FROM BBC EARTH - In the Namib desert where the sands can reach a scorching 70 degrees centigrade, very little is able to survive, but the Hotrod Ant can amazingly thrive and even forage for food. In this tense encounter an unsuspecting Hotrod Ant has strayed in AntLion territory and faces the ultimate test of survival.
FROM CGTN - A brief but torrential rainstorm battered Yangcheng County in northern China's Shanxi Province on Tuesday, leaving streets flooded and vehicles submerged.
Although the rain only lasted for little over 30 minutes, the precipitation level still reached 32.5 millimeters.
Many bystanders made videos of the flash flooding, which show floodwater exceeding one meter in some areas.
The floodwater rushed down streets to low-lying areas, washing away motorbikes and automobiles.
The local meteorological department issued a blue alert for flooding, the lowest level in China's four-tier warning system.
No casualties have been reported.
A rural fire chief says at least four people were found dead and about a dozen more are missing after flash flooding poured over a popular swimming area inside the Tonto National Forest in central Arizona. (July 16)
FROM CGTN NEWS - This video shows the horrifying moment a landslide suddenly struck a busy road in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, leaving eight vehicles buried under mud, on Wednesday.
Sixteen drivers and passengers were caught in the landslide. One was left trapped inside his car but the rest managed to escape through the windows of their vehicles.
Firefighters rescued the trapped man. He sustained injuries to his legs and back, and was sent to the hospital. Another two people suffered minor injuries.
One of the largest icebergs on record has broken away from an ice shelf in Antarctica, scientists have said.
Researchers who have been monitoring a huge crack in the Larsen C Ice Shelf, which had left a vast iceberg more than a quarter the size of Wales "hanging by a thread", say the rift has finally completed its path through the ice.
A 5,800 square kilometre (2,200 square mile) iceberg weighing more than a trillion tonnes has now calved, the team from the Swansea University-led Midas project said.
The final breakthrough happened between Monday and Wednesday and was detected in data from Nasa's Aqua MODIS satellite instrument.
FROM CGTN - Mobile phone video footage recently captured the dramatic moment that part of a mountain collapsed in Wanlan Village, Zhenfeng County, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, due to continuous downpours.
During an inspection at noon, monitoring staff noticed a five-meter-wide, 20-meter-deep crack in the mountainside, and blocked off nearby roads immediately. Approximately five minutes later, the collapse happened. No casualties were reported.
FROM SWNS TV - The strange phenomenon, also known as a Willy-Willy, is due to a upward spiralling, dust filled vortex of air. It occurs when the ground is dry and high surface temperatures produce strong updrafts. But this dust devil in Buntingford, Herts., on Wednesday was suspicious enough to attract police attention. East Herts Rural Police tweeted a video of the spiralling straw and said:" On patrol near Buntingford & we found this straw tornado.
A man was rescued just in time before rising floodwaters in an underground parking lot could sweep him away in Yangshuo county in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
“The flood water was soaring. Only two or three minutes after we saved him, the flood water had overwhelmed the parking lot. So our rescue was launched right in time," said Huang Shuyu, one of the rescuers on the team.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — A helicopter carrying eight people crashed Sunday while on the way to help with evacuations near a volcano that erupted on the main Indonesian island of Java. Officials didn't know the fate of the people on board, but villagers said they found two bodies at the crash site.The eruption of the volcano, located in a popular tourist area, injured at least 10 people.
Villagers came to their aid by fashioning a rope out of their turbans to tug the three helpless holidaymakers back to dry land. Three tourists made a miraculous escape with the help of kind villagers, after finding themselves trapped in the middle of a heavily flooded waterfall.
The adventure-loving trio had climbed on top of a rock for lunch to get a view of the Bhagsunag waterfall in the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh, India.
But the men were still having their meals precariously perched on the rock when a sudden flash flood increased the level of the stream and left them stranded.
A tornadic waterspout appeared over the Santa Rosa Sound in Pensacola, Florida, amid Tropical Storm Cindy. The rare weather pattern was caught on camera by Virginia resident Clint Whitley from the 16th floor of his resort.
Four people were listed as missing Sunday after an earthquake sparked a tsunami off Greenland and forced some residents to be evacuated.
Police Chief Bjorn Tegner Bay said he was unable to confirm whether there had been fatalities.
However he said, 11 houses had been swept away after a magnitude 4 overnight quake off Uuummannaq, a small island well above the arctic circle.
There were also reports of waves striking two other villages.
A customer stuck inside a Pittsburgh Dairy Queen during a storm captured lightning striking the restaurant twice and setting part of it on fire. She says rescuers got everyone out, and no one was hurt.
Twisters have been ravaging the Midwest and leveling communities in their path. A barn appeared to disintegrate as a monster tornado ripped along a country road and took the roof off a home in Wyoming. In videos posted online, there are flashes as utility poles are torn out of the ground. "It debarked some of the trees nearby there," storm chaser Aaron Rigsby told Inside Edition. In Nebraska, not a stick of one barn was left standing after it was shredded by a tornado.
Researchers have captured the 'birth cry' of a baby star for the first time.
They observed a huge flow of gas rocketing from a maturing star known as Orion KL Source 1, which is 1,400 light-years away from Earth.
This allowed the team to determine how the gas was launched from the baby star and solve a long-standing mystery on how stars form.
A rare waterspout was spotted off the coast of Beihai City, in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Wednesday, in a jaw-dropping scene that fascinated residents. Witnesses were quick to take out their phones and record the first video footage of a vortex of water swirling near the city. The whirlwind lasted for about ten minutes.
Video shows a huge tornado touching down near a highway where cars and trucks continued to drive.
The tornado touched down in the Three Hills area of Alberta, Canada, on Friday evening, according to ABC News.
The twister did not injure or kill anyone, though some property was damaged.
Severe thunder and 'golf ball-sized' hailstorms ripped through the tri-state area, toppling trees onto houses and blowing off roofs.
Tornado warnings were issued in New York and Connecticut after hours of heavy rain, thunder and lightning on Wednesday evening.
Astounded residents filmed ominous funnel clouds forming in the sky and hail relentlessly pounding cars, porches and parking lots - just weeks before the first day of summer.