The Gowanus Canal’s Beacon of HopePhoto by Timothy-Vogel

The Gowanus Canal’s Beacon of Hope

But the mechanical robot is impervious to the rats and the stink of the Gowanus Canal, a mechanical scientist willing to swim where few humans would dare.

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)Photo by Triker-Sticks

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)

The animals have adjusted remarkably well to living alongside human beings—perhaps because when they live with us, they seem to learn from us.