Nature News

May 2019

Lunar fault formed on Moon's crust as interior cooled and shrank / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA, GSFC, Arizona State U., Smithsonian

Nat Geo Editors Pick Favorite Photo Contest Entries — See Images (National Geographic, 5/14/19).

Special Clouds Form Ocean Waves in Skies of Blue — See Photos (, 5/14/19).

Swine Flu Spreads through Asia — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/14/19).

Study: Earth’s Moon Experiences Frequent Quakes, Cracking & Shrinkage along Faults — See Image (EurekAlert, 5/13/19). Read more, see more images and video here and here.

Windstorm in Italian Alps Destroys Trees Used to Make Stradavarius Violins, Other Fine Instruments  — See Video Report (PBS, 5/12/19).

Researchers Find World’s Oldest Bald Cyprus Tree in North Carolina Preserve, Think Others in Area May Be Older — See Photo (WYFF4, 5/10/19).

Study: Flightless Bird Wiped Out by Ancient Flooding Event Evolved Back into Being on Same Atoll — See Photo (Vice, 5/9/19).

Study: Cats Do Care about Owners, Show It in Their Own Cat Way — See Photos & Video (Science, 5/9/19).

Study: Water Planet Oceans May Be Thousands of Miles Deep vs.  6.8-Mile Maximum Depth on Earth— See Photos & Illos (EarthSky, 5/9/19).

Study: Age Measurement Reveals Oldest-Known Greenland Shark May Be 512 Years Old — See Photos  (, 5/8/19).

Study: Upward Female Mobility May Drive Paper Wasp Intelligence — See Photos (CNN, 5/8/19).

Hurricanes & Tornadoes Aren’t Only Windstorms to Watch Out For — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/7/19).

UN Report: Humans Are Killing Everything — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/6/19).

Nature Picks Best Images of Month — See Photos (Nature, 5/3/19).

Stupid Human Tricks: Man Gets Too Close to Rim of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, Falls In, Survives — See Map & Video (USA Today, 5/3/19).

Pre-Hurricane Season Disturbance Forms Off Florida — See Satellite Image & Map (AccuWeather, 5/3/19).

Skywatchers Film Flash of Meteor Hitting Moon During Lunar Eclipse — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 5/2/19).

Trump’s Dept. of Interior Guts Rules Passed to Prevent Another Gulf Oil Spill  — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/2/19).

Cyclone Fani, Strongest in Decades, Hits India — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/2/19).

Meteor Explodes over Costa Rica, Fragment Lands in Woman’s House — See Photos & Video (DOGONews, 5/1/19).

Study: Ancient Stone Carving Could Tell Story of Comet Strike — See Photos & Diagram (Science Alert, 5/1/19).

April 2019

River channel on Mars / NASA, JPL, U of Arizona, U of Chicago / Click for more.

Study: Rwanda’s Gorillas May Raid Eucalyptus Crops for Sodium Content — See Photo (Phys.Org, 4/3/19).

Study: Invasive Marsh Grass May Do More Good than Harm — See Photos (The Conversation 4/3/19).

Komodo Island Closed to Tourism to Curb Dragon-Poaching — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/2/19).

Puppy Survives Being Snatched by Owl in Arizona — See Photos (Phoenix Patch, 4/2/19).

Study: Finding that Mars Had Lots of Water  Suggests Theories about Planet’s Climate are Flawed — See Photos & Diagram (Universe Today, 4/1/19).

Report: Mars Burps Methane, Gas Disappears, Stumping Scientists, Hinting at Life — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/1/19).

Study: Human Settlement, Agriculture, Development Taking Toll on Wildlife in Serengeti-Mara (The Conversation 4/1/19).

Charge that Newly Discovered Malaysian Tarantula was Collected Illegally Draws Attention on How Scientists Acquire Specimens — See Photo (The New York Times, 4/1/19).

It’s Cherry Blossom Time in D.C. — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/1/19).

Asteroid Zips between Earth & Moon, Astronomers Don’t Spot it until Next Day — See Graphics (EarthSky, 4/1/19).

March 2019

Cruise Ship Sailing from NYC to Florida Rocked by 100+ MPH Wind— See Photos & Video (Cruise Law News, 3/4/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Sisters, 8 & 5, Survive 44 Hours Lost in California Woods, Mom Credits 4H  Training — See Video (CNN, 3/4/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Croc Attacks Getting Out of Control in Balabac, Philippines — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/3/19).

