Nature News

July 2018

Star cluster NGC 3603 in constellation Carina / NASA, ESA et al. / Click for more.

Scientists Film Iceberg Cracking from Glacier in Greenland — See Photos & Video (Phys.Org, 7/9/18). Read more here.

Studies: Collision of Galaxies Gave Milky Way Its Shape (COSMOS, 7/9/18).

Pieces of Asteroid that Streaked, Exploded over S. Africa Found in Botswana — See Photos, Map & Video (EarthSky, 7/9/18).

Fireball Streaks Over Iowa Sky — See Video (KCRG.com, 7/8/18).

Study: Earliest American Dogs Wiped Out when Europeans Arrived with Theirs — See Photos (The Washington Post, 7/7/18).

Finding & Puzzle: 1 Group of Capuchins on Panama Island Uses Stone Tools, Why Not Others? — See Video (The Washington Post, 7/6/18).

• Researchers Track, Ponder Reasons for Tagged Great White’s Deep Ocean Dives (Hakai Magazine, 7/6/18).

Trump’s Attack on Environment: 76  Regulations Going or Gone (The New York Times, 7/6/18)

NOAA Wants to Open Marine Reserves to Commercial Fishing (EcoWatch, 7/6/18).

Earth Reaches Farthest Point from Sun in Yearly Orbit Today — See Diagram (EarthSky, 7/6/18). Read more here.

New Wasp with Nasty Stinger Discovered in Amazon — See Photo (Science Daily, 7/5/18).

Visiting the Arctic This Summer? Watch Out for Hurricanes (Hakai Magazine, 7/5/18)

Rhino Poachers Killed, Eaten by Lions in South Africa Game Park — See Photos & Video (Mirror, 7/5/18). Read more here.

Study: Ravens Don’t Stand a Chance against Crows (Gizmodo, 7/5/18).

NASA Wishes You a Happy 4th — See Photo (USA Today, 7/4/18).

Mammatus Clouds: Beautiful, Foreboding, Unique  — See Photos (EarthSky, 7/4/18).

Salvage Operator Proposes Towing Iceberg to Ease South Africa Water Shortage (Quartz, 7/4/18).

Tiny Firefly Squid Put on Beautiful Light Show Once a Year in Japan — See Photos (bioGraphic, 7/3/18).

Scientists Identify Structure in Parrot Brain that Makes Bird So Smart (Science Daily, 7/3/18).

DTHD*: Girl Goes Rafting in Ocala National Forest, Gets Chased Up Tree by Angry Alligator  — See Photo, Listen to Emergency Call (The Washington Post, 7/3/18).

Developers Get OK to Build Mall on Florida Wetlands — See Photos, Listen to Radio Segment (WLRN, 7/3/18).

DTHD*: Woman Loses Toenails after “Fish Pedicure” — See Photo (Gizmodo, 7/3/18).

Governor of Hawaii Signs Sunscreen Ban — See Video Coverage (The Hill, 7/3/18). Read more here.

DTHD*: Woman Hand-Feeds Nurse Shark in Australia, Almost Loses Finger — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 7/2/18).

Astronomers Document Birth of Planet for First Time — See Image (Syfy Wire, 7/2/18). Learn more here. Read the studies here and here.

Moose Crashes Outdoor Wedding in Anchorage — See Photos (Anchorage Daily News, 7/2/18).

5-Ton Tractor Missing after Tornadoes Scour SE Montana, NW South Dakota — See Photos (Rapid City Journal, 7/2/18).

Leaked Letter Exposes Democratic Republic of Congo Plan to Send Mountain Gorillas, Other Wildlife to Chinese Zoos (The Guardian, 7/2/18).

Hawaii’s Proposed Ban on Sunscreens Thought to Harm Coral Sparks Debate — See Photos, Listen to Radio Segment (NPR, 7/2/18).

Scientists Debate Origins of Internal Elephant Testes — Evolutionary Change? Or Always That Way? (COSMOS, 7/2/18).

Photos of American Female Hunter Posing with Giraffe Kill in S. Africa Spark Outrage — See Photos (USA Today, 7/2/18). Read more here. See video report here.

Scientists to Search for Meteorites that Plunged into Pacific on March 7 — See Map & Photos (Mashable, 7/1/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

Sun, Earth, Mars Align in Late July for Rare, Close, Bright View of Red Planet — See Diagrams (Space.com, 7/1/18).

False Vampire Bats of Yucatán: Mysterious & Fascinating, Cute & Creepy — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/1/18).

Study: Gray Wolves Flourishing In, Spreading Out from Chernobyl Radioactive Exclusion Zone — See Photo (Live Science, 7/1/18). Read the study here.

* Dumb Things Humans Do

June 2018

Barchan dunes, Lyot Crater, Mars, January 24, 2018 / NASA MRO, JPL-Caltech, U. of Arizona / Click for more.

Democratic Republic of Congo Will Allow Oil Exploration in National Parks Created to Protect Mountain Gorillas, Other Wildlife — See Photos (Independent, 6/30/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Study: Goats Make Smart, Affectionate Pets, Too — See Photos (Science Alert, 6/30/18).

Nasty-Smelling Sargassum Covering 1,000 Miles of Florida Beach — See Video (ABC Local 10 News, 6/29/18).

