How do owls twist their heads all the way around without dying? At…

You probably know that owls can rotate their heads a remarkable 270 degrees in either direction. It's practically their trademark — but it's a move that by all measure should result in a massive stroke or embolism, the result of torn blood vessel linings and the onset of fatal clots. Nobody's understood the physiology … » 1/31/13 11:00am 1/31/13 11:00am

The end of Harry Potter leaves hundreds of pet owls homeless

When Harry Potter first appeared in books and on screen alongside his loyal owl Hedwig, many folks were so charmed that they ran out and bought pet owls of their very own. But know that the books and movies have run their course, the magic of owning a nocturnal bird has worn off, and hundreds of owls are landing in… » 5/20/12 8:30am 5/20/12 8:30am

80 years ago, the best headline ever about owls was written

It's been a big week for owls, what with the last Harry Potter film hitting theaters and an unfortunate British owl hitting a bedroom window. So it's rather fortuitous that this fantastic article from a 1930 issue of Modern Mechanics was brought to my attention. » 7/16/11 7:15am 7/16/11 7:15am

A brief video history of owls in science fiction and fantasy

The new movie Legend of the Guardians presents owls as heroic warriors fighting rival owl eugenicists. (Really.) But the owls of Ga'Hoole are just the latest in a proud tradition of fantastical owls that are alternately wise, creepy, mysterious...and awesome. » 9/26/10 4:35pm 9/26/10 4:35pm