New Book on Animal Emotion Takes Title from Powerful Interaction between Human & Chimp (NPR, 3/1/19). See the video here. Find the book here and here.

Ugh: Scientists Watch Big Tarantula Drag Possum-Mouse Prey into Bush in Peruvian  Jungle — See Photos & Video (CNN, 3/1/19). Read more, see more creepy photos of spiders eating other animals here.

Son of Female Climber Killed on K2 Now Missing on Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 3/1/19).

Explorers Map Mind-Blowing Underground Cave System of Borneo — See Photos (National Geographic, 3/1/19).

Report: Researchers Think Female Preference May Drive Diversity of  Colorful Cichlids in Lake Malawi — See Maps & Photos (Smithsonian, 3/1/19).

Woman Poses on Throne-Shaped Piece of Iceberg  on Beach, Waves Wash Her Out to Sea — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/1/19).

February 2019

Beautiful Northern Lights Dance & Shimmer in Lapland Night Sky — See Video (EuroNews, 2/28/19).

Report: Discovery of Brain Structure that Lets Costa Rican Mice Take Turns Singing May Shed Light on How Humans Converse — See Photos & Video (Ars Technica, 2/28/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Underwater Photographer of Year Contest Winners Announced — See Photos (Earther, 2/28/19). See more photos here.

Rare Giant Sunfish Thought to Live in Southern Oceans Washes Up on California Beach — See Photos (NPR, 2/28/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Atmospheric Rivers Bringing Insane Snows to California  — See Photos & Video (The Weather Channel, 2/27/19).

Fascinating Facts about Earth: It Breathes, It’s the Only Planet with Plates, It Has Strange Masses Near Core— See Photos, Diagrams & Animation (EOS, 2/27/19).

Explorers Probe Depths of Belize’s Famed Great Blue Hole — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 2/27/19).

New Study Suggests African Grey Parrots, At Least, Are Even Smarter than Thought — See Photos & Video (Phys.Org, 2/26/19).

Photographer Captures Images of Deep-Sea Creatures that Rise to Surface at Night Off Hawaii — See Photos (Daily Mail, 2/26/19).

Amtrak Train Stuck in Snow for 36 Hours in Oregon (The New York Times, 2/26/19).

Report: Ocean Listening Devices May Have Recorded Sound of Missing Malaysian Jet Crashing into Sea — See News Report (Live Science, 2/26/19).

Report: Half Male/Half Female Happens in Birds, Butterflies &Human Beings — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/25/19)

Australian Officials OK Dumping Sludge in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Boundaries — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/25/19).

Discovery: “River of Stars” Currently Flowing through Our Galactic Neighborhood — See   Image (EarthSky, 2/24/19).

Report: Glacier-Covered Volcanoes in Chile Preparing to Erupt  — See Photos & Video (GlacierHub, 2/22/19).

Topographic view of dried-out river valley network on Mars taken by Mars Express Orbiter, November 19, 2018 / ESA,DLR, FU Berlin / Click for more.

ESA Images Indicate Water Once Flowed All Over Mars — See Photos (Universe Today, 2/22/19). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here.

ESA: Small, 2-Lobed Comets Seem Commonplace in Universe — See Image (EarthSky, 2/22/19).

Researchers Rediscover Giant Tortoise, Thought Extinct, on Fernandina in Galapagos — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/21/19).

Researchers Rediscover Giant Bee, Feared Extinct, in Indonesia — See Photos (Mashable, 2/21/19). Read more, see more photos and video herehere and here.

Fossil of 5-Foot Tall Tyrannosaur Discovered in Utah — See Rendering (National Geographic, 2/21/19).

Setting Sun Turns Falls into Liquid Gold at Yosemite — See Photo (EarthSky, 2/21/19). See more photos here.

Discovery: Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Out Past Moon — See Illos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 2/21/19).

Study: Female Chinese Monkeys among Few Mammals that Suckle Relative’s Offspring — See Photo (COSMOS, 2/21/19).

Divers Swim with Giant Sea Squirt Off New Zealand — See Video (National Geographic, 2/20/19).

Study: Zebra Stripes Discourage Bites (The Conversation, 2/20/19). Read more here.

Photographer Shares Stunning Images of Northern Lights — See Images (The Washington Post, 2/20/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Skywatchers Capture Images of Biggest Supermoon of Year — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/20/19). See more photos and video here and here.