Florida’s Lake Okeechobee Algae Bloom Could Spread to Atlantic, Gulf Coasts — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 6/29/18).

Study: More than 50% of Armadillos — Common Source of Bush Meat in Brazil — Carry Leprosy (COSMOS, 6/29/18).

Study: Crows Are Even Smarter than We Knew — See Photos (Gizmodo, 6/28/18). See video here.

Belize Reef, 2nd Longest on Planet, Comes Off UNESCO Endangered List — See Photo (The New York Times, 6/27/18).

Nat Geo Announces Travel Photographer of Year Contest Winner — See Images (National Geographic, 6/27/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Correction: First Known Interstellar Visitor Oumuamua Was Comet, Not Asteroid — See Photo (Science Alert, 6/27/18).

Analysis: Jets of Ice, Saltwater Spewing Off Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Contain Building Blocks of Life — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 6/27/18).

Longest Lunar Eclipse of 21st Century Coming in July (Science Alert, 6/26/18).

Florida Homeowner Regrets Calling Pest Control to Exterminate Swarming Honeybees  — See Photo & Video (News-Press, 6/25/18)

Data Analysis Reveals East Antarctica Is Much Colder than Thought (Earther, 6/25/18).

Fireball Explodes Over Russia — See Video (BGR, 6/25/18). Read more here.

Brazil’s Blue Parrot, Extinct in Wild, to Be Reintroduced from Captive Breeding Colonies in Europe — See Photo (Phys.Org, 6/24/18).

London Natural History Museum Announces Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award Winner — See Photo (Forbes, 6/24/18).

Finding: Something Volcano-Like Is Brewing Under New England — See Diagram (Science Alert, 6/24/18).

NASA Releases Gorgeous Image of Blue Dune on Red Planet Mars — See Photo (Fox News, 6/22/18). See video here. See new images of Jupiter here.

Happy Summer Solstice! — See Photos (EarthSky, 6/21/18).

Report on U.S. Readiness to Deal with Asteroid Threat: Not  (Quartz, 6/20/18). Read more here and here. Read the report and see images and diagrams here.

Nature Conservancy Photo Contest Winners Announced — See Photos (Earther, 6/20/18).

Recent Eruptions of Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser Have Scientists a Little Nervous — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 6/20/18).

Florida Wildlife Commissions Encourages Public to Kill Invasive Lionfish, Please! — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 6/20/18).

INTERPOL Smashes International Wildlife-Trafficking Ring — See Photos (EcoWatch, 6/20/18).

Dust Storm on Mars Envelopes Entire Planet — See Photos (EarthSky, 6/20/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Tons of Purple Jellyfish Wash Ashore in Southern Spain — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 6/20/18).

An Elephant’s Nose is an Exquisitely Sensitive Thing — See Video (The New York Times, 6/19/18).

Boat Captain Films Whale Shark Feeding Off Longboat Key FL — See Video (Spectrum News 9, 6/18/18). See another amazing photo here.

Surprisingly Cold Atlantic Sea-Surface Temps Could Curtail Hurricane Activity (The Washington Post, 6/18/18). Read more, see more photos and graphics here  and here.

Researchers Discover Manta Ray Nursery in Marine Sanctuary Off Texas, Louisiana — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 6/18/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NOAA: Mild to Moderate El Niño May Moderlate Atlantic Hurricane Season — See Diagrams (AccuWeather, 6/19/18).

Whale Sharks Make Rare Appearance Off Florida’s Anna Maria Island — See News Report (ABC Action News, 6/18/18). See video of whale sharks off St Pete’s here.

DNA Finding: Mysterious Wolf-Like Creature Shot in Montana was a…Wolf — See Photos (CBS News, 6/18/18).

Invasive Giant Hogweed from Asia, Capable of Inflicting Blindness, Bad Burns, Found in Virginia — See Photos (USA Today, 6/18/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

Here Comes the Summer Solstice — See Diagram (The Conversation, 6/18/18).

Mars Makes Closest Approach to Earth in 15 Years on July 31 — See Video (Newsweek, 6/18/18).

Virgin Island Survivors of Hurricane Irma Say It’s Time for New Storm-Strength Designation: Category 6 — See Photo & Listen to Radio Broadcast (NPR, 6/17/18).

Woman Attacked by Rabid Bobcat in Georgia, Strangles It with Bare Hands — See Video (Click 2 Houston, 6/17/18).

Poaching for Ivory Driving Proliferation of Female African Elephants without Tusks  — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/16/18).

Woman Bitten by Rabid Feral Cat in Colorado (Fox 31 Denver, 6/16/18).

Python Swallows Woman in Indonesia — See Graphic Video (The Washington Post, 6/16/18).

Bison Charges Photographer in Yellowstone — See Photo (Fstoppers, 6/15/18).

How Deep is the Ocean? Animated Video Gives Us Some Sense — See Video (The Inertia, 6/15/18)

Study: Mammals Becoming Nocturnal to Avoid Encounters with Human Beings (Scientific American, 6/14/18). Read more here, here and here.

Deadly, Slow-Moving Lava Creeps Toward House in Hawaii — See Video (ApauHawaii Tours, YouTube, 6/14/18).

Monarch Migration Mechanisms & Threats Made Simple — Read the Comic Strip (Knowable Magazine, 6/14/18).

Photographer Shares Quiet Vision of World Beneath the Waves — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/13/18).

