(Photo: Rolf Maeder / Rex Features via AP)
Using long exposures, photographer Rolf Maeder managed to capture multiple lightning strikes hitting the Grand Canyon under atmospheric stormy skies.
Allan Savory: How to green the world’s deserts and reverse climate change
Not at all what I expected. For just over half his talk, Savory discusses the issue of desertification, which many of you are familiar with. He (like many others) makes the case for restoring these deserts.
Then, in the last six minutes, he completely blows everyone’s minds. You just gotta see it.
Once in a while, very — very — rarely, dolphins will abandon their standard serenity and go on a romp that we humans refer to, aptly, as a “stampede.” The phenomenon, which involves sub-pods joining together into one splashy social — and which does indeed resemble the crowd dynamics of wild horses — is an amazing sight: The creatures, choreographed in a synchronized system that would put our own social networks to shame, leap and churn and leap some more in frenzied-yet-graceful unison.
Gleeful cameraman films terrifying encounter with thousand-kilogram polar bear
As a thousand-kilogram female polar bear padded toward him, BBC cameraman Gordon Buchanan focused a lens on his own face and began speaking.
“She’s enormous,” Buchanan said from inside a bear-proof Perspex box he used to get close to polar bears for a network documentary.
“Really, it’s why I’ve come here – to see these animals, to get to understand them, to see them up close,” Buchanan said.
A team of scientists have finally photographed the creature thought to have inspired the myth of the “kraken.” The team went to depths greater than 3,000 feet and came face-to-face with the the giant squid. It is described as having eyes the size of dinner plates and razor sharp suckers. Footage of the massive predator will premiere on Discovery Channel’s “Monster Squid: The Giant Is Real” on January 27 at 8 p.m. ET. - Read Discovery’s press release for more information.
Photo by: AP Photo / NHK / NEP / Discovery Channel
Ed note: Why the giant squid is the dragon of the deep.
The splendid lantern shark has three incredibly cool features. First, it’s called “the splendid lantern shark,” which is rad. I am going to start putting “the splendid” in front of my name when I introduce myself to people, too. Second, it can glow in the dark. Third, it can freakin’ turn itself invisible.
In the 1940s, U.S. doctors led experiments that intentionally infected thousands of Guatemalans with venereal diseases. A closer look at how it happened, and who knew:
John Cutler, the young investigator who led the Guatemalan experiments, had the full backing of US health officials, including the surgeon general.
“Cutler thought that what he was doing was really important, and he wasn’t some lone gunman,” says Susan Reverby, a historian at Wellesley College in Massachusetts, whose discovery of Cutler’s unpublished reports on the experiments led to the public disclosure of the research.
The Amazon rain forest is home to many large beetles, but none of them compares in length to the titan beetle, Titanus giganteus. This gargantuan insect has mandibles that can easily snap a pencil in half, and reportedly they can rip into human flesh, too.
10 of the largest insects in the world