20 Breathtaking Satellite Views of the Earth

Bringing together imagery from many different satellites and astronaut missions, NASA’s Earth Observatory publishes fantastic images with highly detailed descriptions, feature articles and more. Gathered here are some standout photographs from the collections in the Earth Observatory over the past years. The East African volcano Nyiragongo accounts for 20 percent of all recorded eruptions in …

Masters of disguise: 15 Fascinating Animal Camouflage

The underside of this owl butterfly‘s wing blends in with woody textures and features a large eyespot to startle predators. (by Jeff Foot) Flatfish are masters of animal camouflage (by fabiogis50) Can you find the crabs camouflaged against the beach sand? (by babyruthinmd) Paradoxophyla palmata, a narrow-headed frog native to Madagascar. The frog’s brown and …

10 Most Disturbing Animals on Earth

1Gumprecht’s Green Pit Viper This striking bright green snake, commonly known as Gumprecht’s green pit viper, is found in the Southeast Asian region of Greater Mekong. The serpent, which has the formal name Trimeresurus gumprechti, was first described by scientists in 2002, although he doesn’t look like he appreciates having been discovered. 2Snakefish In 2002, …

10 of the World’s Smallest Animals

1World’s Smallest Dog: 12.4 cm (4.9-inch) tall At 1.4 pounds and 4.9 inches tall, Ducky, a yappy short-coat Chihuahua from Charlton (Massachusetts, USA), holds the Guinness World Record for the world’s smallest living dog (by height).Ducky succeeds Danka Kordak of Slovakia, a Chihuahua who measured 5.4 inches tall. The smallest dog ever, according to Guinness, …