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February 2020

Voyager 1 image of "pale blue dot" of Earth visible in sunbeam, Feb 14, 1990 / Voyager 1, NASA / Click for more.

Observations Make Clear Elephants Register, Affected by Deaths of Their Own — See Photos (The Washington Post, 2/21/20).

Lucky Young Angler Knows Not to Touch Strange Catch in Port Isabel, TX — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 2/21/20).

Study: Bumblebees, Like Humans, Can Translate Visual to Tactile & Vice Versa— See Photo (COSMOS, 2/21/20)

Hikers Catch Rare Glimpse of Elusive Rainbow Snake in Florida’s Ocala National Forest — See Photo (Newsweek, 2/20/20).

Field Guide Keeps Cool during Unsettling Elephant Encounter in South Africa — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 2/20/20).

3-Year-Old Boy Spots Rare Pink Grasshopper in Austin, TX Garden — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/20/20).

100 Million-Year-Old Bee Trapped in Amber Teaches Scientists about Ancient Forests, Flowers, Insects of Myanmar — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/20/20).

Macaque Study Finds Certain Brain Region Seems to Play Key Role in Consciousness (Live Science, 2/17/20).

Ice Volcanoes Start Forming, Erupting Along North Shore of Lake Superior — See Photos & Video (, 2/16/20).

NASA Marks 30th Anniversary of Voyager 1 Photo of Pale Blue Dot of Earth — See Image (EarthSky, 2/14/20).

Winds Bring Beautiful Blue Jelly-Bodied Creatures, Delicate Blue Shells to Oregon Beaches — See Photos (, 2/14/20).

Early Riser Captures Beautiful Image of Flying-Saucer Cloud in California — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/14/20).

Storm Ciara Exposes 130-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Footprint on Clay Beach on Isle of Wight — See Photos (Lad Bible, 2/14/20). Read more, see more photos, maps, videos and illustrations here.

Finding: Brains of Humans, Great Apes Share Certain Asymmetries — See Images (New Scientist, 2/14/20).

Locust Swarms Still Bad, Getting Worse in East Africa — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 2/13/20).

Researchers Discover How Jellyfish Sting Prey, Hapless Humans without Touching Them — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/13/20).

Lucky Diver Treated to Rare Sighting of Pink-Bellied Manta of Great Barrier Reef — See Photos & Video (Australian Geographic, 2/11/20). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Saskatchewan’s Purple Sands Beach in Candle Lake Park Lives Up to Name This Year — See Photos (BBC 2/11/20).

Border Collie Pink Takes Top Agility Prize at Westminster 3rd Year in Row — See Video (People, 2/10/20).

Utah’s Wah Wah Supervolcano Much Bigger, More Potentially Deadly than Yellowstone’s — See Photos (USA Today, 2/8/20).

4 Mountain Gorillas Killed by Lightning in Uganda (BBC News, 2/8/20).

Preservationists, Developers Fight Over Fate of Florida’s Wisteria Island — See Photos, Listen to Broadcast (NPR, 2/5/20).

Researchers Agree Rogue Waves are Real, Disagree on How They Form — See Photos, Illos, Charts (Quanta Magazine, 2/5/20).

Footage of Coyote/Badger Traveling Buddies Has Researchers, Animal Lovers Buzzing— See Video (National Geographic, 2/5/20).

Giant Antarctic Iceberg Heads for Open Sea — See Maps & Photos (BBC News, 2/5/20).

Researchers Surprised by Dynamics of How Sand Dunes Move — See Photo (The Washington Post, 2/5/20).

Study: African Penguin Communication Contains Similar Components to Human Speech (The Guardian, 2/4/20).

Strange Little Creature, the Platypus, Struggling to Survive — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/4/20).

Report: Habitat Loss, Pesticides, Light & Water Pollution Threaten Wold’s Fireflies — See Photos (The Washington Post, 2/3/20).

International Landscape Photography Contest Winners Chosen — See Stunning Photos (Hyperbeat, 2/3/20). See more photos herehere and here.

NASA Video Reveals Earth’s Topography If Oceans Drained Away — See Video (Treehugger, 2/3/20).

Boat Strike, Toxic Algae, Cold Kill 531 Florida Manatees in 2019 — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 2/2/20).

January 2020


Researchers Find (Another) Big Shark Fossil in Kentucky Cave — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 1/30/20).

4 Hippos from Escobar Estate Multiply to 80, Become Invasive Species in Colombia — See Photos & Video (Gizmodo, 1/30/20).

New Solar Telescope Captures Riveting Closeups of Sun’s Surface — See Footage (The New York Times, 1/29/20).

Fireball Lights Up Night Sky over Cornwall, England — See Photo (SciTechDaily, 1/29/20).

7.7 Underwater Quake between Jamaica, Cuba Shakes Buildings as Far as Miami — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 1/29/20). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Professor, Aurora Borealis Fans I.D. New Form of Northern Lights in Finland—See Video (The Guardian, 1/28/20). Read more, see more photos, video and diagram here.

Researchers Fit Albatrosses with Tech to Locate Illegal Vessels in Southern Indian Ocean — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/27/20).

BBC Earth Salutes 5 Unusual, Amazing Creatures — See Video (BBC Earth, 1/25/20).

