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 Wednesday 3:17pm

A rock so fantastically beautiful that it's hard to believe is real

This looks like some 3D rendering of a fantastic alien matter that can't possibly exist on Earth. But, being the amazing planet we live in, it is actually a real thing: "A bismuth crystal illustrating the many iridescent refraction hues of its oxide surface." We live in a wonderful world, people. » 8/29/14 10:08pm 8/29/14 10:08pm

Amazing video shows hundreds of pelicans diving into a feeding frenzy

Birds are awesome creatures, but seeing huge flocks of them—like these pelicans diving into a feeding frenzy—both amaze and scare the bejesus out of me. Maybe is Hitchcock's fault. Or maybe it's because I know these sons of dinosaurs are really waiting for their opportunity to eat us all one day. » 8/25/14 10:01pm 8/25/14 10:01pm

Shooting Challenge: Crazy Things You See In Clouds

You know when you see something in a cloud, and you wonder, am I just crazy, or does that cloud really look like a dragon being ridden by a pig eating a cotton candy hot dog? Well it's your lucky day. For this week's Shooting Challenge, take a photo of something crazy you see in a cloud. And we'll all let you know if… » 8/21/14 4:28pm 8/21/14 4:28pm

Speedo's Crazy Nemesis Fins Borrow Their Design From Humpback Whales

When you're designing a product that helps someone race through the water, it only makes sense to draw your inspiration from the ocean's resident experts. So you might be surprised to hear that Speedo closely based the design for its new Nemesis fins on humpback whales instead of sharks or dolphins. Either way, it's a… » 8/08/14 9:59am 8/08/14 9:59am

Lemmings don't commit mass suicide, Disney pushed them off a cliff

Lemmings have gotten a bum rap as being panicky rodents prone to throwing themselves from cliffs during their annual migration. But it turns out that the "documentary" that first promulgated this lie was more snuff fantasy than scientific fact. You don't normally expect that from a Disney production. » 8/06/14 5:16pm 8/06/14 5:16pm

How a desert cat uses its super ears to hunt birds in mid-flight

This footage of a desert cat taking out a bird in mid-flight is another impressive reminder of the astonishing power of natural evolution. The small but agile caracal uses 20 muscles —in three distinct groups—to independently control each of its ears, which act as supersensitive parabolic sound antennas. » 7/28/14 11:24pm 7/28/14 11:24pm

Chopping down a super tall tree with a chainsaw looks like a lot of fun

It probably requires a lot of planning and a lot of strategic rope placement and a lot of brass balls but once you're all the way up there and everything is set, chopping down a tree with a chainsaw looks like crazy amounts of fun. This GoPro footage from the chainsaw's perspective proves that. » 7/23/14 11:45pm 7/23/14 11:45pm