Nature 2017

December 2017

Sharks Washing Up Stunned, Killed by Cold on Cape Cod — See Photos (Falmouth Patch, 12/30/17). See more photos and video here.

Niagara Falls Freezes, Transforms into Winter Wonderland — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 12/29/17).

January 2018 Brings 2 Supermoons, 1 Blue Moon, 1 Lunar Eclipse — See Photos & Video (Quartz, 12/29/17). Read more, see more photos, videos and diagrams here.

Prince Harry to Head S. Africa’s African Parks Conservation Organization — See Photos (EcoWatch, 12/28/17).

NINYF*: Polish Sailor & Cat Rescued after Alleged 7 Months Adrift in Indian Ocean — See Photos (IBTimes, 12/28/17).

Astronomers Map Interstellar Asteroid Oumauma’s Path through Our Solar System — See Diagram & Illo (EarthSky, 12/27/17).

U.N. Takes First, Crucial Step Toward Protecting International High Seas — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 12/24/17).

Snow Artist Creates Intricate Designs with Snow as Canvas, Using Snowshoes & Poles — See Video (National Geographic, 12/23/17).

12/21 Winter Solstice Marks Return of Light to Northern Hemisphere — See Photos & Video (Fortune, 12/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Photographer Snaps Rare Double Green Flash Off California Coast — See Image (EarthSky, 12/20/17).

Study: Volcano Seems to be Forming Under New England, Won’t Pose Danger for Few Million Years (, 12/19/17).

Study: Meteor Impact in Scotland 60 Million Years Ago Left Traces of Mineral Never Before Found on Earth — See Photo (Tech Times, 12/19/17).

Rare Natural Phenomenon Fills Grand Canyon with Clouds — See Video (EarthSky, 12/19/17).

Astronomers Puzzle Out Composition of Interstellar Visitor, Oaumuamua — See Photo (COSMOS, 12/19/17).

Warming Climate, Longer Tick Season May Be Killing Off Vermont Moose (Mother Nature Network, 12/18/17).

Study Confirms Australian Microfossils are Oldest Evidence of Life on Earth — See Photos & Diagram (Phys.Org, 12/18/17). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here and here.

Sun Sets Slowly at Solstice — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 12/18/17).

Winter Solstice Only 3 Days Away — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 12/18/17).

Young Virginia Woman Mauled to Death by 2 Pet Pit Bulls during Walk in Woods (People, 12/16/17).

Cute Little Piglet Grows Up to Become Esther, the Giant Pig — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 12/14/17).

2,500-Year-Old Cave Paintings Found on Tiny Island in Indonesia — See Images (COSMOS, 12/14/17).

Weight of Rains from Hurricane Harvey Flexed Earth’s Crust in Southern Texas — See Photo & Chart (EOS, 12/14/17).

8-Year-Old’s Science Project Leads to Discovery that Pig-like Peccaries May Mourn Dead — See Video (National Geographic, 12/13/17).

Geminids  to Put On Great Show This Year — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 12/13/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Nat Geo Selects Nature Photographer of Year Contest Winners — See Photos (National Geographic, 12/12/17).

* Nature is Not Your Friend

Clouds of Jupiter, Oct 27, 2017 / NASA-JPL-Caltech, SwRI, MSSS, Gerald Eichstädt, Seán Doran / Click for more.

Undulating Cloud First New Type Recognized in More than 50 Years — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 12/8/17).

Annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count Starts 12/14 (EarthSky, 12/8/17).

Snow Hits the South — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 12/8/17).

Finding: Source of Earth’s Mysterious Low-Frequency Hum Traced to Ocean Floor (National Geographic, 12/8/17). Read more here.

Nat Geo Announces “Best Travel Photos of Year” Contest Winners — See Images (National Geographic, 12/7/17)

Researchers Discover Microbes in Antarctic that Eat, Survive on Air Alone — See Photo (COSMOS, 12/7/17).

Strange, Newly ID’d Dinosaur Had Swimming Flippers, Swan’s Neck, Dino Legs, Killer Claws — See Fossil & Illo (Live Science, 12/7/17). See a video report here.

Largest Living Organism on Earth: 3.4-Mile-Wide Fungus in Oregon (EarthSky, 12/6/17).

Astronomers Locate Biggest, Oldest Black Hole Yet Discovered — See Illos & Video (, 12/6/17).

•  Researchers Unveil “Little Foot,” Oldest, Most Complete Skeleton of Human Ancestor in South Africa — See Photos & Video (, 12/6/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Ventura County Fires Burn Out of Control — See Videos (Los Angeles Times, 12/6/17).

Physicist Proposes Alternative to Big Bang Theory — See Map, Illo & Video (, 12/5/17).

• “Power of Nature” Photo Competition Winners Announced — See Images (Daily Mail, 12/4/17).

NINYF*: Tiger Shark Kills Scuba Diver in Costa Rica (The Washington Post, 12/4/17).

Skywatchers around the World Snap December Supermoon — See Photos & Videos (EarthSky, 12/4/17).

Study: Number, Ratio of Cortical Neurons Suggests Dogs are Smarter than Cats (COSMOS, 12/4/17).

Nat Geo Picks Favorite People’s Choice Nature Photo Submissions — See Images (National Geographic, 12/3/17).

12/3 Supermoon is 1st of 3 in Row, Lunar Eclipse Accompanies 3rd — See Animation, Photos & Video (, 12/2/17). Read more, see more photos and videos here, here, here, here and here.

Environmental Lawyers Argue Nature Deserves “Person” Rights Equal to Corporations —  See Photo, Listen to Radio Interview (PRI, 12/2/17).

Camera Trap, Recorder Capture Video, Call of Russia’s Rare Amur Leopard — See Video, Hear Recording (National Geographic, 12/1/17)

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Stunning Images of Jupiter’s Clouds — See Photos (Gizmodo, 12/1/17).

* Nature is not your friend.

November 2017

Study: Scallops See with Hundreds of Tiny, Complex Eyes — See Photos (The New York Times, 11/30/17)

Video Cam Gets Swallowed by Lava, Keeps Recording — See Video (National Geographic, 11/30/17).

Researcher Find First-Ever Stash of Fossilized Pterosaur Eggs in China — See Photos (Los Angeles Times, 11/30/17). Read more, see more photos here  and here. Read the study, see maps and photos here.

Study: Trophy-Hunting Could Be Last Blow for Certain Species Already Under Stress — See Photos (The Conversation, 11/29/17).

Study: Storm Waves Big, Strong as Tsunamis Dropped Huge Boulders on Ireland’s Western Coast — See Photos (The New York Times, 11/29/17).

NASA Astronaut Shares View of Earth during Spacewalk — See Video (The Washington Post, 11/28/17).

Snowstorm Heading for Hawaii’s Peaks — See Videos (ABC15, 11/28/17).

Mexico Creates Huge Marine Sanctuary to Protect Remote E. Pacific Islands, Rich Land, Marine Life — See Photos (EcoWatch, 11/27/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Bali Volcano Starting to Spew, Canceling Flights, Stranding Tourists — See News Report (The Mercury News, 11/27/17).

Study: New, Evolution-Theory-Busting Finch Species Evolves in Galapagos in 2 Generations but Could Disappear Soon — See Photo (COSMOS, 11/27/17). Read about another fast-evolving bird species here.

Blue Planet II Cinematographers Film Fast-Thinking Octopus Prey-Dodging Behavior for First Time — See Video (Independent, 11/26/17). Thanks to Kalia Doner for this item.

Mysterious Booms Rattling Buildings, People around World (Mother Nature Network, 11/26/17).

Study: Whole Planet is Losing Dark Nights to Artificial Lights — See Photos, Maps & Charts (EarthSky, 11/24/17). Read the full study here.

New Space Instrument Films Lightening Storms Sweeping Across U.S. — See Video (Orlando Sentinel, 11/21/17).

Cockatoos Naturally Able to Match Shapes to Holes — See Video (The New York Times, 11/21/17).

Astronomers Share Findings, Theories on First-Ever Asteroid Visitor from Deep Space — See Illo (The Atlantic, 11/21/17). Read more, see video report here. Read the study here.

Diving Flies of California’s Mono Lake Bring Own Aqualung With Them — See Video (National Geographic, 11/20/17).

This Year’s Only Supermoon Coming 12/3 (The New York Times, 11/20/17). Read more, see photos and video here.

Epson Picks Winners of 2017 International Panoramic Photo Contest — See Images (The Atlantic, 11/20/17).

Near Complete Skeleton of Massive Steller’s Sea Cow, Now Extinct, Found on Siberian Beach — See Photos (Motherboard, 11/20/17).

Live Croc Washes Ashore on Hollywood FL Beach — See Photos & Video (Sun Sentinel, 11/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

New Study Uncovers Simple Ways to Keep Cows More Contented, Less Stressed (COSMOS, 11/20/17).

Scientists Fascinated, Puzzled by Newly Discovered, Ancient Stone Structures in Arabian Desert — See Photos (The New York Times, 11/17/17).

Working Military Dog Mali Becomes Latest Recipient of British Animal Heroism Award — See Photo & Video (The New York Times, 11/17/17).

NASA Video Shows 20 Years of Earth’s Changing Seasons in 1 Minute — See Video (The Guardian, 11/17/17).

Study: Wild Chimps Modify Alarm Calls if Think Other Chimps Are Aware of Danger — See Videos (Phys.Org, 11/16/17).

8,000-Year-Old Arabian Desert Cliff Carving Shows Human Hunting with Canine Companions — See Photo (Science, 11/17/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Trump Administration Cancels Ban on Importing Elephant Products from Trophy Hunting — See Photo (EcoWatch, 11/16/17), Then Trump Reverses Reversal After Uproar — See Video  (The Washington Post, 11/18/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Divers Free 4 Whale Sharks Trapped in Fishing Net in Indonesia — See Video (One Green Planet, 11/16/17).

Fireball Over Phoenix 1 of 4 Reported Worldwide on Same Night — See Video (The Washington Post, 11/15/17).

Astronomers Discover Potentially Hospitable Planet Only 11 Light Years Away — See Video Report (Time, 11/15/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NASA Aircraft Monitors Drift of New Antarctic Iceberg A-68 — See Photos & Video (Mashable, 11/14/17). Read more, see more maps and photos here.

Thousands of Scientists Issue 2nd Appeal to Save Planet before Time Runs Out — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 11/13/17).

Major Earthquake Hits Iran-Iraq Border — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 11/13/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Russian Base Jumper Dies in Leap from Himalayan Peak — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 11/13/17).

Study: Australian Crested Pigeon Signals Levels of Alarm with Pitch of Wing-Flap Whistle (COSMOS, 11/13/17).

New Invasive Little Yellow Ant Could Become Big Problem in Florida — See Video (Sun Sentinel, 11/11/17).

Study: How You Live May Determine What Bugs Live With You — See Photos (, 11/10/17). Read more here and here. Find the study here.

Oh, Great: Government OKs Sale of Bioteched Mosquitoes to Curb Disease-Carrying Kind — See Video (EcoWatch, 11/8/17).

Study: Mother-Offspring Chimp Teams Naturally Cooperate to Complete Tasks — See Photo (COSMOS, 11/6/17).

Finding: T Rex Did Major Damage with Tiny Little Arms (Newsweek, 11/6/17).

Astronomers Discover Oldest Known Spiral Galaxy in Universe (ZeeNews, 11/5/17).

Florida Wants to Replenish Eroded Beaches with Sand from Bahamas — See Video (, 11/3/17).

Disney Knew It Had Alligator Problem Before Boy was Killed — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 11/3/17).

Hundreds of Sea Turtles Found Floating Dead Off El Salvador — See Photos (EcoWatch, 11/3/17).

Tracking People Who Harm Animals Protects Humans from Harm, Too  (The Conversation, 11/3/17).

Study: Most Mammoths that Fell into Pits Were Males…without Wise Moms to Lead Them — See Photo (COSMOS, 11/3/17).

First Animal in Space was a Russian Dog — See Photos (Ars Technica, 11/3/17).

Study: Some Bees Favor Left Side, Some Favor Right, Some Don’t Care (COSMOS, 11/3/17).

Researchers Head Deep into Congo to Track Source of Monkeypox Virus — See Photos (The Washington Post, 11/3/17).

Study: Bat Pups Pick Up Dialect of Community Even if Different from Mom’s (COSMOS, 11/3/17).

Residents, Allies Save Unspoiled Stretch of Chilean Coast from Destruction by Mining…For Now — See Photos (EcoWatch, 11/2/17).

Study: Do Minor Disruptions in Flow of Earth’s Molten Core Tied to Minute Variations in Earth’s Spin Trigger Major Quakes? (Science Magazine, 11/2/17). Read more here and here. See video here.

