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.
A long road-trip around the island of Madagascar has revealed the panther chameleon is actually 11 different distinct species. DNA collection showed little mingling bewteen species and even that color patterns foretold which species the animal was.
White panther chameleon:
One of the species, shown here, has very unique white and red coloring. After collecting DNA from over 300 individuals, researchers have ample evidence revealing the lineages of 11 different species.
Spring colors abound swirling in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. These events are not only beautiful but productive — feeding the ecosystem and even absorbing carbon dioxide.
[Full Story: Spring Colors Swirl in Picturesque North Atlantic]
A substantial list of new species was released by World Wildlife Fund and it included several strange new species. This terrifying insect zombifies its prey (typically cockroaches) before hauling it off alive to consume.
Wolf spider males may use vibrations, heard by humans as a type of purr, to communicate with their female counteparts. The arachnids don't have ears so researchers believe, while the quiet sound is audible it is only a byproduct, the creatures use vibrations during courtships.
[Full Story: 'Purring' Wolf Spiders Softly Serenade Mates]
A creature commonly seen in groups at sea and routinely seen washed on shore is likely to show up on West Coast beaches in large numbers again this year. Experts believe a pool of warm water just off the coast has left favorable conditions to produce a large population of Velella velella — also known as by-the-wind sailors — that are already washing onto local beaches.
[Full Story: Billions of Blue Jellyfish Setting Sail for Beaches]
This odd animal is typically quite solitary and breeding season only slightly alters this, bringing out a more agressive side in the females of the species. Males are highly competitive and the mating ritual, which can last up to six weeks, can include several aquatic courtship actions such as swimming in a circle and rolling sideways together.
[Full Story: Animal Sex: How Platypuses Do It]
A recent study of data from the Hubble Space Telescope, revealed that forceful jets of material that can be found gushing from monster black holes may be evidence of two galaxies fusing. While the researchers believe the jets are not always found in merging galaxies, conditions found when such an event occurs may contain a recipe to create the jets.
[Full Story: Galaxy Crashes May Give Birth to Powerful Space Jets]