Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. Here you'll discover 10 incredible photos and the stories behind them.
Researching the largest mass extinction in Earth's history, researchers hauled truckloads of 250-million-year-old rocks from Siberia to America and may have uncovered proof that catastrophic volcanic eruptions wiped out most of life on Earth.
A fantastic satellite image details bizarre algae swirls adorning the Baltic Sea. The massive bloom is a result of cyanobacteria.
[Full Story: Psychedelic Swirls Show Algae Bloom from Space]
In Ecuador, a towering volcano has erupted and officials are watching it closely in order to protect citizens.
[Full Story: Unforgettable Images Capture Volcano Rumbling to Life]
In 2011, the world was caught off guard when Knut, an adorable polar bear they had watch for years, died suddenly in his enclosure. Much research into why he died has revealed a never-before-seen situation: an autoimmune disorder found only in humans until now.
[Full Story: Why Knut the Polar Bear Died So Suddenly]
Strange and rare space occurences, red sprites are visual phenomena that are seen above thunderstorms but little is understood about them.
[Full Story: Amazing 'Red Lightning' Photographed from Space]
During a research expedition in Bolivia, some strange creatures were discovered, including a bat with a record-setting tongue and a frog that may be a new species of "robber frog."
[Full Story: Mini Frog, Bat with Freakish Tongue Found in Bolivia]
A decade ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana and recent satellite images show the remnants of the savage storm.
Long ago, Earth's moon erupted with lava geysers but with a different cause than those we see on Earth.
[Full Story: Fire Fountains of the Ancient Moon Explained]
Twin male pandas were born at the Smithsonian National Zoo but one of them was lost just a few days later, likely to pneumonia.
The world recently made the acquaintance of a millipede discovered in 2005 by way of a new technology: using X-ray microtomograpy, researchers produced 3D images of the new species.
[Full Story: What's Blue with Legs All Over? New 3D Avatar Millipede]