Rare Good News: Hole in Ozone is Really Small This Year (The Washington Post, 11/2/17). See video here.

Researchers Identify New, High Threatened Species of Orangutan in Sumatra — See Photos (The New York Times, 11/2/17). Read more, see more photos and video hereherehere and here.

Nat Geo Shares More Entries in Nature Photographer of Year Contest — See Images (The Atlantic, 11/2/17).

Cosmic Rays Reveal Unknown Chamber/Void in Great Pyramid — See Photo & Videos (The Washington Post, 11/2/17).

New Mars Photos Reveal Red Planet Isn’t Just Red — See Images (Newsweek, 11/2/17).

Beautiful Mediterranean Sea Slug Prefers Meal within a Meal — See Photo & Video (New York Times, 1/1/17).

Fossil of Previously Unknown Giraffe Ancestor Found in Madrid — See Illo (The New York Times, 11/1/17).

Study: Neanderthals Disappeared after Homo Sapiens Arrived, but It Could Have Gone Other Way (The Washington Post, 11/1/17).

October 2017 The Wolf-Rayet star WR 31a., undated / ESA, Hubble, NASA, Judy Schmidt, COSMOS / Click for more.

New Rule in Australia: No More Climbing Indigenous People’s Sacred Rock Uluru — See Photos (The Guardian, 11/31/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

A Halloween Tribute to Creepy Critters of the Deep Sea — See Video (EarthSky, 10/31/17).

Winter’s First Big Snow Heading to Sierra Nevadas (The Mercury News, 10/31/17).

Photographer Accompanies Sheep, Dogs, Shepherds on Amazing Migration through Caucasus Mountains — See Photos (The Atlantic, 10/31/17).

Researchers Agree Ocean Threw Giant Boulders Atop Cliff in Eleuthera, Debate What to Expect from Rising Seas — See Photos (The Washington Post, 10/30/17).

California Ghost Towns are Beautiful under Dark, Starry Skies — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 10/30/17).

Washington State Resource Managers Try to Control Invasive Green Crab — See Photos (Peninsula Daily News, 10/30/17).

Study: Skeleton of 40+ Year Old Disabled Man Offers Strong Evidence Neanderthals Cared for Their Own — See Photo (COSMOS, 10/28/17). Read the study, see more photos here.

Clothing Company BCBG Drops Fur (PETA, 10/27/17).

Queen Conch, All But Gone from Florida, Disappearing in Caribbean, Too — See Photos (Star 2, 10/27/17).

Eewwww! Ick! Be Glad This Moth Doesn’t Live Near You! — See (Creepy) Photo (Science Alert, 10/26/17).

ESA Astronaut Films Ethereal Blue Flashes, Red Sprites Above Thunder Clouds — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 10/26/17).

Study: Yellowstone Super Volcano’s Ancient, Climate-Altering Blow Was 2 Blows, Not 1 — See Photo (New Atlas, 10/26/17). Read more here.

Astronomers Track First-Ever Visit by Object from Deep Space  — See Charts & Animated Videos (, 10/26/17). Read more here. See more diagrams here, herehere and here.

Study: 6,000-Year-Old Skull from Papau  Belonged to Oldest Known Victim of Tsunami — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/25/17). Read more here. Read the study, see more photos and diagrams here.

Study: Underwater Noise Disturbs Oysters, Too (The New York Times, 10/25/17). Read more here. Read the study, see photos and charts here.

Endangered Species Pushed Over, Edge by Natural Disasters — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/25/17).

Pluto, Farthest Planet from Sun, Visible for 2 Nights Only — See Photos, Maps & Diagrams (EarthSky, 10/25/17). Read more, see more photos here.

New Studies Confirm Jane Goodall’s Original Claim: Chimps Have Personalities — See Photo & Film Trailer (The New York Times, 10/24/17).

Blind Runner about to Run First Race with Dog as Guide — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/24/17).

Hunter Stoked about Killing 36-Point Deer — See Photo and Videos (USA Today, 10/24/17).

European Parliament Votes to Ban Household Use of Glyphosate, Phase Out All Use in 5 Years (EcoWatch, 10/24/17).

NASA Scientist: Maybe Alien Life is Living in Subsurface Oceans on Other Planets (COSMOS, 10/23/17).

Discovery: Earth has a Moon…and an Orbiting Asteroid, Too — See Images & Video (EarthSky, 10/22/17).

Study: Popularity of Bird-Feeders in Europe Driving Evolution of Longer Beaks in Certain Birds — See Photo (The Washington Post, 10/20/17).

Discovery of Great Ape Teeth Puts Human Ancestors in Germany 5 Million Years Before Lucy in Africa — See Photos (DW, 10/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Study: Sabre-Tooths Prowled Europe 200,000 Years Longer than Thought (COSMOS, 10/20/17).

71-Year-Old Man Kayaks from NJ to Portugal — See Photos & Map (Outside, 10/19/17).

Female Members of Elephant Family Welcome New Arrival — See Beautiful Photo (bioGraphic, 10/19/17).

Ancient Stone Structures is Saudia Arabian Desert Puzzle, Enthrall Archeologists — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/19/17).

Study: Flying Insect Numbers Crashing in Germany (The Atlantic, 10/19/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here. Find the study here.

Death of Dog, on Top of Other Stresses, Triggers Broken-Heart Syndrome — See Photo (The Washington Post, 10/19/17).

Study: Dogs Do Make Eyes at Humans (Nature, 10/19/17). Read more here. Read the study here.

Study: Huge Cave on Moon Could Shelter First Human Colony — See Photos (The Guardian, 10/19/17). Read more, see another photo and diagram here. Find the study here.

Beautiful Blue Space Bubble Will Only Last Few Hundred Thousand Years — See Image (COSMOS, 10/19/17).

Famed Naturalist ‘s Appeal: Save Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Drilling — See Photo (The New York Times, 10/18/17).

Santa Rosa Fires Case in Point: Ignore Nature’s Ways at Own Peril — See Video (The Washington Post, 10/18/17).

Uganda to Kenya: We Want Our White Rhinos Back — See Photo (The Observer, 10/18/17).

London’s Natural History Museum Announces Winners of Wildlife Photographer of Year Contest — See Photos (The Guardian, 10/17/17).

Nat Geo Selects Top Entries in Underwater Nature Photography Contest — See Images (National Geographic, 10/17/17).

Researchers Offer New Arguments for Existence of Planet 9 — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 10/17/17).

NINYF: Young Couple Goes for Day Hike in National Park, Don’t Return (The Mercury News, 10/17/17). Read more, see photos and video here.

Astronomers Thrilled by First Observation of Merging Neutron Stars — See Photos & Diagrams (The Conversation, 10/17/17). Read more, see more photos, animation and video here.

Finding: Queen Ants that Cooperate to Build New Colony Conduct Burials When One Dies (COSMOS, 10/17/17).

New Gulf Oil Spill Largest Since Deepwater Horizon (Bloomberg, 10/17/17).

Mauna Loa Getting Restless? — See Photos, Charts & Graphs (EOS, 10/16/17).

Spain, Portugal in Flames — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/16/17).

New California Law: Pet Stores May Sell Rescue Dogs, Cats Only — See Photo (The New York Times, 10/16/17).

Early, Severe Plague Outbreak Hits Madagascar — See Photos & Video (CNN, 10/16/17).

Chocolate Manufacturers Destroying National Parkland in West Africa — See Photos (EcoWatch, 10/15/17).

Rare Northeast Atlantic Hurricane Heads toward Ireland — See Photo (The New York Times, 10/15/17). Read more, see photos, satellite imagery and video herehere and here.

Idaho to Establish Nation’s First “Dark Sky” Reserve — See Short Film on What Night Skies Can Look Like (The Washington Post, 10/13/17).

Italian Company Grants Woman “Pet Leave” to Care for Sick Dog — See Photo (The New York Times, 10/12/17)

Asteroid that Just Missed Us on This Pass, Will Come Closer Next Time, Could Hit 3rd Time Around  May not Miss Next Time (, 10/12/17).

10 Hurricanes in One Season Matches Historic Record for Atlantic (The New York Times,  10/11/17).

Gucci Says “No More Fur (EcoWatch, 10/11/17).

Puerto Rico Rain Forest Destroyed by Hurricane Maria — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/11/17).

Yellowstone Supervolcano Keeps Scientists Guessing about Next Big Blow — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 10/11/17).

Whew! Asteroid Gives Earth Close Shave but Not as Close as First Predicted — See Photos, Diagrams & Animation (EarthSky, 10/11/17). Read more, see more diagrams, animation and videos herehere. and here.

Spoon, Knife, Fork — Do Persimmon Seed Patterns Predict Winter Weather? See Images  (The Washington Post, 10/11/17).

Photographer Captures Rare Image of Thunderstorm Phenoema Called Red Sprites — See Photo (EarthSky, 10/11/17).

Researchers Unsettled, Mystified by Appearance of Massive Hole in Antarctic Ice Pack — See Images (Vice Motherboard, 10/10/17).

Florida County Citizens Oppose Aerial Spraying to Curb Post-Irma Mosquito Plague — See Photos & News Report (News4Jax, 10/9/17).

Researchers Track Rise, Fall of Coal-Fueled Air Pollution in Soot Trapped in Birds’ Breastfeathers  — See Photos (BBC News, 10/10/17).

Wildfires Rage in Northern California — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 10/9/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, herehere and here.

Study: Volcanic Eruptions Twice Blanketed Moon with Atmosphere — See Illo (Cosmos, 10/9/17). Read more, see more images here.

UK, Major Ivory Consumer, Proposes Banning Imports, Exports, Sales (EcoWatch, 10/6/17).

Nikon Announces Winners of Small World Photo Micrography Contest — See Images (The Atlantic, 10/5/17).

Convicts Prepare Wild Horses for Adoption in Nevada Prison Program — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 10/5/17).

Demand for Palm Oil Puts Farm Workers at Risk of Injury, Death from Encounters with Giant Pythons — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 10/4/17).

Scientists Unsure Why Sea Turtle Eggs Aren’t Hatching (Nature, 10/4/17).

Lake Erie Algae Blooms Becoming Bigger Problem, Potential Threat to Drinking Water Supply — See Photos (The New York Times, 10/3/17).

Don’t Miss the Harvest Moon — See Photos & Video (WSB-TV2, 10/4/17).

Tourists Come to See Wildlife in Amazon, Wildlife Pays the Price — See Photos (National Geographic, 10/3/17).

Scientists Propose Name for New Geological Epoch Marking How Humans Have Trashed Earth (AAAS Eureka Alert, 10/2/17). Read more here.

Nobel in Physics Goes to Scientists who Detected, Proved Existence of Gravitational Waves — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 10/2/17). Read more, see more photos and video, hear what a gravitational wave sounds like here.

Nobel in Physiology/Medicine Goes to Researchers Probing Biologic Roots of Circadian Rhythms — See Photos (The Conversation, 10/2/17).

Study: Meteorite May Have Delivered Building Blocks of Life to Earth (Newsweek, 10/2/17). Read more, see diagram here.

Study: Viewing Nature Photos, Videos Can Reduce Prisoner Stress (Desert News Utah, 10/1/17).

Scientific Expedition Explores Lost Continent of Zealandia — See Photos & Map  (EarthSky, 10/1/17).

September 2017

Alaska Resident Snaps Photos of Mama Lynx & 7 Kittens Visiting Porch — See Photos   (Boredpanda, 9/30/17).

Actor Harrison Ford Honored for Conservation Work — See Photos (The Washington Post, 9/29/17).

Bones of Stone Age Boy Found on S. African Beach Support Theory that Modern Humans Emerged Across Africa Earlier than Thought — See Photo & Diagram (COSMOS, 9/29/17).

1 Killed, 1 Injured in 2 Rockfalls in Yosemite — See Photos & Videos (SFGate, 9/29/17).

Study: Bedbugs Attracted to Dirty Laundry — See Photos & Video (The Telegraph, 9/28/17). Read more here.

2 Dead, More Infected with Flesh-Eating Bacteria Spread by Harvey Floodwaters — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/28/17).

Fish, Crustacean, Other Invaders Rafted Across Pacific to U.S. on Japanese Tsunami Debris — See Video (AAAS Eureka Alert, 9/28/17). Read more, see more photos and video herehere, here and here.

18 Natural Sites, Places, Formations We’ve Lost — See Photos (National Geographic, 9/28/17).

Giant Tree-Dwelling Rat Discovered in Solomon Islands Already Endangered (COSMOS, 9/28/17).

Scientists Try to Explain Piles of Dead Bees Under Linden Trees — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/27/17).

Stranded Baby Manatee, Orphaned by Irma, Taken to SeaWorld for Rehab (Naples Daily News, 9/27/17).

