This squirrel stole a GoPro in an attempt to film its life high up in a tree

Nicole Hughes Contributor

By Nicole Hughes in Video on Wednesday 19 November 2014

YouTube user Viva Frei decided to attach a piece of bread to a GoPro as bait and see what would happen. Well, apparently, squirrels make excellent filmmakers. The hungry squirrel took off with the small camera and continued to shoot a film on the life of living in trees. Eventually, once all the shots were taken, the squirrel kindly dropped the camera back down to Viva. The bread was long gone, of course.

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The beauty of the European countryside, just before sunrise

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 13 November 2014

The air is still and quietness is all around. You look into the distance. The fog is slowly rolling over the mountains. The sun is awakening. Nope, this isn’t just a dream, and no you haven’t died and gone to Heaven. This is Europe, right before the sun rises. Photographer Kilian Schoenberger took these snaps across the continent, with pictures taken in Germany, Austria, France, and the Czech Republic.

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Incredible photos show 180-year-old Jonathan the giant tortoise in 1902 and today

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Photography on Wednesday 6 August 2014

This tortoise has seen a lot. In fact, over some 180 years, Jonathan the giant tortoise has pretty much seen it all. Heck, when he was born, back in the early 1830s, Charles Darwin was still roaming the earth! These remarkable photos show the slow moving marvel in 1902 at his full adult size, which, […]

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The majestic and billowing icebergs of Antarctica

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Monday 28 July 2014

Martin Bailey, who is based in Tokyo but works across all seven continents, is the nature photographer behind these statuesque shots of Antarctica icebergs. These are so, so beautiful we wish Antarctica was more accessible to us.

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Snake? Nope! A caterpillar that looks and acts like a snake for camouflage

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Eco on Tuesday 3 June 2014

When you encounter a snake, don’t panic just yet, it just might be a harmless little caterpillar – or it could really be a snake. Either way, just run. In Costa Rica, there’s a caterpillar that camouflages itself to look like a snake, with its tail appearing to be the head of the vicious reptile. It even hides its legs and expands its body to make the snake-like markings on its body more realistic.

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Ricardo Solis shows us how animals got their colours and stripes

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Monday 26 May 2014

Mexican artist Ricardo Solis was attracted to art and nature as a young boy, which may explain his series of animal drawings and paintings that try to understand evolution. From a rhino being created out of terracotta to a zebra’s stripes being attached by tiny workmen, Solis’ art allows us to open our minds and question […]

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This 3200 year old tree is so big it’s never been captured in a single image: until now!

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in New Eco on Saturday 22 March 2014

‘The President’ doesn’t have a nickname for just any old reason. This giant sequoia, one of the largest trees in the world, stands 75.3m tall, 8.2m wide, measures 1,274.3 cubic metres in volume, and is an estimated 3,200 years old. And it’s never been completely photographed – until a tree-climbing scientist got involved. Behold, 32 days of work to take 126 individual photos, stitched together to create one amazing image. [This post first appeared on our sister site, Techly]

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Long exposure photos reveal beautiful world of fireflies

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 30 January 2014

The yellow dots are attacking from the dark forests! Kidding. These photos are actually of fireflies lighting up at night. Okayama-based photographer Tsuneaki Hiramitsu has taken shots of fireflies for years, often going out of the city and into dark, wooded areas where the fireflies reside.

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Expedition into in Southeast Suriname uncovers 60 new species

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Eco on Saturday 12 October 2013

Just when you think that we humans have explored and pilfered every square inch of our planet, someone like Trond Larsen goes to South America and reports discovering 60 new species there! His wild stories of adventure and mis-hap in Southeast Suriname lend an air of excitement and danger to his report of the three week […]

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Bat taxidermy: time-lapse from specimen to display

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Video on Wednesday 9 October 2013

This time-lapse video created by LSA’s Museum of Zoology walks us through the science of bat taxidermy. Don’t watch this if you’ve just eaten a heavy lunch. It’s a bit gross but highly fascinating and beautiful in a weird way. The bat skeleton is so delicate and detailed, like a piece of lace. I loved seeing […]

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True story: Drunk pig steals 18 beers then fights a cow

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Tuesday 8 October 2013

This wild pig was recently seen causing havoc after hammering 18 stolen beers. The little guy snuck into a camp site situated in an area of Western Australia at the DeGray River rest area and pilfered the booze before the campers could stop him. After drinking the alcohol, he picked a fight with a cow. True. […]

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The truth is out: Mice sing to warn rival mice

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By Lai Chow in New Eco on Tuesday 8 October 2013

Research recently published in The American Naturalist has shown that two tribes of mice — Alston’s singing mouse and Chiriqui singing mouse — who share their living spaces in the cloud forests between Costa Rica and Panama, sing whenever they detect intruders of the other species on their turf. What can we say? There must […]

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Sloths will take over the world … eventually

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Monday 23 September 2013

They have arrived to take over the world. But don’t worry, take your time, they’re not in any rush. The Sloth. A furry mammal indigenous to the South American rainforests. It is slow and lazy, but at the same time, cute and cuddly. You could say they are the South American versions of the panda.

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Photos of the annual Painted Elephant Parade

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Monday 23 September 2013

No, you aren’t drunk: those are real, technicolour elephants on parade. Thanks to photographer Charles Freger, we have these lovely photos taken in Jaipur, India at the start of the annual Painted Elephant Parade.

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Are plants better at math than you?

Annie Churdar Contributor

By Annie Churdar in New Trends on Wednesday 11 September 2013

Plants are smarter then we thought. According to recent research, plants can calculate exactly how much food theY will need each night to make it through the long, dark hours. Not only can they plan ahead thanks to their internal clocks, but apparently plants can adapt their math equation to changing external forces such as […]

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