When you're chasing storms, nothing is guaranteed. Mike Olbinski knows this firsthand. After missing a supercell left him sitting on the side of the road ready to give it up, Mike pushed on — and caught some of the best storm footage of Spring 2017.
Emerging supercells are some of the most mesmerizing forces of nature and this compilation is no exception. For the last six years, photographer Chad Cowan chased storms around the Great Plains to capture some of Mother Nature's most intense thunderstorms, allowing you to just sit back and enjoy from behind your safe, dry computer screen.
It's a split second in time that goes on forever. Armand Dijcks and Australian photographer Ray Collins collaborated to create this rolling wave from just seven photographs. Called a cinemagraph, the process combines photos to create an animated sequence. Check out more of their work here.
From sunrise to sunset, light cascades across the mountains, forests, and coastline of the Pacific Northwest. But most of this light remains invisible to the human eye. Using infrared converted cameras, Sam Forencicht captures the glow we can't see, turning the lush hues of the Oregon landscape into a cool palette of fluorescent blue, white, and pink.
In the frozen Arctic of Norway is the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. One of the most important places in the world, the Seed Vault contains over 880,000 varieties of seeds and serves as a failsafe against the decline of biodiversity on our planet. Scientist Cary Fowler goes inside the vault and explains why biodiversity is important, and the strain put on our environment by technology and population.
What started as an adventure in Alaska became an opportunity to tell the story of Alaska's disappearing glaciers. When Raphael Rogers finally got to put a boot on Exit Glacier, it was visibly melting. A chance meeting on the trail introduced them to glacier guide Rick Brown, who was able to give them a first-person account of the glacier's recession over the last decade and a half.
Crafted from pure European flax, the Parachute Coal Linen Venice Set gives you the casual look of linen in a dramatic dark hue. The fabric is spun in a region of northern Portugal by a family-owned factory. From there, each piece is garment dyed and washed in small batches, creating a unique grey color and soft texture that is free of harsh chemicals and synthetics. The set includes a fitted sheet, duvet cover, and pillowcases. No, there's not a top sheet, but who uses that anyway? Along with a great looking bed, you'll also get the added benefit of knowing that with every purchase a malaria-prevention bed net is donated to the United Nations' Nothing But Nets campaign.
Presented by Parachute Home.
If it were socially acceptable, most of us would wear sweatpants everywhere. But that level of comfort is reserved for lounging around the house — until now. If you aren't familiar already, get to know the line of Dress Pant Sweatpants from Betabrand. Available in slim-leg, regular fit, and 5-pocket, each pair features flexible 4-way stretch fabric. They provide a look that's fit for the boardroom with a level of comfort typically reserved for the bedroom.
Presented by Betabrand.
Photographer Tom Welsh wanted time away from the technology and work of this modern life. He found it in a New Year's trip to Alaska. Traveling north from Anchorage by rail, 4x4, and aircraft, Tom ditched his heavy photographic rig for something more pared-down to document his trip. Check out more of Alaska on Tom's Instagram.
It may be barren and cold on top, but beneath the waters of Antarctica, a rainbow of colors awaits. The Australian Antarctic Division captured the footage while measuring the effect of ocean acidification and climate change on Antarctic marine life.
Forget those quiet, campy scenes of snowmen and the Eiffel Tower in a flurry of snowflakes. Artists Walter Martin and Paloma Muñoz create snow globes whose scenes capture the surreal, strange, and macabre, putting a modern twist on a classic nicknack.
Getting one million Christmas trees off 8,000 acres and to customers — with only a few weeks to do it — is a massive job. Mark Arkills, of Holiday Tree Farms in Oregon, has been doing this for over thirty years. Mark let's you in on how the largest Christmas tree farm in the world gets all those trees out with a special piece of equipment — a helicopter.
It's been ten years since the release of the BBC's epic Planet Earth documentary series. From the special first-time-on-film moments to the unforgettable narration by Sir David Attenborough, Planet Earth remains the nature documentary against which all others are judged. For the ten year celebration, the BBC got together some of the best of the nature and science YouTube community to share their favorite moments.
The world's greatest research and development team might be nature. Of course, it does have billions of years of experience. Keeping this in mind, engineers are now turning to the natural world for inspiration and design solutions in a practice called Biomimicry. Experts Maria O'Farrell and Kevin Beck explain how the plants and animals around have influenced some of techs greatest innovations.
