Watch this heron hunt and eat a gopher and try not to cringe with fear and fascination

September 10, 2014 | 1 comment

A few months ago, Jessie Garza was filming a blue heron that had started hanging out in the neighborhood. He soon discovered why it was the bird’s new favorite hangout.

This is absolutely incredible…and also a bit distressing. Nature is a crazy place…

(via Reddit)

Pendulum wave machine…made with bowling balls

September 8, 2014 | No comments

You have probably seen a pendulum wave machine in motion before, whether in school or online. Here’s a popular demonstration of the classic experiment…

As the folks at Harvard Natural Science describe it

[U]ncoupled simple pendulums of monotonically increasing lengths dance together to produce visual traveling waves, standing waves, beating, and random motion.

It is at once scientifically as well as hypnotically fascinating. And it becomes even more so when the scale is increased to the point that pendulums are swinging bowling balls…

This demonstration is on private land in North Carolina and isn’t available to the public…so if you want to see this in real life, you’ll have to build your own.

Stunning photos from in a tent will make you wish you were camping in the mountains, too

September 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Russian photographer Oleg Grigoryev’s inspirational travel series, Morning Views from the Tent, captures a unique glimpse of various locations across the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan…

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In his compositions, Grigoryev’s tent frames the view, his outstretched legs leading towards the stunning mountains. He skillfully captures the undisturbed, natural beauty of the landscape in the background, while the supplies, backpacks, shoes and other tents in the foreground offer an invitation to join his mornings at campsites over 4,700 meters above sea level.

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Airplane, lightning bolt, and rainbow collide for a stunning accidental photograph

August 28, 2014 | 3 comments

German pilot Birk Möbius was snapping a few photographs of an incoming Boeing 777 near Leipzig on Sunday when a spectacular rainbow appeared. Möbius asked a colleague to help him count down to when the plane crossed the path of the rainbow and at that moment, he took a photo.

Capturing a plane crossing the path of a rainbow would have been a great photo on its own, but Möbius told a German newspaper, “I looked at the screen and immediately got goose bumps.”

The amateur photographer realized he had captured a bolt of lightning that he didn’t even noticed occurring when he took the photo…

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Incredibly, not only had the bolt of lightning run exactly in line with the rainbow, it actually struck the plane.

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Show your kids how to measure the speed of light with a chocolate bar (Yes, they can eat it after.)

August 19, 2014 | No comments

Deducing the speed of light may seem like a measurement that would require a laboratory and perhaps some kind of a science degree. In fact, all you need is a microwave, a ruler, and a regular bar of chocolate.

Try this experiment with your kids…and then at the end there’s candy. That’s education at its finest…

Jellyfish stab you with millions of venom-loaded hypodermic needles. Finally, there’s footage…

August 18, 2014 | No comments

We all know that contact with Jellyfish causes an immense amount of pain. But do you know how, exactly?

Here’s the short version: Their tentacles are equipped with hypodermic needles, activated by contact, that shoot venom into whatever they touch. How many of these needles does a jellyfish have? Oh, only about 800,000 per square centimeter.

Travel with Destin of Smarter Every Day to see animal venom expert Jamie Seymour in Cairns, Australia. Together they watch a tentacle in a way that no one else ever has — through a microscope using a high-speed camera.

What you’re about to see has never been recorded before…and it will make you even more certain than you have ever been to stay far away from jellyfish…