Big Blue Snake Slithers Out of Texas Man’s Toilet — See Photos (The Washington Post, 6/13/18).

Study: Cosmic Particles in Upper Atmosphere are Older than Our Solar System — See Images (Science Alert, 6/13/18). Read more here.

3D NASA Survey Reveals How Climate Change, Logging Are Impacting Amazon Rain Forest — See Video (NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Jefferson Beck, 6/12/18).

NASA Rover Tracking Huge Dust Storm on Mars — See Photo (Space.com, 6/12/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

June, July, August New Moons are All Supermoons — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky.org, 6/12/18).

Scientist Suggests 1 or More of Countless Parallel Universes May Harbor Life (EarthSky.org, 6/12/18).

Study: Drought, Climate Change Killing Africa’s Oldest, Biggest Baobab Trees — See Photos & Map (The New York Times, 6/12/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Sargassum Choking Coastlines, Marine Life in Eastern Caribbean — See Photos (Hakai Magazine, 6/11/18).

Kilauea Spewing Green Gemstones… or Not— See Photos (IFLScience, 6/11/18).

Study: Honey Bees Can Grasp the Concept of Zero (Mental Floss, 6/11/18).

100s of Chicks Hatch from Spoiled Eggs Tossed in Dump in Country of Russia — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 6/11/18).

2nd Octopus City Found Off Eastern Australia — See Photo (Science Alert, 6/10/18).

Searchers Find Body of Woman Killed by Alligator in Davie, FL — See Photos & Video (ABC Action News, 6/8/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

NINYF*: Tourists Get Too Close to Bison in Yellowstone, 1 Woman Gored — See Video Report (KTVQ.com, 6/7/18).

Chinese Researchers Find Tiny Tracks of One of First Animals Ever to Walk Earth — See Photo (BBC News, 6/7/18).

Rangers Shoot Poachers in Kenya — See Photos & Video (Independent, 6/7/18).

Largest Iceberg Ever to Crack Off Antarctic, at Sea for 20 Years, Now Heading toward Equator — See Photos, Map & Video (Live Science, 6/7/18).

Never Underestimate an Alligator, Even when It’s Tied Up — See Video (Miami Herald, 6/6/18).

Texas Man Decapitates Rattlesnake, Head Bites Him Anyway — See Photos & Video (ABC News, 6/6/18).

Study: Even Weak Electrical Fields Seem to Throw Sharks into Attack Mode — See Photos & Diagram (EarthSky, 6/6/18).

Tourist Walking Between Cabins in Yellowstone Attacked by Elk Protecting Calf — See News Report (USA Today, 6/5/18).

Croc Kills Pastor Performing Baptisms in Lake in Ethiopia (The Washington Post, 6/5/18).

Study: Earth’s Days were 18 Hours Long 1.5 Billion Years Ago, Keep Getting Longer as Moon Spins Away from Earth — See Photos & Video (Space.com 6/5/18).

NASA Has Been Watching World’s Weather for 20 Years, Now You Can Too — See Video (BGR, 6/5/18). Find the viewing tool here.

American Airline Flight Flies into Thunderstorm over Texas, Nose and Windshield of Plane Destroyed — See Photos (The Washington Post, 6/5/18).

Researchers Observe Young Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda Dismantling Poacher’s Traps (Matador Network, 6/5/18). Read more here and here. Thanks to Denise Herzing for this item.

Mange Becoming Big Problem among PA Black Bears, Scientists Unsure Why — See Photos (The Washington Post, 6/4/18).

Eruption of Guatemala’s Fuego Volcano More Dangerous, Deadly than Kilauea — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 6/4/18). Read more, see more photos and video hereherehere and here.

Florida Beach-Walker Snaps, Shares Photo of Shelf Cloud — See Image (EarthSky, 6/4/18).

Kilauea Eruptions, Lava Flow Continue — See Video (Big Island Video News, YouTube, 6/3/18). See more video here.

2 Experienced Climbers Fall to their Deaths in Yosemite — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/3/18).

Small Asteroid Discovered Hours Before Hitting Earth’s Atmosphere — See Videos (EarthSky, 6/3/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

* Nature is not your friend.

May 2018

Climbing Everest: Nat Geo Shares 65 Years of Photos — See Images (National Geographic, 5/31/18).

Real Estate Sign Washed Off Jersey Shore by Hurricane Sandy Washes Up On Shore in Bordeaux, France — See Photo (The New York Times, 5/31/18).

New Mountain Gorilla Census Finds Numbers Are Increasing — See Photos (The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, 5/31/18).

Manhattanhenge Returns — See Photos (EarthSky.org, 5/30/18).

Utah Fossil Find Suggests Ancient Super-Continent of Pangea Broke Up into Smaller Continents Much Later than Thought  — See Photos & Video (The Spectrum, 5/29/18).

Scientists Tag Great Whites, Learn Why They Gather in Hot Spot Out in Pacific — See Photos & Video, Listen to Radio Segment (NPR, 5/28/18).

Elephant Wants Thailand Sanctuary Founder to Lullaby New Arrival, Gets Message Across Loud & Clear — See Video (elephantnews, YouTube, 5/28/18).

New Zealand Will Kill 100,000 Cows to Contain Disease (The Guardian, 5/28/18).

