Nature News

February 2017

Photo montage of NASA New Discovery Spacecraft landing on Pluto, July 14, 2016 / NASA, YouTube

Huge Storm with Hurricane-Strength Winds Hits Southern California — See Photos (The Mercury News, 2/18/17). Read more, see more photos and video herehere, here and here.

Scientists Revive Ancient Microbes Extracted from Huge Crystal Formations in Mexico’s Naica Caves — See Photos (GeekWire, 2/17/17). Read more, see more photos, hear audio report here.

Pruitt Confirmed as Head of EPA (The New York Times, 2/17/17). Read more here.

NASA Takes Viewers Along as Spacecraft Lands on Pluto  — See Video (COSMOS, 2/17/17).

87 People Die, Poultry Markets Closed in Major Bird-Flu Outbreak in Southern China (StarTribune, 2/17/17). Read more here and here.

High in Mountains, Mexico City is Water-Starved, Sinking with Worse Climate-Change Challenges to Come — See Photos and Diagrams (The New York Times, 2/17/17).

Science Belatedly Awakens to Roles of Sea Grass in Ocean, Human Health — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 2/17/17). Read more here.

Annual Great Backyard Bird Count Begins! (GBBC Birdcount.org, 2/17/17). Read more here.

Scientists’ Plan to Create Elephant-Mammoth Embryo, Other Scientists Object (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/16/17). Read more here, here and here.

Geologists Claim Discovery of Earth’s 8th Continent: Mostly Submerged Zealandia — See Photo & Map (Nature, 2/16/17). Read more here.  See more maps here. Read the study with maps and diagrams here.

Climate Change Pushing Common Leopards Into Snow Leopard Range in China — See Video (One Green Planet, 2/16/17).

Venus Nearing Peak Brilliance for Skywatchers in Western Hemisphere — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 2/16/17).

EPA Employees Beseech Senators to Block Pruitt (The New York Times, 2/16/17).

Republicans Take Aim at Endangered Species Act (Huffington Post, 2/15/17)

2 Republican Congressmen Introduce Bill to Eradicate EPA (Daily Kos, 2/15/17).

Newly Discovered Planets Suggest, Contrary to Previous Belief, Most Stars May Have Them (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/15/17). Read more here. See video reports here and here.

February Means Waterfall Set Afire by Setting Sun at Yosemite’s El Capitan — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 2/15/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Gorgeous German Shepherd Rumor Wins Westminster — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/15/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here and here.

Greatest Gift to Yellowstone: Return of the Wolves — Watch Short Film (COSMOS, 2/15/17).

Time to Listen, Watch for the Cardinal, Year-Round NYC Resident Whose Call Heralds Spring — See Photo (The New York Times, 2/14/17).

2 NYC Residents Sickened, 1 Killed by Disease Carried in Rat Urine (The New York Times, 2/14/17). Read more, see photos here, here and here.

Study: 2015/16 El Niño Storms Did Worst Damage to California Beaches in 145 Years — See Photos & Video (CBS SF Bay Area, 2/14/17).

Underwater Photographer of Year Contest Picks Winners — See Photos (The Atlantic, 2/14/17).

Study: Embryo Fossil in Momma Fossil Proves Ancient Marine Creature Gave Live Birth — See Illo (Phys.Org, 2/14/17).

Invasive Army Worms Threaten Crops across Southern Africa (The New York Times, 2/14/17).

Mirror Self-Recognition Tests: What They Do & Don’t Tell Us about Animal Mind — See Photos & Videos (The Atlantic, 2/13/17).

Cambodia’s Limestone Karsts, Home to Rare Species, Local Spirits, Being Ground Up for Cement — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/13/17).

Back from Space, 2 Algae Species Join List of Organisms that Might Survive on Mars — See Photos (Quartz, 2/13/17).

Nature is Not Your Friend: Snow Avalanche Kills 4 Snowboarders in French Alps (The New York Times, 2/13/17).

Study: Marine Life Way Down in Marianas Trench Saturated with  PCBs, Other Contaminants — See Photos (The Washington Post, 2/13/17). Read more, see more photos here and here. Read study here.

Queens Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Protected Turtles from Hong Kong Supplier — See Photo (The New York Times, 2/13/17).

Cockeyed Squid Swims Sideways with Big Eye Up, Small One Down, Each Doing Its Thing — See Photo (Smithsonian, 2/13/17).

