Walking cactus: Scientists have discovered what researchers are calling the missing link in China. The strange-looking walking cactus is thought to be the link between worm-like creatures and arthropods like spiders.
A panel of weather and climate experts ranked the the Top 10 global weather and climate events of 2010. Voters considered the scope and unusualness of the event, its immediate human and economic impact, and whether it is emblematic of climate trends or variability. They voted during the first week of December, so the following weeks' extreme winter weather in Europe, which may have deserved a spot in the Top 10, received an honorable mention.
A local flood victim holds his wife on a flooded street in Fuzhou, China, on June 23. A flood-threatened dyke in southern China suffered a fresh breach on Wednesday, after an earlier break in its wall forced nearly 100,000 residents to flee as heavy rains swelled rivers and dams across the region.
Retired U.S. National Park Service workers formed Global Parks to share their expertise abroad.
Rescue workers arrive at the site of a flooding accident at Wangjialing Coal Mine, located across both Xiangning county and Hejin city, in northern China's Shanxi Province on April 1. Over 1,000 rescuers fought against the clock at a Chinese coal mine where 153 workers were trapped by flooding in what could be one of the worst disasters to hit the dangerous industry in recent years.
On March 23, volunteer Cara Bround holds a ten-day-old Sykes Monkey being cared for at the Colobus Trust Rescue Center near Mombasa after its mother was electrocuted. According to the Trust, the population of Sykes Monkeys have gone down from 800 three years ago to 600.
Teacher Stacy Balbach smiles through a pie-covered face at Cuba City High School in Cuba City, Wisc., on Feb. 25. Students at a pep rally threw pies to raise money for the relief effort in Haiti. Over $700 was raised.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has notes reading 'Eggs, Milk, Bread (crossed out), Hope, and Change,' written on his hand as he briefs reporters after President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to the James Brady Briefing Room of the White House on Feb. 9. Former Vice Presidential candidate and Alaskan governor Sarah Palin generated interest in her recent public appearances by having notes on her hands.
A migrating herd of wildebeest is seen in Masai Mara, Kenya.
Suspected Al Qaeda members sit behind bars at the state security court in Sanaa, Yemen, on Tuesday. The court sentenced seven alleged Al Qaeda men to jail terms ranging from five to ten years over plots to carry out bombing attacks against Western tourists in the country.