One particular quirk about isolated islands is that the animals that live there often don’t have any natural predators. That’s what makes the island of Palau in the western Pacific so intriguing, and what makes this video possible– the swarms of jellyfish surrounding this diver are completely harmless. They do have stingers, but the poison, never having been tested by natural predation, is too weak to cause any pain or damage.
The “Let’s Learn Judo with Vladimir Putin” DVD sets. The shirtless strolls through Siberia. The bizarre rendition of “Blueberry Hill.” Say what you will about Vladimir Putin’s politics and tendency to “erase”…
In the early 1980s, a Voyager mission discovered a curious hexagon on Saturn’s north pole. Incredibly enough, just one side of the hexagon is 8,600 miles long, or more than Earth’s diameter. The jury is still out as to why such a shape appears on the planet, but most astronomers believe it is due to a standing-wave pattern within Saturn’s atmosphere.
It was also Voyager that discovered Saturn’s finer clouds patterns. In the upper cloud layers, temperatures are around 100-160 Kelvin, or really, really cold.
Mad Men producers broke the hearts of millions when they called the series quits early in 2015. Thankfully, we have DVD sets and these incredible LIFE Magazine photos to keep the Mad legacy alive:
In 1958 the real Mad Men ruled Madison Avenue, New York. Though the dapper advertising executives would really hit their stride in the 1960s, LIFE Magazine saw the change in tide coming–and did a feature article on the subject in 1958 wherein they tried to separate fact from fiction.
On March 15, 1917, Tsar Nicholas II bowed to the chaos sweeping through Russia and abdicated the royal throne. This signified an end to the centuries-old rule of the Romanov dynasty, but it also marked the beginning of what Edmund Walsh would later describe in The Atlantic as the “weaving of the complicated net of death.”
Upon abdicating the throne, the Romanovs–symbols to many of the feckless imperial glut that stood at the root of much of Russia’s hardships–were exiled and shuffled about Russian residences until their violent July 1918 executions in Ekaterinburg. We track their final years, from 1914 to 1918, in the photo gallery below: