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Awesome Nature

Tornado? Meh

Tornado? Meh

“Hey man, yeah I’m at the parking lot, and so is a tornado. What? Yep, it’s headed towards me. Huh? No, no I’ll be fine. I’m thinking of getting out of the car and punching it away or something.”

Kuwait Sand Storm

Kuwait Sand Storm

YouTube user alkulaib and his friend could only stand in awe as a lazy but colossal sand storm descended upon them. The transition from normal day to silent darkness begins at 2:30.

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Virgin Oceanic

Virgin Oceanic

Sir Richard Branson opens up his seemingly limitless checkbook to launch Virgin Oceanic, a project designed to visit the unexplored depths of our seas. He should invite James Cameron along.

The Billion-Bug Highway

The Billion-Bug Highway

NPR Science Correspondent Robert Krulwich on the existence of an invisible highway of wind drafts thousands of feet above us, filled with a staggering number of different kinds of insects.

Tsunami Car Ride

Tsunami Car Ride

Watch this haunting footage shot from inside a moving vehicle as the recent tsunami hit Japan. Thankfully, the driver managed to escape without injury. Rainbows aren’t always a good omen.

Japan Tsunami: Before & After

Japan Tsunami: Before & After

The New York Times has an interactive gallery that compares satellite images from last year with ones taken after the March 11 tsunami. You can donate to the Red Cross disaster relief for Japan here.

Dust Devil x Plastic Sheets

Dust Devil x Plastic Sheets

Not, it’s not a collaboration between two indie bands. But it is a wonderful combination, a lazy dust devil gently uncovering a strawberry field, turning the sheets into an impromptu sculpture.

The Last Laugh

The Last Laugh

This video starts out like one of those typically disturbing nature films, as a giant wild feline bears down his fangs on its helpless prey. But things don’t always turn out the way you think they will.

Frozen River Ice Flow

Frozen River Ice Flow

(NSFW: Language) This week, we learned that nature is awesome. Here’s more proof, as the Ammonoosuc river transforms from a still, peaceful thing to a rushing river of ice in minutes.

Terminator Dog

Terminator Dog

Third-degree burns left Hachi looking like a menacing T-800, but he remains sweet and loyal. Rescued by firefighters in Torrance, California, he’s now looking for someone to adopt him.

The Eagles Have Landed

The Eagles Have Landed

So many awesome things about this video: that there’s a place called Unalaska, Alaska, at times they have daylight even at 11pm, and there are freakin’ eagles (and a fox) in their backyards.

Giant Ant Hill Excavation

Giant Ant Hill Excavation

From the documentary Ants – Nature’s Secret Power: scientists poured 10 tons of concrete into an ant hill to preserve its insides. After weeks of digging, they uncovered an awe-inspiring ant city.

Avalanche on Cheget

Avalanche on Cheget

A group of villagers in Terskol, Russia watch as they intentionally induce an avalanche by firing artillery. The scenery quickly transforms from postcard-worthy into nothing but snow and dust.

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The Honey Badger

The Honey Badger

(NSFW for language) The hilarious narration here only adds to the intrigue of the Honey Badger – fearless, nasty and unstoppable about its eating. Sounds like some people we know. (Thanks Tyler!)

How Cold Is -30ºC?

How Cold Is -30ºC?

It’s hard for us normal folks to wrap our heads around stats that are too high or too low. Take temperature for instance. -30ºC is obviously cold, but how cold exactly? Watch the video to find out.

Queensland Flood Sweeps Cars

Queensland Flood Sweeps Cars

A bystander in Toowomba, Queensland shot this video showing just how quickly the flash flood erupted from a creek, sweeping cars away within minutes. You can donate to the flood relief here.

Tornado Alley

Tornado Alley

Get swept away in the adrenaline-charged Tornado Alley, which documents Storm Chasers host Sean Casey’s thrilling quest to experience a tornado’s destructive power at point blank range.

Galapagos 2010

Galapagos 2010

Darek Sepiolo’s astounding video of life in the Galapagos islands had us convinced we were looking at another world. When we realized this is right here on Earth, our minds exploded.

Completely See-Through Fish

Completely See-Through Fish

These glass catfish (the rainbows are light reflections) are naturally transparent with the exception of their spines, which helps them hide from prey in the wild. We could use this power too.

Mimic Octopus

Mimic Octopus

The Southern White-faced Owl has a couple of creepy transformations, but it’s got nothing on the Mimic Octopus. This strange cephalopod can copy the look of 15 species, from snakes to shrimps.

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How Not to Get Eaten by a Bear

How Not to Get Eaten by a Bear

A BBC Earth crew was shooting footage when a grizzly bear got within just feet of their shoot. Luckily, they knew exactly what to do while the menacing beast went about its business. Nothing.

Leaf Art

Leaf Art

A few examples of incredible paintings, engravings, carvings, and even sculptures made of leaves. The carvings in particular are jaw-dropping. More here, here and here.

Ant Circle of Doom

Ant Circle of Doom

Did you know that when ants get separated from their colony, they start following each other in a circle until they drop dead? The phenomenon looks like an insect hurricane. Nature sure is weird.

Big Cats + Catnip

Big Cats + Catnip

Next time you find yourself face-to-face with a tiger, lion, leopard or jaguar, don’t run. Just drop a big bag of catnip at their feet, and watch ’em get just as stoned as your house cat does.

Triple Lightning Strike

Triple Lightning Strike

During the this week’s really nasty weather, photographer Craig Shimala captured this amazing video of lightning simultaneously striking the three tallest buildings in downtown Chicago.

The Oostvaardersplassen Preserve

The Oostvaardersplassen Preserve

A short train ride north from Amsterdam will bring you quickly to the Oostvaardersplassen, one of Europe’s most important nature preserves, filled with abundant grazing herds (and no predators).

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