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Bald Eagle Attacks an Osprey Nest During a Live Feed

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Live cam feeds have become like reality television for animals, but nature can be a lot more unpredictable than a group of drunken Millennials forced to live together in a house. Mashable recently shared a clip from a feed of an osprey nest in Hog Island, Maine that shows three recently hatched birds meeting a very hungry and very fast bald eagle; unfortunately, only two of the chicks survived.

The osprey chicks (named Eric, Lil B, and Spirit) hatched this past spring, according to Audubon. On Monday evening, while both parents were away from the best, an eagle came soaring across the water and attacked.

Dr. Stephen W. Kress, vice president for bird conservation at the National Audubon Society, said that the osprey parents experienced bald eagle attacks the last time they tried to start a family and that all of their chicks were taken. The new group seemed to have a better chance at survival because the chicks were older. "It’s one of the best videos I’ve ever seen of eagle predation," Kress said. "I didn’t realize they’d take chicks that big, but now we know they do."

This isn't the first time that predators have been caught on camera doing what they do, and it won't be the last. As a warning, some readers may find the footage below disturbing.

[h/t Mashable]

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25 Shelter Dogs Who Made It Big
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If you’ve been thinking of adding a four-legged friend to your brood and are deciding whether a shelter dog is right for you, consider this: Some of history’s most amazing pooches—from four-legged movie stars to heroic rescue dogs—were found in animal shelters. In honor of Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month, here are 25 shelter dogs who made it big.

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This High-Tech Material Can Change Shape Like an Octopus
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Octopuses can do some pretty amazing things with their skin, like “see” light, resist the pull of their own sticky suction cups, and blend in seamlessly with their surroundings. That last part now has the U.S. Army interested, as Co.Design reports. The military branch’s research office has funded the development a new type of morphing material that works like an octopus’s dynamic skin.

The skin of an octopus is covered in small, muscular bumps called papillae that allow them to change textures in a fraction of a second. Using this mechanism, octopuses can mimic coral, rocks, and even other animals. The new government-funded research—conducted by scientists at Cornell University—produced a device that works using a similar principle.

“Technologies that use stretchable materials are increasingly important, yet we are unable to control how they stretch with much more sophistication than inflating balloons,” the scientists write in their study, recently published in the journal Science. “Nature, however, demonstrates remarkable control of stretchable surfaces.”

The membrane of the stretchy, silicone material lays flat most of the time, but when it’s inflated with air, it can morph to form almost any 3D shape. So far, the technology has been used to imitate rocks and plants.

You can see the synthetic skin transform from a two-dimensional pad to 3D models of objects in the video below:

It’s easy to see how this feature could be used in military gear. A soldier’s suit made from material like this could theoretically provide custom camouflage for any environment in an instant. Like a lot of military technology, it could also be useful in civilian life down the road. Co.Design writer Jesus Diaz brings up examples like buttons that appear on a car's dashboard only when you need them, or a mixing bowl that rises from the surface of the kitchen counter while you're cooking.

Even if we can mimic the camouflage capabilities of cephalopods, though, other impressive superpowers, like controlling thousands of powerful suction cups or squeezing through spaces the size of a cherry tomato, are still the sole domain of the octopus. For now.

[h/t Co.Design]

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