Elizke Bezuidenhout

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Ever wondered what would happen to a can if it was hit by volcanic lava? Neither had we till we saw this... Watch this strangely mesmerising video of a can of Coke being consumed by 2000 degree F lava flow in Hawaii: http://fw.to/K9eMecO

U.S. Giant Salamanders Slipping Away: Inside the Fight to Save the Hellbender

Two-foot-long amphibian declining due to unhealthy streams, disease.<p>Snot otters. Lasagna lizards. Allegheny alligators. With nicknames like these, you'd think the actual animal, a salamander more commonly known as a hellbender, would be a natural poster child for endangered wildlife.<p>Instead, …

5 Animals That Look Like Lady Gaga

Wildlife<p><b>So theatrical, so blazing with color, so much larger than life—are we talking about Lady Gaga or a sea slug?</b><p>Despite being one of the most creatively outfitted performers of all time, Lady Gaga has some competition in the animal world. Nature’s show-stoppers include everything from insects …

For a Nearly Hundred-foot-long Jellyfish, It’s Christmas All Year

<b>Like the fuzzy tinsel used to deck Christmas trees, this jellyfish relative—known as Apolemia—looks soft enough to cuddle. But keep in mind that it’s also armed with tiny poison-filled needles, which it shoots into animals unfortunate enough to blunder into it.</b><p><i>Apolemia</i> is part of a group called the …

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Cigarettes or war: which is the biggest killer?

Could small paper cylinders filled with tobacco be responsible for more deaths than metal ones filled with bullets? One of our readers, Richard Cooper, wrote to data@theguardian.com asking if it were true.<p>War and disease are two killers infamously difficult to calculate with any precision, but …

Wi-fried: do wireless routers really kill plants?

You may have seen in the Daily Mail on Monday (well, you MAY read the Daily Mail, who am I to judge?) the headline "What’s wifi doing to us? Experiment finds that shrubs die when placed next to wireless routers".<p>Really? This is a bit worrying if so. What shrubs? Well, read a bit further down and …

New Mandela statue in Pretoria styles revolutionary as saviour

Before the fall of apartheid December 16 was a Boer anniversary of a military victory over the Zulus.<p>Now it is South Africa’s Reconciliation Day, and following Sunday’s funeral of Nelson Mandela the ANC leadership turned out in Pretoria for the unveiling of a new nine-metre-high statue of the great …

South Africa buries 'greatest son' Mandela | Reuters

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) - South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, leaving the multi-racial democracy he founded without its living inspiration and still striving for the “Rainbow Nation” ideal of shared prosperity he had dreamed of.<p>The Nobel peace laureate, who was held in apartheid …