NINYF*: Couple Winter-HIking in Zion National Park Get Caught in Quicksand — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 2/19/19).

Study: Decoding of Great White Genome Offers Clues to Shark’s Resistance to Cancer, Other Diseases (Gizmodo, 2/19/19).

Fast-Moving Comet Iwamoto Came and Went — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/16/19).

Changing of Guard in S. African Waters: Orcas Arrive, Great Whites Disappear, 7-Gills Move In — See Photos (Forbes, 2/16/19).

Officials Investigate Manatee Deaths, Discovery of Rare Bryde Whale Carcass in Everglades — See Photos & Map (Miami Herald, 2/14/19).

Pity the Poor, Poached Pangolin, the World’s Only Mammal with Scales  — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 2/15/19).

What Did Your Part of the Planet Look Like Millions of Years Ago? Use This Interactive Tool to Find Out! (, 2/15/19). Read more here.

2019 Officially Declared El Niño Year, but Effects Could Be Mild — See Image & Video (Earther, 2/14/19).

Beautiful Black Leopard Photographed in Kenya — See Images (The Washington Post, 2/13/19).

Researchers Discover Really Weird New Tarantula in Angola See Photos (Earther, 2/13/19).

RIP, Mars Opportunity Rover: Designed to Work 90 Days, Soldiered on for More than 15 Years — See Photo (Ars Technica, 2/13/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Scientists Study Beachside Mating Habits of Modest Little Fish Called the Grunion — See Photos (Hakai, 2/12/19).

Senate Passes Huge Land Conservation Bill — See Map & Video (The Washington Post, 2/12/19)

Preserved Great White Left to Rot in Abandoned Australian Wildlife Park — See Photos & Video (, 2/12/19).

American Hunter Pays $110,000 to Kill Rare Pakistani Mountain Goat, Critics Condemn Him, Advocates Says He’s Helping Save Species — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 2/12/19).

Woman Finds Male Tiger Caged in Garage of Abandoned Houston Home — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/12/19).

Finding: 2nd Crater Discovered under Greenland Ice May, May Not Mark 2nd Ancient Meteor Strike — See Images & Video (, 2/12/19). Read more, see more images and video here.

Growing Number of Dog Breeders Say Time for Tail Docking Ear Cropping to Stop — See Photos (The Washington Post, 2/11/19).

Starving Polar Bears Invade Russian Town — See Photos & Videos  (EcoWatch, 2/11/19). Read more here. See more photos and videos here.

Tunnels in Rock Made by Slug-Like Creature Pushes Back First Evidence of Life on Planet Millions of Years — See Video (Independent, 2/11/19).

Report: Insect Populations Plummeting, Threatening Human Survival — See Photos (The Guardian, 2/10/19).

Beautiful Flower Photos Look Like Paintings — See Images (Earther, 2/8/19).

Well-Known Vent on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Its Last after 35 Years (The Washington Post, 2/8/19).

Image: Bird Adds Scale, Iceberg Adds Beauty to Photo Taken in Remote North — See Photo (Hakai, 2/8/19).

Study: Are Tiny Cleaner Wrasse Self-Aware? See Photo (COSMOS, 2/8/19).

Report: Deadly 2018 Palu Earthquake Struck at Record Speed (Science, 2/8/19).

Nature Photo Team Picks January’s Best Science Images — See Photos (Nature, 2/7/19).

NASA Orbiter Snaps Photo of Chinese Probe Sitting on Dark Side of Moon — See Photos (Gizmodo, 2/7/19).

Study: Honeybees Grasp Concepts of Addition, Subtraction (COSMOS, 2/7/19).

Evidence Accumulates that Animals Do Dream — See Photos, Images & Video (EarthSky, 2/7/19).

Camera Study Confirms Only 1 Elephant Left in South Africa’s Knysna Forest — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 2/7/19).

Researchers Figure Out Simple Trick to Starlings Complex Flying Formations — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 2/6/19).

Big Bison Charges Past Tour Vehicle on Snowy Road in Yellowstone — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 2/6/19).

* Nature is Not Your Friend

Happy 100th Anniversary to Grand Canyon National Park — See Photos, Illos & Video (The Conversation, 2/6/19). Read more, see more photos and illustrations here.

Winter Does Wondrous Things to Water — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 2/6/19).