Conservationists Say Wildlife Service Plan for Preserving Wolf Population is Inadequate — See Photo (Science, 9/27/17).

The Underwater Image You Won’t Believe is Real & an Interview with the Photographer — See Photo & Video (National Geographic, 9/26/17).

Warning of Volcanic Eruption Prompts 75,000 to Leave Bali (SFGate, 9/26/17). Read more, see photos here and here.

Finding: Preserving Wetlands Protects Property from Storm Damage — See Photos & Graphs, Listen to Discussion (The Conversation, 9/26/17).

Theory: Meteor Impacts Created Earth’s Tectonic Plates — See Illos & Diagram (COSMOS, 9/26/17).

Algae Turns Chinese Salt Lake into Rainbow-Colored Tourist Draw — See Video  (National Geographic, 9/25/17).

Not Good: Giant Berg that Broke Off Anarctic Ice Shelf in July Now Drifting to Sea — See Images (EarthSky, 9/25/17).

Big Iceberg Cracks Off Fast-Melting Antarctic Glacier — See Photo (Gizmodo, 9/25/17).

Finding: Time Outdoors Reduces Risk of Nearsightedness in Children — See Diagram (The Conversation, 9/25/17).

Brazil Bows to Pressure, Drops Push to Open Amazon Reserve to Mining — See Photos & Video (Fortune, 9/25/17).

Finding: Panda Population Growing, Habitat Not Doing So Well — See Photos (Gizmodo, 9/25/17).

Hurricane Maria Destroyed Crops in Puerto Rico — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/24/17).

Woman Bitten by Venomous Copperhead Entering Virginia Restaurant — See Photo & Video ( News Channel 11, 9/24/17).

Fog Bows are Beautiful — See Photos (EarthSky, 9/24/17).

Where’s Washburn?  Pregnant Manatee Found Off MA, Returned to FL, Tracked to Bahamas Goes Missing — See Photos & Video (Cape Cod Times, 9/24/17).

Praying Matises Are Pretty Creepy! See Photos (The New York Times, 9/22/17).

Indiana U. Caving Club Leaves Student Behind, Locked in Cave for Almost 3 Days — See Video (U.S.News & World Report, 9/22/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

New Baby Rhino Sign that Species is Rebounding in India — See Video (EcoWatch, 9/22/17).

Orphaned Baby Elephants Need 24/7 Care — See Video (The New York Times, 9/22/17).

Baby Dragonflies Have a Big Bite — See Photos & Video (Mother Nature News, 9/22/17).

Researcher Suggests Dogs Recognize their Own Scent — See Video (The New York Times, 9/22/17).

Mexico City’s Location atop Dried-Up Lake Bed Bad Place to Be when Earthquake Strikes — See Animation & Diagrams (The New York Times, 9/22/17).

Meet Frida (as in Kahlo), 1 of 15 Dogs Helping Find People under Mexico City Earthquake Rubble — See Photos & Video (Upworthy, 9/22/17).

Study: Even Jellyfish Need Their Sleep — See Video (COSMOS, 9/22/17). Read more here.

Finding: Neanderthal’s Brain, Bigger than Ours, Took Longer to Grow — See Photo (The New York Times, 9/21/17). Read more here and here.

Trump’s Sec of Interior Wants to Open Pristine, Protected Pacific Islands to Commercial Fishing — See Photo (Science, 9/21/17).

Rare Wild European Bison Wanders into East German Town, Official Says “Shoot It” — See Photo (The New York Times, 9/21/17).

Study: Songs, Pop Culture Reflect Modern Alienation from Nature — See Photos, Graph, Listen to “Stardust (Greater Good, 9/20/17).

Autumn Equinox Arrives  Friday, 9/21 (EarthSky, 9/20/17).  Learn more herehere and here. See a NASA video of Earth tilting on its axis here. Find out how different cultures celebrate the equinox here. (EOS, 9/19/17).

Survey Finds Regional Gains, Losses in World’s Endangered Sea Turtle Populations (Science, 9/20/17).

Old News: Ducks Have Big Dicks / New News: Social Pressure Can Affect Size — See Photo (COSMOS, 9/20/17).  Learn more, see more photos here. Read the study here.

Wisconsin Farmer Turns Field into Intricate Corn-Maze Tribute to Fossils, Butterflies, Bees, Science — See Photo (Science, 9/20/17)

New Zealand Captive Breeding Bringing Back Endangered Kiwi — See Photo (The Atlantic, 9/20/17).

Researchers Find Evidence of Tsunami in Martinique Triggered by Historic Earthquake Off Portugal  — See Engraving and Map (Eos, 9/19/17).

Study: Long-Tailed Macaques Getting Too Good at Using Tools to Eat Shellfish on Thai Island (Science, 9/19/17). Read the study here.

Hurricane Maria Destroys Dominica, Restrengthens, Takes Aim at V.I, Puerto Rico — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 9/19/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Pacific Bluefin Tuna 97% Gone, Fishing Nations Finally Agree to Try to Save Species — See Photo (EcoWatch, 9/18/17).

Newly Discovered Comet C2017 O1 Visible through Mid-October — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 9/18/17). See more photos and diagrams here. Visit the comet’s webpage here.

Trump’s Sec of Interior Recommends Incursions on 10 National Monuments — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/18/17). Read more here. Read the full memo here.

Nat Geo Announces 2017 Nature Photographer of the Year Contest — See Photos, Learn How to Enter (National Geographic, 9/18/17).

Study: In Certain African Spider Colonies, Moms & Non-Moms Can Both Become Food for Babies — See Photos (COSMOS, 9/18/17). Find the study here.

B.C. Decision to Ban Trophy Grizzly Hunting Sparks Protest — See Photos (The Conversation, 9/17/17).

Big Cat Caught on Video in Indonesia Could be Javan Leopard or Tiger, First One Rare, Second Believed Extinct — See Image The New York Times, 9/15/17).

Cassini Spacecraft Ends 20-year Study of Saturn in Blaze of Glory — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 9/15/17). View a beautiful Nat Geo tribute here. See incredible images here.

NINYF*: Croc Grabs, Kills Young Journalist/Surfer in Sri Lanka — See Photos (The Guardian, 9/14/17).

Hubble Telescope Spots Distant Dark Planet that Doesn’t Reflect Light — See Illo (NASA, 9/14/17). Read more here.

Invasive Beatle Wiping Out Ash Trees in U.S., Millions Dead, 5 Species Close to Extinction — See Photo (TRIB, 9/14/17).

* Nature is Not Your Friend

Stranded Juvenile Great White Rescued, Released in Sydney — See Video (The Guardian,  9/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Sarasota Residents Rescue Manatee Stranded by Irma — See Video (CBS News, 9/11/17).

CDC: Petland Puppies Likely Source of Multi-State Outbreak of Bacterial Infection (Live Science, 9/11/17) Read more here and here.

Parents Sue Boy Scouts for Son’s Death during Arduous Hike in Texas (The Washington Post, 9/11/17).

Members of Uncontacted Tribe Killed by Gold Miners in Amazon — See Photo (The New York Times, 9/10/17).

Neuroscientist Presents More Evidence that Dogs, Other Animals, Have Feelings (National Geographic, 9/9/17).

People Scramble to Protect Animals in Hurricane’s Path — See Photos (The New York Times, 9/9/17).

Study: Tunnels Carved by Volcanic Steam under Antarctica’s Ice Could Harbor Unknown Life — See Photos & Video (International Business Times, 9/8/17). Read more, see another photo here.

Rare White (not Albino) Mother & Calf Giraffes Sighted in Kenya — See Video (Rainforest Trust, 9/7/17).

Study: Parasites are in Trouble, and, Yes, That’s Bad (The Guardian, 9/6/17). Read the study here.

Irma: Follow Her from Space — See Images & Video (The Washington Post, 9/6/17). See more images and video here and here.

Study: African Wild Dogs Vote by Sneezing — See Photo (COSMOS, 9/6/17). Read more, see video here. Read the study here.

Baby Mountain Gorillas Given Names in Annual Celebration in Rwanda — See Photos (The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, 9/5/17).

Study: Footprint Suggests Human Ancestor was Wandering Crete 6 Million Years Ago — See Photos (COSMOS, 9/4/17). Read the study, see more photos and diagrams here.

It’s Alive! Creepy Freshwater Blobs Moving West — See Photo & Video (Popular Science, 9/1/17).

Study: Human Antidepressants Showing Up at Troublesome Levels in Great Lakes Fish (USA Today, 9/1/17). Find the study here.

August 2017

More than 1,000 Dead, Millions Threatened by Flooding in India, Nepal, Bangladesh — See Photos (EcoWatch, 8/31/17).

Hurricane Harvey Brings Historic Flooding to Texas — See Photos (The Atlantic, 8/31/17).

Study: Asteroid Strike that Wiped Out Dinosaurs Plunged Earth into Darkness for 2 Years (, 8/31/17).

Latest Survey of Amazon Turns Up 381 New Species — See Photos (Phys.Org, 8/31/17). Read more, see more photos hereherehere. See video here.

Testosterone Fed to Farmed Tilapia Disrupting Wild Croc Sex Ratios, Who Knows What Else, in Costa Rica — See Photos & Video (Science, 8/30/17).

Pope Asks World Leaders to Heed Cries of the Poor & the Earth (The Washington Post, 8/30/17).

At Least 7 People Taken by Crocs while Fetching River Water in Rwanda (, 8/29/17).

Study: Some Trees Don’t Like to be Touched — See Photo (COSMOS, 8/29/17).

Wild Florida as a Native-Born Photographer Sees It — See Images (Unworthy, 8/28/17).

Arkansas May Ban Herbicide Linked to Widespread Crop Failures — See Video (EcoWatch, 8/28/17)

Family of 4 Rescued after Catamaran Wrecks on Pacific Reef (The Guardian, 8/28/17).

Biting Midge Viral Disease Spreading from Rural to Urban Areas in Brazil — See Photo (The New York Times, 8/25/17).

Facial Deformities in Wild Chimps, Baboons Linked to Farmer’s Pesticide Use in Uganda (The Verge, 8/25/17). Read more, see more photos here.

The Vistas of the Country of Georgia as Seen by Drone before Flying is Restricted — See Photos (The Atlantic, 8/24/17).

Study: Diamonds Could Fall Like Rain from Sky on Neptune, Uranus (The Guardian, 8/21/17). Read more here and here.

Divers Free Whale Sharks Tangled in Fishing Nets in Indonesia — See Video (National Geographic, 8/17/17).

July 2017
Jupiter's Red Spot, July 12, 2017 / Juno Cam, NASA Tom Momary / Click for more.

Baja’s Pink Mole: You Have to See It to Believe It — See Photo & Video (bioGraphic, 7/28/17).

Study: Half the Materials in Our Milky Way Came from Other Galaxies (Space Daily, 7/27/17). Read more, see images and video here, here and here.

Really Lucky Diver Has Encounter with Extremely Rare Megamouth Shark Off Indonesia’s Komodo Island — See Video (National Geographic, 7/26/17). Read more, see video and more photos here.

Study: Disparity in Atlantic, Pacific Ocean Temps Contribute to Drought, Wildfire Risk in Southwestern U.S. — See Graphs & Maps (Phys.Org, 7/26/17).

Astronauts Film Earth’s Northern Lights from Space — See Video (Newsweek, 7/26/17).

Study: More Comets Out There than Thought, and They’re Bigger, Too — See Photo (COSMOS, 7/26/17).

Whoopsie! Astronomers Detect Asteroid After It Gives Earth Close Shave (EarthSky, 7/25/17).

People of West Papua Love Their Whale Sharks — See Photos (The Atlantic, 7/25/17).

Behold the Beautiful Clear-Winged Butterfly — See Photo (COMMOS, 7/25/17).

Officials Suspect Cargo Ship Responsible for Plague of Paraffin Balls on Beaches in Northern France — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 7/24/17).

Study: Moon May Contain Water Deep in Core (, 7/24/17). Read more, see video here.

Fractals in Nature are Breathtaking — See Photos (COSMOS, 7/24/17).

Tesla Swaps Leather Car Seats for Earth-Friendly Synthetics — See Photo (electrek, 7/22/17).

October Asteroid Could Give Earth a Really, Really Close Shave — See Photos (EarthSky, 7/22/17).

9-Year-Old Boy Trips While Running in New Mexico, Discovers 1.2-Million-Year-Old Stegamastodon Skull — See Photos (SFGate, 7/20/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Trophy Hunters Killed Cecil the Lion in Zimbabwe, Now They’ve Killed Son Xanda, Too — See Photo (The Washington Post, 7/20/17).

Total Solar Eclipse Viewed from Space — See Video (The New York Times, 7/19/17).

