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The Odyssey of the Yellow Ants

Earth creatures have mingled for millenia, but not till humans came on the scene did their migration across the globe power into fast forward. When these critters began harming us or part of the environment we like, we took notice, spending lots of money eradicating the invasive pests. But many species, we noted, brazenly found their own destructive path, wreaking havoc over our fragile ecosystems. In this edition of MinuteEarth, Henry Reich profiles the yellow crazy ant, among the most aggressive of the invasive marauders.


Evidence is Mounting

It’s no surprise that the veracity of global warming is again being questioned. Christian Booker, of the British Telegraph, cites more evidence that our planet has been steadily cooling since the 1930s, the hottest decade on record. PJTV’s “Trifecta” crew of Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Kruiser the new evidence and the state of global warming.

The Social Life of Plants

Amazingly, botanists have discovered that plants have a secret social life. You read that correctly. Plants can actually communicate with each other, and have been able to for centuries. Minute Earth’s Henry Reich tells us that plants can warn each other of dangerous fungi, but can use what they’ve learned about their neighbors for nefarious reasons. Check out this episode as Reich explains.

Emergency Vision

Vision is our most compelling sense. And the much-used cliche “seeing is believing” certainly rings true in most cases. So, if you’re ever in a predicament without your glasses and in need of emergency vision, this episode of Minute Physics solves the problem for you. Check out the solution and see again!

Mighty Mite Fastest On Planet

The sesame-sized mite has zipped past the cheetah and the Australian tiger beetle as the fastest animal on the planet. The humble mite can rip through the deserts of Southern California at the amazing speed of 322 body lengths per second, or 1,200 miles per hour. SourceFed’s Joe Bereta and Steve Zaragoza fill in the details.

Strange Mother Nature

Mother Nature has been known to put on a show or two. But some of her productions are truly out of this world. Take “raining animals,” a meteorological phenomenon recorded by many countries throughout history. The animals most likely “raining” from the sky are fish, frogs and birds, but there have been reported downpours of worms and spiders, as well. Scientists theorize the phenomenon is the work of waterspouts into which animals get sucked up. Following in this edition of Hybrid Librarian are 10 of the strangest natural phenomenon on Earth.



10 Rare Animals Near Extinction

They’re some of the most incredible creatures in the world, but so rare that they soon might disappear forever. In this episode, Alltime 10s features 10 animals that may go extinct in the next 10 years, including the Sumatran tiger. About 40 of these smallish tigers are killed by poachers every year, shrinking their population to 400.

Fast As a Speeding Bullet

Mother Nature boasts its own gallery of of superstars, including the unbelievably agile mantis shrimp. This tiny creature is known for its unusual behavior and the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom. But there’s more. The mantis shrimp’s stealth hunting technique includes accelerating up to 75 feet per second, or as fast as a bullet, and strikes its prey with an impact of 1,000 times its own weight. Meet nine other of Mother Nature’s real-life Pokemon with real superpowers in this edition of Hybrid Librarian.

Once Alive, Now Extinct

In this edition of Mental Floss, Emily Graslie reveals 21 mind-blowing, now extinct lifeforms. For instance, Quetzalcoatlus, the closest creature to dragons that ever lived. It stood as tall as a giraffe and had a wingspan of 40 feet. Check out the remaining 20 marvels of nature.

Mystery Of the Vanishing Bees

An environmental mystery that has developed over the past decade has scientists completely baffled. During that span, domesticated honeybees have been vanishing at an alarming and unprecedented rate. In the following clip, courtesy of TED-Ed, narrator Derek Gebhart says the phenomenon is now known as Colony Collapse Disorder. “The most frightening thing about this mystery isn’t that we’ll have to go back to using regular sugar in our tea,” Gebhart says. “We farm bees for their honey, but they also pollinate our crops on an industrial scale, generating over a third of America’s food production this way.”

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