A glow in the dark forest is a magical and trippy place

My, this is beautiful. Artists Friedrich van Schoor and Tarek Mawad teamed up in this projection map installation to create a 'bioluminescent forest'. The entire forest glows with light, from the mushrooms to the trees to the leaves to the grounds to the insects. The darkness is transformed into a magical place. » 12/24/14 9:36pm 12/24/14 9:36pm

The Decline and Fall of the RadioShack Retail Empire

Welcome to Reading List, highlighting all the news stories you missed when you were arguing with your parents about Net Neutrality and/or slipping into a food coma. We've got great write ups from SB Nation, Nature, Businessweek, and Motherboard covering topics like religion, a failing retail empire, and gaming's… » 11/30/14 2:00pm 11/30/14 2:00pm

Rare footage of massive waterspouts connecting the ocean to the sky

Tornadoes terrify me. Being sucked into the sky never to return again was a recurring childhood nightmare of mine, one that felt extremely realistic. Which is why I shiver at the sight of these massive waterspouts. I imagine myself on a boat, being lifted up by some massive force, surrounded by sharks trying to bite… » 11/26/14 6:49pm 11/26/14 6:49pm

Watching carnivorous plants eat bugs is strangely therapeutic

There is just something unexplainably awesome about carnivorous plants eating things. It's like nature's revenge mixed with some alien imagination, like if these plants were grown from a different planet. Watch these carnivorous plants grow and chomp at bugs in this wonderful time lapse. » 11/18/14 2:02am 11/18/14 2:02am

The best pictures from National Geographic's Photo Contest 2014

Everybody knows what the best thing about the end of the year is. It's easy. No, it's not Christmas presents. Or seeing family over the holidays. The best thing about the end of the year is National Geographic's Photo Contest. It's a tradition where we get to see just how awesome the world around us is. » 10/28/14 1:04am 10/28/14 1:04am

Plan Your Leaf-Watching With This Lovely Fall Foliage Map

It's the time of year where people go out into rural America seeking swollen gourds and fermented apple juice all in the name of Fall Fun™. And because timing is everything when it comes to these things, this beautiful fall foliage forecast map will aid you in your important quest to see the most chlorophyll-free » 10/11/14 4:00pm 10/11/14 4:00pm

Hearing the sounds of paragliding is breathtaking

Usually when you think of things that take your breath away, you don't think of sounds. It's the spectacular view or the amazing feeling or the perfect performance. But this video that highlights the sound of paragliding is pretty breathtaking. I closed my eyes and listened and felt the nature around me. » 10/02/14 11:45pm 10/02/14 11:45pm

Rare white shark on white shark attack captured in terrifying video

The huge fish always eats the less huge fish: Witness the attack of a white shark against a younger one recorded on Neptune Island, 50 miles off the coast of Australia. Perhaps it was a mistake—the big one seemed headed to the bait when the small one crossed its path closer—but the final result is just the same. » 9/30/14 6:41pm 9/30/14 6:41pm

This thunderstorm might be crazy but Kazakhstan looks beautiful

Kazakhstan looks nothing like what Borat showed me! All jokes aside, the nature in the country looks amazing. Wanho Lim put together some timelapse footage for the Kazakhstan National Museum of his month in the country and came away with some stunning shots. That thunderstorm, especially. » 9/26/14 12:22am 9/26/14 12:22am

Watching a falcon hunt down a crow in the air is pretty terrifying

Seeing a falcon hunt down a crow from the falcon's point of view in an aerial pursuit is not unlike seeing an airplane dogfight or a crazy aerial chase scene from an action movie. Only this is happening in nature all the time. And this particular crow has no chance against the falcons. » 9/22/14 11:16pm 9/22/14 11:16pm

Scientists Are Reinventing Photosynthesis to Grow More Food

What if we could grow rice and wheat with the same amount of water and fertilizer but end up with 50 percent more food? Sound like magic? Bad accounting? No, just some chemistry and genetic engineering. Scientists have recently figured out the second of three steps to make photosynthesis a whole lot more efficient in… » 9/17/14 3:17pm 9/17/14 3:17pm