200,000 Evacuated as Rains Threaten Damn in Oroville CA — See Photos, Maps, Satellite Images & Video (The Washington Post, 2/13/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Underwater Photographer Brian Skerry Shares the Beauty of Cortes Bank — See Video (National Geographic, 2/13/17). Read more here.

Hairless Terrier Is 3rd Hairless Breed in Westminster Dog Show — See Photos (2/12/17).

Pet Owners & Their Puppies, Then & Now — See Photos (My Modern Met, 2/11/17).

Skywatchers Share Images of Comet 45P — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 2/12/17).

Skywatchers Share Images of Penumbral Eclipse — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/11/17).

No Kidding: Researchers See Evidence Earth’s Magnetic Poles Could Switch — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 2/10/17).

Study: Ancient Indigenous People Farmed Amazon with Planting, Clearing, Other Sustainable Techniques — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/10/17).

Endangered Listing of Rusty Patched Bumblebee Delayed by Regulatory Freeze — see Photo (The Washington Post, 2/9/17).

Finding: Stress of Catch & Release Enough to Kill Sensitive Shark Species — See Photo (Hakai, 2/9/17).

NYC: Ground Zero for Invasive Species — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/8/17).

Smithsonian Botany Collection Creating Digital Record of 3.5 Million Pressed Plants  — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 2/8/17)

Habitat Loss, Climate Change, Poaching and 2nd Plague Could Doom Mongolian Saiga Antelopes — See Photo (The New York Times, 2/8/17).

Heads Up! Full Moon, Eclipse & Comet in Tonight’s Sky — See Photos, Diagrams & Video (The Washington Post, 2/8/17). Read more, see more photos, diagrams and video here, here, here and here.

Scientists ID  Ancient Seabed Debris From Huge Underwater Landslide on Great Barrier Reef — See Images & Video (Science Alert, 2/8/17).

Meet the Jane Goodall of Colombia’s Cotton-Top Tamarins and the Fascinating Little Monkeys She’s Trying to Save — See Photos (bioGraphic, 2/7/17).

Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium Euthanized 90-Plus-Year Old Lungfish Granddad — See Photo (People, 2/7/17). Read more, see more photos here and here. See video report here.

• Golden Sunset Funnel Cloud Over Rio — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/7/17).

Acting Secretary of Army Green Lights Dakota Pipeline (The New York Times, 2/7/16).

When Filming Komodo Dragons, They Call the Shots — See Photos & Video (Motherboard, 2/7/16).

Indigenous People Determined to Preserve Pristine Lake at Heart of Culture in Canada’s Remote NW Territories — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/7/17).

Researchers ID New Species of Madagascar Gecko that Sheds Scales, Zips Away Naked to Escape Predators — See Photo (The Christian Science Monitor, 2/7/16). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Study: Meteorites from Mars Suggest at Least 1 Volcano Erupted Continuously for 2 Billion Years — See Photos (The Space Reporter, 2/6/17). Read more, see another photo here.

16 Bison Released in Banff to Repopulate Canada’s Oldest National Park — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 2/6/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Fireball Explodes Over Chicago! See Video (The Washington Post, 2/6/17). See more video here and here.

Jupiter Goes Retrograde: The Phenomenon Explained — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 2/6/17). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here.

Owl Faces Are a Hoot! — See Photos (The Atlantic, 2/5/17).

NMFS: Whitetip Sharks Should Go on Endangered Species List — See Photo (U.S. News & World Report, 2/5/17).

Winners of 10th Annual International Garden Photography Contest Announced — See Photos (BBC, 2/4/17).

USDA Purges Website of  Info Used by Journalists, Advocates on Quality of Animal Care  at Circuses, Labs, Zoos (The Washington Post, 2/3/17). Read more here.

Texas Boy Discovers Rattlesnake in Toilet, Search Finds 13 More in Cellar, 10 Under House — See Photos (The Washington Post, 2/3/17).

Swedish Ice Skaters Chop Path to Freedom for Moose Trapped in Frozen Lake — See Video (One Green Planet, 2/3/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Study: Calming Sun = Fewer Northern Lights,  Changes in Earth’s Magnetic Field — See Photo & Video (Mother Nature Network, 2/3/17).

Hawaii Wants to Ban Sunscreens Containing Chemicals Harmful to Reefs  (Nature, 2/3/17).

Study: Camping Can Improve Sleep (COSMOS, 2/3/17).

Mountain Buff, Photographer Explore Iron Road in Italy’s Dolomites — See Amazing Photos (National Geographic, 2/2/17, originally published 1/20/17).

