Nature 2021

January 2021

After 17-Year Hibernation, Millions of Brood X Cicadas to Emerge This Spring — See Photo (EcoWatch, 1/22/21).

Inspired Editing Creates Beautiful Video of Birds Dancing to “Blue Danube” Waltz — See Video (ShakeUp Music, YouTube, 1/19/21). Thank you to Jane Meigs for this item.

Deceptively Dangerous Waves Send Jet-Skiers Scrambling, Injure One in Oahu — See Video (USA Today, 1/19/21)

Sea Lions Show Off Surfing Skills Off Santa Barbara Island — See Video (YouTube, 1/16/21).9

Discovery: Deadly Electric Eels in Amazon Hunt in Packs — See Video (Science, 1/14/21).

Report: Evidence Keeps Piling Up Birds Are Really Smart—See Photos & Illo (National Geographic, 1/14/21).

Animal Cam Captures First Footage of Rare Wolverine in Yellowstone Park— See Video (The New York Times, 1/13/21).

Study: Macaque Thieves at Bali Temple Demand Better Bribes to Return More Valuable Tourist Items — See Photo & Chart (The Guardian, 1/13/21).

Cat 5 Atmospheric River Brings Damaging Winds, Rain, Snow to Pacific Northwest  — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/13/21).

Study: Dire Wolves Were Real but Weren’t Really Wolves — See Illo (Science, 1/13/21). Read more here.

Newly Discovered Comet, Due Jan ’22, Could be Bright Enough to See during Day — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 1/13/21).

Unknown A’Hole Carves “TRUMP” on Manatee’s Back — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/12/21).

Planck Space Telescope Image of Radiation from Big Bang, 2013 / ESA, Earthsky / Click for more.

Newest Most Accurate Estimate: Universe is 13.77 Billion Years Old — See Photos & Diagram (EarthSky, 1/12/21). Read more, see more photos and video here.

In Certain Spots Around the World, Cars & Balls Seem to Roll Uphill — See Photos & Video (Science Alert 1/9/21).

Q: Why Haven’t Crocs Changed in 200 Million Years? A: They Don’t Need To — See Photos & Illos (The Conversation, 1/7/21). Read more, see more photos, illos and video here.

Finding: Earth’s Spin Speeding Up…by Milliseconds (Phys.Org, 1/7/21). Read more here.

Horseshoe Bend, New River Gorge National River, W. VA. /  National Park Service, EcoWatch / Click for more.

W. Va’s New River Gorge National River —One of Oldest Rivers in N. America — Becomes State’s First National Park — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/7/21).

26-Foot Basking Shark Washes Up on Maine Beach — See Photos (Live Science 1/7/21).

Special Report: Meet Fatu & Najin, Mother & Daughter, Last 2 Northern White Rhinos in World — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/6/21).

Study: The Platypus’s Strange Looks & Traits Jibe with Strange Mix of Genes— See Photo (Futurity, 1/6/21).

Stunted Giraffes in Uganda, Namibia Thought to be Dwarfs — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/6/21). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Moon Jellies Use Hydrodynamics to Move through Open Sea — See Photo & Video (New Scientist, 1/6/21). Read more, see more video here.

Asteroid Due in March Could Be Biggest of 2021 & So Fast Stargazers Can Watch It Move — See Diagrams (EarthSky, 1/6/21).

Study: Young Ravens Rival Adult Apes in Cognitive Abilities — See Photo & Videos (My Modern Met, 1/5/21).

Researchers Do Callous Experiment with Starlings to See if They Can Swim — See Video (Science, 1/5/21).

NINYF*: Sneaker Wave Takes Lives of 3 of 4 Family Members Walking on California Beach — See Photo (CNN, 1/5/21).

Stratospheric Warming Over the North Pole, Jan 4 2021 / MJVentrice / Click for more.

Atmospheric Warming Disrupts Polar Vortex, Could Cause Crazy Winter Weather in Northern Hemispheres — See Diagrams, Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 1/5/21). Read more, see more photos, images, diagrams and video here, here, herehere and here.

Surprise Visit by Painted Bunting Thrills Maryland Birders — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/3/21). Read more, see more photos here.

Harvard Astronomer Thinks Interstellar Object Oumuamua Came from Alien Civilization — See Illo (SlashGear, 1/3/21). Read more here.

Astronomers Debate: Was Spring 2020 Space Signal Sent by Intelligent Life? (Daily Kos, 1/2/21).

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight— See Photo (LifeHacker, 1/2/21). Read more here.

Shark Expert Floats Controversial Plan for Reducing Attacks (The New York Times, 1/1/21).

Volcanic Activity Prompts Evacuation Warning in St. Vincent’s & Grenadines — See Photos (Daily Mail, 1/1/21). Read more, see more photos here.

Record-Breaking Bomb Cyclone Strengthens Off Western Alaska (The Seattle Times, 1/1/21). Read more, see map, model and satellite video here.

Earth Reaches Closest Annual Approach to Sun Tomorrow Morning — See Diagrams (EarthSky, 1/1/21). Read more, see video here.