The Northern Lights are undoubtedly one of Mother Nature's most spectacular phenomenons. Seeing the lustrous glow dance over landscapes will never get old. In this stunning 8k time-lapse, More Than Just Parks captures the Aurora Borealis as it makes a grand appearance at Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park.
Storm chaser Mike Olbinski tracked down the monsoons of Arizona for 36 days to bring your this time-lapse of massive rain storms. The final project is made of up 85,000 frames, featuring strong downbursts of rain, building clouds, and loads of lightning. His perspective on these summer storms reminds us just how small we really are.
Born from an art-school design concept that went viral, the Transparent Speaker from Stockholm-based People People proves great sounding speakers don't have to come in oversized black boxes. Built of lasting materials like locally-sourced sapphire glass, and utilizing a design scheme that can be dismantled and maintained with an included simple wrench tool, this stunning speaker is a dream come true for audiophile DIYers everywhere. While previous iterations of the Transparent Speaker required the use of your own separate, external component to play tunes over Bluetooth, we're particularly pleased that they now come with a built-in Bluetooth adapter for usage from your phone or tablet. But don't worry, you're still given the option of the original modular setup allowing you to connect any audio source via USB or 3.5mm line-in, with line out capabilities as well. Hardware features include a 6.5-inch woofer, dual 3-inch full range drivers, an energy efficient, built-in amplifier with embedded digital signal processing, front panel treble, bass, and volume controls, and old-school power switch.
Dimensions: 16" tall / 13" wide / 4.17" deep
Frequency Response: 35 Hz-20 Khz ±5Db
Woofer Output: 80-100 W
We heard there's a big game this weekend. So we went to our friend Paul Cunningham at Leather Head to see if he could build us something special — something like a high-quality all-black football that would both stand out on the field and look beautiful on a shelf. For our Leather Head x Uncrate Football, we decided on our signature shrunken bison leather, which has a natural texture and ages beautifully. Like all of Leather Head's made-in-the-USA footballs, it's perfectly sized for mere-mortal-hands and impromptu backyard games. Available in extremely limited quantities.
Behind great black iron gates in Northumberland, England, is the Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle. Around 100 species of plants grow there, and all are fatal to humans. Trevor Jones is the Head Gardener at Alnwick Garden, and dons his protective gear to give a tour of the killer plants in the Poison Garden.
Visiting Yosemite National Park is an amazing experiences. Visiting Yosemite National Park with President Obama is a once in a lifetime experience. For those of you who don't know the POTUS first hand, Oculus and National Geographic are giving you the change to visit El Capitan, the Cathedral Rocks, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls, and the Merced River with Barack as your personal guide during the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.
The glaciers that made up Glacier National Park in Montana are almost gone. Boasting over 150 ice sheets in 1911, that number has dwindled to approximately 25, and estimates predict that there could be no glaciers at all in 15 years.
If you're living in a major city, you're not experiencing the night's sky like the rest of the world. Comparing San Jose to other areas in California, you can really see the difference. Literally millions of stars versus a few tiny twinkles. The light pollution is real.
Looking like a backdrop for the next Ridley Scott film, Socotra Island is one of the most isolated land forms on Earth. Within its borders are over 700 species of plant that exist no where else, making its landscape look like something from another plant. The alien beauty of its dragon's blood trees and bulbous bottle trees is now protected by the United Nations.
Microbursts are some of the most dangerous natural phenomena for aircraft. The sudden, powerful downdrafts have been linked to several fatal aircraft crashes in the past, and they can appear without warning. This timelapse of a microburst over Phoenix, Arizona shows how sudden the weather effect can happen.
Just over a decade ago, the Bird's Head Seascape in Indonesia had been decimated by unregulated fishing and poaching. For 12 years, Conservation International has worked with local inhabitants to bring the area back. Now the Bird's Head region is thriving as one of the richest areas of marine biodiversity in the world.
This high-speed footage of a lightning storm shows that it's really a sped-up version of Missile Command. Shot at 7000 frames per second, this incredible footage shows lightning as it marches it's way to the ground.
Just another wonderful day on the summit of Mount Washington in New Hampshire. Mike Dorfman and Tom Padham stepped out onto the observation deck for a look at what are arguably mild conditions on the mountain, which set a longstanding world record for 231 MPH wind speeds.
Over the weekend, a tornado barreled its way through Wray, Colorado. While most people were running in the opposite direction, these insane storm chasers drove into the twister, even getting out of their cars at one point. The result was this surreal 360-degree footage.
Passengers on Alaska Airlines Flight 870 got a front-row seat for the recent solar eclipse.
An 8K tour of Utah's stunning Zion National Park.