6 New Species of Really Creepy-Looking Catfish Discovered in South America — See Photos (Earther, 2/6/19).

Study: Puffins, Other Birds, See & Glow in Ultra Violet Light — See Photo (Audubon, 2/5/19).

Key West Bans Sunscreens Containing Chemicals that Harm Coral — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 2/5/19).

Finding: Our Milky Way Galaxy is a Wavy Disk — See Charts, Illos & Animation (EarthSky, 2/5/19).

Astronomers Still Guessing What That Strange Object that Passed Through Our Solar System in 2017 Really Was — See Photos & Video (, 2/5/19).

That Mysterious Light that Lingers after Sunset May Be Etherial Zodiacal Light — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/5/19).

Runner Attacked by Young Cougar in Colorado, Fights Back, Kills Cat — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 2/5/19).

Researchers Rush to Study Pop-Up Island in Pacific Before It Disappears — See Photos (Science Alert 2/4/19).

Study: Bigger Dogs Have Bigger Brains, Do Better on Cognition Tests (Science Alert, 2/3/19).

Here Comes Another Comet! — See Photos & Sky Maps (EarthSky, 2/3/19). Read more, see more photos and maps here, here and here.

Asteroid Explodes in Daytime Sky Over Cuba — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 2/2/19). Read more, see more video here.

Study: Flying Squirrels Glow Pink in Ultraviolet Light, Researchers Wonder Why — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/1/19). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Lampreys Can Heal from Severed Spines, Researchers Want to Know How — See Photo & Video Report (Futurity, 2/1/19).

Study: Irregularities in Sea Floor May be Key to Rogue Ocean Waves — See Photo (Phys.Org, 2/1/19).

Study: Main Driver of Ocean Circulation Not Where Scientists Thought — See Map (Discover, 2/1/19).

Breathtaking: Researcher Films Developing Newt from Single Cell to Hatching — See Time-Lapse Video (Aeon, 2/1/19).

January 2019

Birdwatcher Spots Rare Half Male-Half Female Cardinal in Erie PA — See Video (National Geographic, 1/31/19).

Here’s What Polar-Vortex Cold Does & Looks Like — See Photos, Map & Video (EarthSky, 1/31/19). See more photos and video here and here.

Elephant Seals Take Back California Beach during Government Shutdown — See Map & Photos (SFGate, 1/30/19).

Report: Warming Oceans Factor in Massive Starfish Die-Off along West Coast — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/30/19). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

NASA Curiosity Rover Sends Images of Itself on Mars Back to Earth — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 1/30/19).

Pride of Lions Try, Fail to Take Down Giraffe in South African Park — See Video (National Geographic, 1/29/19).

Researchers Use DNA from Tooth Fragment to ID Shark that Bit Boy Off Fire Island — See Photos & Video (Forbes, 1/29/19).

Tiny Pacific Island Nation Mourns Death of Its Only Duck — See Photos, Videos & Maps (The New York Times, 1/29/19).

Researchers Probe Roots of Anger in Animals and Humans — Listen to Radio Segment (NPR, 1/29/19).

Study: Super-Slow Underwater Earthquake Off Turkey Lasted 2 Months (Science Daily, 1/29/19).

Polar Vortex Brings Record Cold to Midwest, Eastern U.S. — See Maps & Video (The Washington Post, 1/28/19). Read more, see more photos, maps, charts and video here, here, here, here, here and here.

Snowflake Photographer Shares Images, Tips on How to Take Photos — See Images (EarthSky, 1/28/19).

Blue-Eyed Coyotes Seen for 1st Time in California — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/28/19).

Havana, Cuba Hit by Tornado for 1st Time in Decades — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 1/28/19).

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Photos 1 Mile from Surface of Asteroid Bennu — See Photos (, 1/28/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Birds See More Colors than Humans Do — See Photo (Science Alert, 1/27/19).

CDC: Pet Hedgehogs Tied to Salmonella Outbreak (The New York Times, 1/27/19).

Australians of All Stripes Debate What to Do about Kangaroos — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/27/19).

Artist Creates Beautiful Abstract Paintings of Earth’s Beautiful Seas — See Images (Earther, 1/25/19).

Weather Waltz: A Year’s Worth of U.S. Radar Set to Music — See Time-Lapse Video (Aeon, 1/25/19).

Study: Higher Lead Concentrations in Mockingbird Blood Linked to Increased Aggression (Earther, 1/25/19).