Tiny Spider Shoots Silk Threads 82 Feet Across Stream — See Video (COSMOS, 7/19/17).

Study: Artifacts Indicate Aboriginal People Have Lived in Australia 65,000 – 80,000 Years — See Photos & Video (The Guardian, 7/19/17).

The Planet Is Drowning in Plastics — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 7/19/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

• “I Was Hit by Lightening”: Survivors Tell Their Tales — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/18/17).

Fire Ants — A Force to be Reckoned With! — See Photos & Videos (EarthSky, 7/18/17).

Giant Iceberg that Cracked Off Antarctica Starts Drifting Seaward — See Photo (BBC News, 7/17/17).

Pronking: Funny Word for Funny Animal Behavior — See Videos (EarthSky, 7/17/17).

Study: Space Test Suggests Tiny Little Critter Called Tardigrade Will Outlive Us All — See Videos (The Washington Post, 7/14/17). Read the study here.

Evidence Points to Unknown Planet at Edge of Solar System — See Diagrams (EarthSky, 7/14/17).

Study: Ravens Can Plan, Postone Gratification — See Video (Science Magazine, 7/13/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Sri Lankan Navy Rescues Elephant Swept 10 Miles Out to Sea — See Video (National Geographic, 7/13/17). Read more, see more video here.

Monkey Snaps Toothy Self-Portrait, Humans Fight Over Who Owns Rights — See Photo & Video (The Baltimore Sun, 7/13/17).

Woman Dies of Rare Tick-Borne Disease in Missouri — See Photo & Video (USA Today, 7/13/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Levels of Unregulated Chemical Rising in Atmosphere, Damaging Ozone — See Photo (EarthSky, 7/12/17).

Researchers Discover Burial Site Near Stonehenge 100s of Years Older than Stonehenge Itself — See Photo (BBC News, 7/12/17).

Juno Spacecraft Snaps Gorgeous New Photos of Jupiter’s Red Spot — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 7/12/17). See more images here.

Human Missteps Lead to Killing of Known Yellowstone Grizzly — See Photos (The Washington Post, 7/12/17).

One of Largest Icebergs Ever Recorded Cracks Off Antarctic Ice Shelf — See Maps & Photos (The New York Times, 7/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Audubon Announces Photo Contest Winners — See Images (The Atlantic, 7/11/17). See more photos here.

Belize Struggles to Protect Nassau Grouper Spawning Site from Poachers — See Photos, Maps  & Video (Hakai Magazine, 7/11/17).

Manta Rays Circle Feed Off Hawaii — See Video (National Geographic, 7/11/17).

5 Amazing Insects Inspire Human Tech — See Photos (COSMOS, 7/11/17).

Study: Species Decline Signals Approach of 6th Mass Extinction — See Photos (Mashable, 7/10/17). Read more here, here and here.

Lionfish Destroying Reefs in Cozumel — See Photos (Hakai Magazine, 7/7/17).

Corals Glow with Beautiful Colors for Practical Reasons — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/7/17).

Hydrologist, Member of Kamilaroi Tribe, Wants to Bring Aboriginal Wisdom to Water Management in Australia — See Photo (COSMOS, 7/7/17).

Cyclical Solar Sunspot Low Will Affect Earth’s Atmosphere, Systems — See Video (EarthSky, 7/7/17).

China Holds Goldfish Beauty Pageant — See Video (AOL.News, 7/6/17).

Study: Gene Mutation for Shortness, Arthritis May Have Helped Humans Survive Ice Age (The New York Times, 7/6/17).

Finding: Surface of Mars May be Toxic to Life (The Guardian, 7/6/17).

Full map of total solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, 2017 / NASA / Click for more.

Charleston SC Almost Booked Up for 8/21 Eclipse Viewing — See Video (Fortune, 7/6/17).

Pawnee Nation Suing Gas, Oil Industries for Damage Caused by Fracking-Caused Earthquakes — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 7/6/17).

Rare 5.8 Earthquake Hits Helena, MT — See Photos, Map & Video (Independent Record, 7/6/17). Read more, see more photos, maps, graphs and video here and here.

Leidenfrost Effect Explains Why Water Droplets Skitter on Hot Skillet — See Video (COSMOS, 7/6/17).

Anthropologist: Humans Are Taught  to Understand Numbers, Some Cultures Don’t — See Photo (COSMOS, 7/6/17).

Huge Berg Set to Break Off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf, Question is Where It Will Go — See Photos, Maps & Video (BBC News, 7/5/17). Read more, see more photos, maps and video here and here.

Hippos, Dolphins, Elephants All Have Ways of Protecting Selves from Sun — See Photos (AccuWeather, 7/5/17).

Study: Gigantic Croc Stalked Madagascar 165 Million Years Ago — See Model & Drawing (COSMOS, 7/5/17). Read more, see fossil photos and more models here and here. Read the study, see more fossil photos here.

Study: First Wave of Early Humans Left Africa for Europe 200,000 Years Earlier than Thought, Bred with Neanderthals, Disappeared — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/4/17).

Finding: Stars Speeding through Milky Way Came from Different Galaxy (Phys.Org, 7/4/17).

Study: Seawater Key to Process that Made Ancient Roman Concrete Impervious to Sea — See Photo (The Washington Post, 7/4/17).

Michigan Man Sets Garage on Fire Trying to Smoke Out Bees — See Photos (MLive, 7/4/17).

Elephant Poachers Discovered in Act, 1 Killed, 1 Captured in Zimbabwe — See Photos (National Geographic, 7/3/17).

Wet Spring, Soaked Ground Cause Worries about Mosquitoes, Diseases in Northeast — See Photos (Portland Press Herald, 7/3/17). Read more, see more photos and video here. See video here.

Earth at Farthest Distance from Sun Today — See Diagram (EarthSky, 7/3/17). Read more, see photo and video here.

Study: Fewer Fires, Reduced CO2 Emissions in African Regions Balance Increases in Northern Regions Due to Climate Change — See Photo & Map (COSMOS, 7/3/17).

6 Young Adults Live  Atop Hawaii Volcano in Conditions Simulating Life on Mars — See Video (The New York Times, 7/2/17).

Scientists Test Unproven Assumption that Pets, Therapy Animals Benefit People — See Photo & Videos (The Washington Post, 7/2/17).

NASA to Test System for Deflecting Asteroids — See Videos (International Business Times, 7/2/17).

Environmentalists Worry about Effects of Undersea Diamond-Mining Off Namibia, Elsewhere — See Diagram & Video (The Washington Post, 7/1/17).

NASA Maps Path of Total Solar Eclipse across U.S. — See Map & Videos (Kiro 7, 7/1/17). Read more here. See more maps and videos here. Visit NASA’s Official Eclipse 2017 site here.

June 2017

Border Collies Will Try to Sniff Out Amelia Earhart’s Bones on Pacific Island (LiveScience, 6/24/17).

Study: Undiscovered Mars-Size Planet May Be Lurking in Outer Solar System — See Illo (The Space Reporter, 6/24/17). Read more here and here.

Martha the Mastiff Wins California’s Ugliest Dog Contest — See News Report (ABC News, 6/24/17). Read more here. See more photos here. See video here.

• Earthquake Destroys Village in China — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 6/24/17). Read more, see more photos here. See news report here.

Rainbows Go Full Circle Below Horizon, Get Up High Enough & See — See Photos (EarthSky, 6/23/17)

Nile Crocodile Numbers Drop as Poaching Soars in Egypt — See Photo & Video (National Geographic, 6/23/17).

UNESCO: World’s Coral Reefs Could All Be gone by 2100 — See Photos (National Geographic, 6/23/17)

Study: Atmospheric Phenomenon Likely Cause of Ancient Reports of Strange Light Filling Night Darkness — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/23/17).

Yellowstone Grizzlies Taken Off Endangered List (LiveScience, 6/23/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Voracious Invasive Asian Carp Breach Electric Barrier Meant to Keep Them Out of Great Lakes — See Photo (Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, 6/23/17).

What Bird Flies Fastest? Depends on What You Mean by “Fly” — See Photo & Video (EarthSky, 6/23/17).

Study: Underwater Acoustic Surveys Kill Plankton, Building Block of All Ocean Life — See Photos (COSMOS, 6/23/17).

Researchers Develop Anti-Glare Cellphone Screen Coating Inspired by Moth Eyes — See Photo (NPR, 6/22/17). Read more, see more images here.

Report: What Birds’ Eggs Tell Us about Birds — See Photos (The Washington Post, 6/22/17).

Officials Warn about Dangers of Fire Ants, Alligators in Gulf Coast Areas Hit by T.S. Cindy — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 6/22/17).

Good News from NOAA: Coral Bleaching May Be Tapering Off — See Photos (EarthSky, 6/22/17).

16-Year-Old Boy Killed by Black Bear during Mountain Race in Alaska — See Video Report (The Washington Post, 6/22/17).

Inuit Demonstrates Dying Art of Igloo-Building — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 6/21/17).

Sylvia Earle, Other Ocean-Science Eminences Urge Australia to Halt CO2-Spewing Coal Mine Threatening Great Barrier Reef — See Photos & Video (The Guardian, 6/21/17).

Pit Bull Mauls 2 Young Children Strapped in Car Seats in PA (ABC News, 6/21/17). Read more here.

Lone Star Tick Bite Can Trigger Allergy to Red Meat — See Photo & Video (USA Today, 6/21/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Hawking: Humans Must Return to Moon, Use as Launchpad to Other Worlds (The Washington Post, 6/21/17).

Alligator that Washes Up on N. Carolina Beach, Beachgoers Happy to See It Saved — See Video (, 6/21/17).

Dog-Meat Ban Story Untrue, Chinese Festival Goes Forward — See Graphic Photos (BBC News, 6/21/17).

Animal Rescue Workers Release Rehabbed Orangutans in Borneo Rainforest — See Really Amazing Video (One Green Planet, 6/21/17).

Researchers Test How Mountain Lions React to Recorded Human Voices in Effort to Find Ways for Species Can Coexist — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 6/21/17).

Argument: Releasing White Doves at Weddings is Cruel to Birds (One Green Planet, 6/21/17).

2 Shipping Companies Pay Damages for Dumping Waste in Ocean (BlastingNews, 6/21/17).

Tropical Storm Cindy Aims for Gulf Coast — See Photos & Map (The New York Times, 6/21/17). Read more here.

Canadian Biologist Suspects Fish Don’t Just Make Noise, May Use Sounds to Communicate — Hear Recordings (Hakai Magazine, 6/21/17).

Watch Out for Brown Recluse Spiders, Their Bite Can Be Nasty — See Photo (EarthSky, 6/21/17).

Happy Summer Solstice! See Photos, Maps & Charts (The Washington Post, 6/21/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here. See the solstice from space here.

Scientists Worry that Bleeding Horseshoe Crabs of Blue Blood for Biomedical Research is Harming Species — See Video Report (Hakai Magazine, 6/20/17).

Expert: Climate Change Is Wiping Out Polar Bears, Quick Climate Action Only Hope — See Photos, Map & Chart (Unworthy, 6/20/17).

Family Sues N.C. Recreation Park Where Daughter Died of Brain-Eating Amoeba (The Washington Post, 6/20/17). Read more, see news reports here and here.

Solar Eclipse Coming on 8/21, Here’s How to Watch — See Photos, Diagrams & Videos (, 6/20/17). Read more, see more video here.

Meet Some of the Strange Creatures that Live in the Ocean’s Abyss — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 6/20/17).

Airlines Cancel Flights as Temps in Phoenix Climb Too High for Safe Operation — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 6/20/17). Read more, see more photos, maps and diagrams here. See news report here.

Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in Gulf — See Photos, Maps & Video (The Washington Post, 6/20/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Astronomers Keep Searching for New Planetary Home for Humans — See Video (The Washington Post, 6/19/17).

132-Year-Old Lobster Returned to Sea after 20 Years in L.I. Bar — See Photos (Atlas Obscura, 6/19/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NINYF*: 2nd Person Dies Seeking Treasure Hidden in Colorado Rockies — See Photo & Video (CBS News, 6/19/17). Read more here.

Study: As Nets, Insecticides Lose Effect, Light Could Offer Protection from Malaria-Carrying Mosquito — See Photo (COSMOS, 6/19/17).

Study: Modern Domestic Cats Mostly Descended from Egyptian Pets — See Photos, Map & Early Art (Science, 6/19/17). Read more here.

Study: Lightening More Powerful, Dangerous Over Ocean (Fox News, 6/19/17).

Indigenous Canadians Want Their River Back — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/18/17).

Young Man Dies Helping 2 Teen Girls Escape Rip Current Off N. Carolina Beach — See News Report (WNCT9, 6/18/17). See another news report here.

