Nature 2019

August 2019

Study: Baby Birds, Like Baby Humans, Learn Sounds They Hear (COSMOS, 8/13/19).

Authorities Bust International Turtle Smuggling Ring (Quartz, 8/12/19).

The Harsh Lives of Wolves in the Arctic: Their Story in Words and Images — See Photos (National Geographic, 8/11/19).

Researcher Makes Case that Elephants Deserve Recognition as Persons (Aeon, 8/10/19).

Discovery: Goliath Frogs Move Rocks to Build Nursery Pools for Offspring —See Photos (New Scientist, 8/9/19).

Finding: Fish Use One Biological Process to Glow in Dark, Sharks Do It Differently —See Video (Science, 8/8/19). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Jupiter Gets Slammed by Something Big, Amateur Astronomer Records Impact — See Photos & Video (Science Alert, 8/8/19). Read more here.

Researchers Solve Mystery of California’s Missing Jumbo Squid — See Photos (KQED, 8/8/19).

Report: Dark Skies are Disappearing, a Loss for Nature, Bad for Human Health — See Map (Science Alert, 8/7/19).

Almost Indestructible Microscopic Mites May Have Survived Israeli Probe’s Crash Landing on Moon (Phys.Org, 8/7/19). Read more, see photos here.

Camera-Trap Photos Capture Secret Lives of Animals — See Photos (National Geographic, 8/6/19).

Photographer Captures Amazing Image of Bald Eagle — See Photo (The Epoch Times, 8/6/19).

Report: Healing Power of Nature is Real (AEON, 8/3/19).

Here Come the Presieds — See Photos (EarthSky, 8/3/19). Read more here.

Researchers Identify Freshwater Fish that Lives More Than 100 Years — See Photos (National Geographic, 8/2/19).

Florida’s Atlantic Coast Beaches Awash in Sargassum (The Palm Beach Post, 8/2/19).

Saharan Dust May be Squelching Atlantic Hurricane Season — See Photo (Bloomberg, 8/2/19).

2 Tourists, Guide Die when Canoe Swamped by Falling Chunks from Glacier in Alaska (EcoWatch, 8/2/19).

Scientists Say Asteroid Coming in September No Cause for Concern — See Diagrams (EarthSky, 8/1/19).

July 2019

Monarch Butterfly / USFWS Midwest Office / Click for more.

Report: 2017 Tsunami in Persian Gulf Caused by Weather, Not Earthquake (EOS, 7/31/19).

2 Men Injured in Separate Shark Attacks on Florida’s Atlantic Coast (EcoWatch, 7/29/19).

Plague of Grasshoppers Invades Las Vegas — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 7/27/19).

And the Sargassum Just Keeps Coming — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 7/27/19).

Researchers in Deep-Diving Submersible Film Strange, Beautiful, Rare Squid — See Photos & Video (CNet, 7/26/19).

Big Gator Strolls Down Sidewalk Near Coral Gables, Florida — See Photo & Video (SunSentinel, 7/26/19).

Black Bears Becoming Problems for Campers at Yellowstone, Campers to Blame — See Photos (USA Today, 7/26/19).

Rare Black Moon Means Good Viewing for July Meteor Showers — See Photos (Forbes, 7/26/19). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here.

Meteor Size of Football Crashes in Rice Paddy in India — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 7/26/19).

Researcher’s Probe How Madagascar Spider Spins Giant Webs with Silk 10x Stronger than Kevlar — See Photos (COSMOS, 7/26/19).

Asteroid Gives Earth Really Scary Close Shave, Astronomers Didn’t See It Coming (Gizmodo, 7/25/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Study: Tree Stump in New Zealand Kept Alive through Root Connection to Surrounding Trees — See Photo (EurekAlert, 7/25/19).

NINYF*: Man Dies of Brain-Eating Amoeba after Visit to North Carolina Water Park — See Photo (The New York Times, 7/25/19).

Documentary Condenses Year’s Worth of Weather Satellite Footage into 16 Minute Film — See Video (Aeon, 7/25/19).

Fireball Bright as Full Moon Lights Up Night Skies Over Eastern Great Lakes, Ontario — See Videos (CNet, 7/24/19). Read more here.

Finding: If Neuron Count Indicates Intelligence, Dogs Have It All Over Cats (Science Alert, 7/24/19).

NINYF*: Tennessee Father Dies Saving Daughters from Florida Riptide — See Photo (People, 7/24/19).

Bison Charges, Injures 9-Year-Old Girl in Yellowstone — See Video (CNN, 7/24/19).

Tiny Glass Pearls in Ancient Clam Shells Point to Early Unknown Meteor Strike Near Florida — See Photos (, 7/24/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

How Fireflies Light Up the Night, and Why They Do It — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 7/23/19).

Singapore Officials Seize Record Shipment of Poached Ivory, Pangolin Scales — See Photos (BBC News, 7/23/19).

