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Nature Freaks Me Out Sometimes

sometimes from close up, sometimes from far away, sometimes over a long period of time

Nature Freaks Me Out Sometimes

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Non-Newtonian Fluid - Cornstarch and water

Non-Newtonian Fluid - Cornstarch and water

Supercell tornado at West Point Nebraska

Supercell tornado in Nebraska: GIF
  • Kimberly Wilson
    Kimberly Wilson

    This is so cool!! Sara Steen

Goblin sharks how do they work / via Debbie Chan

Orcas will literally BEACH THEMSELVES to grab unsuspecting seals (or whatever else happens to be splashing around in the surf) and snarf them down like hot dogs. Yeah, that’s right. This is a 6-ton apex predator, crashing right out of the fucking water to snatch their prey right off the beach.

♔QUEEN♔, ponytailwhippingnacho: supaslim: Guys, let me...
  • Anna Bella Rivet
    Anna Bella Rivet


  • Crystal Jerin
    Crystal Jerin

    Orcas are anything but dummies... Probably one of the smartest creatures in the sea..

White Cliffs Opal Mines / via Robinson Meyer

The unusual variable star V838 Monocerotis (V838 Mon) continues to puzzle astronomers. This previously inconspicuous star underwent an outburst early in 2002, during which it temporarily increased in brightness to become 600,000 times more luminous than our Sun. Light from this sudden eruption is illuminating the interstellar dust surrounding the star, producing the most spectacular "light echo" in the history of astronomy.

Whoa. Skull.

And Now For Something Completely Different

Double rainbow plus surprise lightning!

  • Desirée Romero
    Desirée Romero

    That is The Dome from Stephen King

  • Desirée Romero
    Desirée Romero

    But a real one

Hubble: Timelapse of V838 Monocerotis (2002-2006)

Cheetahs turn quickly by rotating their tails which cancels rotational inertia and minimizes torque

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  • Rich Powell
    Rich Powell

    I figured that their tails helped with running or turning since they are proportionately larger than other cat species.

  • Maricarmen Husson
    Maricarmen Husson

    Cheetah is the fastest land animal, achieving a top speed of about 70 mph (113 kph)On the open savannas of Iran and parts of Africa, cheetahs are amazing examples of specialization of speed.

  • Judith Davidsen
    Judith Davidsen

    That other animal may not be as good as the cheetah, but it doesn't seem to be doing so bad with a short tail. What am I missing?

  • Rich Powell
    Rich Powell

    Good point.

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Physarum polycephalum 1

  • Dr. Scott Brown / Stock Market Expert / Finance Professor
    Dr. Scott Brown / Stock Market Expert / Finance Professor

    Scientists have shown that slime mold (Physarum polycephalum) can navigate maze and anticipate events. So the really freaky thing to consider is the possibility that this Plasmodium is a conscious soul. That hypothesis has not been discarded.

  • Sheila Carlson
    Sheila Carlson

    Used this for lab studies for a few years!

  • Dr. Scott Brown / Stock Market Expert / Finance Professor
    Dr. Scott Brown / Stock Market Expert / Finance Professor

    Great stuff. Did an undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Biology. We really don't fully understand "life" do we. LOL!

The first "point of view" video from a polar bear on Arctic sea ice has just become available courtesy of the U.S. Geological Survey. / CAUTION: contains seal death

This is what a hummingbird looks like close up

Twitter / Iearnsomething: This is what a hummingbird ...
  • Melissa Hadley
    Melissa Hadley

    here's a tip to get them to perch,put up a thick string line close to the feeders and they will perch then you can view there beauty:)

  • shruti gupta
    shruti gupta

    very beautiful

  • Mairin Darlington
    Mairin Darlington

    aren't they amazing?? i recently got to hold one (a male ruby throated) while rescuing it!

  • Season in a Trunk
    Season in a Trunk

    inspired by hummingbirds today

  • Annette Blackburn
    Annette Blackburn

    so beautiful....

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Waterton Lake Eclipse by Yuichi Takasaka

Twitter / NASAGoddardPix: Nailed it. Waterton Lake #eclipse ...
  • Marylee Wright
    Marylee Wright

    Love it!

  • Docent Rengifo
    Docent Rengifo


  • Danielle Keister
    Danielle Keister

    WOW! Beautiful and so sci-fi.

Ants Build Complex Structures With a Few Simple Rules | Simons Foundation

Snail Zombies via Liyan Chang

Waterbear / Tardigrade

  • Nic Marie
    Nic Marie

    These things can survive in space, as an experiment they released these into space for a time period and then recollected them and they were all still alive

  • Relina Hester-Chamberlin
    Relina Hester-Chamberlin


  • Mido ℳ❣◤
    Mido ℳ❣◤

    Just awesome

  • Jilly EndCiv
    Jilly EndCiv

    It's true, they can survive in space! No matter what happens to Earth, the water bear will be the last species wiped out.

