It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it
When you think of the year’s best photos, you think of camera-slinging journalists and artists relying on their instincts and training to capture a moment of ineffable drama, beauty, or peace. The following images, however, were not taken by humans. They’re snapshots sent down from DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 and WorldView-3 satellites,...
There's a solid consensus among scientists about what happened to the dinosaurs 66 million years ago: A mountain-sized meteorite crashed into the planet and triggered a mass extinction. The debris from the impact has been found in hundreds of locations around the world. Geologists have also found signs of the giant crater, centered around the tip of Yucatan Peninsula.
But there has long been an alternate theory, espoused by a rump caucus of researchers who think they’ve never been given a fair hearing. They believe the extinction was caused, at least in part, by an extraordinary volcanic eruption in India.
The Arctic Watch Wilderness Lodge in Nunavut, Canada is one of the best places on earth to see the beluga whale in its natural habitat.
During a typical summer, more than two thousand of these gorgeous cetaceans will visit the Cunningham Inlet in July and August — with as many as two hundred congregating at once! From the shore, onlookers can see the belugas playing, socializing, and caring for young.
Daniel Stoupin, a PhD student at the University of Queensland in Australia, has created a stunning must-see video that will open your eyes to just how little most of us understand about the many different forms of life we have here on Earth. His “Slow Life” video combines thousands of close-
French photographer Alban Henderyckx captures the majestic beauty of the world. His awe-inspiring landscape images show a variety of crystal clear and colorful terrains on this great Earth. They highlight intricate rock formations, multifaceted blocks of ice, and bright-blue lagoons in scenes that seems like they’re never ending. There’s an incredible sense of tranquility in Henderyckx’s photos, and it’s as if he has frozen moments in time. Water stands still, the sun is suspended in the sky, an
Nature photographer Frans Lanting uses vibrant images to take us deep into the animal world. In this short, visual talk he calls for us to reconnect with other earthly creatures, and to shed the metaphorical skins that separate us from each other....
A new species of sideswimmers (amphipod) has been found on the continental slope off northern Norway. The new species is approximately 1 cm long, and appears to prefer water temperatures below 0 °C and depths of 1,000-2,600 metres. In total, 50 specimens of the new species were found.
Seattle, WA-based photographer Griffin Lamb inspires serious wanderlust with his breathtaking shots of sweeping landscapes in the Pacific Northwest. Influenced by the gorgeous scenery of Washington, Lamb travels to places like the North Cascades to capture dramatic images that showcase the splendor of our world. Magnificent mountains, ice-blue lakes, and towering trees are rendered in subdued tones and vivid pops of color in Lamb's stunning photos. The images, nearly devoid of human presence sav
Once similar to the U.S. Pacific Northwest, Antarctica now demands that life adapt to extreme cold—which explains, for instance, the existence of fish there that make their own antifreeze and lack red blood