Ticks, Lyme More Prevalent in Northern Regions as Climate Warms — See Map & Photos (The Washington Post, 6/18/17).

21 PA Counties Monitoring for Mosquitoes that Carry Zika — See Photo & Map (LancasterOnline, 6/17/17).

Camden NJ to Fill Stagnant Ponds with Fish to Reduce Populations of Zika-, West Nile-Carrying Mosquitoes — See Video (Tech Times, 6/17/17).

Study: Multiple Factors Seem to Give Female Elk Edge in Avoiding Hunters (The New York Times, 6/15/17).

NINYF*: Virginia Restaurant Owner Dies during Ocean Swim in Bermuda (, 6/15/17).

Washington Man Knocked Off Fishing Boat by Big Wave Says Rescue Team Budget Cuts Could Have Cost His Life — See News Report (, 6/15/17).

Miami Dolphins Moves Florida Practice Session Away from Swarm of Bees — See Video (ESPN, 6/15/17).

Erendira Wallenda Hangs by Teeth Over Niagara Falls — See Photos & Video (People, 6/15/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Federal Judge Stalls Dakota Pipeline, Tells Army Corps of Engineers to Redo Environmental Impact Study (The Street, 6/15/17). Read more here and here.

UNESCO Lists 38 New World Heritage Sites, Grants U.S. Request to Cancel 17 American Listings — See Photos (National Geographic, 6/14/17).

Trip Camera Captures Night-Hunting Cougar Taking Down Deer in California — See Video (National Geographic, 6/14/17).

Phytoplankton Bloom Turns Black Sea Bright Turquoise — See Photos (NPR, 6/14/17). See more photos here.

Winners of Red Bull Action/Adventure Sports Photo Contest Announced — See Images (The Atlantic, 6/14/17).

Needle-Toothed Lizard Fish is Deepest-Dwelling Known Predator in Ocean — See Photos & Video (LiveScience, 6/14/17).

Netherlands Foundation Studies Which Countries Put Most Plastic in Oceans — See Photos, Map & Charts (Quartz, 6/14/17).

Finding: Massive Jupiter is Oldest Planet in Solar System — See Image (Gadgets 360, 6/14/17). Read more here.

Scientists Ponder Cold Spot in Sky: Could Collision with Parallel Universe Have Caused It? — See Images (COSMOS, 6/14/17).

Former Oxford Don Turned Millionaire Trampled to Death by Agitated Cows in East Sussex — See Photo (The Times, 6/14/17). Read more here.

Just How Beautiful Is the Red Planet? See for Yourself — Watch Video (COSMOS, 6/14/17). See more images here.

NINYF*: 2 Women in Critical Condition after Being Pulled from Water Off N. Jersey Beach — See News Report (, 6/14/17).

Scientists Stunned by Proliferation of Tropical Cone-Shaped Marine Creatures in Waters off Pacific Coast — See Photos & Videos (National Geographic, 6/13/17).

Time to Gear Up for Seeing, Documenting 8/21 Solar Eclipse — See Video (Newsweek, 6/13/17). Learn more here and here.

N. Dakota Sky Fills with Amazing, Undulating Sunset-Colored Clouds  — See Video (COSMOS, 6/13/17).

Man Caught with 500 Captured, Stolen Cats to be Sold, Slaughtered, Served as Food in China — See Graphic Photos (The Washington Post, 6/13/17).

Fungus Killing Rattlers, Other Snakes in 15 States — See Photo (National Geographic, 6/12/17).

NINYF*: 5-Year-Old Massachusetts Girl Bitten by Black Widow, Spider Not Common in State — See News Report (The Washington Post, 6/12/17).

NINYF*: Shark Bites Off N. Carolina Woman’s Arm as She Snorkels Shallow Reef in Bahamas — See Photos (Fox News, 6/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NINYF*: Queen Mary 2 Saves 73-Year-Old Sailor in Middle of Atlantic after Boat Battered by Hurricane — See Photos (New York Post, 6/12/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Young Woman Attacked by Rabid Raccoon while Running in Maine Woods (Village Soup, 6/12/17).

Poet Who Celebrated Natural World Dies at 101 — See Photo, Read Poems (The New York Times, 6/11/17).

Study: High Ocean-Acidification Hot Spots ID’d along West Coast — See Photos & Chart (Grist, 6/11/17).

Highly Contagious, Potentially Deadly Dog Flu Reported in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Texas (BABWNews, 6/11/17). See news report here.

Study: Pesticide Used to Fight Zika in Florida Tied to Developmental Problems in Babies in China — See Photo (Bradenton Herald, 6/8/17).

3-Year-Old Indiana Girl Dies of Misdiagnosed Tick-Borne Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever — See Photos & News Report (Today, 6/8/17). Read more, see another news report here.

Study: How to Tell Atlantic from Pacific Warty Octopus: One Is Wartier — See Photo (COSMOS, 6/8/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Mystery Finally Solved: Strange 1977 Space Signal Was Comet — See Photo (Phys.Org, 6/7/17).

The Kid Determined Clean Up Ocean Plastics Will Launch Project Next Year — See Photos & Video (Mother Nature Network, 6/7/17).

New Fossil Finding Suggests Humans Appeared Across Africa 100,000 Years Earlier than Thought — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 6/7/17). Read more, see more photos and video herehere and here.

Study: T. Rex Was a Scaly Critter After All — See Photo (The Washington Post, 6/6/17).

New Technology Creates Beautiful Sound Images of Ocean Floor — See Images (COSMOS, 6/6/17). See more images here.

Oldest Captive 2-Toed Sloth Euthanized at Age 43 at Australia Zoo — See Photo (Live Science, 6/6/17).

June 9 Full Moon, aka Strawberry Moon, Will Be Smallest, Farthest from Earth (Penn Live, 6/6/17).

Study: Hottest Planet Yet Discovered Heats Up to  7,770º F during Day, Has Strange Orbit, Possible Tail — See Illo (The Washington Post, 6/5/17). Read more, see animated video here.

Scientists Unsure What Caused Deep Pock Mark on Mars — See Photo & Video (, 6/5/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Avian Flu Outbreak in U.K. (Farmers Weekly, 6/5/17).

Gabon Announces Creation of Africa’s Largest Ocean Reserve — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 6/5/17).

Findings: Dog’s Sensitivity to Owner’s Emotions Can Be Used Help Humans, but Humans Also Need to be Sensitive to Dogs — See Photos (The New York Times, 6/4/17).

Canadian Man Keeps Mows Lawn in Shadow of Approaching Tornado — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 6/4/17).

Study: Salmon, Crabs among Species Endangered by Increasing Ocean Acidification along Pacific Coast — See Photos (CBC News, 6/4/17).

Join Global Celebration of World Environment Day June 1-12 — See Photos & Video (, 6/3/17).

Join Global Celebration of World Oceans Day June 8 — See Photos & Video (, 6/3/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

United Nation Convenes First Ocean Conference in NYC June 5-9 — See Photo & Video (, 6/3/17). Learn more here and here. Read about the sad state of the world’s oceans here and here. See photos and video here. Listen to the Secretary-General’s comments here.

31-Year-Old Climber Summits El Capitan without Ropes, Safety Gear — See Photos, Map & Videos (National Geographic, 6/3/17). See more photos here.

NINYF*: Post-Rains Bloom of Death Cap Mushrooms Poison 14 in California — See Photo (The Washington Post, 6/3/17).

Study: Demand May Soon Outstrip Supply of Phosphorus, Mined Almost Exclusively in Morocco — See Photos (COSMOS, 6/2/17).

Study: Giant, 12,000-Year-Old Craters on Arctic Sea Floor Created by Methane Gas Explosions Still Leaking Gas — See Photos & Video (, 6/2/17). Read more here. See more video here and here.

Crack in Antarctica’s Larson C Ice Shelf Grows 11 Miles in 6 Days, Will Soon Spawn World’s Largest Ice Berg — See Photos, Map & Video (Newsweek, 6/1/17). Read more here.

Hurricane Season Starts Today — See Forecast, Storm Names (The Washington Post, 6/1/17). Read more here.

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

May 2017

A Celebration of Clouds / NASA Earth Observatory

Dugong Population Rebounding, Booming in Australia… At Least For Now — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 5/31/17).

2 Cases of Encephalitis Caused by Tick-Borne Powassun Virus Reported in Maine — See Photos (Press Herald, 5/31/17).

NASA to Send Space Probe to Sun in 2018 — See Video (CNN, 5/31/17). Read more here and here.

Highly Contagious Dog Flu Hits Florida — See Video Report (Newsweek, 5/31/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.  See news reports here and here.

Scientists Find Faceless Fish, Other Strange Creatures In Deep Ocean Off Eastern Australia — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 5/31/17). Read more, see more photos here, here and here. See videos here and here.

New Species of Glass Frog Has Skin So Transparent You Can See Heart Beating — See Photos (COSMOS, 5/31/17).

• Kelvin Helmholtz Clouds Look Like Ocean Waves in the Sky — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/29/17).

Scientist Argues that Birds Have Sense of Beauty, Choose Beauty in Mates for Aesthetics Alone — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/29/17).

Volcanic Activity on Alaska’s Bogoslof Island Disrupts Air Travel — See Photo, Map & Video (CNN, 5/29/17). Read more, see more photos here. Visit Alaska Volcano Observatory website here.

Expert Abandon Hope of Saving Great Barrier Reef from Killing Effects of Rapid Climate Change — See Photos (Independent, 5/29/17). Read more, see more photos and video here. See news report here.

Great White Leaps into Fisherman’s Boat in Australia — See Photo & Video (BBC News, 5/29/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Floods, Mudslides Displace 1/2 Million People in Sri Lanka — See Video (The New York Times, 5/28/17). See news reports here, here and here.

Great White Attacks Kayak in Monterey Bay, Kayaker Escapes Unharmed — See Video (Daily Mail, 5/27/17).

2 Asteroids to Pass Close to Earth in Next Few Days — See Photos, Maps & Illos (EarthSky, 5/27/17).

Ebola Pops Up Again in Remote Part of Northern Democratic Republic of Congo (Fox News, 5/26/17).

Researcher Discovers that at Least One Snake Species Hunts in Packs — See Photo & Video (CBS News, 5/26/17). Read more here.

Searchers Find Coral-Encrusted WWII Bomber on Bottom of Ocean Off Papua New Guinea  — See Images (LiveScience, 5/26/17).

Young Siberian Tiger Found Wandering Vladivostok Rehabbed, Released into Wild — See Video (National Geographic, 5/26/17).

A Scientists Life in Antarctica: On Land, in the Air, and under Water — See Videos (The New York Times, 5/25/17).

Survey: U.S. Farmers Lost 1/3 of Honey Bees Last Year — and That’s an Improvement (, 5/25/17). Read more here.

Snake Fight! Black Mambas Tangle on S. African Golf Course — See Videos (National Geographic, 5/25/17).

NASA Spacecraft Discovers Huge Cyclones Clustered at Jupiter’s Poles — See Image (The Washington Post, 5/25/17). Read more, see more images of Jupiter here. See video here.

Students Send Photo Requests to NASA’s Sally Ride EarthKAM, Beautiful Images Result — See Photos (COSMOS, 5/25/17). Learn more, see more images here.

NOAA Predicts 11-17 Storms This Hurricane Season, Other Sources Predict Fewer — See Photos, Charts & Video (USA Today, 5/25/17). Read more, see more photos, charts and video here, here and here. See NOAA 2017 season prediction video here. Learn more about NOAA Hurricane Hunters and see videos of planes flying into hurricanes here.

Beach Dr. Rates Florida’s Siesta Key Beach #1 of top 10 in U.S. — See Photos (Herald-Tribune, 5/25/17). See photos of all top 10 beaches here.

Standing on 1 Leg a Cinch for Flamingos — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/24/17).

Cassini Captures Color Change at Saturn’s North Pole on Summer Solstice, a Once-Every-15-Earth-Year Event — See Images (NASA JPL, 5/24/17).

People Who Dumped Iron in Pacific Off British Columbia Promising Benefits that Never Came Gearing Up for 2nd Dump Off Coast of Chile (Nature, 5/23/17).

Photo Portfolio: Humans Built It, Abandoned It, Nature Took Over — See Photos (The Atlantic, 5/24/17).

Major Landslide Buries Coastal Stretch of Highway 1 in Big Sur — See Map & Video (The Mercury News, 5/23/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Young Elephant Blocks Road in India with Spontaneous Game of Kick the Can — See Video (One Green Planet, 5/23/17).

Photographer Shares 360º View from Top of Block Island Wind Farm Turbine — See Video (The New York Times, 5/23/17).

Scientists Studying Earthquakes Gain Insights to How, Why Earth’s Magnetic Fields Sometimes Switch (COSMOS, 5/23/17).