Father & Son Hunters Sentenced for Killing Black Bear Mom & Cubs in Den in Alaska (EcoWatch, 1/25/19).

NINYF*: South Korean Icebreaker Saves Chinese Researchers Stranded in Antarctic — See Photo (Nature, 1/25/19).

Finding: Coast of Wales Could be Critical Habitat for Ancient Angel Shark — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 1/25/19).

Weird: Alligators Freeze in Ice-Covered North Carolina Swamps with Noses Sticking in Air — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 1/25/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Spacecraft Sends Back Clearer Pictures on Closer Approach to Snowman-Shaped Space Rock — See Photo (Gizmodo, 1/25/19).

Ancient Earth Rock Found Among Moon Rocks Brought Back by Apollo 14 Astronauts — See Photo (The Guardian, 1/25/19). Read more, see more photos here, here and here.

Satellites Photograph Fires, Storms, Eruptions, Other Natural Events from Space — See Images (EOS, 1/25/19).

Drones Drop Poison Bait to Combat Invasive Rats in Galápagos — See Photos (Nature, 1/24/19).

Ebola Virus Found for 1st Time in Bat in West Africa (The Washington Post, 1/24/19).

Moon illuminating a column of night, South Pole, 2017 / Daniel Michalik, ESA / Click for more.

ESA Releases Image of Moon Creating Pillar of Light at South Pole — See Photo (EarthSky, 1/24/19).

Winners of Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced — See Images (Earther, 1/23/19). See more photos here.

Deadly Bass Virus Spreading in Michigan Lakes — See Photo (, 1/23/19).

Discovery: Sluggish Sea Cucumbers Can Inflate, Rise from SeaBed, Catch a Ride on Currents when Threatened — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/22/19).

Strong Winds Push Waves of Snow Across Field in Upstate New York — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 1/22/19).

Snow, Ice, Freezing Temps Turn Niagara Falls into Winter Wonderland — See Photos & Videos (USA Today, 1/22/19).

Photographers Share Videos of Stunning Night Skies in Dark Sky Preserves — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/22/19). See more photos and video here.

Study: Sloths Seem to Thrive, Have More Babies in Habitats with Lots of Guaramo Trees — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/22/19).

• Sharp-Eyed Viewers See Meteorite Hit Moon During Lunar Eclipse — See Photo & Video (New Scientist, 1/22/19). See more photos here.

Drone Films Massive Ray Migration Off Baja — See Video (Earth Touch News Network, 1/21/19).

Study: Tiny Ancient Shark Teeth Found in Rock Containing Bones of Sue, the T. Rex — See Photo & Illo (Smithsonian, 1/21/19). Read more here.

*Nature Is Not Your Friend

Blood Moon, undated / NASA / Click for more.

Sky-Watchers Share Photos of Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Eclipse — See Images (EarthSky, 1/21/19). See more photos here and here.

Essay: Technique for Training Butterflies Works on All Species, Including Humans (, 1/20/19).

Polar Bear Knocks Camera into Hole in Sea Ice; Year Later, Photographer Gets It Back — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/20/19).

Scientists Find Fish Thriving at Bottom of California Gulf, where Low Oxygen Should Kill Them — See Photos (Phys.Org, 1/18/19).

Once on Verge of Extinction, Bison Rebound, to Benefit of All Nature — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 1/18/19).

Florida Red Tide Kills Record 589 Sea Turtles — See Photo & Map (EcoWatch, 1/16/19).

New Look at Old Fossils Suggests Life May Have Appeared on Land Earlier than Thought (See Photo, EarthSky, 1/17/19).

Giant Ice Disk Slowly Rotates in Maine River — See News Report (WQOW, 1/17/19). Read more, see more video here and here.

Cameraman Captures Rare Footage of Philippine Eagles Raising Chick — See Video (National Geographic, 1/16/19).

Birds of Paradise are Fascinating, Breathtaking, and Disappearing — See Photos (Earther, 1/16/19).

Finding: Deforestation, Pests, Climate Change, Drought Threaten 60% of World’s Coffee Species — See Photos (Nature, 1/16/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Deep Blue, 1 of Biggest Known Great Whites, Last Seen Off Baja, Spotted Off Hawaii — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 1/16/19). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Bahamas Considers Measures to Save Disappearing Queen Conch — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/16/19).