Kilaeua Lava Flow Visible from Space — See Photos & Video (ABC News, 5/27/18).

Alberto Becomes 1st Named Storm of Hurricane Season 1 Week Before Official Start — See Maps & Video (Miami Herald, 5/26/18).

Researchers Discover Mountains, Valleys Under Antarctic Ice, Worry How it Will Speed Ice Melt, Rising Seas — See Video (The Washington Post, 5/26/18).

NINYF*: Woman from OK, 65, Stung to Death by Wasps during Gorilla Trek in Uganda (Newsweek, 5/25/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Adorable Malamute Puppy Tries to Howl — See Video (The Dodo, YouTube, 5/25/18).

Rancher Shoots Wolf-Like Creature Stalking His Cattle in Montana, Wildlife Experts Don’t Know What It Is — See Photo (The Washington Post, 5/25/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Wyoming Commission Unanimously Approves Yellowstone Grizzly Hunt (Smithsonian, 5/24/18). Read more, see photos and map here and here.

NOAA Releases Beautiful Imagery of Lightening Storms Rolling Across U.S. — See Video (Independent, 5/24/18).

Tourists Reunite Lost, Crying Baby Sloth with Mother in Costa Rica — See Video (National Geographic, 5/24/18).

Two Lynx in Undisclosed Location Engage in Screaming Match — See Video (National Geographic, 5/23/18)

Neutrinos Are So Strange! (Gizmodo, 5/23/18).

Researchers Locate 1708 Spanish Shipwreck Carrying Billions in Gold, Jewels Off Cartagena— See Video (The Washington Post, 5/23/18).

NINYF*: Researcher Mauled by Grizzly in Montana, Makes It Through Alive (The Washington Post, 5/23/18).

Institute Names Top 10 Newly Discovered Species of 2018 — See Photos (CNN, 5/23/18).

Photographers Submit Work for Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards — See Photos (HuffPost, 5/23/18). Learn more, see more photos here.

Scientists to Do DNA Search for Nessie…and Whatever Else is Hiding in Loch Ness —See Photo & Video (USA Today, 5/23/18).

Photographer Videos Eagle Stealing Rabbit from Fox in San Juan Island — See Video (CBS News, 5/23/18).

Everglades Python Hunt: 1,000 Down, Many Thousands to Go — See Photo (The Washington Post, 5/22/18).

Finding: Dive Instructor’s Bad Decisions Caused Drowning Death of Young Woman on Great Barrier Reef (The Telegraph, 5/22/18).

Sinkhole Forming on White House Lawn — See Photos & Video (The Weather Channel, 5/22/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Biologists in France Creeped Out by Invasion of  Giant Asian Worms  — See Photo (The Washington Post, 5/22/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

Young Leopard in Botswana Sees if Tourist in Open Jeep Would Make Good Eating — See Video (National Geographic, 5/21/18).

Officials in Southeastern PA Worried Invasion of Voracious Asian Lanternflies Will Spread — See Photo (The New York Times, 5/21/18).

NINYF*: Emaciated Cougar Attacks 2 Cyclists, Kills 1 in Washington State — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/21/18).

NINYF*: 2 Climbers, 1 Guide Die on Everest in 1 Month — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/21/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Kilauea Eruption Ongoing, Increasing — See Photos & Videos (EarthSky, 5/20/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

NOAA: Atmospheric Levels of Banned, Ozone-Destroying CFC 11 On Rise (EarthSky 5/19/18).

Archeologists Find Remains of 2,000-Year-Old Horse in Pompeii — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/18/18).

Early Prediction: 2018 Will Be Another “Busy” Atlantic Hurricane Season — See Photos & Video (Business Insider 5/17/18).

BBC Earth Films Leopard Family Hunting Catfish at Night in Botswana — See Video (BBC Earth, YouTube, 5/17/18).

Astronomers Find Possible New Evidence for Existence of a Planet Nine (Gizmodo, 5/17/18).

Researchers Surprised by Large Whale Shark Numbers Off Madagascar — See Photos (BBC News, 5/17/18).

NASA Study Tracks Increases, Decreases in World’s Fresh Water Supply — See Video Report (Inverse, 5/16/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Big Money Joins Indigenous People in Fight to Save Arctic Refuge (EcoWatch, 5/15/18).

Elephants, Other Wildlife Rebound in Chad’s Zakouma National Park — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/14/18).

Lost”Asteroid Relocated 2 Days before Zipping between Earth & Moon, Giving Earth Closest Pass of Any This Size — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/15/18).

Nat Geo Travel Photo of the Year Submission Deadline Approaching — See Some Editor Favorites (National Geographic, 5/12/18).

Algae that Causes Red Tide Produce Electric Blue Glow at Night in San Diego — See Photos (Huffington Post, 5/11/18).

Sensor Measures Record 78-Foot Wave in Southern Ocean, Peak May Been Higher — See Simulations (Gizmodo, 5/11/18). Read more here.

Researchers Think Video of Elephants’ Reaction to Death of Group Member Suggests Mourning — See Video (National Geographic, 5/10/18).

Dam Bursts in Kenya in Torrential Rains, 41+ Killed — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 5/10/18).

Feral Dogs Killing Children in Northern India (The Washington Post, 5/10/18).

Wildlife Photographer Fulfills Dream of Swimming with, Photographing Polar Bears — See Photos & Video (Destination Wildlife, 5/10/18).

