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.

Strange Coating:

No, a spider didn't build this web — hundreds or thousands of tiny caterpillars did.

[Full Story: Why Is This Tree Covered in a Ghostly Web?]


Cultured Creatures:

Five new species of snail-eating snakes were discovered in Ecuador.

[Full Story: These Gourmet Snakes Prefer to Eat Snails]


Odds of Survival:

NASA's long-lived Opportunity Mars rover is weathering a monster dust storm that has plunged its environs into permanent darkness.

[Full Story: Will Mars Rover Survive Fierce Dust Storm?]


Strange Beast:

When fishers recently hauled up their catch from a river in the province of Guizhou in southern China, they weren't expecting to come face-to-face with a fish that had a bird's head.

[Full Story: What's Up with This 'Half-Fish, Half-Bird' in China?]


Superheroes Take All Forms:

"What... have I gotten myself into?"
"What... have I gotten myself into?"
Credit: Richard Tsong-Taatarii/Minneapolis Star Tribune/Zuma

MPR raccoon is being hailed as a hero. But was it just scared out of its mind?

[Full Story: How a Daredevil Raccoon Pulled Off a Terrifying 23-Story Climb]


Daring Rescue:

When the baby bird invaded the telescope scientists scrambled to make sure it wouldn't damage sensitive optics (or hurt itself).

[Full Story: Confused Baby Falcon Rescued from Inside Balloon Telescope]


Diamond-filled Clouds:

The little glowing diamonds have been screwing up research into the Big Bang for years, but scientists only just found the culprit.

[Full Story: There Are Vast Clouds of Tiny, Shimmering Diamonds Hiding All Over Our Galaxy]


New Life:

A first-time mother, a three-legged jaguar named Tanya, gave birth last week to a pair of cubs — the first cubs born in Argentina's Iberá National Park in decades.

[Full Story: 3-Legged Jaguar Gives Birth to Cubs in Argentina Park]


Representing the Heavens:

Ancient people would have entered the sprawling stone structures through doorways.

[Full Story: 3,000-Year-Old Geoglyphs May Depict the Heavens]


Hairy Shrimp Feet:

The itty-bitty shrimp shares more than a feature or two with the protagonist of J.R.R. Tolkien's 1937 children's fantasy novel.

[Full Story: 'Hobbit' Shrimp with Hairy Feet Discovered Living Inside Hole in Sea Squirt]