Study: Sherpas Supremely Adapted on All Levels to High-Altitude Living (COSMOS, 5/23/17).

Other Stars Have Names, Why Not Our Sun? (Earth, 5/22/17).

New Weather Buoy in Measures Near-Record 64′ Wave in Southern Ocean — See Photo & Map (USA Today, 5 22/17). Learn more, see more photos, charts and video here.

Slow-Mo Camera Captures Lovely, Origami-ish Way Ladybugs Fold Wings — See Video (National Geographic, 5/22/17).

Elephant Hunter Crushed to Death in Zimbabwe when Elephant Falls on Him after Being Shot — See Photos (One Green Planet, 5/22/17). Read more here and here.

7-Million-Year-Old Jawbone Challenges Ideas about When, Where Humans Diverged from Apes — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/22/17). Read more, see video report here.

NINYF*: Sea Lion Pulls Girl into Water in British Columbia — See Video (SBNation, 5/21/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Scientists Drilling on New Zealand Fault Discover New Hot-Water Energy Source — See Photo (CBS News, 5/18/1). Read more, see map and video reports here.

Researcher Studies Orangutan Teeth to Learn How Long Moms Nurse Babies; Answer: More than 8 Years — See Diagram, Photo & Video (Science News, 5/17/17). Read more, see another video report here.

China to Ban Sale of Dog Meat at Annual Dog-Killing/Dog Meal Sale Festival (Humane Society International, 5/17/17).

Study: S. African Fossil Find Suggests Another Human Species Coexisted with Early Homo Sapiens — See Photo & Diagram (EarthSky, 5/17/17).

New Zealand’s Tuatara Looks Like a Lizard, Can Live to 100, Only Known Species of Its Kind — See Photos, Diagrams & Video (COSMOS, 5/17/17).

Finding: Human Sense of Smell Not as Bad as We’ve Been Taught to Believe (Los Angeles Times, 5/11/17). Read more, see graph and video here.

Flame-Retardant Chemicals Used in Homes Tied to Hyperthyroidism in Cats — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/16/17).

Essay: The Wonderful, Liberating Truth — Animals Exist for Themselves, Not for Us (The New York Times, 5/16/17).

Big Fin of Probably-Not-a-Shark Swimming around Illinois Retention Pond — See Photo (The Herald-News, 5/16/17).

Study: Henderson Island in Pitcairns Ground Zero for Drifting Ocean Plastic — See Photo (COSMOS, 5/16/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: If Dinosaur-Destroying Asteroid Had Hit Deeper Water, Dinosaurs Might Have Survived — See Photos, Map & Illo (BBC NEWS, 5/15/17)

New Fossil Find Suggests Life Began 580 Million Years Earlier than Thought in Land-based Hot Springs vs. Sea — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/15/17).

Ancient Burial Site Filled with Mummies Discovered South of Cairo — See Photos (, 5/14/17). Read more, see more photos here and here. See video here.

Russia’s Lake Baikal, World’s Oldest, Deepest, Threatened by Proposed Hydroelectric Dams — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/13/17).

Australia’s Disappearing Giant Cuttlefish Gather Each Year for Mating Ritual in Southern Gulf — See Photos (bioGraphic, 5/12/17).

Virginia Man Gets Rabies from Dog Bite in India (The Virginia-Pilot, 5/12/17). Read more here.

Yellowstone’s Only White Wolf, an Alpha Female, Illegally Shot — See Photo (The New York Times, 5/12/17).

Researcher Contends Prairie Dogs Have Surprisingly Sophisticated Language — See Photos & Video, Listen to Calls (The New York Times, 5/12/17).

Best Desert Super Bloom in 20 Years Draws Writer to Magical Oasis — See Photos (Mother Nature Network, 5/12/17).

New Ebola Outbreak Reported in Remote Northern Region of D.R.C. — See Photo & Map (The Washington Post, 5/12/17). Read more here and here. See video report here.

Astonishingly Well Preserved Dinosaur Found in Alberta — See Photos, Illo & Video (Science Alert, 5/12/17). Read more, see more photos and videos here.

Copter Patrol to California Paddleboarder: You Are Surrounded by Great Whites — See Videos (The Washington Post, 5/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Finding: Human Sense of Smell Compares Well to Other Animals — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/11/17). Read more here and here. See video here.

Google Earth Offers Bird’s Eye View of Humanity’s Effects on Mexican Landscape — See Images (The Atlantic, 5/11/17).

Texas Nature-Lover Puts Camera in Bucket of Water, Spies on Critters that Come to Drink — See Video  (Boredpanda, 5/8/17).

Once-Desolate Volcanic Island Now Green with Life — See Video (National Geographic, 5/8/17).

They’re Called Noctilucent, or Night-Shining, Clouds… and They’re Beautiful — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 5/8/17).

Photographer Captures Beauty of  China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region as Government Begins Same Destruction Inflicted on Tibet  — See Photos (The Atlantic, 5/8/17).

Researcher: Studies Show Good Nature News Inspires People to Action, Bad News Makes Them Shut Down (Phys.Org, 5/8/17). Read good news about species thought extinct that were rediscovered here. Read more and see more videos about good things people are doing for the earth here.

Skywatchers Snap Beautiful Images of Jupiter & Moon — See Photos (RT, 5/8/17).

Cassini Makes 2nd Dive Through Saturn’s Rings — See Photos & Video (SFGate, 5/7/17).

Another Invasive Fish Threatens Great Lakes — See Photo (TV 6, 5/7/17).

85-Year-Old Nepali Climber Dies Trying to Reclaim Title of Oldest to Summit Everest — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/6/17).

Conservationists Worry Pollution from Huge Mine Operation Will Be Final Death Knell for Great Barrier Reef — See News Report (Aljazeera, 5/6/17).

Researchers Capture First Footage of Physical Battle between Male Cuttlefish — See Video (The New York Times, 5/5/17).

Leopard Sharks Dying In Large Numbers in San Francisco Bay…Again — See Photos (, 5/5/17).

Scientists Debate if Chinese Fossil is World’s Oldest Animal Life as Rocks Filled with Other Specimens Fall to Mining — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/5/17).

Oregon Beach-Walker Watches Pacific Razor Clam Do Disappearing Act  — See Video (Mother Nature Network, 5/5/17).

Ecuadorian Bird One of Many that Select Mates with Traits that Reduce rather than Enhance Chances of Survival  — See Photo & Video (The New York Times, 5/5/17).

Beijing, Northern China Hit by Major Dust Storms — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/5/17).

Researchers Decipher How Oval Squid Communicate through Movement, Body Posture, Skin Patterns — See Photo (COSMOS, 5/5/17). Find full study with photos and video clips here.

Study: Tagging Birds with Geolocators May Be Good for Saving Species, Not So Good for  Tagged Birds — See Photo (COSMOS, 5/5/17).

3 Young Men Break into Nature Center, Steal Young Alligator in Arkansas — See News Report (, 5/5/17).

Researchers Discover Sharks Living in Underwater Volcano in Pacific, Return in Tiny Boat, Send Robot to Get Blown Up — See Video (National Geographic, 5/5/17).

NINYF: Scottish Surfer Swept to Sea, Rescued after 32 Hours Clinging to Board — See Photos & Videos (BBC News, 5/4/17).

On Discovery Channel: Friend of Late Astronaut Searches Ocean Bottoms with Space Maps, Claims to Find Christopher Columbus’s Anchor — See Photo & Video Clip (Newsweek, 5/4/17).

NASA Looks at Clouds from Both Sides Now — See Video (, 5/4/17). See more NASA cloud photos here.

Study: Noise Pollution Infiltrating National Parks, Other Protected Zones — See Photos & News Report (9News, 5/4/17). Read more, see more photos and map here.

Expert Climber Sees Crowds of Amateurs on Everest as Tragedies Waiting to Happen — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/3/17).

Finding: Pretty, Pinkie-Sized Zooplankton in Big Mucous Bubbles Could Be Key to Clearing Carbon from Ocean — See Video (The New York Times, 5/3/17).

Stephen Hawking: Humans Need to Get Off Earth in Next 100 Years to Survive — See Photo & Video (Newsweek, 5/3/17).

Health Alert: Cases of Tick-Borne Disease Worse than Lyme on Rise — See News Report (, 5/3/17). Read more, see photos and maps here and here. See news reports here and here. Get CDC info on the new virus here.

Ivanka Quotes Jane Goodall in Book, Goodall Responds: “Help Us Protect the Planet” — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 5/3/17).

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

ScienceCasts: Close Approach Comets / ScienceAtNASA

Close-Approach Comets 2017-18: 2 Down, 1 to Go — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 5/3/17). See more NASA Sciencecasts here.

About Supervolcanoes: Just Hope Yellowstone Doesn’t Blow — See Video (COSMOS, 5/3/17).

Report: Rift in Larson C Antarctic Ice Shelf Widens, Branches Toward Coast, Huge Chunk to Break Off Soon — See Photo & Diagram (The Washington Post, 5/2/17). Read more, see more images here. See video report here.

Wildlife Rescue Unit Saves Giraffe Hit with Poison Arrow in Kenya — See Photos (One Green Planet, 5/2/17).

Study: Invasive Crayfish Feed on Invasive Mussels in Great Lakes, Native Crayfish In Decline — See Photos (Great Lakes Echo, 5/2/17).

World Meteorological Organization Adds New Type of Cloud to Official List — See Video (COSMOS, 5/2/17). See another photo here.

Win for Polar Bears: Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Challenge to Protection of Habitat (The Hill, 5/1/17). Read more here and here.

Increased Hunting Near Yellowstone Threatens Wolf Packs, Researchers who Study Them, Tourists who Pay to See Them — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/1/17).

NINYF*: Shark Takes Back of Woman’s Leg Off during Evening Swim Off San Onofre, CA — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 5/1/17).

NINYF*: Famed Mountain Climber Falls to Death in Nepal — See Photo & Insane Video (The Washington Post, 5/1/17). Read more, see another photo here.

Block Island Now Gets All Its Power from Offshore Wind Farm (The Washington Post, 5/1/17).

Not Tonight, Dear: Female Dragon Flies Play Dead to Avoid Amorous Males — See Photo, Listen to Audio Report (University Herald, 5/1/17).

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

April 2017

Earth photographed from the Moon by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, October 12, 2015 / NASA, GSFC, Arizona State U., The Atlantic / Click for more.

Gardening Expert: Plants Do Best in Gardens that Mimic How They Grow in Wild  — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/30/17).

China’s Fishing Fleet Destroying Fish Stocks in Senegal, Putting Philippine Fisherman Out of Work — See Photos & Videos (The New York Times, 4/30/17).

Study: Antarctica’s Blood Falls Gets Color from Brine — See Photos (, 4/30/17). Read the study, see more photos and diagrams here.

Nature Cam Captures Footage of Extremely Rare Amur Leopard & Cubs in Russian Reserve — See Video (National Geographic, 4/28/17).

Tibetan Adaptions to High-Altitude Living Partially Gift of Denisovan Ancestor Gene — See Photo (COSMOS, 4/28/17).

Keys to Brown Pelican Diving Skills: Good Form, Air Pouches, Sleek Beak, More — See Photos & Video (mother nature network, 4/28/17).

Study: Earliest Horse Breeders Selected for More Milk, Stronger Forelimbs, Coat Color — See Photo (COSMOS, 4/28/17). Find the study here. See more photos, read more about early domestication and breeding of horses here.

Cassini Sends Images from Final Dives into Saturn’s Rings — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/28/17). Read more, see more photos, video and diagrams hereherehere, here, and here. Listen to audio files herehere and here.

Study: Manatee Whiskers Are Super Sensitive, Body Hair’s Sensitive, Too — See Photos (Hakai, 4/27/17).

New Method of Extracting Human DNA from Cave Dirt Gives Scientists New Ways to  Track, Study Early Ancestors — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/27/17).

Artist Imagines What Future National Park Posters Will Look Like if We Don’t Fight to Protect Public Lands — See Posters (NRDC, 4/26/17).

Trump Jr. Shoots Prairie Dogs with Montana’s Republican Candidate for Congress  (Daily Kos, 4/26/17).

Study: Current Theory of What Dictates Size, Strength of Tsunami is Incomplete  — See Photo & Video (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4/26/17). Read more, see another photo and diagram here.

Expert Opinion: Nature Documentaries Not 100% Real but Real Enough — See Video (PetaPixal, 4/26/17).

Offspring of World’s Largest-Known Rabbit Dies on United Flight from London to Chicago — See Video Report (USA Today, 4/26/17). Read more here.

Mesmerizing Reminder: It’s Not Stars that Move at Night, It’s Earth that Turns — See Video (COSMOS, 4/26/17).