  • Dale Zepp
    Dale Zepp

    how big are they and where can i find one?>

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"As a hydrogeologist, this is porn for me." via James Leng

  • Jan Fulton
    Jan Fulton

    Lots of oxbows

Captain Dave Anderson of Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari in Dana Point, California recently filmed and edited this 5 minute video taken with a drone. It shows thousands of dolphins, three gray whales migrating off the coast of San Clemente, and a humpback whale snuggling with her calf in Maui.

  • Sarah Myers
    Sarah Myers

    Did they find a me aid yet?! ;)

  • Paul McCarthy
    Paul McCarthy

    They're pretty elusive, those me aids! ;)

  • Sarah Myers
    Sarah Myers


  • Sarah Myers
    Sarah Myers

    Oh darn shoulda spellchecked.

When Trilobites Ruled the World / "A well-preserved trilobite specimen from Morocco that lived during the Devonian Period roughly 400 million years ago."

When Trilobites Ruled the World
  • Jenny Koba
    Jenny Koba

    They have a thing called triops they are similar but they are not brine shrimp. I had some triops and they were about 2 inches long and black and looked like swimming roaches. I ran out of food and I gave them beta fish food and they died.

  • Duncan Masters
    Duncan Masters

    Some modern isopods also look a bit like trilobites. I don't know about buying them.

  • Richard Larose
    Richard Larose

    So you mean, we could raise shrimp in the Moroccan desert in brackish water canals that filter down to giant aquifers, only to be pumped back to the circular fields by a wind mill and be fertilized by the algae grown also in the canals?

  • Kris Nott
    Kris Nott

    ^^^^^^^ is the above comment intended for this pin?

  • Allison Murray
    Allison Murray

    I wish I could see something next to it for size reference. Perhaps a ruler..

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Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin report that crazy ants are actually able to detoxify fire ants’ venom, helping them displace this usually dominant species.

Crazy ants take on fire ants and win
  • Kari Jucksch Martin
    Kari Jucksch Martin

    But crazy ants are going to invade and will be very dangerous to our homes. Do your research on these things.

  • Richard Larose
    Richard Larose

    How about invasive account ants from the Middle East?

"This is a video showing a person killing a praying mantis virtually taken over by a huge parasite of the species Nematomorpha (horsehair worm). When the mantis dies, the parasite evacuates its host. These parasitic worms grow up to 100 cm in length, with extreme case specimens reaching 200 cm. The infection they infest their host with can ‘program’ the hosts brain and cause it to drown itself, returning the nematomorph parasite to water." / this horrifying thing via kenyatta

Guy kills a zombie praying mantis, revealing a huge parasite living inside
  • Rebecca S.
    Rebecca S.

    That is grosssssss!!!

  • Mariel Cameron
    Mariel Cameron

    Ahhh!!! Nightmares for weeeks! Why, Mother Nature?? Why?!

  • Meryl F
    Meryl F

    Just dusgusting

  • Richard Larose
    Richard Larose

    Mother Nature is a crazy bitch... Imagine religion...

  • Caitlyn Xentaros
    Caitlyn Xentaros

    Burn. It.

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The Spanish dancer (Hexabranchus sanguineus - meaning "blood-colored six-gills") is a dorid nudibranch

Fractal attraction
  • J Lisa Davis
    J Lisa Davis

    nature always wants to make a pattern. beautiful

  • jodi jeffries
    jodi jeffries

    Incredible right? So beautiful..

  • Camille Stephens
    Camille Stephens

    Nature is the greatest artist

  • Ryan Delaney
    Ryan Delaney

    It's a computer rendering

  • Patti Feit
    Patti Feit

    Thanks, Ryan, it sure is. But the real Spanish Dancer nudibranch is still quite beautiful ...

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Pregnant Pygmy Seahorse

50 Photos That Will Blow You Away (Final Part)
  • Vanessa-Craig Reed
    Vanessa-Craig Reed

    Amy Dixon THIS is what I feel like.

  • Carmel Beckman
    Carmel Beckman

    I felt like that pregnant too! LOL

  • Joseph Dildine
    Joseph Dildine


  • Jessica Locke
    Jessica Locke

    You forgot to mention that it is a male!

  • Leanne N.K. McKoy
    Leanne N.K. McKoy

    Aww...I want one :)

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A red fox pinpoints field mice buried deep beneath the snow, using his sensitive hearing and the magnetic field of the North Pole to plot his trajectory. / also, the cutest thing.

  • Cyn Sause
    Cyn Sause

    So cool

  • Jade Adams
    Jade Adams


  • Megan Hollingshead
    Megan Hollingshead

    I love his little head!