Category Archives: Nature

The clever folk at Kurzgesagt – In A Nutshell explore the microbiome outside and inside all of us, explaining how – among other things – gut bacteria ‘talk’ directly to our brains.

Put down that Yakult and step away.


Nighttime shots of the bizarre ‘earth pyramids’ of the South Tyrolean Alps by photographer Killian Schönberger.

Each of the clay columns, eroded from earlier structures left by retreating glaciers after the last Ice Age, is protected by a large boulder resting on top. Eventually, the columns lose the structural cohesion required to support the boulder and collapse – a sad day indeed for natural weirdness.


A chap and his friend ‘Icky’ discover a strange phenomenon on Nellie Lake in California. To wit, insects on the water surface responding to the sound of Icky’s voice:

The insect reacting to the shout is the Water Boatman (Corixidae). The lake has very few, if any, fish in it, so a huge population of water bugs, mostly Corixidae (from what we could see). For whatever reason, the ones that happen to be on the surface when we shout shoot forward rapidly when they hear a loud voice. The ones that are underwater don’t react at all. They don’t react to a clap. The only thing that got a reaction out of them was shouting. They seemed to prefer “Hey!” You could actually “see” the speed of sound by watching their reaction propagate across the lake.


Peacockspiderman (possibly not his real name) sez:

A short compilation of 51 Australian peacock spiders. I filmed these and few additional ones that I didn’t find space for in this clip over the last few years. Thanks to Universal Music for allowing me to use the Bee Gees track. I often thought it is the perfect tune for letting peacock spiders dance to…

Have you met Sparklemuffin and Skeletorus?


By Danish poster makers Jeppe Knudsen Ringsted and Nicolai Søndergaard.

‘Continents’ of animals with place names and natural terrain named after the subspecies.


Beautifully detailed images of the gas giant taken by NASA’a Juno probe, recently processed by Seán Doran and Gerald Eichstädt.

More images available including this hi-res download on Doran’s Flickr page.


Impressive photorealistic portraits of the endangered icebergs of Antarctica by artist Zaria Forman – her work informed by a four week residency on board the National Geographic Explorer last winter.