Study: Common Murre Seabird Couples Have Good Co-Parenting  Skills — See Photo (COSMOS, 4/26/17).

600-Year-Old White Oak Dies, Cut Down in New Jersey, 16-Year-Old Offspring Takes Its Place — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/25/17).

Saving Orangutans Complicated Business in Borneo — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/25/17).

World’s Last Male Northern White Rhino Too Old to Make Babies without Help — See Photo (Palm Beach Post, 4/25/17). See video report here.

Fatal Shark Attack Off South Australia Renews Calls for Culling, Other Methods for Reducing Risk — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/25/17).

Report Timed to World Penguin Day Says 2 of 5 Species in Rapid Decline — See Photos (EarthSky, 4/25/17).

Whistleblower Awarded $1 Million for Exposing Cruise Ship Intentional Polluting Practice — See Photo (BBC News, 4/25/17). Read more, see more photos here.

California Desert Bloom Sparks Appreciation for Fascinating Cactuses — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 4/24/17).

Yay or Yuck? Researchers ID Caterpillar that Eats Plastic — See Photos (Gizmodo, 4/24/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

After 13 Years Orbiting, Photographing Saturn, Spacecraft Cassini Begins Final Swings — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 4/24/17). Read more, see more photos and videos here, here, herehere and here.

Our Precious Earth & Amazing Moon, Even More Beautiful from Space — See Photos (The Atlantic, 4/24/17).

Astronauts, Earthlings Document Beautiful New Aurora Phenomenon — See Photos & Video (Wired, 4/24/17). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

Reports Timed to World Malaria Day Pinpoint Progress, Problems Fighting Killer Disease — See Photos (UN News Centre, 4/24/17).

Study: Nasty  Stinging Jellyfish Showing Up Off U.S. East Coast — See Photo (COSMOS, 3/24/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Meteors, the Moon, Venus — Night Heavens Were Beautiful This Weekend — See Photos (EarthSky, 3/23/17).

Kenya Drought Amplifies Tensions between Herders, Landowners, Conflicts Turn Violent (The Washington Post, 4/23/17). Read more, see more photos here and here. See news reports here and here.

Get Smart, See More, Start Turning Out Lights at Night during International Dark Sky Week (International Dark Sky Association).

Scientists, Supporters March for Facts, Knowledge, Truth — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 4/22/17). Read more, see more photos and video herehere, here and here.

Earth (white speck) and Moon (invisible to left of Earth) photographed by Cassini spacecraft from between Saturn's rings, April 12, 2017 / NASA JPL / Click for more.

Earth Day Photo Portfolio: Images of Our Beautiful Planet — See Photos (EarthSky, 4/22/17).

Hope for Clear Skies: Lyrid Meteor Shower at Peak Tonight (, 4/22/17).

Study: Hobbit-Sized Homo Floresiensis Not Related to Modern Human Ancestors — See Model (Tech Times, 4/22/17). Read more, see more photos and video report here.

Jane Goodall: More We Learn about Chimps, More Human-Like They Seem — See Photos (COSMOS, 4/21/17).

Space Junk: Depressing, Dangerous Problem — See Photos & Video Report (The Washington Post, 4/21/17). Read more, see more images here and here.

California Goes from Drought to Most Rains Ever Recorded — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/21/17).

Earth Day 2070-2017: What Has Changed / American Museum of Natural History

• Earth Day NYC: Here’s What’s Going On (Curbed New York, 4/21/17). Learn more herehereherehere and here.

Essay: Cape Cod Bay Especially Magical This Time of Year (Wicked Local Cape Cod, 4/21/17).

Night Surfing: Escaping the Crowds is Only Part of the Draw — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/21/17).

Ruling: Petco Not Responsible Boy’s Death from Rat-Bite Fever Contracted while Petting Store Rat — See News Report (Fortune, 4/21/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Photographs Earth & Moon from Between Saturn’s Rings — See Photos (NASA JPL, 4/20/17). Read more, see more photos, diagrams and video here.

• Earth Day Tributes: Love and Laments for a Threatened Planet (The New York Times, 4/20/17).

Champion Bird Watcher Noah Stryker Shares Exploits, Offers Tips — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/20/17).

One of Record Number of Early Icebergs Grounds, Draws Gawkers to Newfoundland Town — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/20/17).

Study: Naked Mole Rats Survive on Low, No Oxygen by Switching from Glucose- to Fructose-Based Metabolism — See Photo, Listen to Radio Report (NPR, 4/20/17). Read more, see more photos here and here. See video report here.

Hawaii Experiencing Spike in Rat Lungworm Disease — See Photos & Video Report (The Washington Post, 4/20/17).

Study of Cute Mouse Suggests Monogamy, Good Parenting in Mammals is Genetic Trait — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/19/17).

Researchers Discover Network of Lakes, Flowing Water in Antarctica, Worry about Destabilizing Effects on Ice Shelf — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/19/17). Read more, see maps and diagrams here.

Study: Currents Carrying Plastics from North Atlantic to Arctic, Levels Likely to Increase — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/19/17). Read more, see photos, videos and diagrams here and here. Read the study here.

Can Scientists Protect Earth from Major Asteroid Hit? Not Yet, but NASA’s Working on It — See Photos & Video (Quartz, 4/19/17).

Fighting Malaria an Endless Struggle in Papua New Guinea — See Photos (COSMOS, 4/19/2017).

Scientists Reconstruct Face of Thai Woman who Lived More Than 13,000 Years Ago  — See Image & Diagram (Phys.Org, 4/18/17).

NASA Document Huge Size of California Snow Pack — See Image (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4/18/17).

Mountain Lion Snatches Dog from Woman’s Bedroom in California — See Video (The Washington Post, 4/18/17).

Google Launches New Google Earth with Jazzy Features — See Images (Search Engine Land, 4/18/17). Read more, see more images and video here. Visit Google Earth here.

Big Snows Mean Big Whitewater Rafting in Colorado — See Photo (The New York Times, 4/18/17).

Last 2 wolves on Isle Royale National Park, Michigan, February 27, 2017 / Rolf Peterson, Michigan Tech, Michigan Radio / Click for more.

Michigan Weighs Adding Wolves to Island to Control Moose Population— See Photo, Hear Radio Report (Michigan Radio, 4/18/17). Read the full report, see more photos here.

What Happens when EPAs Get Gutted? Ask N. Carolina what Duke Did to its Water (The Atlantic, 4/18/17).

Officials Suspect Puerto Rico Under-Reporting Zika Births (Lancaster Online, 4/18/17). Read more here.

Study: Zika RNA Found in 2nd, Common Mosquito (Florida Trend, 4/18/17).

Scientists-Artists Celebrate, Enhance, Magnify Beauty of Human Brain — See Images & Video (Unworthy, 4/17/17). Learn more here.

Big Asteroid Passes Earth Wednesday Morning, Close but Not Too Close — See Animation (Earth Sky, 4/17/17). Read more, see photos and videos here herehere, here and here.

Scientists Study First Live Specimen of Fascinating, Ugly Giant Shipworm — See Video & Diagram (The Washington Post, 4/17/17). Read more here and here. Read the study, see more diagrams here.

Pruitt Pushes Trump’s Back-to-Coal Agenda at Mine Owned by Company that Wants Out of Coal (The New York Times, 4/17/17).

BP, of Deepwater Horizon Infamy, Having Well Problems on Alaska’s North Slope (The New York Times, 4/16/17).

Arizona Evangelicals Proselytize for Saving Colorado River — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/16/17).

Yellow Fever Killing Monkeys in Brazil, Panicked Villagers Killing More (The Washington Post, 4/15/17).

April the Giraffe Finally Has Baby at New York Animal Park — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/15/17). Read more, see more photos and video here. Watch live giraffe cam here.

Collective Stages, Documents  First Political Protest in Space — See Video (The Washington Post, 4/14/17).

Wind Power about to Turn Profitable in Northern Europe (The New York Times, 4/14/17).

Humans Have Always Thrown Stuff into Yellowstone Geysers — See Photos (Atlas Obscura, 4/14/17).

Save the Super-Strange-Looking Pink Fairy Armadillo! — See Photo (Care2Petitions, 4/14/17). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Satellite Captures Before/After Images of California’s Post-Drought Superbloom — See Images (EarthSky, 4/13/17).

Elk Hunter Finds Major New Marine Fossil in Montana — See Photos (Phys.Org, 4/13/17).

Finding: Subsurface Ocean on Saturn’s Moon Enceladus Could Sustain Life — See Photos (BBC News, 4/13/17). Read more, see video reports here and here. See more photos, video and diagrams here. Read the scientific paper here.

International Effort Yields Possible First Images of Black Hole — See Photos, Rendering, Diagram & Map (National Geographic, 4/13/17).

Then the Rains Came: Photographer Shares Before/After Photos of California Sites During, After Drought — See Images (The Atlantic, 4/12/17).

Sub-Saharan Termite-Hunting Ants Rescue Injured Comrades — See Photo & Video (The Verge, 4/12/17). Read more, see more photos and video here. See video report here.

Elephants Make Quick Work of New Self-Awareness Test — See Video (The Washington Post, 4/12/17).

Kenya’s Masai Forge New Relationship with Lions —  See Photos (bioGraphic, 4/11/17).

Photographer Shares First Images of South Pole Winter Auroras — See Photos (EarthSky, 4/11/17).

Study: Comb Jellies Beat Out Sponges as Oldest Form of Animal Life — See Photo (COSMOS, 4/11/17).

Kayak Instructor Reviews Safety after Kayaker Found Dead Off Sanibel FL — See Video Report (Fox 4, 4/10/17).

Sea Cucumber, March 24, 2017 / NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, Discovering the Deep: Exploring Remote Pacific MPAs / Click for more.

Ft. Meyers FL Businesses Worry about Tourism-Dampening Effects of Traffic, Water Quality — See News Report (Fox 4, 4/10/17).

Study: Native Americans in Southwest Imported, Cared for, Plucked Feathers from Scarlet Macaws — See Photos (Nature, 4/10/17).

Study: Elephantiasis in Uganda’s Western Highlands Caused by Walking Barefoot on Volcanic Soil — See Photo (Healio, 4/10/17). Read more, see other photos here and here.

Kazakh Herder Wants China to Give Back Big Meteorite — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/8/17).

Big Asteroid Passing Close but Not Too Close to Earth on 4/19 — See Diagrams & Video (EarthSky, 4/8/17). Read more here and here.

• Experts: Globalization, Climate Change Helping Spread Snail-Borne, Brain-Invading Parasite (Gizmodo, 4/8/17). Read more, see photos and diagrams hereherehere and here. See news report here.

Hubble Takes Photos of Jupiter as Earth Passes between Planet and Sun — See Image (EarthSky, 4/7/17).  See more images here and here. See video report here.

Six Years of Drought Officially Over for Most of California — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/7/17).

Trump Takes First Steps to Allow Drilling in Arctic, Atlantic Coast (The Washington Post, 4/7/17).

No Elephants, No Audience, Ringling Circus Prepares to Close — See Video (The New York Times, 4/7/17).

Wildfire Burns Thousands of Acres in Everglades — See Photos & News Report (Miami CBS Local, 4/7/17).

Other Captive Giraffes Give Birth as April Keeps Fans Waiting — See Videos (The Kansas City Star, 4/7/17).

NASA Invites Earthlings to Adopt the Planet for Earth Day (NASA, 4/6/17). Get started here.

Squid RNA/DNA Favors Rapid Adaption over Gradual Evolution — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/6/17). Read more, see video here.

Analysis of Newly Discovered Giant Viruses Renews Debate on How Viruses Arose — See Animated Video (Nature, 4/6/17).

On Patrol with Special Ops Unit in Brazil’s Amazon Forest — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/6/17).

New, Unwelcome, Mucus-Shooting Species of Worm-Snail Colonizes Sunken Wreck in Florida Keys — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/6/17).

South African Court Legalizes Domestic Trade in Rhino Horns — See Photo (The New York Times, 4/5/17).

Expert: Beauty, Diversity, Desirability of Shells Put Cowries at Risk of Extinction — See Photos & Video Report (The Washington Post, 4/5/17).

Everglades Python Hunters Proud of Catching, Not Happy about Killing 15-Foot Snake — See Photos & Video Report (ABC 13 News, 4/5/17). Learn more about the Everglades Python Hunt here.

California Drought Ends with Glorious Desert Superbloom — See Photos (EarthSky, 4/5/17).

• ESA Astronaut Captures Beautiful Image of Earth’s Auroras from Space — See Photo (The Mercury News, 4/5/17).

Keystone Pipeline Shut Down Due to Canadian Leak as Company Pursues New Pipeline Project (National Observer, 4/4/17).