Runaway Rodeo Cow Makes for Anchorage Park, Still Alive, Elusive & Free 7 Months Later — See Photo (The Washington Post, 1/15/19).

Michigan Resident Captures Image of Rare Rainbow around Sun — See Photo (EarthSky, 1/15/19).

Florida Keys Osprey Taken Off State Endangered List, Advocates Think Too Soon — See Photos (Miami Herald, 1/15/19).

Photo of Chameleon Embryo 1 of Many Amazing Images in Nikon Small World Photo Contest — See Photo (COSMOS, 1/15/19). See more photos here.

Polar Vortex Acting Up, Severe Winter Weather on Way — See Maps, Diagrams and Animated Video (The Washington Post, 1/15/19).

Finding: Potatoes Suffering from Too Much Single-Strain Reproduction (COSMOS, 15/19).

Bolivian Water Frog, Thought Last of Species, No Longer Alone, Researchers Find Potential Mate, Companions in Wild — See Video Report (Earther, 1/15/19).

Study: Mushrooms Can Sense, Defend against Attack — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/15/19).

Teenage Girl Bitten by Odd-Looking Shark in Australia — See Photos (USA Today, 1/14/19).

Golden Jackals Spread through Europe as Wolves Decline — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/14/19).

Good News for Earth: Hole in Ozone Layer is Healing — See Images (The Christian Science Monitor, 1/14/19).

Here Comes the Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse — See Photos, Videos & Diagrams (, 1/14/19). Read more, see more photos, videos and diagrams here, here, here, here, here and here.

Study: Could Life Exist on Planet Orbiting Sun’s Neighbor Star? Maybe — See Diagrams and Illos (EarthSky, 1/12/19).

Spiders Spin Nets across Treetops in Brazil, and Locals are Glad — See Video (Science Alert, 1/12/19).

Stranded, Disoriented Harp Seals Crowd Coastal Town in Newfoundland — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 1/11/19).

New Species of Indonesian Shark ID’d from Museum Specimens May Already Be Extinct…Or Not — See Photos (Earther, 1/11/19).

TSA Prefers Floppy-Eared Sniffer Dogs because People Think Floppy Means Friendly — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/11/19).

Fireball  Streaks Across Sky Over Roanoke VA — See Video (10 News, 1/11/19).

EarthSky Creates World Map of Best Places to Stargaze — See Map, Suggest a Favorite Spot (EarthSky, 1/11/19).

EU Bans  Fishing Vessels Tossing Unwanted Catch (Science, 1/11/19).

Finding: Hummingbirds are Feisty, and Bite when They Fight! — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/11/19)

Study: Female Budgies Are Attracted to Males who Impress Them as Smart — See Diagram (Science, 1/11/19). Read more here and here.

NINYF*: Extreme Snowstorms in Austria, Germany Kill 6, Trap Tourists, Ground Rescue Helicopters — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/10/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NINYF*: Fishing Boat Flips Crossing Oregon’s Yaquina Bay Bar, Crew of 3 All Lost — See Photos & News Report (The Washington Post, 1/10/19).

Border Collies Sure Love to Have Fun — See Video (One Green Planet, 1/10/19).

Hubble Captures Beautiful Images of Merging Galaxies — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/10/19).

Discovery: Some Viruses Seem to Have Belly Buttons — See Illo (COSMOS, 1/10/19).

Comet Tails are Breathtaking — See Photos (SYFY, 1/10/19)

Earth’s Magnetic North is On the Move — See Map (Nature, 1/9/19). Read more, see  photos, maps, diagrams and video hereherehere and here.

Astronomers Detect 13 New Intergalactic Fast Radio Bursts, 2nd Known Repeater, Source Still Unknown (, 1/9/19). Read more, see photos and illos here and here . See video report here.

Tanker Explosion Near Hong Kong Kills 1, Injures 4, Threatens Dolphins, Other Marine Species — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 1/9/19).

George, the Tree Snail, Last of His Species, Dies in Hawaii at Age 14, One of Many Species Disappearing from Islands — See Photos & Videos (National Geographic, 1/8/19).

Japanese Islanders Struggle to Save Endangered Jungle Cat from Tourists, Government Plans — See Photos (Hakai, 1/8/19).

Protected Colony of Fairy Terns Abandon Australian Sanctuary after Feral Cat Goes on Killing Spree — See Photos (WA Today, 1/8/19).

