Wind: one of the most powerful forces in Nature | Photo: Shutterstock

The wind is one of the most powerful forces in Nature. It has a violent, destructive strength, it creates swells, and it produces energy. Check how, when and where the wind is blowing.

Planet Earth has many famous winds, but they only exist and behave like they do due to:

Waves: the North Atlantic produces bigger waves than the Southern Ocean | Photo: Shutterstock

An automated buoy positioned between the United Kingdom and Iceland detected the highest-ever wave measured in the North Atlantic.

According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the new world record wave height of 62.3 feet (19 meters) was measured on February 4, 2013, in the aftermath of a powerful cold front which produced winds of up to 43.8 knots (50.4 miles per hour).

The new record is classified under the "highest significant wave height" designation, i.e., the average height of between 15 and 20 well-formed waves over a period of about 10 minutes.

Furry wetsuits: scientists learned how to trap air between the mammals' hair and skin | Photo: Frankel/Creative Commons

Would you wear a furry wetsuit? Engineers from the MIT started producing fur-like rubbery pelts inspired by hairy, semiaquatic mammals. The good news is that it works very well.

The future of wetsuits is now, as new manufacturing techniques and new fabrics pave the way to advanced thermal properties.

The MIT research was motivated by a visit to Sheico Group, the world's largest wetsuit manufacturer. The company was interested in developing materials that would keep surfers warm and nimble while they move in and out of the water.