Lightning Strike Origins: Some of the most spectacular images of natural phenomena in the annals of photography are long-exposure shots of lightning, such as this example reportedly captured by art photographer Amery Carlson during a lightning storm off the coast of Ventura, California:
This is Lydia Fairchild, and she is one of the rare people in the world known as human chimeras. When a fertilized egg meets another fertilized egg in the womb it has 2 choices: develop separately into fraternal twins, or absorb the competition. Chimeras occur when the twin is absorbed but doesn't die, instead continuing to live in your body. Thus one person carries 2 different set of genes, with random organs having your twin's DNA. Anyone could be a chimera without knowing it.
The lobster was caught off Nova Scotia in 2002. Not only is it precisely half albino, it is also a hermaphrodite - male on one side and female on the other. Lobsters develop independently on each side of the body, which accounts for the two different claws, and also for bizarre patterns like this.
Deep in the rainforests of the Indian state of Meghalaya, bridges are not built, they’re grown. For more than 500 years locals have guided roots and vines from the native Ficus Elastica (rubber tree) across rivers, using hollowed out trees to create root guidance systems.