Groundhog Day: Everything You Need to Know — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky.org, 2/2/17)

Researcher Finds Oldest-Known Soft Tissue in 195-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Fossil — See Photo (The Washington Post, 2/1/17).

Beautiful Black & White Cassini Images of Saturn, Its Moons, Rings — See Photos (The Atlantic, 2/1/17).

Melissa McCarthy Tries to Save Environment in Kia Super Bowl Ad — See Video (The Drum, 2/1/17).

Above: Lava pours into sea from Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, Feb 2, 2017 / USGS, Storyful News

Lava from Hawaii’s Kīlauea Volcano Pours into Sea, Putting on Wondrous Show — See Photos & Video (VOA News, 2/1/17). Read more, see more photos and video herehere, here, here, here and here.

Frog-Loving Scientist Blown Away by Their Amazing Tongues  — See Photos & Videos (The Atlantic, 2/1/17).

U.S. Missile Cruiser Runs Aground, Dumps Oil in Tokyo Bay — See Photos & Video (RT, 2/1/17). Read more here. See more photos and video here and here. Read more, see more videos here, here and here.

January 2017

NOAA/NASA GOES-16 Satellite Image of Earth, January 15, 2017 / NOAA/NASA, The Washington Post, 1/23/17 / Click for more.

NYC Teacher Arrested for Raising, Training, Selling Fighting Cocks (Daily News, 1/31/17). Read more, see photos here.

They’re Called Pom-Pom Crabs for a Reason — See Photos & Videos (National Geographic, 1/31/17).

Westminster Dog Show Adds 3 Breeds to Competition — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/31/17). Read more here.

Study: Flacks of Zircon Reveal Lost Continent under Island of Mauritius — See Photo (Live Science, 1/31/17). Read more, see more photos and video here. See video report here. Read the study here.

Dutch Zoo Experiments with Dating App for Orangutans — See Photo (The Guardian, 1/31/17).

Welcome to Beaver, Alaska, Population 60, Where It Gets Really, Really Cold — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/31/17).

Greenpeace Shares Images of Newly Discovered Reef off Mouth of Amazon, Already Threatened by Gas, Oil Drilling — See Photos (ZME Science, 1/31/17).

Ollie the Bobcat Escapes National Zoo — See Photo (The Washington Post, 1/31/17). Read more here and here.

Scientists Create New State of Matter Called Time Crystals (University of California, 1/30/17). Read more here. Find the study here.

Yikes! Another Close Asteroid Shave — This One Closest Yet! (Yahoo News, 1/30/17). See video report here.

Scientists Visit Remote Region of Ethiopia to See What Life Might be Like on Mars — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/30/17).

Ocean Turns Russian Beach Used as Glass, Porcelain Dumping Site into Tourist Attraction — See Photos (Mirror, 1/30/17).See map and more photos here and here.

Cannibalism Much More Common in Nature than Thought — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/30/17).

Study: 540-Million-Year-Old Grain-Sized Creature with Big Mouth May Be Oldest Human Ancestor — See Photo and Illo (BBC News, 1/30/17).

Study: During Certain Days of Lunar Cycle, Moon Receives Stream of Oxygen from Earth (Gizmodo, 1/30/17). Read more here and here.

Man Mauled to Death after Jumping Fence, Landing in Tiger Enclosure in Chinese Zoo (BBC News, 1/30/17). See news report here.

Study: Warming Climate = More Runoff  = Increased Mercury Levels in Earth’s Waters (COSMOS, 1/30/17).

Report: Worldwide Shark Attacks Down in 2016 (EarthSky, 1/28/17). See the report here. Read more, see more photos and video here.

Snake Hunters from India Teach Florida Wildlife Officials Better Ways to Catch Everglades Pythons — See Photos (Upworthy, 1/27/17).

Virginia Zookeepers Search for Sunny, the Runaway Red Panda — See Photo (The New York Times, 1/27/17).

Atmospheric River Storms Partially Fill California’s Empty Reservoirs (NASA, 1/27/17).

Orion Shines Over Great Wall of China — See Photo (EarthSky, 1/27/17).

Photographer Creates Time-Lapse Video of Lava Meeting Ocean in Hawaii— See Video (EarthSky,1/26/17).

Trash Becoming Ever Bigger Environmental Problem in Lebanon (The New York Times, 1/26/17).

Southern Chile Ravaged by Worst Wildfires in Nation’s History (The Atlantic, 1/26/17).