Researchers Working to Protect Newly Discovered Coral Reefs in Gulf of Mexico from Fossil Fuel Industry — See Photos (Gizmodo, 7/22/19).

Scientists Ask Public to Plant Milkweed for Monarchs as Populations Crash — See Photos (UPI, 7/22/19). Read more here.

Study: Unhatched Gull Chicks Respond to Threats, Communicate through Shells — See Photos (The New York Times, 7/22/19).

Essay: Plants Respond To Environment, Can Remember, Learn (Aeon, 7/19/19).

Emu on the Loose in North Carolina — See Photo (The New York Times, 7/19/19).

Meteor Streaks across Florida Night Sky — See Photos, Video & News Report (News Channel 8, 7/19/19).

Deep Blue, One of Largest-Known Female Great Whites, Filmed Feasting on Dead Sperm with Other Large Females Off Hawaii — See Video (National Geographic, 7/19/19).

Great Whites Arrive in Monterey Bay — See Video (Newsweek, 7/17/19).

Audubon Selects Best Bird Photos of Year — See Images (Insider, 7/17/19).

Diver Swims with Giant Barrel Jellyfish Off Cornwall — See Video (Smithsonian, 7/17/19). Read more, see more video here.

Study: Goats Detect Difference in Calls when Other Goats Go from Happy to Not — See Photos (National Geographic, 7/15/19)

Report: Manatee Deaths Up This Year, Boat Strike Primary Killer — See News Report (ABC Action News, 7/15/19). Thanks to Jayne Wallace for this item.

Loggerheads Stage Big Comeback with Record-Breaking 12,000+ Nests along S.E Beaches So Far — See Photos (AP, 7/13/19).

3 Men Search for Ghost Orchids & Solve Mystery of Secret Pollinators — See Photos & Videos (National Geographic, 7/11/19).

Runoff, Rainfall Fueling Record Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico — See Map (EOS, 7/11/19).

Researchers Get Rare Peek into Behavior of Starfish that Looks Like a Ravioli — See Photo (Newsweek, 7/11/19).

Photographer Snaps Images of Vast Jellyfish Swarm Off Cornwall — See Photo (AccuWeather, 7/10/19).

Australian Kayaker Snaps Python Swallowing Croc — See Photos (Live Science, 7/10/19).

Meet Snowball, The Dancing Cockatoo with Amazing Moves — See Video (COSMOS, 7/9/19). Read more, see more videos here and here.

NOAA Creates Marine Sanctuary to Protect Half-Sunken Wood Steamers, Marine Life, Birds, Bats in Potomac River — See Photo (National Geographic, 7/8/19).

Scientists in Submersible Watch Sharks Feeding on Dead Swordfish Off S. Carolina, See Grouper Sneak In & Grab Shark! — See Video (Fox News, 7/8/19). Read more here.

Toxic Blue-Green Algae Bloom Closes All Mississippi Beaches — See News Report (ABC News, 7/8/19). Read more, see more photos and maps here. See another news report here.

Researchers Use Submersible to Tag Deep-Dwelling, Ancient Sixgill Shark Off Eleuthra — See Videos (Science Alert, 7/7/19). Read more here.

Photos Celebrate 19 Iconic Trees Around World — See Images (National Geographic, 7/6/19).

7.1 Quake, Aftershocks Hit Southern California — See Photos, Map & Video (The Washington Post, 7/6/19).

Atlantic-Wide Sargassum Bloom Causing Problems for Caribbean Tourism, Marine Life — See Photos, Map & Graph (Vox, 7/4/19). Read more, see more photos and video here,  here and here.

Photographers Share Images of July 2 Full Solar Eclipse Visible in Parts of Pacific, South America — See Photos (EarthSky, 7/4/19). See more photos herehere and here.

Hail Storm Drops 3 Feet of Ice on Guadalajara — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 7/1/19). Read more here.

Sand Released by Greenland’s Melting Glaciers Could Relieve Global Shortages, Boost Country’s Economy — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 7/1/19).

* Nature is Not Your Friend

June 2019

Report: Stepped-Up Anti-Poaching Efforts in Mozambique Reserve Reduce 12-Month Elephant Death Count to Zero — See Photo (ABC News, 6/15/19).

Report: Mature Bull Elephants Being Poached at Alarming Rates in Botswana — See Graphic Photo (COSMOS, 6/14/19).

Who Knew? Bald Eagles Can Swim Pretty Well…When They Have To — See Videos (NPR, 6/14/19).

Capuchin Monkeys on Islands Off Panama Filmed Using Stones as Tools — See Photos & Videos (PRI, 6/12/19).

Study: Oldest Bald Cyprus in Protected Stretch of North Carolina River at Least 2,624 Years Old — See Photos (EOS, 6/11/19).

Report: As Grey Wolves Rebound, Interactions with Humans Could Doom Them Again — See Photos (COSMOS, 6/11/19).

Seals Drafted to Help Scientists Solve Mystery of Giant Holes in Antarctic Sea Ice — See Video (CNN, 6/11/19).

