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Where Did Plants Come From? This Ancient Algae Offers Clues

Around 500 million years ago—when the Earth was already a ripe 4 billion years old—the first green plants appeared on dry land. Precisely how this occurred is still one of the big mysteries of evolution. Before then, terrestrial land was home only to microbial life. The first green plants to find their way out of the water were not the soaring trees or even the little shrubs of our present world. They were most likely soft and mossy, with shallow roots and few of the adaptations they would later evolve…

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Gale Force Winds Just Turned These Lake Erie Houses Into Ice Castles

Photograph by Ed Mis Gale force winds and frigid temperatures have encased a few unlucky homes in ice along the shores of Lake Erie. Residents on Hoover Beach’s South Shore Drive in Hamburg, New York, saw their houses turned into ice castles as the winds created huge waves, driving lake water up on the shore, while the sub-zero temperatures turned the splash into ice. Resident Ed Mis told CNN his house was covered in several feet of ice while his backyard had about 12 feet of ice. Photograph by Ed…

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Gentle Giant Lays Down to Let Human Friend Treat His Injured Eye

A touching moment was caught on film at an Elephant Sanctuary in Botswana, as Jabu lets his human friend treat his injured eye with an antibiotic ointment. Elephants are so majestic. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/elephant-lays-down-to-let-human-friend-treat-his-injured-eye/

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The Secret to Enjoying Nature Is Your Phone

An essential part of having a smartphone is hating yourself for it. The self-awareness that smartphones are bad for us, and that tech companies are evil for addicting us to their apps, is proof of sanity. In recent years, the predictable masochism we feel while scrolling has found an equally predictable remedy: nature. Nature is the opposite of smartphones—it is as good for us as smartphones are bad. And the call of the wild has never been stronger. Going on an unplugged yoga retreat in Costa Rica, renting a cabin…

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Juvenile Striped Eel Catfish Moving as One for Protection While Feeding

In this clip taken in Jemeluk Bay, Bali, by the Abyss Diving Center, we see a school of juvenile striped eel catfish demonstrating a fascinating defensive behaviour. As striped eel catfish at the bottom forage and eat, the ones up top keep a lookout for predators and other dangers. The Diving Center explains: “These little guys tend to form a school as juveniles, up to a hundred individuals, to protect themselves from predators, and go about their lives on their own when they reach their sexual maturity. Fun fact, if…

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The Sydney Opera House Says Thank You to the Brave Firefighters

Photograph by Ken Leanfore This past weekend, the Sydney Opera House illuminated its iconic sails in a show of support for everyone affected by the devastating bushfires in Australia. “We want to send a message of hope and strength, and importantly to thank the emergency services and volunteers for their incredible efforts and courage.” The photo by Ken Leanfore was shared across the Opera House’s social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). In a further effort to assist — and raise funds — the Opera House is also hosting a huge comedy…

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Surreal Video Captures Spanish Resort Town Covered in Sea Foam

High waves and flooding cause sea foam to cover the streets of Tossa De Mar in Spain. The seaside resort town is located near Girona in Catalonia and the rare phenomenon has not occurred in years. Sea foam forms when the ocean churns up high concentrations of ‘organic matter’, and the strong and steady winds made clean-up efforts only worse. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/coastal-spanish-resort-town-covered-in-sea-foam/

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Life Is Slowly Returning To Scorched Australian Lands And Here Are 30 Hopeful Photos

Plants that have evolved to shield their buds from fire so they can quickly resprout after being burnt at the surface, or even take advantage of the nutrients in ash, are called pyrophytic plants. It’s not uncommon to see them blooming en masse after a devastating fire, and the brilliant greens and reds against the blackened landscape have a stunning visual effect. But even though the cycle of being burnt and growing back again is normal for Australia’s vegetation, the plant and animal survivors still face challenges. This post may…

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When Youre Filming a Rainbow and a Whale Breaches Right Behind You

On a recent whale watching excursion in Maui, guests were treated to nature and wildlife in all its splendor, as a rainbow in front of them was punctuated by a humpback whale breaching directly behind them! Luckily the camera person was quick on the draw and caught both moments just in time! Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/whale-breach-while-filming-rainbow/

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20-Year-Old Indian Guy Takes Incredible Macro Pics Using His Smartphone, Shows How You Could Do It Too (30 Pics)

“Photography is about depth of feeling not depth of field,” Kumar shared his philosophy with Bored Panda. He explained just how important patience and passion are for a photographer to have, especially when it comes to macro photography. Scroll down for our full interview with Kumar! #2 #3 Bored Panda was very interested to hear what first drew Kumar to macro photography and what the biggest challenges that he faced along the way were. Here’s what he had to say: “At first, I was going with common photographs, but after…

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Woman Keeps Photographing Her Toad Doing Human-Like Things In Her Dollhouse And People Are Loving The Pics And The Captions

Toby got his big break in the Facebook group Scroll down to see ya boi Toby the toad’s antics. This post may include affiliate links. #1 Werkin On Howoleen Costume #2 La Da Dee La Da Doo La Da Dum #3 Great News – I Am Chonky When we first contacted Savannah about Toby, she explained that he’s only a pet in the loosest sense, as he comes and goes as he pleases. It sounds like the relationship is mutually beneficial⁠—he gets to use her porch as a safe home…

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This is Probably the Closest Most of Us Will Get to Swimming with Great Whites

On Jan. 15th 2019, Ocean Ramsey and her team encountered what is possibly the largest great white shark ever recorded. Read below for Ocean’s statement about the event. Location: “Offshore Oahuâ€-We are not disclosing the location for public safety Size: Approximately 20ft Long X 8ft Wide Myself (Ocean Ramsey) and my team @OneOceanDiving /@OneOceanResearch: ** @JuanSharks (Juan Oliphant) @Mermaid_Kayleigh (Kayeligh Burns) and @Forrest_in_focus (Forrest Thomas) and @camgrantphotography (Cam Grant) headed out before sunrise to survey shark populations offshore Oahu. Shark populations around Hawaii are unfortunately declining and there are currently…

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