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Vote For Who You Think Deserves National Geographic’s $50,000 “Expedition-Granted” Prize! (Video)

The wonderful people at National Geographic are hosting another awesome youth-inspiring contest that will award a $50,000 grant to help fund a winning team’s nature expedition. The contest opened its doors to entries from all over, with the only parameters being that the expedition idea pushes boundaries and forges new territory. Unfortunately the doors have been closed for new entries, but the lucky projects that have been recognized as finalists for this year’s grant include all types of expeditions, from

If Fireflies Weren’t Cool Enough, Here’s An Awesome Firefly Time-Lapse Video!

Photo Credit: National Geographic

Photographer/filmmaker Vincent Brady teamed up with National Geographic to put together an awe-inspiring time-lapse video using awesome stills of fireflies. The video/stills were captured at Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri, and Grand Ledge, Michigan, during the summer of 2013. Enjoy! Fireflies or “lightning bugs” as some people call them, are a winged beetle that scientist believe to be over 2,000 species of on our planet. According to Wikipedia… “Light production in fireflies is due to a type of chemical reaction called bioluminescence. This

Obama Just Created the World’s Biggest Ocean Preserve in the Pacific

Yesterday, Barack Obama used his executive powers under the Antiquities Act to create the world’s largest ocean preserve in the south-central Pacific Ocean. The move expands upon the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument reserve, which was created by George W. Bush back in 2009. Obama’s expansion will increase the reserve to about 6 times its current size, for a total area of 490,000 square miles.   The reserve bans commercial fishing and deep-sea mining within the demarcated areas, protecting hundreds of species

Psycho Fishermen Encounter A GIGANTIC Anaconda and Decide to Play With It (Video)

The Amazon River is home to some pretty scary creatures. Among these is the anaconda, the world’s largest snake. These massive reptiles can grow up to 30 feet in length and reach weights upwards of 400 pounds. Full-grown anacondas are often as thick as a full-grown man’s torso. So, as a fisherman on a relatively small boat in the Amazon River, you would probably steer well clear of these beasts, right? Apparently these ballsy Brazilian fishermen didn’t get the memo: The

This Guy Just Became the First Person to Explore the Largest Beaver Dam in the World

Deep in the woods of northern Alberta, Canada, lies an engineering masterpiece. But this is not man-made structure, it’s a 2,788-foot beaver dam, so big that it can actually be seen from space. The dam, first discovered in a series of satellite images in 2007, is buried deep in the forests of Wood Mountain National Park, and was thought to be inaccessible to humans. But for amateur explorer Rob Mark, that sounded like a challenge: “There was a reoccurring theme that it

What Are These Strange Creatures and Why Are They Washing Up On the Shores of Monterey Bay?

Meet the velella velella. These odd creatures, which are often called by-the-wind sailors, are a species of invertebrate closely related to Portuguese Man-o-wars. Basically, they’re jellyfish that spend the entirety of their adult lives on the surface of the water. Their only form of navigation is the sail on their back, which is how they got their nickname. When winds get violent, velella velellas are pretty much at the mercy of the ocean, and are often stranded by the thousands along beaches

This Fungus Cannon Shoots Off Spores Faster Than Bullets from A Shotgun (Video)

Back in June, I wrote a post about the fastest animals in the world, including the hydromantes salamander, the mantis shrimp, the cheetah and the peregrine falcon. But life on this planet is not limited to the animal kingdom. If we’re talking about the fastest organisms in the world, then the Pilobolus crystallinus, a fungus typically found growing on herbivore poo, is definitely a contender. The fungus creates spores which it eventually shoots off at speeds up to 25 meters per second (~56 miles per

Hornets Built A Nest On This Man’s Window, Giving Him A Sweet View Inside (Video)

Usually, having hornets in, on, or even anywhere near your house is not a very enjoyable situation. But but for one reddit user, the experience was pretty much as good as it gets. A colony of European hornets have built a nest between the two panes of a double-glass window high up in the attic of the person’s house. The window doesn’t open and the nest is isolated in the attic, so the hornets don’t bother the homeowner or the neighbors. The window provides an awesome

What’s A Bobcat In 60 Seconds

Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are a mainly nocturnal animal and like most feline are very elusive, so they aren’t often seen by humans. A mammal part of the cat family “Felidae”, bobcats first appeared around 1.8 million years ago.  Bobcats have adapted to thrive in many different habitats, such as forests, swamps, deserts, and even urbanized areas. They inhabitat regions from southern Canada all the way to northern Mexico and can be found all throughout the United States. There are an estimated 1 million bobcats living

Meet “Cassius”, The Largest Crocodile In Captivity In The World (Photos)

84-year old George Craig is referred to by many as “the-real Crocodile Dundee”. Craig had 17 years of experience hunting and capturing crocodiles in Papua New Guinea before saving Cassius. According to GrindTV… “In 1987, a year after “Crocodile Dundee” hit theaters, George Craig saved Cassius from being hunted down and killed by locals in Northern Territory, Australia, where the saltwater crocodile was terrorizing the population. The huge crocodile, missing his front left leg and tip of his tail due to vicious

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