Can animals see optical illusions? Kitty says YES.

Youtuber rasmusab has posted a video that's as adorable as it is thought provoking. In it, a small orange kitten with white feet appears transfixed by an 8.5 x 11 printout of the famous "rotating snakes" illusion (just one variation on the "peripheral drift illusion" — see an example for yourself below). The kitten paws… » 3/07/13 6:40am 3/07/13 6:40am

Small cats take a giant leap in "Kittens in Space" music video

Hoping to cheer up Boing Boing editor Xeni Jardin (who is unfortunately going through chemo), musician Jonathan Mann offered to write her a song for his "Song-a-Day" project on a topic of her choosing. Naturally, she opted for a tune about kittens and space, inspiring Mann to create this silly video about the first… » 3/03/12 4:30pm 3/03/12 4:30pm

An introductory guide to studies in kitty physics

The falling cat problem, which seeks to explain the physics behind a cat's ability to seemingly always land on its feet, was first tackled by Stanford physicists TR Kane and MP Scher back in 1969. According to Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research and the mastermind behind the Ig Nobel prizes: » 10/19/11 6:45am 10/19/11 6:45am