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An Adorable Live Cam Of A Baby Bird Went Horribly Wrong, And It’s All Our Fault

Adorable puffins live in Maine and like to eat little fishies (yes that’s a word) and make funny noises. Petey the puffin chick was the star of a live “Puffin Cam” in Maine. But the “producers” didn’t count on climate change altering the course of their super-cute reality show.

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Back To Nature by Fesson Ludovic

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Flying Squid

Several species of squid have evolved a tactic to evade predators and conserve energy, they have evolved the ability to fly! This is not true flight however but gliding similar to a flying fish or squirrel. The squid though has a anatomical design that the fish and mammals don’t, it has jet propulsion. Although not too much is known about how these mollusks are able to get out of the water and actually propel themselves, the squid seem to propel themselves by forcefully shooting water out of of their siphons.

They are able to cover great distances with some squids being recorded flying for 160 feet above the waters surface. It is thought that this tactic evolved for two reasons, one being out of the water saves the squid from any predators chasing it underwater (like flying fish do), and secondly the squid can move a lot faster flying than swimming (5x as fast). Being able to move faster allows the animal to conserve energy during migration.

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The World’s Largest Tree House

Located in Crossville, Tennessee, Horrace Burgess built the world’s largest tree house using only recycled lumber, donated or salvaged from demolition sites. He says that since so much of the material used to build the house was given to him, the whole project has only cost him around $12 thousand—most of which was spent on nails. The structure, which climbs 100 feet into the air, is mainly supported by a single large tree which makes up it’s foundation—though a spiral staircase allows access inside from the ground level. At ten stories tall, with roughly 10,000 square feet, the tree house may be more aptly called a ‘tree mansion’, but according Horrace, it’s a work in progress.

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Two-Headed Animals

This bizarre condition is called polycephaly, and believe it or not, it can occur in both animals and humans. The most common cause for animals with two heads is monozygotic (identical) twins failing to separate properly, so that instead of becoming two separate siblings, they end up sharing the same body. Many animals and humans born with polycephaly die soon after birth, but not all.

But for the kitten and pig pictured above, there is another disorder that caused the appearance of their two-heads. Its called diprosopus, or craniofacial duplication. And unlike polycephaly, diprosopus has nothing to do with the separation of embryos. Its cause is due to a protein called the sonic hedgehog homolog protein, also known as SHH. SHH basically tells the cranial and facial region how to develop when an embryo is growing. Too much can cause the face to end up being extra wide, with duplicated features; too little, and you could end up with a Cyclops.

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Frozen Bubbles Suspended Below Abraham Lake

Abraham Lake has become world famous, especially amongst photographers. The artificial lake, which lies in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, is home to a rare phenomenon where bubbles get frozen right underneath its surface. They’re often referred to as ice bubbles or frozen bubbles.

What causes this to happen? As photographer Fikret Onal explains, “The plants on the lake bed release methane gas and methane gets frozen once coming close enough to much colder lake surface and they keep stacking up below once the weather gets colder and colder during [the] winter season.”

Though a gorgeous sight, this incredible destination isn’t for the weak or the weary. “Even though I’ve walked on a frozen lake before, Abraham Lake made me feel completely uneasy since the lake was not covered with snow,” says Onal. “Even though the icy surface was around 8-9 inches thick, it still scared the hell out of me, not only because of the fact that I could see all the cracks…and the darkness of the lake bottom through the glassy surface, but also [because of] the deep boomy, cracking sounds coming from underneath the lake’s surface.”

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Wandering in the Woods, Oer-Wout

I want Rider to ride in these forests.  I want Ailim and Night to hunt them.  #Summoners

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From the BBC series Life, meet the Sarcastic Fringehead as Sir David Attenborough narrates. 

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This small, scrappy fish found along the Pacific Coast from San Francisco to Baja California, Mexico, maintains a relatively small zone of personal space around its home, usually a shell, a can or a bottle. When an intruder invades that space, the fringehead attacks fearlessly and aggressively, baring its teeth and snapping its jaws… 

Why invest so much time and energy into keeping away unwanted solicitations? Because in the fringehead’s preferred habitat — on sandy or muddy ocean bottoms just beyond the breaker zone — competition for resources is fierce. To ensure they get their fair share of food and space, fringeheads stake out a territory that they can realistically defend… Some scientists estimate they consume almost 14 times their body weight per year.

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archiemcphee:

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes this impressive geological formation - an enormous rock perfectly balanced atop a smooth mound. Located deep inside the forests of Finland, the balancing rock is called Kummakivi:

“There is still no scientific explanation for how the rock, whose given name translates as ‘strange rock’ in Finnish, has wound up in such a perplexing position.”

However it happened, it’s a pretty awesome sight. But we don’t recommend standing under it for too long.

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