Prediction: Midwest Rain & Flooding, Fertilizer Runoff Will Create Near-Record Dead Zone in Gulf — See Photo & Videos (USA Today, 6/10/19). Read more here.

Mosquito Spraying Begins in Florida’s Broward County — See Photo & Map (South Florida Sun Sentinel, 6/10/19).

Study: Seed-Bearing Plants Disappearing Globally at Alarming Rate — See Photo & Map (Nature, 6/10/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Report: Researchers Propose Ways to Save West African Chimpanzees from Extinction — See Photo (The Conversation, 6/10/19).

Viewing Earth from Space Messes with Our Minds…in a Good Way — See Photos & Videos (Interesting Engineering, 6/9/19).

Study: Mass from Meteor that Hit Moon’s South Pole 4 Billion Years Ago May Still Lie Beneath Huge Crater — See Graphic (Phys.Org, 6/9/19). Read more here.

Study: Crater from Large Meteor that Hit Earth 1.2 Billion Years Ago Found Off Coast of Scotland — See Photos & Video (, 6/9/19). Read more, see map here.

NASA Invites Everyone to Go with the Flow on World Oceans Day — See Video (EarthSky, 6/8/19). See more videos celebrating our ocean planet here and here.

Nature Picks Best Images of Month — See Photos (Nature, 6/7/19).

Big Blob on Radar Looks Like Storm, Turns Out to be Huge Swarm of Ladybugs over Southern California — See Image & Video (EcoWatch, 6/7/19).

Photographer Snaps Eagle Flying in Front of Funnel Cloud in Oregon — See Photo (EarthSky, 6/7/19).

Report: Croc Attacks Increasing in East Timor, Could Crocs from Australia Be to Blame? See Photos (The New York Times, 6/6/19).

Report: Swine Flu Spreading through Asia is Worst Outbreak Ever (Common Dreams, 6/6/19).

Marine Salvager Hopes to Tow Antarctic Iceberg to South Africa to Ease Country’s Water Crisis — See Map & Photos (Bloomberg Businessweek, 6/6/19).

Report: Snakebites are an Overlooked Health Crisis in DRC, Other Parts of Subsaharan Africa — See Photos (Mongabay, 6/5/19).

Fort Myers FL Bans Cancer-Causing Herbicide Roundup Because of Danger to Marine Environment (EcoWatch, 6/5/19).

Skywatcher Alert: Jupiter Will Soon Be Close Enough to Earth to See Planet & Moons through Binocs — See Diagram & Video (HuffPost, 6/5/19). Read more, see more photos, diagrams and video here,  here and here.

Study: Tiny Bee Brains Show Capacity to Associate Symbols with Numbers — See Photos & Illos (Gizmodo, 6/4/19).

Environmentalists See Proposed River Dam as Threat to Russia’s Lake Baikal, World’s Oldest, Deepest Lake — See Photos & Maps (EarthSky, 6/4/19).

Teen Girl Loses Leg in Shark Attack Off North Carolina Beach — See News Report (CBS News, 6/4/19). Read more, see another news report here.

“Mud Ball” Meteorites Rain down in Costa Rica — See Photos (EarthSky, 6/4/19).

Photographer Captures Image of Rainbow Swirl in Sky in Marseille — See Photo (EarthSky, 6/3/19).

As Wolf Populations Declined, Coyotes Took Over — See Photos (The Washington Post, 6/3/19).

66 Million Years after Being Buried, 31 since Being Dug Up, Most Complete T Rex Skeleton Yet Discovered Goes on Display at Smithsonian — See Photos & Video Report (The Washington Post, 6/1/19).

Once Near Extinction, Tortoises Survive, Thrive on Remote Island in Seychelles — See Photos (National Geographic, 6/1/19).

8 Climbers Missing on India’s 2nd Highest Mountain — See Photo (BBC News, 6/1/19). Read more, see more photos here, here and here.

Yellowstone Wolf Researcher Tells the Story of Male 911, Bravest of the Brave, Done in by His Own Kind — See Photos (The Washington Post, 6/1/19).

A Cross Sea: What Causes Its Distinctive Waves, Why You Don’t Want to Be In or On the Water when They Appear — See Photos & Video (Science Alert, 6/1/19).

Raccoon Dogs of East Asia Escape Enclosure in U.K, Could Become Invasive Species if Any Escape Zoos in U.S. — See Photo (The Atlantic, 6/1/19).

Mount Etna Erupts — See Video (The Guardian, YouTube, 6/1/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Researchers Add New Illness to List of Diseases Humans Get from Ticks — See Photo (NPR, 6/1/19).

May 2019Poppy, 2015 / Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund / Click for more.

Study: Rock Art in Turkey May Depict First Human Recording of Volcanic Eruption — See Photos (Live Science, 5/31/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Clouds that Warn of Tornadoes are Breathtaking to Behold — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 5/31/19).

Meteor Strike? Lightning? Seismic Activity? What’s Causing Those Strange Flashes of Light on the Moon? — See Photos (Phys.Org, 5/31/19).

