Bailong Elevator, the highest outdoor elevator in the world

The Bailong Elevator is the world’s highest outdoor elevator, towering an astonishing 1,070 feet high inside the National Forest Park in the Wulingyuan area of Zhangjiajie. China. Opened in 2002, the elevator allows 50 visitors at a time to skip up the mountain in two minutes versus a dangerous five-hour car ride. As you can […]

How alligators freeze this time of year

With the polar vortex sweeping the Midwest and other parts of the nation, there are some animals like alligators that welcome the freeze. Crocodiles in North Carolina take in winter by letting their body freeze while allowing their nostrils to hang out in the air. The survival mechanism is called brumation, where there the reptile […]

Prescribing a walk in nature

Get yourself a prescription to nature. It’ll improve your mental and physical health. That’s according to doctors in Scotland who are recommending that people in the Shetland Islands get outside. The program outlines a recommended outside activity per month. For instance, in January you can create a windsock to grasp the full power of the […]

Meet the shoe-billed stork

Talk about a badass beak. This shoe-billed stork lives primarily in swamps from Sudan to Zambia. The bill itself takes 1.5 months from hatching to fully develop into its slipper-like shape. But some think it’s the most frightening bird on the planet, as chicks are known to fight each other off to the death with […]

Surfing a world-record 80 foot gigantic wave

Nature always makes you feel small. Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa surfed a record-setting 80-foot wave in November 2017 off the coast of Nazaré, Portugal. Just look at the lighthouse and onlookers in perspective to the surfer surrounded by the mountainous wave, or shall we say avalanche. Watch it for yourself.

Coron Palawan: The most beautiful island in the world

With a population of 51,803 people, Coron island in the Philippines is considered one of the most beautiful islands in the world. And it looks like paradise. On a historical note, Japan used the island as a refueling base during World War II. Check out more images and a video after the jump!

Spiderweb trees 🕸️

In July 2010, 10 years of rain fell into parts of Pakistan that left millions of people and spiders homeless. As a survival mechanism, spiders took homage and blanketed some of the trees. What resulted were cotton-candy looking cocoons that protected the locals against a rash of mosquitoes.   Photos by Russell Watkins

The longest straight line you can walk without hitting the ocean

If you were the next Forest Gump and wanted to walk Earth in a straight line without hitting the water, here’s your guide. The path starts east in China and ends in Liberia. Lace up those walking shoes, we’ve got a project for you. An intrepid cartographer has, with the help of Google Earth, tracked down the […]

Watch Volcano Calbuco Erupt in Chile 🌋

This is a timelapse of the Volcano Calbuco in Chile that erupted 3 times in 8 days between April 22–23, 2015. One of the eruptions lasted 90 minutes, sending a plume of ash 6 miles into the sky. While climate change deniers might point the finger at mother nature for these CO2 emissions, as one […]

This bird-sized moth is gorgeous

Introducing the Cecropia silkmoth, North America’s largest native moth, with a female wingspan reaching six inches. These striking moths live all across the Eastern United States and are one of over 1,860 species of Lepidoptera (Moths and Butterflies) found in the park! You can protect these beautiful insects by capturing them only in photographs. Apparently, […]

The link between rainfall and the duration of Roman emperors

There’s an interesting piece in The Economist about the link between rainfall and the rise and fall of Roman emperors. One such lesson is how drought affected the stability of the Roman empire 1,500 years ago. In a new paper published in Economics Letters, Cornelius Christian of Brock University and Liam Elbourne of St Francis Xavier University identify […]

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