New York Judge Believes Intelligent Animals May Have Right, at Least, to Be Free (The Washington Post, 5/9/18).

NINYF*: Croc Takes Woman’s Arm 5 Days Before Wedding in Zimbabwe — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/8/18).

Remembering Kilauea’s Last Big Blow — See Photos (The Atlantic, 5/8/18).

Research Question: Are Chimp Calls a Kind of Language? — Hear Recording, See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 5/8/18).

Theory: Big, Mysterious Rock Mounds in Western Australia Created by Large, Extinct Species of Bird (COSMOS, 5/8/18).

NINYF*: Leopard Snatches, Eats 3-Year-Old Boy in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park  (The Telegraph, 5/8/18). Read more here.

More Photos, Footage of Volcanic Activity on Big Island of Hawaii — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/8/18).

Big Ol’ Dog Does Surprise Walk-On During Weather Broadcast — See Video (The Dodo, 5/7/18).

NINYF*: Filmmaker Dies after being Headbutted by Giraffe in S. Africa Safari Lodge — See Photo (Independent, 5/7/18). Read more, see more photos here.

191 Wild Horses Weakened by Hunger, Thirst Die in Mud around Dry Pond in Arizona — See Photo (The Washington Post, 5/6/18).

The Special Nature of the Human-Horse Bond: A Language of Touch (The Conversation, 5/5/18).

Flooding Rains, Deadly Mudslides Hit East Africa — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/5/18).

Survey: Total Number of Gorillas, Chimps in Africa Higher than Thought, but Numbers are Declining — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/4/18).

Dam Project Threatens Survival of New Orangutan Species Discovered in Sumatra — See Photo (EcoWatch, 5/4/18).

Meet Mauro Morandi, 79, Sole Resident of Sardinia’s Beautiful Budelli Island for 30 Years — See Photos (Mother Nature News, 5/4/18).

11-Year-Old Tennessee Girl Finds 475-Million Year Old Fossil along Lake — See Photos (Knox News, 5/4/18).

* Nature is Not Your Friend

Pu‘u ‘Ō‘ō from the east, Hawaii, May 3 2018 / USGS / Click for more.

Kilauea Volcano Blows on Big Island of Hawaii — See Photos & Video (The Weather Channel, 5/4/18). Read more, see more photos and video here, herehere and here.

Ocean Dead Zones Increasing Worldwide, But Loss Can be Reversed (The Conversation, 5/4/18).

New Study Adds to Evidence that Trees, Plants Communicate with One Another (COSMOS, 5/4/18).

U.S. Home to 23 Unesco World Heritage Sites — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/3/18). See photos of all World Heritage Sites here.

Black Rhinos Reintroduced to Chad — See Photo & Video (EcoWatch, 5/3/18). Read more, see more photos here.

Bones of Extinct Ice Age Horse Uncovered in Utah Backyard — See Photos & Illo (The New York Times, 5/3/18).

Violent Seasonal Dust Storm Kills More than 100 in Northern India — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 5/3/18). Read more, see more video here.

Hawaii Bans Sunscreens with Coral-Killing Chemicals (EcoWatch, 5/2/18).

Man Attacked in S. Africa Safari Park by Male Lion He Raised from Cub — See Video (The Washington Post, 5/2/18).

RIP, #16: Studied from Birth under Acacia Tree in Western Australia, Trapdoor Spider Dies at Age 43 — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/1/18).

April 2018

Night Skies are Stunning in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula — See Video (National Geographic, 4/24/18).

57-Year-Old Elephant Matriarch Successfully Raising Rare Twin Calves in Tanzania — See Video (National Geographic, 4/19/18).

Warming Oceans Draw Bull Sharks to North Carolina’s Outer Banks — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/16/18).

Astronomer-Photographer Shares Exquisite Images of Celestial South Pole — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 4/16/18).

Yikes! Asteroid Spotted Mere Hours before Zipping between Earth & Moon on 4/15 — See Photo & Diagram (EarthSky, 4/16/18). Read more, see more photos and a video report here.

Viruses are Freaky, Dangerous, Essential, Abundant & Literally Falling from Sky — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/13/18).

Good for Business/Bad for Nature: Philippine Tour Operators Lure Whale Sharks with Food — See Photo (Hakai Magazine, 4/13/18).

11 Lions — 3 Adult Females, 8 Cubs — Poisoned in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park — See Photos (National Geographic, 4/13/18).

Amazing Natural Formations that Look Human-Made: Basalt Columns around the World — See Photos (Mother Nature News, 4/12/18).

Visit, Tour & Almost Walk on the Moon with NASA — See Video (NASA Goddard, YouTube, 4/9/18).

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle Ask Donations to anti-Ocean Plastic, pro-Wilderness, 5 Other  Charities in Lieu of Wedding Presents — See Photos (Royal.uk, 4/9/18).

8 Women & Guides Rescued after Day & Night Lost at Sea in Bahamas — See Photo (CHCH.com, 4/9/18).

Opinion: Saving Wildlife Helps Humans, Too — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/7/18).

Scottish Boy Bitten by Bull Shark after Falling Off Dock in Bimini — See Photos & Video (7 News Miami, 4/7/18).

How to Avoid Being Bitten by a Brown Recluse Spider — See Photo (EarthSky, 4/6/18).