NINYF*: Woman Slips, Falls to Death, Taking Photos of Falls at Lake Tahoe — See Photo (KOLO TV, 5/31/19). Read more here.

UK Expands Coastal Belt of Marine Conservation Zones — See Photo & Map (The Guardian, 5/31/19).

11-Foot Gator Breaks Through Low Window into Kitchen of Clearwater FL Home — See Photos, Map & Video (Miami Herald, 5/31/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Hawaii Warns Tourists about Parasitic Worm — See Photo (Ars Technica, 5/30/19).

Yellowstone Staffer Injured by Elk Cow Likely Protecting Calf — See Photos (USA Today, 5/30/19).

Report: Parrots, Parakeets Brought to U.S. as Pets Surviving in Wild Colonies across Country — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 5/30/19).

Colombian Bird Called the Common Potoo is Anything But — See Photo, Listen to Beautiful Call (bioGraphic, 5/29/19).

Tam, Malaysia’s Last Male Sumatran Rhino, Dies in Captivity at Age 30+ — See Photos (Smithsonian, 5/29/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Cyprus Begins Culling to Try to Control Lionfish Invasion of Mediterranean — See Photos (The Guardian, 5/29/19).

Researchers Capture First Footage of Wild Chimps Catching, Eating Crabs — See Video (EurekAlert, 5/29/19). See more video here.

Study: Certain Diamonds Hold Sediment from Ancient Seabeds (Phys.Org, 5/29/19). Read more here.

Fish Fossils May Be Oldest-Known Evidence of Schooling Behavior — See Photo (The New York Times, 5/29/19).

Study: Tiny Glass Spheres in Hiroshima Beach Sand May Have Been Formed by Atomic Blast — See Photos (EOS, 5/28/19).

Japanese Glass Ball Floats, WWII Ordinance Just Some of the Items on Display at Beachcomber Fair in Oceans Shores WA — See Video (Hakai, 5/28/19).

Beloved Mountain Gorilla Poppy, 43, Not Seen in 10 Months, Believed Dead — See Photos (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund, 5/28/19).

Cycling Trip Halted by Avalanche in Glacier National Park — See Video (AP, YouTube, 5/28/19).

Researchers Find Oldest-Known Meteorites on Earth in Oldest Desert on Earth — See Photo (, 5/28/19).

Study: Elephant Poaching Declining But Still Threat To Survival (The Guardian, 5/28/19).

All-White Panda Caught on Animal Cam in China is First Ever Seen — See Photo (The New York Times, 5/27/19).

Authorities Seek Help Capturing Poachers Who Beheaded Jaguar in Belize — Warning: Grisly Photo (Breaking Belize News, 5/27/18).

Fireball Lights Up Night Sky in Melbourne, Australia — See Video (Daily Mail, 5/27/19).

26-Year-Old Woman Attacked by Alligator in Melbourne, FL — See Photo (, 5/26/19).

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s an Asteroid Safely Passing Earth — See Video (EarthSky, 5/26/19).

California Man Dies after Shark Attack Off Maui — See Video (Hawaii News Now, 5/25/19). Read more here.

• Insane Traffic Jams Kill Climbers on Mount Everest — See Photos (BBC News, 5/24/19). Read more, see more photos and video herehereherehere and here.

Study: Adult Male Chimps in Gabon Smash Tortoise Shells, Share Meat — See Photo (COSMOS, 5/24/19).

Human Shadows Have Rainbow-Colored Halos when Conditions Are Right — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/24/19).

Botswana Ends Ban on Elephant Hunting — See Photo (The New York Times, 5/23/19).

Fashion Line Prada Says It Will Stop Using Fur — See Photo & Video (EcoWatch 5/23/19).

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

Pluto photographed by New Horizons spacecraft, 2015 / NASA, JHUAPL, SwRI, Alex Parker

Finding: Drawf Planet Pluto May Have Subsurface Ocean — See Photo & Diagram (EarthSky, 5/23/19).

Mile-wide Asteroid with Own Moon Will Pass Earth on Memorial Day Weekend — See Photos, Chart & Videos (EarthSky, 5/23/19). Read more, see more images and video here.

Tiny Billion-Year-Old Fossils Suggest Fungi Existed on Land Before Plants — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/22/19). Read more here, here and here.

Wildlife Official Discusses Numbers, Causes of Panther Deaths in Florida — See Photo (Tampa Bay Times, 5/20/19).

Study: Bonobo Moms Play Role in Boosting Sons’ Reproductive Success — See Photos (Science, 5/20/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Extremely Rare, Critically Endangered Kemp’s Ridley Turtle Nests on Clearwater Beach, FL — See Photos (Clearwater Patch, 5/19/19).

Sargassum: The Seaweed that Supports Ocean Life — See Photos & Map (National Geographic, 5/19/19).

A Blue Moon is the 2nd Full Moon in a Month…Except When It Isn’t — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/18/19).

