin Bay on Australia’s southwest coast after around 150 of the  oceanic mammals beached themselves in […]

Big brains come with big social groups in whales and dolphins

Enlarge (credit: International Fund for Animal Welfare) Why are humans so smart? We must have evolved in an environment that made more intelligent individuals likely to survive. But this just raises new questions: what factors in the environment could have created an evolutionary pressure for intelligence? And how have other species that faced similar pressures ended […]

Dr Doolittle effect: Dolphins & whales form human-like societies, study says

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 23:03 Whales and dolphins may be more like us than previously thought. While they are more comfortable in water than humans, they live in tightly-knit social groups, have complex relationships, and speak to each other, a new study suggests. The major new wide ranging study, published Monday in the journal […]

Stunning beaches, volcanoes and whales: Discover La Gomera on Canary Island

High in the mountains of La Gomera in the Canary Islands a piercing whistle fills the air. It’s only Pablo asking Manuel in the next valley if he has a bottle of red wine to spare. Manuel whistles back saying he’ll bring a bottle round. While this scene may hark back decades, the whistling language […]

Japanese Fleet Slaughters 333 Whales in the Name of ‘Science’

Image: Sea Shepherd In a disturbing repeat of last year, Japanese whalers returned to port Friday with the carcasses of 333 minke whales on board. Since 1986, a global moratorium has banned the hunting of whales, but Japan claims the killings are being done for “scientific research.” Advertisement This is nothing new—Japan has been exploiting […]

Ravenous spiders eat almost twice as much as humans & more than whales – study

Published time: 15 Mar, 2017 17:44Edited time: 15 Mar, 2017 17:50 A new study has revealed that spiders eat an estimated twice as much as humans and even devour more than whales. A team of researchers from Switzerland, Sweden and Germany used data from 65 previous studies to come to the conclusion that spiders rank […]

Are Humpback Whales Plotting to Take Over the World?

The growing whale army (Image: Findlay et al) Maybe you thought the apocalypse would come from a nuclear war or climate change or revolting sentient robots or something. But after reading about a strange new humpback whale behavior, you might want to add a cetacean coup to your list. Happy Friday. Advertisement Researchers observed 22 […]