Nature

July 16, 2020

Two Powerful Lightning Strikes Set New World Records

When lightning strikes, it can be a beautiful and terrifying event. What's even more fascinating are the record-breaking events recently announced by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). Two “megaflashes” have set the world record for both distance and duration as verified by new satellite imagery—and both of them more than doubled the previous records. Southern Brazil was the site of the first incredible lightning event.

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June 30, 2020

Woman Discovers Crystal That Looks Just Like a Chicken Tender

Who knew that a crystal could look so finger-lickin' good? Amelia Rude found out when she discovered an unusual crystal to add to her collection. Rude runs Unbeadable Energies, a gemstone jewelry business, and has a vast collection of over 700 crystals, but she never thought one of her finds would end up going viral. After noticing that the crystal looked like a chicken tender, Rude posted the photo to the @forbiddensnacks subreddit.

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June 7, 2020

Hummingbird “Spy” Drone Is Deployed to Capture Video of Massive Monarch Butterfly Swarm

PBS’ nature series, aptly titled Nature, brings the warmth of the coming springtime in full-force with a new clip of its hummingbird “spy” drone immersed in a massive monarch butterfly swarm. Featured on its Spy in the Wild series, the educational network’s quaint hummingbird photographer gets inside this half-million flutter of monarchs deep within the Mexican mountains.

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May 28, 2020

These “Clear” Succulents Look Like Glistening Jewels Growing From the Ground

Succulents are known for having leaves shaped like cartoon bunnies, dolphins, and hearts. So the Haworthia cooperi, while not oddly shaped, takes the prize for being the most unusual variety. Sometimes called the “clear succulent,” the transparency is particularly noticeable when the sun is shining on the tiny bulbous leaves. The light makes the tops of the plants practically disappear, leaving only the base of the blue-green leaves visible.

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