Rains, Water Management Bring Huge Numbers of Wading Bird Back to Everglades — See Photos & Video (Sun Sentinel, 5/17/19). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Finding: Exotic, Ancient, Yellow Desert Glass was Formed by Meteor Strike 30 Million Years Ago — See Photo (Science Alert, 5/16/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Iconic Koalas Disappearing from Australia — See Photo (EcoWatch, 5/15/19).

Pregnant Devil Rays Killed in Fishing Nets Point Researchers to Unknown Pupping Ground in Gulf of California — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 5/15/19).

Wildfires Push Air Pollution to Dangerous Levels in Mexico City — See Photos (EcoWatch, 5/15/19).

129-Year-Old “Witness” Tree Falls on Grounds of Washington Monument, Park Service Hopes to Save It — See Photo (The Washington Post, 5/15/19).

Now You See It, Now You Don’t: How Sea Creatures Hide in Plain Sight — See Video (Hakai, 5/15/19).

Report: Researchers See Parallels in How Humans, Monkeys Dealt with Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/14/19).

Nat Geo Editors Pick Favorite Photo Contest Entries — See Images (National Geographic, 5/14/19).

Special Clouds Form Ocean Waves in Skies of Blue — See Photos (, 5/14/19).

Swine Flu Spreads through Asia — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/14/19). Read more here.

Lunar fault formed on Moon's crust as interior cooled and shrank / Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), NASA, GSFC, Arizona State U., Smithsonian

Study: Earth’s Moon Experiences Frequent Quakes, Cracking & Shrinkage along Faults — See Image (EurekAlert, 5/13/19). Read more, see more images and video here,  here, and here.

Windstorm in Italian Alps Destroys Trees Used to Make Stradavarius Violins, Other Fine Instruments  — See Video Report (PBS, 5/12/19).

Researchers Find World’s Oldest Bald Cyprus Tree in North Carolina Preserve, Think Others in Area May Be Older — See Photo (WYFF4, 5/10/19). Read more, see video here.

Study: Flightless Bird Wiped Out by Ancient Flooding Event Evolved Back into Being on Same Atoll — See Photo (Vice, 5/9/19).

Study: Cats Do Care about Owners, Show It in Their Own Cat Way — See Photos & Video (Science, 5/9/19).

Study: Water Planet Oceans May Be Thousands of Miles Deep vs.  6.8-Mile Maximum Depth on Earth— See Photos & Illos (EarthSky, 5/9/19).

Study: Age Measurement Reveals Oldest-Known Greenland Shark May Be 512 Years Old — See Photos  (, 5/8/19).

Study: Upward Female Mobility May Drive Paper Wasp Intelligence — See Photos (CNN, 5/8/19).

Hurricanes & Tornadoes Aren’t Only Windstorms to Watch Out For — See Photos (EarthSky, 5/7/19).

UN Report: Humans Are Killing Everything — See Photos (The New York Times, 5/6/19).

Nature Picks Best Images of Month — See Photos (Nature, 5/3/19).

Stupid Human Tricks: Man Gets Too Close to Rim of Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano, Falls In, Survives — See Map & Video (USA Today, 5/3/19).

Pre-Hurricane Season Disturbance Forms Off Florida — See Satellite Image & Map (AccuWeather, 5/3/19).

Sound Recordist Hosts 3-Part Series on Sounds of the Ocean, Noise Pollution — Listen to Podcast (The Guardian, 5/3/19). Listen to Parts 2 and 3 here and here.

Skywatchers Film Flash of Meteor Hitting Moon During Lunar Eclipse — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 5/2/19).

Trump’s Dept. of Interior Guts Rules Passed to Prevent Another Gulf Oil Spill  — See Photos (The Washington Post, 5/2/19).

Cyclone Fani, Strongest in Decades, Hits India — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 5/2/19).

Meteor Explodes over Costa Rica, Fragment Lands in Woman’s House — See Photos & Video (DOGONews, 5/1/19).

Study: Ancient Stone Carving Could Tell Story of Comet Strike — See Photos & Diagram (Science Alert, 5/1/19).

April 2019

River channel on Mars / NASA, JPL, U of Arizona, U of Chicago / Click for more.

Study: Rwanda’s Gorillas May Raid Eucalyptus Crops for Sodium Content — See Photo (Phys.Org, 4/3/19).

Study: Invasive Marsh Grass May Do More Good than Harm — See Photos (The Conversation 4/3/19).

Komodo Island Closed to Tourism to Curb Dragon-Poaching — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/2/19).

Puppy Survives Being Snatched by Owl in Arizona — See Photos (Phoenix Patch, 4/2/19).

Study: Finding that Mars Had Lots of Water  Suggests Theories about Planet’s Climate are Flawed — See Photos & Diagram (Universe Today, 4/1/19).

Report: Mars Burps Methane, Gas Disappears, Stumping Scientists, Hinting at Life — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/1/19).

Study: Human Settlement, Agriculture, Development Taking Toll on Wildlife in Serengeti-Mara (The Conversation 4/1/19).