Physicists Flummoxed by Strange Particles Shooting through Earth in Antarctica (Live Science, 1/24/20).

Fires, Heat, Rains Create Perfect Conditions for Outbreak of Feared Funnel-Web Spiders in Australia — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 1/23/20).

Researchers Find 28 Ancient, Unknown Viruses in Tibetan Glacier — See Photo (Live Science, 1/22/20).

Marco Island FL to Pay Residents for Letting Burrowing Owls Nest on Property — See Photos (Marco Eagle, 1/222/20).

Iguanas Drop from Trees during Florida Cold Snap — See Photos & Video (, 1/22/20). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Devil catfish, Southeast Asia / Zeb Hogan, UNR Global Water Center, The New York Times / Click for more.

Giant Freshwater Species Disappearing from World’s Lakes, Rivers — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/21/20).

Location of Oldest Meteor Impact on Earth Found in Australia — See Photo & Images (The New York Times, 1/21/20). Read more, see more maps, graphs and images here and here.

Desert locusts, Shaba National Reserve, Isolo, Kenya, January 16, 2020 / Daniel Irungu, EPA, EFE / Click for more.

Locust Plague Hits East Africa — See Photos (Ajazeera, 1/20/20). Read more, see more photos here, here and here, here and here.

Not Everyone Buys Big Bang Theory of How Universe Began (BBC, 1/19/20).

Bomb Cyclone Buries St. John, Newfoundland, in Record Snows — See Photos & Videos (Gizmodo, 1/19/20). Read more, see more photos and videos here.

Australian Firefighters Save Secret Grove of Oldest Trees on Planet — See Photos (NPR, 1/16/20). Read more, see more photos here.

Tardigrade / Shutterstock, Live Science / Click for more.

Finding: Indestructible Little Tardigrades Not Indestructible After All (Live Science 1/16/20).

Census Finds Increase in Mountain Gorilla Population, but Method May Be Flawed — See Photo (The Conversation, 1/14/20).

Is All Matter Conscious? Proponents of Panpsychism Believe It Is (Scientific American, 1/14/19).

Ginkgo Biloba Trees Can Live 1,000 Years, Easy; Scientists Want to Know How — See Photo (COSMOS, 1/14/20). Read more here and here.

First El Popo Near Mexico City; Now Taal Volcano in Philippines Erupts, Forcing Evacuations — See Map & Photos (EcoWatch, 1/13/20). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

Study: Meteorite that Fell on Australia in 1969 Contains Stardust Older than Solar System — See Photos (BBC News, 1/13/20).

Questions about Strange Little Fish Lead to Discovery that Congo River is Deepest on Planet — See Photos (Live Science, 1/12/20).

50MPH Winds Whip Up 18-23′ Waves on Lake Michigan — See Photos & Video (Chicago Tribune, 1/11/20). Read more, see more photos here.

Puerto Rico Hit by 3rd Major Earthquake — See Photo & News Report (CBS News, 1/11/20).

Study: African Gray Parrots Help Each Other Out — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/10/20).

Cameras Capture Early Morning Eruption of El Popo Near Mexico City — See Photos & Video (, 1/9/20).

Another Species Lost: Glorious, Huge, Ancient Chinese Paddlefish Declared Extinct — See Photo, Illo & Video (National Geographic, 1/8/20). Read more, see more photos, diagrams and video here.

Conclusion of Manta Ray Skin-Color Study Could Apply to Humans, Too — See Photo (Hakai Magazine, 1/8/20).

2nd Major Earthquake in 2 Days Knocks Out Power in Most of Puerto Rico — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/7/20). See more video here.

Researchers Locate Elusive Impact Crater from Ancient Meteor Strike Buried under Lava  in Laos — See Map (Live Science, 1/7/20). Read more here.

Researchers Track Formation, Eruption of Underwater Volcano in Comoros — See Photos & Diagram (Newsweek, 1/6/20). Read more here.

Driver & Passenger Have Rare Encounter with Wolf Pack in Yellowstone — See Video (My Country 95.5).

Iconic Stone Arch Punta Ventana Brought Down by Earthquake in Puerto Rico — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 1/6/20).

Great White Kills Diver Off Western Australia — See Photo (Newsweek, 1/5/20). See news report here.

Heat-pattern image of Idunn Mons, volcanic peak on Venus / ESA Venus Express spacecraft / ESA, NASA, USRA / Click for more.

Study Adds to Evidence that Venus is (Still) Volcanically Active — See Images (, 1/5/20).

Annual Everglades Python Hunt Criticized by PETA (South Florida Sun Sentinel, 1/4/20).

Largest Recorded Bloom of World’s Largest Flower Found in West Sumatra — See Photos (CNN, 1/4/20).

Why is it Winter in North America when Earth is Closest to Sun? Earth’s Seasons Explained — See Diagram & Illo (, 1/4/20).

Small, Powerful Wave Teaches Beachgoers to Heed Surf Warnings on Kauai — See News Report (khon2, 1/3/20). Read more, see another news report here.

Scientists Debate: Does a Planet’s Orbit Need to be Fairly Circular (Like Earth’s) to Support Life? (The New York Times, 1/2/20).