Nature News

January 2020


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).

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.

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).