Charge that Newly Discovered Malaysian Tarantula was Collected Illegally Draws Attention on How Scientists Acquire Specimens — See Photo (The New York Times, 4/1/19).

It’s Cherry Blossom Time in D.C. — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 4/1/19).

Asteroid Zips between Earth & Moon, Astronomers Don’t Spot it until Next Day — See Graphics (EarthSky, 4/1/19).

March 2019

Cruise Ship Sailing from NYC to Florida Rocked by 100+ MPH Wind— See Photos & Video (Cruise Law News, 3/4/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Sisters, 8 & 5, Survive 44 Hours Lost in California Woods, Mom Credits 4H  Training — See Video (CNN, 3/4/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Croc Attacks Getting Out of Control in Balabac, Philippines — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/3/19).

New Book on Animal Emotion Takes Title from Powerful Interaction between Human & Chimp (NPR, 3/1/19). See the video here. Find the book here and here.

Ugh: Scientists Watch Big Tarantula Drag Possum-Mouse Prey into Bush in Peruvian  Jungle — See Photos & Video (CNN, 3/1/19). Read more, see more creepy photos of spiders eating other animals here.

Son of Female Climber Killed on K2 Now Missing on Pakistan’s “Killer Mountain” — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 3/1/19).

Explorers Map Mind-Blowing Underground Cave System of Borneo — See Photos (National Geographic, 3/1/19).

Report: Researchers Think Female Preference May Drive Diversity of  Colorful Cichlids in Lake Malawi — See Maps & Photos (Smithsonian, 3/1/19).

Woman Poses on Throne-Shaped Piece of Iceberg  on Beach, Waves Wash Her Out to Sea — See Photos (The Washington Post, 3/1/19).

February 2019

Beautiful Northern Lights Dance & Shimmer in Lapland Night Sky — See Video (EuroNews, 2/28/19).

Report: Discovery of Brain Structure that Lets Costa Rican Mice Take Turns Singing May Shed Light on How Humans Converse — See Photos & Video (Ars Technica, 2/28/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Underwater Photographer of Year Contest Winners Announced — See Photos (Earther, 2/28/19). See more photos here.

Rare Giant Sunfish Thought to Live in Southern Oceans Washes Up on California Beach — See Photos (NPR, 2/28/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Atmospheric Rivers Bringing Insane Snows to California  — See Photos & Video (The Weather Channel, 2/27/19).

Fascinating Facts about Earth: It Breathes, It’s the Only Planet with Plates, It Has Strange Masses Near Core— See Photos, Diagrams & Animation (EOS, 2/27/19).

Explorers Probe Depths of Belize’s Famed Great Blue Hole — See Photos & Video (Newsweek, 2/27/19).

New Study Suggests African Grey Parrots, At Least, Are Even Smarter than Thought — See Photos & Video (Phys.Org, 2/26/19).

Photographer Captures Images of Deep-Sea Creatures that Rise to Surface at Night Off Hawaii — See Photos (Daily Mail, 2/26/19).

Amtrak Train Stuck in Snow for 36 Hours in Oregon (The New York Times, 2/26/19).

Report: Ocean Listening Devices May Have Recorded Sound of Missing Malaysian Jet Crashing into Sea — See News Report (Live Science, 2/26/19).

Report: Half Male/Half Female Happens in Birds, Butterflies &Human Beings — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/25/19)

Australian Officials OK Dumping Sludge in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Boundaries — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/25/19).

Discovery: “River of Stars” Currently Flowing through Our Galactic Neighborhood — See   Image (EarthSky, 2/24/19).

Report: Glacier-Covered Volcanoes in Chile Preparing to Erupt  — See Photos & Video (GlacierHub, 2/22/19).

Topographic view of dried-out river valley network on Mars taken by Mars Express Orbiter, November 19, 2018 / ESA,DLR, FU Berlin / Click for more.

ESA Images Indicate Water Once Flowed All Over Mars — See Photos (Universe Today, 2/22/19). Read more, see more photos and diagrams here.

ESA: Small, 2-Lobed Comets Seem Commonplace in Universe — See Image (EarthSky, 2/22/19).

Researchers Rediscover Giant Tortoise, Thought Extinct, on Fernandina in Galapagos — See Photos (EcoWatch, 2/21/19).

Researchers Rediscover Giant Bee, Feared Extinct, in Indonesia — See Photos (Mashable, 2/21/19). Read more, see more photos and video herehere and here.

Fossil of 5-Foot Tall Tyrannosaur Discovered in Utah — See Rendering (National Geographic, 2/21/19).

Setting Sun Turns Falls into Liquid Gold at Yosemite — See Photo (EarthSky, 2/21/19). See more photos here.

Discovery: Earth’s Atmosphere Extends Out Past Moon — See Illos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 2/21/19).

Study: Female Chinese Monkeys among Few Mammals that Suckle Relative’s Offspring — See Photo (COSMOS, 2/21/19).