Short Documentary Features 2 Women Fighting to Save Arctic Homeland from Oil Drilling — See Film (One Green Planet, 1/25/17).

Right Conditions + Passing Jet = Cool Clouds — See Photos (EarthSky, 1/25/17).

Asteroid Discovered Only Days Ago Passes Between Earth, Moon, 2nd Close Shave in 3 Weeks — See Diagram (EarthSky, 1/25/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Maya Civilization May Have Seen 2 Declines — See Photos (IFLScience! 1/24/17).

Study: Wolf-Sized Otter Once Roamed China — See Illo & Video Report (The Washington Post, 1/24/17).

Study: Cave in Channel Islands Frequent Stopover during Neanderthal Travels — See Photos & Diagrams (COSMOS, 1/24/17).

NOAA/NASA GOES-16 Satellite Sends Back First New Images of Earth, Moon — See Images (The Washington Post, 1/23/17). Read more, see more images here. See video here.

NASA Satellites Capture Before/After Images of Fires, Drought, Storms and More — See Images (Unworthy, 1/23/17).

Wyoming Park Officials, Residents Unite to Protect Wildlife from Human Harassment in Harsh Winter  — See Photo (Billings Gazette, 1/21/17).

Free-Diver Survives Bull Shark Attack Off Australia, Bitten Before (The Guardian, 1/21/17).

Can’t Quit Smoking? Could Be Your Neanderthal DNA (The New York Times, 1/20/17).

Britain’s Broomway Coastal Flats Offer Wanderers More than One Way to Die — See Photos, Map & Video (Mother Nature Network, 1/20/17).

2nd Major Storm Hits California, 3rd on Way — See Photos, Video & News Report (The San Diego Union-Tribune, 1/20/17).

King Cobra’s Favorite Meal: Other Snakes — See Video (National Geographic, 1/20/17)

Want to Get Away from It All? These 15 Cabins Fill the Bill — See Photos (Unworthy, 1/20/17).

Study: Dogs Have Their Own Odd TV-Watching Habits (COSMOS, 1/20/17).

Croc Kills Man Crossing River at Known Danger Spot in Australia — See News Report (The Telegraph, 1/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Study of Preserved Brain Suggests Extinct Tasmanian Tigers were Smarter than Thought — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/20/17).

New Studies Suggest Theory of Human Language Development Needs Revising — See Videos (The Washington Post, 1/19/17).

Report: Poaching, Habitat Loss, Climate Change Pushing World’s Primates toward Extinction — See Video Report (The Washington Post, 1/19/17).

NYC Owners of Illegal Pet Pigs Feel Unfairly Targeted — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/19/17).

Study Says Termites, Plants Work Together to Create Namib Desert Fairy Circles, Some  Researchers Disagree — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/19/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Moose Calves Being Killed by Ticks Thriving in Warm New England Winters — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/19/17).

Good News? Risks of Dying from Venomous Bites, Stings in Australia are Exaggerated (The Washington Post, 1/19/17).

Snow Avalanche Triggered by Earthquakes Buries Ski Hotel in Italy — See Photos & Video (TheLocal.it, 1/19/17). Read more, see more photos, video and news reports here, here, here, here and here.

Study: Sensitive Seal Whiskers Can Detect Faint Currents Created by Water Passing through Prey-Fish’s Gills (COSMOS, 1/19/17).

Big, Beautiful, Endangered Napoleon Wrasse Still Thrive in Protected Part of Red Sea — See Photo (BioGraphic, 1/18/17).

Tennessee Hunter Thrilled He Shot Huge-Antlered Deer — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/18/17).

Large Zoos Train Animals to Participate in Care — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/18/17).

Traditional Puffin Hunt Runs Up Against Failing Colonies in Iceland — See Photos (Hakai, 1/17/17).

Prettier than Snow Globes: Watch Soap Bubbles Freeze in Real Time — See Video (EarthSky, 1/18/17).

Studies Agree: Less Food = Longer, Healthier Lives for Monkeys, Maybe Humans, Too — See Photos (COSMOS, 1/18/17).

Captive Female Zebra Shark Hatches 3 Pups with No Input from Male Partner — See Video Report (The Huffington Post, 1/17/17). Read more, see more video here and here. Read the study here.

Moth with Odd Yellow Headdress Named after President-Elect — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/17/17). See video report here.

Wild Wolves Migrating Toward Paris — See Photos & Map (The Telegraph, 1/17/17).