InStyle Magazine Says “No More Fur (EcoWatch, 4/5/18).

Huge Bollywood Star Gets 5 Years in Jail for Poaching Rare Antelope in 1998 — See Photo (BBC News, 4/5/18). Read more, see more photos here.

BBC Admits Scenes in Documentary on Papua New Guinea Tribe, Other Nature Programs, were Staged — See Footage (The Guardian, 4/4/18). Read more, see more video here.

Ohio Neighborhood Rattled by Teeth-Baring Raccoons — See Photo & Video (Vice, 4/4/18). Read more, see more photos and video herehere and here.

Study: Universe Could End with Big Bang, Nobody Knows When — See Photos (News.com.au, 4/4/18).

Study: Urban Green Spaces Linked to Lower Rates of Major Depression, Other Mental Health Disorders (The Lancet Planetary Health, 4/4/18).

U.K. Moves to (Almost) Completely Ban All Ivory (EcoWatch, 4/3/18).

Tracks from 2 Dinosaur Species Found on Isle of Skye — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 4/3/18). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here and here.

Oil Spill Spreading, Burning Off Borneo — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 4/3/18). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Study: City-Dwelling Blackbirds Live Longer, Unhealthier Lives than Country Cousins — See Photos (COSMOS, 4/3/18).

Report: Hubble Telescope Spots Oldest, Most Distant Star Yet Detected — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 4/3/18).

Study: Venus May Once Have Had Liquid Water able to Support Life (COSMOS, 4/3/18).

MIT Researchers Design, Test Robotic FishCam — See Video (EarthSky, 4/2/18).

Whew! Falling Space Station Mostly Disintegrates, Fragments Fall in Ocean — See Photos & Map (Phys.Org, 4/2/18). Read more, see more maps, charts and video here.

March 2018

Shark Bumps Man Off Paddle Board in Hawaii — See News Report (KHON2, 3/31/18). Read more, see more video here.

5 Flower Videos to Celebrate Spring — See Videos (National Geographic, 3/30/18).

Look! Up in the Sky! It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s… a Falling Space Station! — See Video (EarthSky, 3/30/18).

Crack Forms in Kenya’s Rift Valley where Scientists Predict Continent Will Eventually Split Apart — See Photos, Maps, Diagrams & Videos (Science Alert, 3/29/18).

Cheetah Climbs into Safari Jeep in Tanzania — See Video (USA Today, 3/29/18).

See the 2nd Blue Moon of 2018 on 3/31 (EarthSky.org, 3/28/18).

Industries, Environmentalists Wrestle with What to Do with Toxic Mining Waste — See Photos (Oceana.org, 3/28/18). Special thanks to author Bethany Augliere for sharing.

Drones Help Researchers Study Caribou Behavior when Crossing Ice — See Video (The New York Times, 3/28/18).

New Mountain Gorilla Census Underway in Uganda (Phys.Org, 3/28/18).

Carolina Parakeet, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago / Wikimedia Commons, The Conversation / Click for more.

When Male Lynx Meet during Breeding Season, Screaming Match Ensues — See Video (National Geographic, 3/28/18).

America’s Only Parrot Disappeared 100 Years Ago, Scientists Still Don’t Know Why — See Photos, Illo & Map (The Conversation, 3/28/18).

Boy Attacked by Great Horned Owl in Massachusetts — See Photo (Boston Globe, 3/28/18).

Avian Flu Threatening Coastal Bird Colonies in South Africa (Nature, 3/28/18).

Colombian Oil Company Takes Weeks to Stop River Spill, Destruction Still Being Assessed — See Videos (EcoWatch, 3/27/18).

Sandstorms, Dust Storms are Awesome — See Photos (The Atlantic, 3/27/18).

Study: Human Hunting Acts Like Natural Selection, Favors Scandinavian Brown Bears Moms who Keep Cubs Close Longer (Phys.Org, 3/27/18).

NASA “Clean Room” Holding Meteorites for Study is Contaminated — See Photo (Smithsonian, 3/27/18).

Some Flowers are Really Strange! — See Photos (COSMOS, 3/27/18).

Mountain Lion Roaming CA Neighborhood Tranquilized for Transfer — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/26/18).

It’s Hard Work Being a Hummie — See Video (The New York Times, 3/26/18).

Earth Hour 2018: Watch Landmarks, Skylines Go Dark — See Video (CBS News, 3/25). See photos here.

Orange Snow Sweeps Eastern Europe — See Photos & Video (Mashable, 3/25/18). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Earth Hour 2018 — Turn Off the Lights @ 8:30 P.M. on Saturday 3/24 (EarthHour.org). Learn more here. See videos here, here, here, here and here.

New U.N. Global Reports Agree: We are Destroying Our Earth (The Guardian, 1/23/18). Read more here. Find the reports here.

Scientists in Submersible Capture 1st Footage of Deep-Dwelling Anglerfish Mating — See Video (National Geographic, 3/23/18).

Nature Photographer Captures Stunning Image of Diving Kingfisher — See Photo (My Modern Met, 3/23/18). Special thanks to Kalia Doner for sharing.

Meet the (Older) Man who Crossed the Ocean in a Kayak…3 Times — See Photos & Maps (The New York Times, 3/22/18).