Divers Swim with Giant Sea Squirt Off New Zealand — See Video (National Geographic, 2/20/19).

Study: Zebra Stripes Discourage Bites (The Conversation, 2/20/19). Read more here.

Photographer Shares Stunning Images of Northern Lights — See Images (The Washington Post, 2/20/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Skywatchers Capture Images of Biggest Supermoon of Year — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/20/19). See more photos and video here and here.

NINYF*: Couple Winter-HIking in Zion National Park Get Caught in Quicksand — See Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 2/19/19).

Study: Decoding of Great White Genome Offers Clues to Shark’s Resistance to Cancer, Other Diseases (Gizmodo, 2/19/19).

Fast-Moving Comet Iwamoto Came and Went — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/16/19).

Changing of Guard in S. African Waters: Orcas Arrive, Great Whites Disappear, 7-Gills Move In — See Photos (Forbes, 2/16/19).

Officials Investigate Manatee Deaths, Discovery of Rare Bryde Whale Carcass in Everglades — See Photos & Map (Miami Herald, 2/14/19).

Pity the Poor, Poached Pangolin, the World’s Only Mammal with Scales  — See Photos & Video (National Geographic, 2/15/19).

What Did Your Part of the Planet Look Like Millions of Years Ago? Use This Interactive Tool to Find Out! (, 2/15/19). Read more here.

2019 Officially Declared El Niño Year, but Effects Could Be Mild — See Image & Video (Earther, 2/14/19).

Beautiful Black Leopard Photographed in Kenya — See Images (The Washington Post, 2/13/19).

Researchers Discover Really Weird New Tarantula in Angola See Photos (Earther, 2/13/19).

RIP, Mars Opportunity Rover: Designed to Work 90 Days, Soldiered on for More than 15 Years — See Photo (Ars Technica, 2/13/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Scientists Study Beachside Mating Habits of Modest Little Fish Called the Grunion — See Photos (Hakai, 2/12/19).

Senate Passes Huge Land Conservation Bill — See Map & Video (The Washington Post, 2/12/19)

Preserved Great White Left to Rot in Abandoned Australian Wildlife Park — See Photos & Video (, 2/12/19).

American Hunter Pays $110,000 to Kill Rare Pakistani Mountain Goat, Critics Condemn Him, Advocates Says He’s Helping Save Species — See Photos & Videos (The Washington Post, 2/12/19).

Woman Finds Male Tiger Caged in Garage of Abandoned Houston Home — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 2/12/19).

Finding: 2nd Crater Discovered under Greenland Ice May, May Not Mark 2nd Ancient Meteor Strike — See Images & Video (, 2/12/19). Read more, see more images and video here.

Growing Number of Dog Breeders Say Time for Tail Docking Ear Cropping to Stop — See Photos (The Washington Post, 2/11/19).

Starving Polar Bears Invade Russian Town — See Photos & Videos  (EcoWatch, 2/11/19). Read more here. See more photos and videos here.

Tunnels in Rock Made by Slug-Like Creature Pushes Back First Evidence of Life on Planet Millions of Years — See Video (Independent, 2/11/19).

Report: Insect Populations Plummeting, Threatening Human Survival — See Photos (The Guardian, 2/10/19).

Beautiful Flower Photos Look Like Paintings — See Images (Earther, 2/8/19).

Well-Known Vent on Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Spews Its Last after 35 Years (The Washington Post, 2/8/19).

Image: Bird Adds Scale, Iceberg Adds Beauty to Photo Taken in Remote North — See Photo (Hakai, 2/8/19).

Study: Are Tiny Cleaner Wrasse Self-Aware? See Photo (COSMOS, 2/8/19).

Report: Deadly 2018 Palu Earthquake Struck at Record Speed (Science, 2/8/19).

Nature Photo Team Picks January’s Best Science Images — See Photos (Nature, 2/7/19).

NASA Orbiter Snaps Photo of Chinese Probe Sitting on Dark Side of Moon — See Photos (Gizmodo, 2/7/19).

Study: Honeybees Grasp Concepts of Addition, Subtraction (COSMOS, 2/7/19).

Evidence Accumulates that Animals Do Dream — See Photos, Images & Video (EarthSky, 2/7/19).

Camera Study Confirms Only 1 Elephant Left in South Africa’s Knysna Forest — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 2/7/19).

Researchers Figure Out Simple Trick to Starlings Complex Flying Formations — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 2/6/19).

Big Bison Charges Past Tour Vehicle on Snowy Road in Yellowstone — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 2/6/19).

* Nature is Not Your Friend

Happy 100th Anniversary to Grand Canyon National Park — See Photos, Illos & Video (The Conversation, 2/6/19). Read more, see more photos and illustrations here.

Winter Does Wondrous Things to Water — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 2/6/19).

6 New Species of Really Creepy-Looking Catfish Discovered in South America — See Photos (Earther, 2/6/19).

Study: Puffins, Other Birds, See & Glow in Ultra Violet Light — See Photo (Audubon, 2/5/19).