Japanese Space Probe Detects Mysterious, Super-Hot,  Planet-Spanning Atmospheric Wave on Venus — See Images (COSMOS, 1/17/17). Read more, see more images here. See video report here.

• Big Daddy Gator Wows Visitors at Nature Reserve — See Video (The Washington Post, 1/17/17). Read more, see new reports here.

• Thai Villagers Move 2 Crop-Raiding Elephants to Nearby National Park — See Photos (Bangkok Post, 1/16/17).

Indigenous People Lead Movement to Enshrine Rights of Nature in Constitutional Law (Truthout, 1/15/17).

Montana Champion of Catch-and-Release Trout Fishing Dies at 91 (The New York Times, 1/15/17).

70,000 Birds Killed to Prevent NYC-Area Plane Strikes, Strikes Still Up (The Huffington Post, 1/15/17).

Rockslide Triggered by Huge Rains Closes Zion National Park Scenic Road — See Photos & Video (KUTV.com, 1/14/17).

Endangered Whooping Crane Shot to Death in Indiana, 5th in 7 Years — See Photo (The Advocate, 1/14/17).

Suffering Attendance Decline after Dropping Elephant Acts, 146-Year-Old Ringling Circus Shuts Down — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/14/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

U.S. Agency Prepares Serious Asteroid-Strike Preparedness Report (Scientific American, 1/13/17).

Ruby Sea Dragon Filmed in Wild for 1st Time — See Photo & Video (COSMOS, 1/12/17).

Study: Ancient Giant Shark Done in by Taste for Dwarf Whales (New Scientist, 1/12/17).

3 Rare Giraffes Killed as Giraffes Everywhere are Disappearing — See Video Report (National Geographic, 1/12/17).

Massive Rains, Snows Bring Relief from California Drought — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 1/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Istanbul Hit with Biggest Snow in 8 Years — See Video (The New York Times, 1/12/17).

NOAA Satellite Tracks Huge Storm System Lashing West Coast — See Video (COSMOS, 1/12/17).

Study: Rocks, Soil Indicate Earth’s Moon is Much Older than Thought (COSMOS, 1/12/17).

Prediction that Strong La Niña Will Follow Strong El Niño Looks Wrong — See Maps & Video (EarthSky, 1/11/17).

Researchers Urge Preservation of Vast Peatland in Congo, Home to Lowland Gorillas, Vital Carbon Storehouse — See Photo (The New York Times, 1/11/17).

Finding that Baboons, Macaques Can Form Vowel Sounds Challenges Theory of How Human Speech Evolved (The Christian Science Monitor, 1/11/17). Read more here.

Man Who Fathered Conservation Movement in Vietnam Dies at Age 87 — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/11/17).

Smithsonian Shares Images Taken by First Man to Photograph Snowflakes — See Photos & Video Report (The Washington Post, 1/11/17).

Massive Snowstorm Closes Oregon’s Crater Lake Park — See Photos & Video Report (USA Today, 1/11/17).

Researchers Film Snow Monkey Humping Sika Deer in Japan — See Photo & Video (The Verge, 1/10/17).  Read more here.

Researchers Observe Tarantula Eating Snake in Brazil — See Photo (UPI, 1/10/17).

U.S. Mainland’s Rusty Patched Bumblebee Joins Hawaii’s Yellow Faced on Endangered Species List — See Photo (The Washington Post, 1/10/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Earth's sunrise from International Space Station / Thomas Pesquet, ESA, NASA, COSMOS / Click for more.

ESA Astronaut Takes Photos of Sunrise from Space — See Photo (COSMOS, 1/10/17).

Asteroid Detected about 36 Hours before Giving Earth Super Close Shave — See Renderings (New York Post, 1/10/17). Read more, see more renderings and video here.

New Theory on How Earth’s Moon Formed: Lots of Little Moons Became 1 Big One (COSMOS, 1/10/17). Read more here.

Lemurs, Mongooses, Fossas, Fanalokas — Madagascar Is Filled with Strange Creatures — See Photos (Mother Nature News, 1/10/17).

Bug Beauty: Leaflike Katydids in Borneo, Orchid-Like Mantises in S.E. Asia — See Photos  (National Geographic, 1/9/17)

Winter Weather around the World — See Photos (The Atlantic, 1/9/17).

Can We Protect Humans from Sharks without Killing Them? See Photos (COSMOS, 1/9/17).

1 of 2 Remaining “Drive-Through” Sequoias Toppled by Storm in California — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/9/17). Read more, see more photos here. See video report here.

