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Jellyfish-Shaped Lightning

Atmospheric scientist Oscar van der Velde captured this sprite, as it is called, in Barcelona, Spain on the night of June 5th.

It's Raining Tadpoles

Residents in a coastal town in Japan have reported a strange phenomenon-- tadpoles dropping out of the sky. In one downpour, more than a hundred dead tadpoles covered the windshields of cars.

TV Special: Earth 2100

The new ABC special "Earth 2100", airing Tuesday night, looks at how the combination of population growth, resource depletion, and climate change could have catastrophic consequences.

Greenland Ice Melting

East Coast cities like New York and Boston could face a huge rise in sea level if the melting of Greenland's ice sheets continues at its pace, researchers recently announced.

Not Quite Motherly Love

While most Americans cheerfully celebrate Mother's Day, certain members of the animal world may beg to differ...

Insect Invaders Repelled by Rock Music

Residents of the tiny town of Tuscarora, Nevada have come up with a novel way of repelling the yearly invasion of Mormon crickets—they aim boom boxes toward the desert and blast local rock station KHIX from dawn to dusk. More at Gizmodo.

Our Connected World

A new study in connectedness has revealed that it truly is a small world. So small, in fact, that less than 10% of Earth's land areas require more than 2 days of travel time to reach a major city.

1st Crop Circle of 2009

The first crop circle of the 2009 season was reported on April 14 near Avebury, Wiltshire, England in a field of yellow flowering canola. Pictured is an image of the formation by Lucy Pringle.

Quake Warning

Ed Dames shares a Matrix Intelligence Agency warning about a powerful quake due to hit the Carson City, NV area in 5-6 months.

Tonga Volcano

After a series of quakes near Tonga, an undersea volcano erupted, spewing a huge plume into the sky, which rose between 15,000 and 25,000 feet.

Alien-Like Squid Filmed

A remote camera a mile and a half underwater has captured video footage of an alien-like squid with "elbows." More at National Geographic News.

Brazilian Crop Circle

A crop circle recently discovered in Brazil is being investigated by A. J. Gevaerd, who says it's the country first such pattern. More at the Crop Circle Connector.

Jones & Savino Images

Marie Jones sent us a set of images to accompany her presentation with John Savino on supervolcanoes. Click here to view.

Crop Circle on Google Earth

For an interesting aerial view of a crop circle from Yorkshire, U.K., check out the program Google Earth (free download) and then open this placemark.

New Creature Discovery

In an underwater cave in Israel that had been sealed off for five million years, eight previously unknown species have been discovered. One of the invertebrate creatures resembles a shrimp, another a scorpion. Scientists believe that there may be more discoveries coming from this unique and ancient ecosystem. For more info, photos & video, visit BBC News.

Supervolcano Movie

How real is the science behind the new docudrama Supervolcano, airing tonight on the Discovery Channel? The film, which portrays a volcanic eruption in Yellowstone, is actually quite well done, said a former USGS scientist who served as a consultant on the project.

Hemp History

Using cannabis as a medical treatment dates back thousands of years. But the plant has also been employed for many other purposes. For instance, one of the earliest known woven fabrics was said to be made of hemp. More recently, the original Levi jeans were made out of a tough hemp sailcloth for miners during the California Gold Rush, so that their pockets wouldn't tear when filled with gold.

Sounds of a Quake

Kamasami Kong writes: On Sunday, September 5th, 2004, a big quake hit Osaka. It was a ~relatively~ small one compared to the Great Hanshin Earthquake that hit us (in Kobe) about 10-years ago, in 1995.

Melting Glaciers

Many climate scientists believe the melting of glaciers worldwide is a sign the planet has entered the first phase of global warming.

Riding through Chernobyl

Elena, an intrepid motorcyclist, has created a haunting website, which photo-documents her drive through "the dead zone" of Chernobyl, the site of the world's worst nuclear power accident.

Spotlight on: Magic Mushrooms

Tonight's guest, James Arthur, believes that certain plant substances which alter human consciousness helped our species to evolve. The renowned thinker and American shaman, the late Terence McKenna also hypothesized about this.

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