National Geographic reported this unbelievably terrifying photo of a Great White Shark lunging for bait dangling from shark cage. The photo was taken by 26-year-old Amanda Brewer who acts as a courageous cage diver by night and a, wait for it… New Jersey school teacher by day! She took the photo of the female great white shark off Seal Island in Mossel Bay, South Africa.
The electric eel, native to the fresh waters of the Amazon and Orinoco River basins in South America, is capable of generating up to 600 volts which it uses for hunting and, you guessed it, self-defense. They grow to a lengthy 7 foot and can weigh as much as 45 lbs. which means they could provide a substantial meal for a hungry alligator. But can an electric eel generate enough voltage to fend off a 7-foot hungry alligator? Check out the shocking video below (sorry, couldn’t pass up the obvious pun).
Endowed with natural armor and 6-inch teeth, they hide, deathly still, in dense underbrush waiting for their prey. No problem – just watch where you step. But now a University of Tennessee study has found that the reptiles can climb and perch in trees as far as the crowns. Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, is the first to thoroughly study the tree-climbing and -basking behavior.
For the first time in history, confirmed dinosaur fossils have been found in Saudi Arabia. Rare in the Arabian Peninsula, the finding of the 72-million-year-old tail-bones of the plant-eating titanosaur and a fossilized teeth of a sharp-toothed theropod were discovered in the Adaffa formation, a pile of sandstone and conglomerates deposited during the Late Cretaceous Period (at a time when Saudi Arabia had not yet separated from Africa and parts of Arabia were underwater). The teeth were found about 7 miles northeast of Al Khuraybah along the coast of the Red Sea in Saudi Arabia. Other rare finds, mainly teeth and bone fragments, of a similar species had been found previously in Jordan, Oman, and Lebanon.
The guys over at Anthill Art are creating some very interesting art pieces by using molten aluminum to fill the vast tunnels and chambers of an ant nest. What you end up with is a beautifully intricate aluminum sculpture which is then mounted on a wooden base for display. Each piece is of course, a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that you have to see to believe.
Much about our universe remains unknown and scientists admit that their current theory of physics is incomplete. Today we move once step closer (or depending on your perspective, one step further away) as the popular idea for extending physics called Supersymmetry (SUSY) is tittering on the edge of being tossed out the window after scientists discover overwhelming evidence that the fundamental property that carries electrical charge, the electron, is… wait for it… round. More specifically, the electron is unbelievably, mind-blowing round.
While dismantling a modern roadway that runs near Stonehenge, archaeologists uncovered a portion of an ancient path that likely was used to travel to Stonehenge. Scientists had long suspected that a pathway, called “the avenue”, was used to travel to Stonehenge but this week’s findings confirm the avenue’s role as an ancient pathway to the site.
Researchers from Rice University have calculated a new form of carbon supermaterial, named Carbyyne, that is stronger than steel, grapheme, and even diamonds. The new form of carbon promises more strength and stiffness than any other known material. The new material is constructed from a chain of carbon atoms linked either by alternate triple and single bonds, or just by consecutive double bonds.
It’s a hauntingly beautiful phenomenon created by an unusually high concentration of Noctiluca scintillans (or Sea Sparkles), a single-celled bioluminescent algae of the dinoflagellate species that turns the water a brilliant, glowing, ethereal blue. Floating in swarms of millions and feeding on plankton and bacteria, it is believed that the Sea Sparkles generate their glow through their cell membranes when they are jostled.
A fleeing impala was caught on film taking advantage of a window of opportunity while fleeing from a pair of cheetahs in South Africa's Kruger National Park. University of Pretoria student Samantha Pittendrigh and her friends were on a day trip at the park and stopped along with other cars to watch a pack of impalas flying across the road. It soon became apparent that the group of impalas were fleeing from a pair of hungry cheetahs that were in hot pursuit.
The picture above is not photoshopped nor is the strange looking creature some sort of sea serpent. What we have here is a rare Oarfish, found in tropical waters but rarely seen or caught. Oarfish frequent depths down to 3,300 feet and can grow up to 56 feet in length (they are considered one of the world's longest fish) and weigh up to 600 pounds. Many believe that the oarfish could have been the basis for ancient myths of sea-serpents.
Russian scientists announced this week that they have found the body of a well-preserved fully-grown female mammoth trapped in the ice in Siberia. The creature has extremely well-preserved muscle tissue (colored a natural, fresh meat color) and shockingly, well-preserved, flowing blood. The pools of blood were found in cavities underneath the belly of the beast. When researchers broke open the frozen cavities, to their surprise, blood began pouring out.
Harvard engineers created this tiny flower using a technique called "hierarchical microarchitectures". The tiny but intricate plant shapes, such as vases, flowers, and leaves, begin with a glass plate dipped into a mixture of silicon and minerals (most importantly, barium chloride salts). As the solution solidifies, engineers make minor adjustments to the environment in order to coax the salts into the desired shape. Lowering the temperature of the solution makes the petals thicker and bursts of carbon dioxide injected into the mixture cause the salts to ripple. Colors are added by mixing dyes into the solution.