Image of Earth and moon (lower left), asteroid Bennu (upper right), captured by OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, Dec. 19, 2018, 71 million miles from Earth / NASA, Goddard, U of Arizona, Lockheed Martin Space / Click for more.

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Image of Earth & Moon from 71 Million Miles Away during Approach to Asteroid Bennu — See Photos & Videos (Daily Mail, 1/8/19). Read more here.

Finding: Noise that Afflicted Diplomats in Cuba was Crickets — Listen to Recording, See Videos of Other Strange Animal Sounds (The Atlantic, 1/8/19). Read more here.

New Ebola-Type Virus Discovered in Bats in South-Central China (STAT, 1/8/19). Read more here.

Theory: Big Bang Created Mirror Universe where Time Runs Backward (Science Alert, 1/8/19).

Finding: Mosquito-Borne Rift Valley Fever Virus Bigger Health Threat to Pregnant Women than Zika (The New York Times, 1/7/19)

Indonesian Volcano Spews Blue Lava, But Color is Only Visible at Night — See Photos (Forbes, 1/7/19).

Finding: Researchers Close in on Genetic Roots of Different Personality Traits in Different Dog Breeds (Science, 1/7/19).

Study: Oscillating Ocean Temperatures Bring Endangered Bluefin Tuna Back to UK Waters (Phys.Org, 1/7/19).

Study: Spitting Archerfish Recognize Human Faces, Even at an Angle (Scientific American, 1/7/18).

California’s Migrating Monarch Butterfly Count Plunges 86% in 2 Years (KTLA 5, 1/6/19).

Horsemen of Ua Huka in Marquesas Preserve Traditions on Untouristed Island — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/6/19).

New President of Brazil Takes Steps to Give Industries Open Access to Protected Lands — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/6/19).

Evidence Keeps Mounting: Pets Are Good for Human Health, Connection — See Photos (The Conversation, 1/6/19).

Virginia Woman Dies of Rabies from Puppy Bite in India (People, 1/5/19).

Japanese Restaurateur Spends $3.1 on 613-Lb Bluefin Tuna, a Disappearing Fish — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/5/19). Read more, see videos here.

Study: Pacific Ocean Waters Take Hundreds of Years to Circulate from Surface to Seabed(Phys.Org, 1/4/19).

Skywatcher Captures Beautiful Image of Fireball’s Iridescent Trail — See Photo (PetaPixel, 1/4/19).

New Theory of Universe: Speck of Froth on Expanding Bubble (Live Science, 1/4/19).

Wasting Disease Spreading in Deer in 25 States, Scientists Worry about Jump to Humans — See Photos (UPI, 1/4/19).

Nature Lovers Capture Images of Snow in Arizona Desert — See Photos & Video (Earther, 1/3/19).

First Meteor Shower of 2019 Peaks Tonight — See Map (AccuWeather, 1/3/19).

China Lands First Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon — See Photo & Videos (The Washington Post, 1/3/19). Read more, see more photos, video and diagrams herehere and here.

Wealthy Explorer Becomes First Person to Pilot Sub 27,480′ Down to Bottom of Marianas Trench — See Photo (Smithsonian, 1/2/19). Read more, see more photos, maps, diagrams here and here.

Earth Reaches Closest Approach to Sun in Annual Orbit on Jan. 3 (The New York Times, 1/2/19).

National Parks Being Trashed during Government Shutdown (EcoWatch, 1/2/19).

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles from Earth, photographed by New Horizons, January 1, 2019 / NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute / Click for more.

NASA Craft Snaps Images of Ultima Thule, Most Distant Space Rock Ever Explored — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/2/19). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here, here, here and here, and here.

Huge SW Florida Development Plan Could be Death Knell for Last Surviving Florida Panthers — See Photo (The Guardian, 1/2/19).

Report: Electric Fences, Power Lines Threaten Wildlife in India, Kenya, South Africa — See Photo (The New York Times, 1/1/19).

NASA Probe Successfully Enters Orbit around Tiny Space Rock — See Photo (BGR, 1/1/19). Read more, see more photos, video and diagrams here.

Girl Injured by Rhinos after Slipping Through Bars at Florida Zoo (Independent, 1/1/19). Read more, see photos and news report here and here.

New York Times Offers Daily Calendar of Celestial Events (The New York Times, 1/1/19). Thanks to Deborah Wilburn for this item.