Fifty miles off the coast of Nantucket, 250 feet beneath the Atlantic, lies the RMS Republic and her secret treasure. As soon as Republic sank, rumors spread of a precious cargo, but the ship has kept her secrets intact for over a century, until now. Life-long treasure hunter Martin Bayerle joined Connie Willis (email) for all four hours to discuss how he has devoted the past 35 years of his life researching the shipwreck and proving the existence of her reputed cargo of 150,000 American Eagle gold coins, a bounty worth a billion dollars in today’s economy, and his quest to recover the it on his second attempt at the Republic.
An Australian bearded dragon has become an online celebrity after its owner captured the creature on video playing the smartphone game Ant Smasher
Once venerated by the natives of Madagascar, the island's lemurs are becoming endangered as cultural changes have resulted in the creature now being seen as a viable food source. Previously, it had been considered taboo on the island to hunt or kill the animal, but a recent study uncovered a staggering number of lemurs being eaten in villages on the island. Experts blame outsiders coming to work at the island's mines and their rising demand for meat as the key factor in the lemur's changing fortunes. More on the story at BBC News.
In a 1989 photo, Colin Andrews is seen at a crop circle in Hampshire U.K., taking site details.
Former park ranger Mark Moffett found the heaviest ever recorded giant weta after two days of searching on a remote New Zealand island.
Having grown tired of bureaucratic red tape surrounding his land proposal, a snake charmer in India decided to let his 'co-workers' do the talking for him when he released dozens of the poisonous serpents in his local tax office.
A newly discovered nest of dinosaur fossils, which boasts a whopping 15 baby protoceratops, appears to shed new light on how the creatures raised their young.
After striking a pose for an amateur photographer, Samuel, a gibbon living in England's Bristol Zoo, saw his portrait claim first prize in a competition
A number of items have recently caught George Knapp's attention, including an article about an alien signal, and two pieces about the Federal Reserve.
A female surfer and a pair of kayakers had an unexpected close encounter with two giant whales as they breached the water in their quest for an afternoon snack.
On Monday night, the Northern Lights were seen much farther south than usual, visible in such states as Kentucky and Georgia, due to an unusual solar storm.
This uncanny cloud formation, resembling a giant eagle swooping down from the sky, appeared above Cumbria, UK.
A British man on holiday in Spain hooked a giant catfish weighing 245lb. Jonathan Avery, 31, landed the 8ft 3in specimen, which required five men to haul to the river bank.
A British gardener has set a new record for cultivating the world's heaviest onion. Tipping the scales at 17lbs 15.5 oz, the monster vegetable beat the previous record by nearly a pound and a half.
Early in life, Harbor, a coonhound from Boulder, Colorado, was plagued by his abnormally large ears, which frequently tripped him up and sent him tumbling head over tail. Now, however, the troublesome appendages have earned him the title of being the dog with the world's longest ears. Each of the curious canine's ears measures over one foot long. More on the story at The Huffington Post.
Yvonne Darnell of Burgess Hill in West Sussex, UK, was surprised to find a strange carrot growing in her vegetable garden.
The East Coast was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude quake today-- the strongest to hit the area since 1944. Centered in Virginia, the quake cause some structural damage such as to an historic Virginia home (pictured).
Once reduced to a population of merely 56, the eye-catching ladybird spider appears poised for a second chance at survival in the UK.
A Canadian man captured footage of a bizarre cloud formation, dubbed the "Roman God Cloud," as a storm drifted over Grand Falls, New Brunswick.
Dodo, a two-and-half-year-old male chimpanzee, has been trained to feed tiger cubs in a zoo in Thailand.
A long-running drought in Texas is causing changes for the 1.5 million bats who reside under a bridge in downtown Austin. They must now leave their colony earlier each night to search for scarcer food.
George Knapp shares a number of items this week, including his I-Team video report on a possible serial killer in Northern Nevada.
As the invasive lionfish continues to ravage America's Gulf Coast, environmentalists have come up with a unique concept to combat their ever-growing presence: start eating them...
One of the most anomalous creatures on the planet, the pig-nosed turtle, is facing increased risks its native New Guinea.
A massive dust storm enveloped Phoenix on Tuesday night, blanketing downtown and grounding flights.
Legally blind photographer Tara Miller has earned a spot as a finalist in a national photography competition with her remarkable image of lightning over a sunflower field at sunset, titled Fortuitous Twilight.
A video making the Internet rounds this week shows world-renowned shark expert Valerie Taylor hand-feeding a great white shark.
At Cocoa Beach in Florida more than 1,600 people were stung by purplish jellyfish that washed up on shore.
After losing one of her front legs and struggling to walk, Tuly, a tortoise in England, has been given a new lease on life thanks to an ingenious appendage created by her owners.