When people think of the Earth’s largest organisms, they usually imagine whales, elephants, and dinosaurs. Turns out though that the largest organisms on Earth aren’t animals at all, but a species of humungous fungus that lives right beneath our feet.
Saturday, Jul 13th 2019 (8:20am)
Planting billions of trees across the world is by far the biggest and cheapest way to tackle the climate crisis, according to scientists, who have made the first calculation of how many more trees could be planted without encroaching on crop land or urban areas. "This new quantitative evaluation shows [forest] restoration isn't just one of our climate change solutions, it is overwhelmingly the top one," said Prof Tom Crowther at the Swiss university ETH Zurich.
The pickle is in peril. Each summer since the mid 2000s, Florida winds carry downy mildew to cucumber fields north. By summer's end, the disease reaches Michigan, leaving a trail of withered leaves and thwarted pickling plans. With failed harvests, fewer growers are taking a chance on cucumbers. "This is the number one threat to the pickle industry," says vegetable pathologist Lina Quesada-Ocampo of North Carolina State University.
Tuesday, Dec 18th 2018 (12:00am) | Thanks: mun
Nestled in a valley high in the Himalayas in northern India is a small lake named Roopkund, known locally as Mystery Lake. The area around Roopkund Lake is uninhabited; at an altitude of over five kilometers, the lake is frozen for all but one month out of the year, and ice storms occasionally pose a significant threat. The mystery concerns the origin of the occupants of the lake: not fish or other common lake-dwellers, but hundreds of human skeletons.
Millions of visitors come to Grand Canyon National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of the world and the most visited national park in the western United States. However, on extremely rare days when cold air is trapped in the canyon and topped by a layer of warm air, which in combination with moisture and condensation, form the phenomenon referred to as the full cloud inversion. In what resembles something between ocean waves and fast clouds, Grand Canyon is completely obscured by fog, making the visitors feel as if they are walking on clouds. The full inversions, which mostly take place in the late fall or early winter, are sometimes followed by huge snowstorms, as depicted here.
Thursday, Jan 25th 2018 (6:06pm)
Unforgiving cold has punished the eastern third of the United States for the past 10 days, but the most severe winter weather yet will assault the area late this week. The storm's enormous circulation will help draw several lobes of the polar vortex, the zone of frigid air encircling the North Pole, over the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast by Friday and Saturday. Wicked cold air sourced from Siberia, the North Pole and Greenland will all converge on the region.
The Badain Jaran Desert occupies parts of China and Inner Mongolia covering an area of 49,000 sq. kilometers making it the third largest desert in China. Although not a lot of people are familiar with this desert, outside China, it is known for having the tallest stationary dunes on earth. Some of these dunes have been measured to reach heights of more than 500 meters. Badain Jaran has an extremely arid climate with an annual precipitation between 50-60mm. Nearly 40-80 times of the precipitation gets evaporated away before it falls as rainfall.
Despite these dry conditions, one of the most remarkable feature of Badain Jaran is the existence of nearly 140 permanent lakes that lie between the dunes. It’s these lakes that give the desert its name which in Mongolian means "mysterious lakes".
Friday, Dec 22nd 2017 (12:00am)
Northern lights enthusiasts have discovered a new type of northern lights, and named it Steve. Steve is a very thin, purplish arc that can almost look like a picket fence, according to Kumar. Kumar says Steve can be viewed farther south than the larger oval auroras that sweep the skyline.
Monday, Oct 9th 2017 (12:04am)
The Eastern Sierra Mountain Range offers an extremely diverse range of unique natural features, from some of the oldest living trees in the world to extraordinary desert arches. Beyond its incredible terrain, this area of California also offers stunning, vivid views of the Milky Way and the night sky.
This short clip, <2 minutes, is in very high quality. View it full screen.
Thursday, Sep 14th 2017 (12:00am)
If you're a fan of Sir David Attenborough on the BBC, maybe Marlin Perkins on Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom, perhaps the PBS Nature series, NatGeo programs or the Disney wildlife docus? You will no doubt enjoy this little short as a mother gives birth to a baby digger and caresses it as it grows up.
Monday, Jul 31st 2017 (12:00am)
The Great Barrier Reef can no longer be saved by existing plans to protect the ecological site, experts have warned, saying that efforts should shift to a lesser, backup plan of maintaining the reef's "ecological function" instead.
Tuesday, May 30th 2017 (7:52am)
Most of us have been caught out by the weather, whether we got soaked to the skin in a storm or burned red by the sun. But there are places in the world where Mother Nature really goes in for the kill. From deadly storms to volcanic eruptions, there are threats everywhere.
Of all Earth's danger zones, which is the most deadly?
Sunday, Feb 12th 2017 (1:19pm)
Stop giggling, this is serious.
The words may sound silly, but the event is anything but. It looks like pollution is getting so severe in Peru's Lake Titicaca that it's seriously harming an already critically endangered species. Recently, hundreds of Titicaca water frogs (known as "scrotum frogs" for their very baggy skin) have been found floating dead in the waters of Lake Titicaca in Peru, the only place the species can be found in the world.
Thursday, Oct 20th 2016 (12:00am) | Thanks: smird
Point Nemo is the figurative center of the ocean - it's the single point farthest from land on the Earth, equidistant from the Pitcairn Islands, the Easter Islands, and the coast of Antarctica. It's so remote that most of the time, the closest people to it are astronauts. It's also not too far from Cthulu's house.
Thursday, Oct 13th 2016 (12:00am)
YUP | 1 'I Saw the Baby Bison That Tourists Tried to Rescue.' Here's what you don't know about the story
As Paul Harvey would say, "Here's the rest of the story."
"This is the way of the wild. It is breathtakingly beautiful and fascinating - and it is also heartbreaking on a daily basis."
Wednesday, Jun 8th 2016 (3:57am) | Thanks: Danny
If you ever go to Vancouver, BC, you really need to pay this urban park a visit. It's a Pacific northwestern rain forest jimmied right between the water's edge and the urban sprawl of the downtown city.
Named after Lord Stanley (he of the hockey cup fame), it is over 1000 acres of pristine beauty.
Tuesday, May 24th 2016 (12:02am)
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Wrapped is an art film that shows what happens when you don't clean up the streets. Don't let that description stop you, because this is beautiful. Directed by Roman Kaelin, Florian Wittmann, and Falko Paeper, it is an award-winning graduation film from Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg. They say it is an illustration of "the clash between civilization and nature," but we know they are showing off their animation skills, and accomplished that aim well.
As winter melts into spring, we're looking at some of the most floral-tastic versions of common fruits and vegetables. Did you know that onions, lemons, and soybeans are all flowering plants? In addition to the familiar cherry blossoms and plum blossoms of the world, here are some surprising foods that sprout beautiful blooms fit for any bouquet.
Friday, Mar 25th 2016 (12:02am)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
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