How to Speak Cat

In its latest “Science of Us” webisode, New York Magazine decodes all your cat’s purring and meowing. No matter how indifferent they may seem on the surface, cats are actually highly complex communicators that use a combination of signals and noises to express themselves. While purring may seem like an expression of joy or comfort, it’s actually your kitty’s way of asking you to stay …

Why We Love Watching Cat Videos

While dogs may be man’s best friend, cats undoubtedly rule the internet. To investigate why we love sharing cat vids, GIFs and pics so much, Indiana University’s Jessica Gall Myrick surveyed nearly 7,000 people and published her findings online in “Computers in Human Behavior.” While there’s much to learn here about our inner feline fandom, one point especially stood out: frequent cat video viewers tended …

Pratt Institute’s Cat-Loving Chief Engineer

79-year-old Conrad Milster has been keeping Pratt Institute up and running since 1958. As the university’s chief engineer, he’s in charge of maintaining the steam engines that provide heat and hot water to the school. Aside from being a master of his craft, Milster is a proud Brooklynite, cat person and collector of anything old—including VHS tapes, books and outdated mechanical machines. As Milster ponders …