Nature News

January 2020

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

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

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).

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).