Brazil Wants Whole Nation Vaccinated against Yellow Fever (CIDRAP, 3/22/18).

Today is 25th Annual World Water Day (WorldWaterDay.org, 3/22/18).

Study: Very Tiny Mummified Skeleton Not Alien — Human with Unique Disorder — See Photo (The New York Times, 3/22/18).

When the Mullet Run in Miami, Now That’s a Sight to See — See Photos & Video (Hakai, 3/20/18).

NINYF*: 2 Men Almost Die in Iditarod — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/20/18).

Cherry Blossom Season in China is Breathtaking! See Video (National Geographic, 3/20/18).

* Nature is not your friend.

It’s Spring! See Photos, Diagrams & Video (EarthSky, 3/20/18).

Sudan, Last Male Northern White Rhino, Euthanized at Age 45 in Kenya — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 3/20/18). Read more, see more photos and video herehere, here and here.

Welcome Spring with a Laugh — Funny Kitty Video, Even if Fake (RMVideos, YouTube).

Louis, Philadelphia Zoo’s 18-Year-Old Lowland Gorilla, Often Prefers Walking Upright — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/19/18).

Stephen Hawking’s Last Paper: How the Universe Will End — See Videos (CNBC, 3/19/18).

Is Jupiter’s Great Storm Dying? (BGR, 3/16/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Early Humans Met, Mated with Mysterious Denisovans in 2 Separate Waves — See Illo (COSMOS, 3/16/18). Read more, see more illos and video here.

CDC Warns of Intense Yellow Fever Outbreak in Brazil (MedicalXpress, 3/16/18).

Surfing under the Northern Lights in Norway — See Photos (The Atlantic, 3/15/18).

Donatella Versace Says “No More Fur” — See Photo (EcoWatch, 3/15/18).

Easter Island Threatened by Rising Seas — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 3/15/18).

Devil Rays Endangered — See Photos (COSMOS, 3/15/18).

Amateur Skywatchers Discover New Type of Northern Light — See Photos & Video (The Atlantic, 3/14/18). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Researchers Capture Rare Footage of Lowland Gorilla Mom, Newborn Baby — See Video (National Geographic, 3/13/18).

Giant Prehistoric Shark Tooth Stolen from National Park in Western Australia — See Photo (The Washington Post, 3/13/18).

Skywatching from Grand Canyon’s Colorado River — See Video (EarthSky, 3/13/18).

Study: Alligators Have Shorter Limbs than Crocs (The New York Times, 3/12/18).

Scientists Explain Unusual Cause of Recent Mexico City Quake, Why It Could Happen Again — See Photos & Diagrams (The Conversation, 3/12/18).

Penguins Examine Animal Cam — See Video (BuzzFeed, 3/9/18).

Goliath Frog, Planet’s Biggest, Threatened by Overfishing in Cameroon — See Photo (bioGraphic, 3/8/18).

Large Diamond from Deep in Earth’s Mantle Contains Mineral Scientists Knew About but Have Never Seen — See Photo & Video (Newsweek, 3/8/18). Read more here.

Otter Attacks Female Kayaker on Florida’s Braden River (9news.com, 3/8/18).

NASA Marks Apollo 8 50th Anniversary with Look Back at Photos of Earth from Space — See Video (EarthSky, 3/7/18).

Scottish Nature Photography Award Winners Announced — See Photos (Express, 3/7/18).

Author: Cecil the Lion Died Horrible Death — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/7/18).

132-Year-Old Message in Bottle Found on Western Australia Beach (The Washington Post, 3/6/18).

Villagers Kill Critically Endangered Sumatran Tiger — See Photo (The Washington Post, 3/6/18).

Mongoose Pups Seem to Invite Hornbill to Play in South Africa — See Video (National Geographic, 3/3/18).

Asteroid 2017 VR2 to Pass Close Enough to Earth be Called Hazardous — See Photo (Newsweek, 3/2/18). Read more here.

Researchers Identify Adélie Penguin Hotspot in Antarctic’s Danger Islands — See Map & Photos (Nature, 3/2/18).

Sand Mining in Asia Harming Environment — See Photos (Science, 3/2/18).

Australia’s Blue-Ringed Octopus, Beautiful & Deadly when Angry — See Video (National Geographic, 3/1/18).

Snow in Italy, Tornados in UK, Beast of East Arctic Storm Hits Europe — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 3/1/18).

Researchers Use BaitCam to Capture Footage of Elusive Greenland Shark — See Video (EcoWatch, 3/1/18).

February 2018

• “Beast from East” Storm Blankets Europe with Snow, Ice — See Photos (The Atlantic, 2/28/18).

Indigenous Protectors of Environment May Get 1st Legal Protections under U.N. Treaty — See Photo (The Guardian, 2/28/18).

Study: Wild Chimps, Bonobos Use Same Gestures to Convey Same Messages (COSMOS, 2/28/18).

Study: Indigenous Australians Already Knew  — Falcons, Kites Carry, Drop Burning Sticks to Intentionally Start Fires (EcoWatch, 2/27/18).

Birdwatcher Spots Rare Yellow Cardinal at Feeder — See Video (BoingBoing, 2/26/18).

Violent Storms Bring Torrential Rains, Floods to Southern, Central U.S. — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 2/25/18).

Duck! Asteroid to Pass between Earth & Moon Today (COSMOS, 2/25/18).

