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.
Wall of snow:
The winter storm, known as Jonas, dumped anywhere from two to four feet of snow across the U.S. East Coast last weekend. The white wash was visible from space, as seen in this satellite image.
[Full Story: Great Wall of White: Epic Snowfall Visible from Space]
A two-decade long study of eggshells belonging to a massive, ancient flightless bird has gathered enough data to support the theory that ancient people on Australia contributed to the extinction of the animal.
In a followup to the 1969 discovery of a gigantic daddy longlegs spider, researchers not only found out more about the monstrous arachnid but uncovered a cousin that is equally large.
[Full Story: 'Behemoth' Daddy Longlegs Discovered in Oregon]
A recently released study of Venus flytraps reveals the plants are more calculating than scientists understood. The flora takes cues from the number of times an insect touches sensitive hairlike extensions inside its hinged "mouth."
[Full Story: Deadly Math: Venus Flytraps Calculate When Killing Prey]
Sea ice from above:
The new and popular drone technology has found a novel use at our planet's poles: scientists specially trained and certified to pilot the crafts want to use the technology to map sea ice.
In Northwest Tasmania millennia-old trees are burning in bushfires sparked by lightening. The area has been in a two-year-long drought scientists believe is due to climate change and expect conditions to worsen.
[Full Story: Wildfires Are Burning Some of the World’s Oldest Trees]
Stand tall, octopus:
Octopuses, known for their mastery of camouflage and vanishing acts, have long been thought of as antisocial creatures. A recent study shows some interesting behaviors that not only show a different side of the animals but indicates their intelligence as well.
Around the world, motion-acitivated camera traps placed by conservationists snapped gazillions of images of the diversity in protected tropical reserves. By studying these 2.5 million pictures experts found, that while some species did decline, overall the protected areas are preserving animals' lives.
In the study of more than 2 million images captured by camera traps, scientists confirmed that many of the protected species are stable and even recovering from dangerously low populations.
An explorer with a lifelong interest in Antarctica, set out to trek across the continent alone back in November. Just 30 miles short of his final destination, Henry Worsley was airlifted out and died from complications to an infection in the lining of his stomach a short time later.
[Full Story: Explorer's Death Highlights Dangers of Antarctica]