This High-Altitude Overlook Perfectly Frames a Volcano

It takes some work to get to Ecuador's Quilotoa Lake. Visiting the collapsed volcano requires hiring a bus or truck to navigate the steep roads, and a hardy constitution to endure its 12,000-foot altitude. Now a simple yet elegant platform allows a moment of meditative respite on the precipitous edge of the electric… » 12/08/14 5:55pm 12/08/14 5:55pm

Lightning can be heard halfway around the world via radio

Lightning, as we know, is an awesome burst of energy. When lightning strikes, some of that energy can be converted into radio waves that then zip through space along Earth's magnetic field, so that lightning in Alaska can be heard as "whistlers" on a radio receiver all the way in New Zealand. » 7/25/14 5:57pm 7/25/14 5:57pm

Erupting volcano blows unbelievably perfect smoke rings

Think you're cool cause you can blow o's when you smoke? Mother Nature has still got you beat. Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy took a little break from erupting to blow O-shaped smoke rings hundreds of feet in diameter to make every smoker and pot head in the world jealous. Just look at it. It's perfect! » 11/14/13 9:34pm 11/14/13 9:34pm

Why This Magical Lake Changes Color With the Weather

Japanese photographer Kent Shiraishi is the author of a photograph that's now known to millions as the background wallpaper to OSX Mountain Lion—the counterpart to Windows XP's rolling green grass fields. But while most of us know Shiraishi's photo, not as many know the fascinating story behind it. » 11/14/13 5:20pm 11/14/13 5:20pm

Safely Explore an Erupting Volcano With This Stunning 360 Degree…

A few days ago we posted a behind the scenes look at how the Moscow-based Airpano managed to capture some spectacular footage and imagery of the Tolbachick volcano using a flying drone. But it turns out they also had a 360 degree video camera mounted to one of their helicopters. And the footage of their flight over… » 2/05/13 8:33am 2/05/13 8:33am

How a Film Crew Captured Four—Count 'Em Four—Simultaneous Volcanic…

A volcano erupting on its own is no big deal; they're like earthquakes, no one cares unless it's catastrophic. But to have four separate volcanic cones—each fed by separate magma sources—all erupting within 110 miles of one another simply doesn't happen. Ever. This must be what witnessing Haley's Comet was like. » 2/01/13 12:17pm 2/01/13 12:17pm