Category: Nature

May 05 2014

Glad I’m not There: Baltimore Sinkhole Eats a Street Full of Cars

I hope you’re all having a Feliz Cinco de Mayo and that you’ve inadvertently offended at least one person with your misinterpretation of that this day means in Mexican history. That being said… Sinkholes are Mother Natures way of reminding you that you are nothing more than a tiny, hairy finger food to her. Every …

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Apr 21 2014

The Sky is Falling: Russia Gets Another Meteor

Russia is the land of snow and dash cams. Int he same way that India is the land of mystery and Minnesota is the land of many lakes. Because f the plenitude of these dash cams we sometimes get amazing videos of people crashing their cars or meteors lighting up the sky. This is the …

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Apr 08 2014

A Wild Pizza Appears: Pepperoni Pizzas in the Wild

If you could grow anything you liked in your garden what would you opt for? I’d grow a pizza bush. Or maybe a hotdog tree. But that seems like something that would do better on the North side of the house where it gets a bit less sun. Photographer Jonpaul Douglass would go for the pizza …

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Apr 07 2014

That’s a Bad Omen: Islands are Eating Each Other

In November 2013, a seafloor volcano in the western Pacific Ocean spewed enough material to rise above the water line. The new island, or Niijima, sprouted just 500 meters from Nishino-shima, another volcanic island that had last erupted and expanded in 1973–74. Four months later, the new and the old are now one island, and …

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Apr 07 2014

For My Evil Lair: Lasers that can Aim Lighting Strikes

University researchers and evil scientists have a lot in common if you think about it. They like to work on morally questionable projects, no one is quite sure where they get their funding, and they minions who will do whatever they ask so long as they can get their card punched. Well now, researchers at …

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Mar 21 2014

Sealed for Freshness: Vietnamese Children Ford River in a Plastic Bag

No that’s not a CCTV image of a serial murder in progress. What is is is cell phone footage of a man in Vietnam loading a preschool child into a big plastic bag and floating them across a flooded river so that they can get to school without messing up their school uniform. This particular …

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Mar 12 2014

What the Heck Nature? Half Invisible Half Iridescent Fish Thing

This is a blue sea sapphire, possible the most confusing animal in the ocean. It’s some kind of crustacean that is both invisible and iridescent blue, somehow. I’m going to put my money on magic but the scientists who study this crazy creature have other thoughts, of course. In the case of blue sea sapphires, …

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Mar 04 2014

Now There’s a Temporary Solution: South Korea to Build Biodomes for Endangered Animals

If there has ever been a problem that could be solved by a huge feat of over-engineering and invading nature, it must be saving endangered animals. At least that’s South Korea’s take on the issue. The idea for the design by Seoul-based Samoo Architects & Engineers (SAMOO) is to blend the three-part compound harmoniously with …

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Feb 26 2014

Uncanny Seahorse will Haunt your Dreams

Here’s a piece of, I guess you could call it art, that I find very unsettling. If you can’t tell it’s a paper mache seahorse. To me it looks more like all my spider-swarm nightmares fell into a swimming pool with a bunch of old newspapers and a bottle of Elmer’s Glue. Somehow those things …

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Feb 24 2014

Want: Mini Museum

If you were looking for something to get me for Make-Up-Your-Own-Holiday Day, it should be this. This is a mini museum containing up to 33 specimens of rare and amazing things. Dinosaur fossils, moon rocks, palm trees from Antarctica, London bridge, etc. Basically everything that you have ever wanted to collect but your mom wouldn’t …

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