Nature News

January 2019

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.

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).

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).

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 (WAtoday, 1/8/19).

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.

Researcher IDs Crickets as Source of  Noise that Afflicted Diplomats in Cuba — Listen to Recording, See Videos of Other Strange Animal Sounds (The Atlantic, 1/8/19).

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).

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 (PhysOrg, 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 here 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.