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Lightning Strikes a Little Too Close to Water Skiers

Two water skiers got quite a shock when a bolt of lightning came down from the partly blue sky and struck the water near them. The water skier being filmed didn't seem to notice it, so he won't realize how close a call he had until he sees the video. Maybe that'll teach them not go out on a lake in the midst of a storm.

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Did This Woman Use Prayer to Chase Away a Tornado?

Tornadoes wreaked havoc in the middle parts of the US on Friday, killing 39 people in five states. Storms of this force and magnitude can strike in an instant, and typically the only thing you can do if you find yourself in the deadly storm's crosshairs is hope you are able to get to a storm cellar.

However, one woman in the West Liberty, Kentucky area decided to take on a tornado head on with prayer. Judging from the video, some people think her technique may have worked.

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Photographer Captures Stunning Shots of Star Trails

To capture these stunning long-exposure images of star trails in the Australian night sky, photographer Lincoln Harrison had to endure a grueling 15-hour shoot in freezing conditions. (Yup, it really does get cold at some point in Australia.) But we'd say the end result was well worth the effort.

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Massive Tornado Caught on Film in West Liberty, Kentucky

Nature's force is at times awe-inspiring, but often downright scary. A woman in West Liberty, Kentucky experienced this first hand when she captured footage of a huge tornado heading towards her direction.

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NASA Releases Amazing Hi-Res Photo of Earth [PHOTO]

Photos of the Earth taken from space are nothing new, but you've never seen the planet like this before, guaranteed. Dubbed "Blue Marble," this NASA photo is a staggering 64-megapixels with an 8000 x 8000 resolution.

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7 Beautiful but Deadly Plants for National Houseplant Appreciation Day [PHOTOS]

You’ve probably let it sneak up on you again. You’ve been so busy getting back to work and shaking off those winter blues that you almost forgot January 10th is Houseplant Appreciation Day. This is not a day that should go unnoticed.

The green thumbs at The Gardener’s Network established Houseplant Appreciation Day to remind people about their indoor botantical buddies after the rush of the holiday season has passed and to celebrate the benefits of houseplants and encourage green thumbs.

And, they’re right. Houseplants deserve a lot of appreciation. If you think about it, they don’t ask for much and they’re very easy to live with. However, this is not true of all plants. Some of them can kill you, like the plant Gelsemium elegans, which a man in China put in a stew to kill a business rival.

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Will the Christmas Staple Frankincense Soon Be Gone? [VIDEO]

Frankincense, the aromatic resin that is used in numerous religious and traditional ceremonies, as well is in medicines and perfumes, may be going extinct.

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Mother Nature’s Top 10 Freakout Moments of 2011

Every year, Mother Nature likes to remind us who’s the boss and 2011 was no different. In fact, it was the second most expensive year on record for insurers, costing $108 billion. Here’s a look back at the 10 most memorable natural disasters of 2011 in chronological order.

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Foo Fighters Concert Creates Geological Tremors With Sheer Force of Rock

We've all been to concerts where the band rocked so hard it was as if the ground shook below us. However, how many bands have actually rocked our world, that have, well, actually rocked our world?

This past week in New Zealand the Foo Fighters rocked so hard they actually registered on a seismic scale. Geological tremors were read by stations near the stadium and the "strong low frequency" readings were equivalent to volcanic activity.

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Watch a Glorious Video of Our Planet at Its Most Stunning

For the past two years, videographer Tom Lowe has been shooting footage of the American Southwest for his upcoming ultra-HD time lapse feature film 'TimeScapes.'

The new trailer has just been released online, and the footage Lowe has captured of both our planet's natural and man-made beauty will make you proud to call Earth home.

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Experience 60 One-Second Bursts of Beauty in Glorious Short Film [VIDEO]

To promote the 190th anniversary of the chronograph watch, German luxury good's maker Montblanc asked filmmakers to submit one second videos of what they found beautiful. This video features 60 of those moments (for the sixty seconds in a minute.) Watch gorgeous little moments captured for a brief moment below.

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What Are the New Seven Wonders of Nature? [PHOTOS]

Votes have been cast, the results are in and the world has chosen seven new wonders of nature with some old favorites missing from the list.

On Friday, November 11, the New7Wonders organization announced the world’s choices for the new Seven Wonders of Nature to help commemorate the 11/11/11 date, and celebrate the natural beauty of the Earth.

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Take a Train Through The Breathtaking Ukraine ‘Green Mile’ [PHOTOS]

What if train tunnels were made of trees and branches instead of concrete or brick? The Green Mile in the Ukraine is at least one place in the world that makes this a reality.

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Underwater Volcano Erupts Near El Hierro
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Check Out Incredible Photos of Volcano Erupting Near Canary Islands

In these amazing photos, ash from an erupting underwater volcano spreads throughout the sea near the southern tip of El Hierro island. It probably goes without saying, but a vacation here wouldn't be a good idea at the moment.

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National Geographic Explains How We Got to Seven Billion People [VIDEO]

Recently, the world welcomed its seven-billionth person. But what does it all mean?

In a stylish video titled 'World Population: A National Geographic Tour,' the nature magazine stalwart puts things in perspective with tidbits about how many people are born and how many die every second of every day, the average human lifespan, and the growing popularity of "mega-cities."

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