Researchers to Probe Italy’s Volcanic Lake Nemi for Emperor Caligula’s 3rd Lost Pleasure Ship — See Photos and Video (The Washington Post, 4/4/17).

NOAA Remote-Operated Sub Explores Deep-Ocean Life Off Samoa — See Photos (Upworthy, 4/4/17). Learn more, see more photos and video here.

59.6 Carat Pink Diamond Sells for Record $72.2 Million — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 4/4/17). Read more, see more photos here.

European Space Agency Captures Image of Cyclone Debbie Hitting Australia — See Photo (COSMOS, 4/4/17).

New Book Celebrates Diversity of Owls — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/3/17).

Surfer-Scientist Swabs from Fellow Surfers for Signs of Ocean-Borne Antibiotic-Resistant Microbes — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/3/17).

Scientific First: Badger Buries, Build Den Next to Carcass of Dead Calf — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/3/17). See more video here.

Photographer Joins NASA Scientists on Aerial Arctic Ice Survey — See Photos (The Atlantic, 4/3/17)

Researcher Figures Out How Flocks of Bird Change Direction So Fast — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 4/2/17).

Mudslide in Colombia Kills 230 — See Photos, Map & Video (The New York Times, 4/1/17). Read more, see more video here. See news report here.

Hiker Gets Praise, Criticism for Rescuing Half-Dead Bear Cub — See Photos (The Washington Post, 4/1/17).

March 2017

Enhanced Junocam Image of Jupiter's Dark Spot, February 2, 2017 / NASA/JPL-Caltech, SwRI, MSSS, Roman Tkachenko / Click for more.

Manatees Downgraded from Endangered to Threatened — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 3/31/17). Read more, see more videos here.

Take Photos, Unscrew Jars, Squeeze Through Tiny Holes, It’s Amazing What Octopuses Can Do — See Videos (EarthSky, 3/31/17).

Report: Seahorse Bycatch May Be Wiping Them Out, Same May Be True of Other Small Fish — See Photo (Hakai, 3/30/17).

• Is Tasmanian Devil Still  Out There? — See Photos, Listen to Radio Segment (, 3/30/17). Read more, see another photo and hear another radio segment here.

Study: Tiny Blennies Pack Big, Venomous Bites — See Photos (Gizmodo, 3/30/17).

NASA Depends on Amateur Astronomers to Turn Raw Images of Jupiter into Art — See Images (News Ledge, 3/30/17). Read more, see more images here.

London Man Killed by Pet Dog that Had Attacked Before (The Washington Post, 3/30/17).

• U.S. Bought Alaska from Russia 150 Years Ago Today — See Slide Show (The Atlantic, 3/30/17).

Study: Tyrannosaur Had Super-Sensitive Organs in Snout for Detecting Prey, Other Life Tasks — See Photo & Diagrams (Gizmodo, 3/30/17). Read more here.

Elephant Spontaneously Cleans Up Grounds, Puts Trash in Bin — See Video (One Green Planet, 3/11/17).

Lonesome George Gone, Researchers Depend on Tortoise Named Diego to Help Repopulate Galapagos Islands — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/11/17).

Wellcome Image Awards Announces Science Photo Contest Finalists — See Images (Unworthy, 3/10/17).

Self-Taught Scientist Publishes Book of Photographs of Micrometeorites, a.k.a. Cosmic Dust — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/10/17).

Deadly, Drug-Resistant Yeast Infection Spreading in States — See Photo, Map & Video (The Washington Post, 3/10/17).

Rains, Snow Ease California Drought but Don’t End It — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/10/17).

California Floods Expose New Veins of Ore, Start New Gold Rush (The Sunday Times, 3/11/17).

Microbes Turn High-Salinity Lake Hot Pink in Australia — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/10/17).

Warming Oceans Trigger Mass Bleaching on Great Barrier Reef for 2nd Year in Row (CBC News, 3/10/17). Read more here. See photos and video here.

Search for Flight 370 Yields High-Rez Maps of Indian Ocean Floor — See Images & Animation (The New York Times, 3/10/17).

Paddleboarder Crosses Atlantic from Morocco to Antigua in 93 Days — See Photo (The New York Times, 3/9/17).

Puzzle of Death Valley’s Slithering Stones Solved — See Photos & Videos (EarthSky, 3/10/17).

Radioactive Boars Pose Dangers to People Returning to Fukushima after Nuclear Plant Meltdown — See Photo (The New York Times, 3/9/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Malta’s Famed Rock Arch Collapses into Mediterranean during Storm — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/8/17). Read more here. See more photos and video here. See news report here.

Researchers Create New State of Matter Called Time Crystals — See Photos & Diagrams (Gizmodo, 3/8/17). Read more here, here and here.

Discovery that 2 Offshore Faults Actually 1 Long One Ups Odds of Major Earthquake in Southern California — See Video (Newsweek, 3/8/17). Read more here. See photos and diagram here. See news report here.

Study: All Australia’s Aboriginal People Descend from Settlers who Arrived 50,000 Years Ago — See Map (Ars Technica, 3/8/17). Read more here. See photos, maps and video here

Neanderthal Dental Plaque Yields Surprising Info on Diet, Illnesses, Medicines, Relations with Our Ancestors (The Atlantic, 3/8/17). Read more here. see photos, hear radio report here.

Brazil’s Outbreak of Mosquito-Borne Yellow Fever Has U.S. Worried (Medscape, 3/8/17). Read more, see video report here.

Study: Bursting Raindrops Spew Bacteria in Air — See Video (Popular Science, 3/7/17). Read more, see more video here. See video report here.

Poachers Shoot White Rhino, Cut Off Horn in Wildlife Park near Paris — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 3/7/17).

New NOAA/NASA Weather Satellite Tracks Lightening from Space — See Video (Gizmodo, 3/7/17). Read more here and here.

Sony World Photography Contest Winners Announced — See Photos (The Atlantic, 3/7/17). See more images here.

Astrophotographer snaps self-portrait with Milky Way at Observatory in Chile — See Photo (COSMOS, 3/7/17).

Poachers Kill One of Africa’s Last Remaining Big Tusker Elephants in Kenya — See Graphic Photos (The Guardian, 3/6/17).

Michigan to Offer Prize for Best Ideas on How to Keep Asian Carp out of Great Lakes (WBEZ, 3/6/17). Read more here. See news report here.

Study: Shared Parenting Duties 1 Secret of Booby Breeding Success — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 3/6/17).

Oklahoma’s Pawnee Nation Sues Gas/Oil Industries for Fracking-Related Earthquake Damage — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/4/17).

Fog-Catching Project in Rain-Parched Lima Turns Mist into Water for Gardens Below — See Video (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

Venus Flytrap Anemone, American Samoa, Feb 22, 2017
Video courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2017 American Samoa

NOAA Finds Fascinating New Creatures in American Samoa Sea Sanctuaries — See Photos & Videos (Gizmodo, 3/2/17). Learn more, see more photos and video here.

5-Mile Stairway Leads to Beautiful River in Portugal — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

New Book Examines Emerging Science of Why, How Nature Heals Us (The New York Times, 3/2/17).

Study: Ancient Amazon Tree Farmers Shaped Rainforest We See Today — See Photos (The Atlantic, 3/2/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Melania Trump Praises Healing Power of Nature in Visit to Children’s Hospital — See Photos (, 3/2/17).

Reality TV: If Captain Bligh Could Sail Pacific on Tiny Open Boat, Why Can’t We? — See Photo (The Times, 3/2/17).

Study Suggests Wild Elephants Sleep for Only 2 Hours a Night (The Atlantic, 3/1/17). Read more, see photos here and here.

Illegal Sand Mining Supports Construction Boom, Destroys Rivers, Water Supplies in India — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/1/17).

Microfossil Discovery Could Push Back Origins of Life on Earth More than 300 Million Years — See Photos & Video Report (Los Angeles Times, 3/1/17). Read more here and here. See more video here.

Cooperation, Not Wall, Only Way to Stamp Out Last Pocket of Mexican/U.S. Boll Weevil Plague — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/1/17).

Smithsonian Photo Contest Winners Announced — See Images (The Atlantic, 3/1/17). See all finalists here.

Meteor Explodes with Big Boom over Texas — See Video (, 3/1/17).

Does Biggest Snowpack in 25 Years Mean End to California Drought? — See Videos (The Mercury News, 3/1/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Laser-Imaging Reveals Best-Yet Image of Feathered Dinosaur — See Photos & Renderings (BBC News, 3/1/17). Read more, see more photos here. See video here.

Study of Last Mammoths Suggests Endangered Species (Think Cheetahs, Mountain Gorillas, Vaquitas) Can Reach Genomic Point of No Return — See Photo (The Christian Science Monitor, 3/3/17).

Conservationists Leery of Newly Confirmed Secretary of Interior — See Video (The Washington Post, 3/1/17). Read more, see photos here and here.

February 2017

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

Humans, Tigers Deadly Foes in India — See Photos (National Geographic, 2/28/17).

Researchers, Rangers Make Impressive Progress in Bringing Back Galapagos Tortoises — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/28/17).

Sicily’s Mount Etna Erupts for 2nd Time This Year — See Video (Express, 2/28/17). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

EPA Funding among First to Go under Trump (The New York Times, 2/26/17).

Fishermen Encounter Big Manta Off Hilton Head — See Video (Yahoo News, 2/25/17).

Report: Bleaching Event Severely Sets Back Goal of Saving, Restoring Great Barrier Reef (, 2/25/17). Read more, see more photos here.

Demand for Soy, Other Products Drives Resurgence of Deforestation in Amazon — See Photos, Video, Time-lapse Photography (The New York Times, 2/24/17).

Study: Bees are Quick Learners, Creative Thinkers — See Video (Smithsonian, 2/24/17). Read more here. See more video herehere and here. Listen to radio segment here.

Video of Tigers Attacking Drone Not So Entertaining when You Know Why They’re There  — See Video (The Washington Post, 2/24/17). See more video here.

• Scientists, Resort Owners, Guests Work Together in Maldives to Restore Coral Reefs (The New York Times, 2/23/17).

Live Feed of Captive Giraffe about to Give Birth Restored after Brief Disappearance — See News Report & Live Cam (Binghamton homepage, 2/23/17). Read more, see more videos here.

Trump Signs Order to Let Coal Industry Pollute Rivers, Streams with Worse to Come (The New York Times, 2/23/17). Read more here, here and here.

Researchers Discover 7 Teeny-Tiny Species of Night Frog in Southern India — See Photos (Quartz, 2/22/17). Read more, see more photos here and here. See video report here.

Pruitt Emails Confirm New EPA Chief was Industries’ Puppet (The New York Times, 2/22/17).

Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Size Planets Orbiting Nearby Star, Could One be a Second Earth? See Video Report (The New York Times, 2/22/17). Read more, see diagrams, images and video reports here and here

Study: DNA Suggests Rulers of Ancient Chaco Civilization All from 1 Matrilineal Line — See Map & Photos (Scientific American, 2/22/17). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Rains, Floods Force Evacuations in San Jose, CA — See Photos & News Report (CBS SF Bay Area, 2/21/17). See more photos and video here.

France Slaughters Ducks in Foie Gras Region to Stem Bird Flu Outbreak (AP, The Washington Post, 2/21/17). Read more here.

Researchers Tag Basking Sharks Off England to Track Movements — See Video (COSMOS, 2/21/17).

Study: Poachers have Killed 80% of Central Africa’s Forest Elephants — See Photo (COSMOS, 2/21/17). Read more here. See photos and videos here.

Florida Wildlife Survey Counts Record 6,620 Manatees (Jackson County Floridian, 2/20/17). See more photos and video here.

Welcome to Fordlandia: Henry Ford’s Failed Industrial Community in Amazon Jungle — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/20/17).

Astronomers Ask Help Amassing Evidence of Unknown Planet on Outskirts of Solar System — See Map, Images, Diagram & Video (, 2/20/17).

Planet Venus Shoots Green Flash Passing between Earth & Sun — See Photo (, 2/20/17).

Study: Human-Caused Earthquakes Becoming More Common Occurrence, More Serious Threat (COSMOS, 2/20/17).

Atmospheric Rivers Hitting West Coast Bring Damaging Winds with Rains — Hear Radio Report, See Images, Animation (, 2/20/17). Read more, see more photos, maps, images and news reports here, here and here.

$100,000+ to Kill 1 Bighorn Sheep Means More Funds for Conservation — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/19/17).

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, 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 here. See more photos, hear audio report here.

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

Beekeeping Industry Struggles to Survive as Colonies Collapse — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 2/16/17).

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 photos, maps and video here, here, here, here and hereRead 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).

Underwater Photo Contest Winners Announced — See Photos (, 2/15/17).

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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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 (, 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, / 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 (, 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).