River’s Flow Carves, Spins Perfect Ice Circle in Michigan— See Video (mlive.com, 1/8/17). See photo and video of another ice circle in Washington State here.

Duke, Yale Experts Agree: Different Dogs are Intelligent in Different Ways — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/7/17).

Aspiring Polar Bear Members Plunge into Icy Lake Michigan in Milwaukee — See Video (The New York Times, 1/7/17).

Kansas Wildlife Officials Shoot Family’s Illegal Free-Roaming Pet Deer — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 1/7/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Photos of Earth and Moon taken by Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, November 20, 2016 / NASA, JPL Cal-Tech, U of Arizona, EarthSky.org / Click for more.

Mars Orbiter Captures Images of Earth & Moon from Space — See Images (EarthSky, 1/7/17).

Artist’s Underwater Sculpture Gardens Double as Artificial Reefs — See Photos (Unworthy, 1/6/17).

Life Goes on in Air-Polluted Beijing because What Choice Is There? See Photos (The New York Times, 1/6/17).

Study: Chickens Smarter than People Think (EarthSky, 1/5/17).

Winter Storm System Brings Dangerous Snows, Winds, Rains to California, Nevada — See Maps, Photos & Video (NBC News, 1/5/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, herehere, here, here, here, here and here.

Study: Hand, Footprints Suggest Tibetans Lived on Roof of World Thousands of Years Earlier than Thought — See Photos  (Smithsonian, 1/5/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Rehabbed Sea Turtle Moved from Tank at Mote to Tank in Hollywood FL — See Photo (Unravel, 1/5/17).

Experienced Fisheries Observer Goes Missing at Sea, Not First to Disappear — See Photos & Illos, Hear Interviews (Hakai, 1/4/17).

Snap  Pic of Bird, Find Out What It Is? There’s an App for That — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/4/17).

United Arab Emirates Ban Keeping Leopards, Cheetahs, Other Exotics as Pets (Aljazeera, 1/4/17). Read more, see photos and video report here.

Study: U.S. East Coast’s Risk of Major Hurricane Hit Higher in Years of Low Hurricane Activity & Vice Versa (The New York Times, 1/4/17).

Nat Geo Photographer Shares Adventures Documenting Wolves at Yellowstone — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 1/4/17).

Astronomers Trace Cosmic Fast Radio Bursts to Galaxy Long, Long Ago, Far, Far Away — See Images (The New York Times, 1/4/17). Read more, see more photos and images here and here. See video report here.

Earth at Closest Approach to Sun Today,  3 Million Miles Closer than Farthest Swing in July — See Illos (EarthSky, 1/4/17).

Champion Big-Wave Surfer Reflects on Life-Changing Wipeout — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/3/17).

Trump’s EPA Nominee Repeatedly Sued Agency to Block Clean Air, Water Regulations (The Huffington Post, 1/3/17).

Study: Cheetah Disappearing Faster than Thought (ZME Science, 1/3/17). Read more, see photos and video here.

Study: Some Dinosaur Eggs Took 6 Months to Hatch — See Photos (NPR.org, 1/2/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Some Fiji Turtle-Hunters Support Hunting Ban, Some Don’t — See Photo (The Santa Fe New Mexican, 1/2/17).

Michigan Changes Communication Tower Lights from Steady to Flashing to Reduce Migrating Song Bird Collisions — See Photos (Detroit Free Press, 1/2/17).

Hawaii Park Service Opens New Volcano Viewing Area after Eruption Causes Old One to Collapse into Sea — See Photos & Video (Hawaii News Now, 1/2/17). Read more, see more photos here. See more videos here and here.

Ice Clouds, Pearl Clouds… Whatever You Call Them, They’re Beautiful — See Photos (EarthSky, 1/2/17).

• Photographer Takes Beautiful Studio Portraits of Endangered Species — See Photos (BBC News, 1/2/17).

Growing Problem: Manatees Drawn to Warm-Water Discharge Trapped in S.C. River as Ocean Temps Drop (Myrtle Beach Online, 1/2/17).

Bedrock revealed by landslide on Mars, undated / NASA, JPL-CalTech, U. of Arizona, COSMOS / Click for more.

• Orbiter Captures Images of Landslide on Mars — See Photo (COSMOS, 1/2/17).

Critic Says Attenborough Docs Soft-Pedal Mass Extinctions — See Video (The Guardian, 1/1/17).

Ornithologist Embeds Bird Calls in Book about Biking & Birding Across Country (The Washington Post, 1/1/17).