Astronomers Puzzled: Universe Expanding Too Fast — See Photos (Newsweek, 2/23/18).

Nature Conservancy, Leonardo DiCaprio Do Deal to Create Marine Reserves in Seychelles — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/22/18). Read more here.

Amateur Astronomer Captures Birth of Galaxy — See Photos (Ars Technica, 2/22/18). Read more, see time-lapse images here.

Researchers Discover Ancient Rock Carvings of Camels, Other Animals in Saudi Arabian Desert — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/15/18).

Diving Cormorant Pulls Remora Off Whale Shark Off Baja — See Video (National Geographic, 2/13/18).

Asteroid 2002 AJ129 to Pass within Hailing Distance of Earth Today — See Video (Space Coast Daily, 2/4/18). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here.

Mars Rover Looks Back on 5 Years of Exploring Red Planet — See Video (The Washington Post, 2/3/18).

LiDAR Mapping Reveals Mind-blowing Scope of Maya Civilization — See Photos, Maps, Illos & Video (National Geographic, 2/1/18). Read more, see more images here.

Study: Loss of Sea Ice Means Polar Bears Must Work Harder, Expend More Energy to Find Prey — See Video & Map (The Conversation, 2/1/18). Read the study, see more maps, charts and images here.

Nigel, the Lonely, Lovelorn Gannett, Dies on Mana Island Off New Zealand — See Video (The Guardian, 2/1/18). Read more, see more photos here.

United Airlines Draws Line at Emotional Support Peacock — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/1/18).

Truck Driver Drives Truck Over Peru’s Nasca Lines — See Photo (USA Today, 2/1/18).

January 2018

Storms on Jupiter, Dec 8 2017 / NASA, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstädt, Seán Doran / Click for more.

Photographer Captures Beautiful Sky Tracks of Birds in Flight — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/2018). Thanks to Diane Lamphron for sharing.

Researcher Discovers New Species of American Millipede: Colorful & Coated in Cyanide — See Photos (COSMOS, 1/30/18).

Naked Mole Rats are Really Weird — See Video (The Atlantic, 1/26/18).

Wildlife Officials Declare Eastern Cougar Extinct — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/24/18).

Study: Musk Ox Survived Ice Age, Weird Weather Buries Whole Herd in Ice — See Photos (The Atlantic, 1/18/18).

Citizen Scientist-Artists Help Bring NASA Photos of Jupiter to Life — See Images (The Atlantic, 1/16/18).

Study: Ants Kill Sick Members to Protect Colony (COSMOS, 1/15/18).

Study: 2012 Underwater Volcanic Eruption in Pacific May Have Been Largest in Modern History — See Photo & Video (COSMOS, 1/15/18).

10 Documentaries about Animals Everyone Should See — See Trailers (One Green Planet, 1/15/18).

Australian Kites, Hawks Intentionally Spread Fire to Flush Out Prey — See Photos (COSMOS, 1/12/18).

Scientists Unsure What Caused Bright Flash Over Russia — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/10/18).

Female Birds of Paradise Find Male’s Super Black Feathers Sexy — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 1/9/18).

You’ve Never Seen a Dog Grooming Contest Like This, Guaranteed — See Video (The Atlantic, 1/8/18).

NASA Captures Image of Gigantic Winter Storm Off East Coast — See Image (COSMOS, 1/8/18).

Norwegian Cruise Ship Breakaway Sails Intentionally Into Bad Winter Storm — See Video (Newsday, 1/7/18). Read more, see more video here, here and here.

Beachgoer Films Starfish Walking Across Sand — See Video (One Green Planet, 1/5/18).

Boy Splashing in Shallow Water Off Bahamas Beach Exits Water Just Ahead of Approaching Sharks — See Photos & Video (news.com.au, 1/5/18).

Frenchman Takes Tourists Up in UltraLight to Fly with Birds — See Videos (National Geographic, 1/4/18).

What’s the Right Way to Handle a Cold-Stunned Iguana? — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 1/4/18).

Storms Bring Ice, Huge Waves on Both Sides of Atlantic — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/4/18).

Astronomer Discusses Origins of 1st Interstellar Object to Visit Solar System — See Photo & Animation (The Conversation, 1/4/18).

Bombogenesis! Snow & Cold Grip Eastern U.S. — See Photos & Video (BBC, 1/4/18). Read more, see more photos, diagrams, maps and video here, here, here and here.

Hotel Caretaker Only Winter Inhabitant of Island Off New England — See Video (The Atlantic, 1/3/18).

DNA from Fossilized Baby Bones Point to Lost Branch of Native American Family Tree — See Photos (The Verge, 1/3/18). Read more, see more photos, illos and diagrams here, hereherehere and here. Find the study here.

What Cold Looks Like in U.S. & Abroad — See Images (The Atlantic, 1/3/18).

67-Year-Old Albatross Lays Another Egg — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 1/2/18).

Caterpillars Are Creepy, Ugly, Beautiful, Amazing — See Videos (bioGraphic, 1/2/18).

Researchers Explore Healing Effects of Being Out in Nature — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/2/18).

Skywatchers Snap Photos of January Supermoon — See Images (EarthSky, 1/2/18).

What’s that Sound? 5 Strange Noises Scientists Can’t Explain (COSMOS, 1/2/18).