Each week we find the most interesting and informative articles we can and along the way we uncover amazing and cool images. From bloody falls in Antarctica to a gas-gobbling newborn star, and volcanic activity in Hawaii, Chile and off the coast of Oregon, here you'll discover 10 incredible photos and the stories behind them.
Jurassic dark knight:
Dinosaur fossils were uncovered that caught paleontolgists off guard. This dinosaur from China was a winged creature — seemingly the first, though failed, step toward the evolution of birds.
A strange site in the stark white ice of the Antarctic, Blood Falls has led researchers to a new understanding of a hydrologic network in Taylor Valley but so many more questions have been raised.
[Full Story: Source of Antarctica's Eerie 'Bleeding Glacier' Found]
Researchers predicted the eruption of an underwater volcano off the coast of Oregon in September 2014 and they were correct. Recent data indicates the Axial Seamount is actively spewing lava under the deep waters.
[Full Story: 'Wired' Underwater Volcano May Be Erupting Off Oregon]
These strange creatures were observed for the first time in the 1960s, but recent study shows venom-spitting scorpions are very much in control of their defensive skills, unlike original thoughts on the species.
[Full Story: Venom-Squirting Scorpions Blind Enemies with Toxin]
In southern Chile, the Calbuco volcano erupted violently, sending lava down its slopes and launching ash high into the atmosphere. Researchers are studying the eruption with the idea that certain substances in the ash might have a cooling effect on the planet.
[Full Story: Chile Volcano Unleashes Massive Plume of Ash (Photo)]
Bubbling lava lake:
At Kilauea volcano in Hawaii, boiling lava in in the Halema'uma'u crater for the first time in over three decades. While it is no direct threat to people or structures, the ensuing rock falls may be.
[Full Story: Kilauea Volcano's Lava Lake Overflows (Video)]
Amazing cactus flowers:
Spring in the North American deserts is signified by the blooming of plants but especially of the cacti in each region. The beauty is a welcome pop of color and cannot be missed.
[Full Story: In Photos: Beautiful Cactus Flowers Signal Spring Is Here ]
Researchers recorded and studied thousands of hours of video of Gentoo penguins in the Antarctica. During this study, patterns of melted snow appeared. Experts observed that the feces of the penguins actually allows for the nest-building of the birds to take place.
Astronomers, watching a rare and exciting space event, have seen the birth of a brand new star. The phenomenon is answering many questions for them but raising even more.
[Full Story: Newborn Star Erupts After Binging on Gas and Dust]
In April of 2015, the Earth was introduced to a few more of its resident creatures — five to be exact. Beautiful spiders in Hungary; volcanic lizards in southern Chile; miniscule crabs in Indonesia and Malaysia; famous frogs in Costa Rica; and even cave-dwelling scorpions in Vietnam all made the acquaintance of the world.
[Full Story: Kermit the Frog Look-Alike Among 5 New Species Uncovered]