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Here you will find articles about little-known characteristics of the living world that resonate with humans. Proof of higher cognitive abilities than ussually attributed to other branches of the tree of life and other natural wonders.

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Being Human. Amazing Fungi. Bioluminescence. Animal cognition. Overview Effect. The World's Only (Known) Photosynthetic Vertebrate — In Defense of Plants. Disco Spider Pulsates With Color, Baffling Scientists. NorthStar Bison - Playful Bison , 2.27.15. Peacock spider. Why these colored water droplets seem to be alive. 15+ Sea Slugs That Prove Aliens Already Live On Planet Earth.

Earth's Mysterious Hum Explained. Even planets can get a bad case of tinnitus, according to a new study that explains Earth's mysterious, never-ending hum.

Earth's Mysterious Hum Explained

Scientists have long known that earthquakes can make the Earth sing like a bell for days or months. However, in the late 1990s, seismologists discovered the world also constantly vibrates at very low frequencies even when there are no quakes. This so-called microseismic activity is too faint for humans to feel. Now, researchers say ocean waves are the culprit behind these mysterious tremors. Many scientists had previously turned to ocean waves to explain our planet's unusual humming. But neither idea could account for the entire range of vibrations seen on earthquake sensors. "I think our result is an important step in the transformation of mysterious noise into an understood signal," lead study author Fabrice Ardhuin, an oceanographer at the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, told Live Science.

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Most jaw-dropping locations and events on Earth photographed from ISS. Someone Recorded Crickets then Slowed Down the Track, And It Sounds Like People Singing. A composer by the name of Jim Wilson has recorded the sound of crickets and then slowed down the recording, revealing something so amazing.

Someone Recorded Crickets then Slowed Down the Track, And It Sounds Like People Singing

The crickets sound like they are singing the most beautiful chorus in perfect harmony. Though you may think it is human voices, everything you hear in this recording is in-fact crickets themselves! The Coolest Nature Video Ever!! WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing? We Asked Around. No One Knows - Wired Science. So far, no one knows what’s crafting these enigmatic structures.

WTF Is This Weird Web-Tower Thing? We Asked Around. No One Knows - Wired Science

Update, 1 p.m.: We’ve added comments from several more experts, below. Something in the Peruvian Amazon is making weird, intricate structures that resemble white picket fences surrounding an Isengard-like spire. Weird & Wild. Blood Falls, a "bleeding" glacier, is a natural time capsule containing a unique ecosystem. Atlas Obscura on Slate is a new travel blog.

Blood Falls, a "bleeding" glacier, is a natural time capsule containing a unique ecosystem

Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura. Why Dentists Should Fear Snails : Krulwich Wonders... Via She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed — for months and months.

Why Dentists Should Fear Snails : Krulwich Wonders...

Quirky News Article. A mouse has been given its freedom after it tackled a poisonous snake in a bid to save a fellow rodent at a zoo in China.

Quirky News Article

The two mice were served up as a live dinner for the snake at Hangzhou Zoo in Zhejiang province, eastern China. Keeper Wen Shao said: "We always give the snakes live food and we put the two mice into the snake enclosure, but instead of trying to hide like they usually do one of the mice attacked the snake when it saw it trying to eat the other mouse. "I have never seen anything like that before, usually the mice keep as far away from the snake as possible but this one caused a lot of damage.

"It was biting the snake on the head as the snake was trying to eat the first mouse. " He added that the mouse had deserved its freedom after putting up such a brave fight. Hacking Salmon's Mental Compass to Save Endangered Fish. One of the animal kingdom’s enduring mysteries — the sea-spanning return of salmon to their home stream — may be explained by in-brain GPS systems calibrated to Earth’s magnetic field.

Hacking Salmon's Mental Compass to Save Endangered Fish

Scientists hope to program the navigation systems of captive salmon to help the species survive in the wild. Cattle, Deer Graze Along Earth's Magnetic Field. August 25, 2008 Cattle and deer all over the world tend to align themselves with Earth's magnetic field, according to new research.

Cattle, Deer Graze Along Earth's Magnetic Field

Both types of animals appear to graze in a north-south direction that aligns with magnetic north, not geographic north, according to European researchers who scrutinized thousands of Google Earth images. Birds, turtles, and fish are known to use magnetic guidance in migration. 4 Ordinary Animals with Superhero Abilities. Just like Clark Kent looks like a normal guy until he puts on the blue and red outfit comes, these seemingly-ordinary animals possess some extraordinary abilities.

4 Ordinary Animals with Superhero Abilities