Key West Bans Sunscreens Containing Chemicals that Harm Coral — See Photos & Video (Miami Herald, 2/5/19).

Finding: Our Milky Way Galaxy is a Wavy Disk — See Charts, Illos & Animation (EarthSky, 2/5/19).

Astronomers Still Guessing What That Strange Object that Passed Through Our Solar System in 2017 Really Was — See Photos & Video (, 2/5/19).

That Mysterious Light that Lingers after Sunset May Be Etherial Zodiacal Light — See Photos (EarthSky, 2/5/19).

Runner Attacked by Young Cougar in Colorado, Fights Back, Kills Cat — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 2/5/19).

Researchers Rush to Study Pop-Up Island in Pacific Before It Disappears — See Photos (Science Alert 2/4/19).

Study: Bigger Dogs Have Bigger Brains, Do Better on Cognition Tests (Science Alert, 2/3/19).

Here Comes Another Comet! — See Photos & Sky Maps (EarthSky, 2/3/19). Read more, see more photos and maps here, here and here.

Asteroid Explodes in Daytime Sky Over Cuba — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 2/2/19). Read more, see more video here.

Study: Flying Squirrels Glow Pink in Ultraviolet Light, Researchers Wonder Why — See Photos (The New York Times, 2/1/19). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Lampreys Can Heal from Severed Spines, Researchers Want to Know How — See Photo & Video Report (Futurity, 2/1/19).

Study: Irregularities in Sea Floor May be Key to Rogue Ocean Waves — See Photo (Phys.Org, 2/1/19).

Study: Main Driver of Ocean Circulation Not Where Scientists Thought — See Map (Discover, 2/1/19).

Breathtaking: Researcher Films Developing Newt from Single Cell to Hatching — See Time-Lapse Video (Aeon, 2/1/19).

January 2019

Birdwatcher Spots Rare Half Male-Half Female Cardinal in Erie PA — See Video (National Geographic, 1/31/19).

Here’s What Polar-Vortex Cold Does & Looks Like — See Photos, Map & Video (EarthSky, 1/31/19). See more photos and video here and here.

Elephant Seals Take Back California Beach during Government Shutdown — See Map & Photos (SFGate, 1/30/19).

Report: Warming Oceans Factor in Massive Starfish Die-Off along West Coast — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/30/19). Read more, see more photos and video here, here and here.

NASA Curiosity Rover Sends Images of Itself on Mars Back to Earth — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 1/30/19).

Pride of Lions Try, Fail to Take Down Giraffe in South African Park — See Video (National Geographic, 1/29/19).

Researchers Use DNA from Tooth Fragment to ID Shark that Bit Boy Off Fire Island — See Photos & Video (Forbes, 1/29/19).

Tiny Pacific Island Nation Mourns Death of Its Only Duck — See Photos, Videos & Maps (The New York Times, 1/29/19).

Researchers Probe Roots of Anger in Animals and Humans — Listen to Radio Segment (NPR, 1/29/19).

Study: Super-Slow Underwater Earthquake Off Turkey Lasted 2 Months (Science Daily, 1/29/19).

Polar Vortex Brings Record Cold to Midwest, Eastern U.S. — See Maps & Video (The Washington Post, 1/28/19). Read more, see more photos, maps, charts and video here, here, here, here, here and here.

Snowflake Photographer Shares Images, Tips on How to Take Photos — See Images (EarthSky, 1/28/19).

Blue-Eyed Coyotes Seen for 1st Time in California — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/28/19).

Havana, Cuba Hit by Tornado for 1st Time in Decades — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 1/28/19).

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Photos 1 Mile from Surface of Asteroid Bennu — See Photos (, 1/28/19). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Birds See More Colors than Humans Do — See Photo (Science Alert, 1/27/19).

CDC: Pet Hedgehogs Tied to Salmonella Outbreak (The New York Times, 1/27/19).

Australians of All Stripes Debate What to Do about Kangaroos — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/27/19).

Artist Creates Beautiful Abstract Paintings of Earth’s Beautiful Seas — See Images (Earther, 1/25/19).

Weather Waltz: A Year’s Worth of U.S. Radar Set to Music — See Time-Lapse Video (Aeon, 1/25/19).

Study: Higher Lead Concentrations in Mockingbird Blood Linked to Increased Aggression (Earther, 1/25/19).

Father & Son Hunters Sentenced for Killing Black Bear Mom & Cubs in Den in Alaska (EcoWatch, 1/25/19).

NINYF*: South Korean Icebreaker Saves Chinese Researchers Stranded in Antarctic — See Photo (Nature, 1/25/19).

Finding: Coast of Wales Could be Critical Habitat for Ancient Angel Shark — See Photos & Video (BBC News, 1/25/19).

Weird: Alligators Freeze in Ice-Covered North Carolina Swamps with Noses Sticking in Air — See Photos & Video (CBS News, 1/25/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

Spacecraft Sends Back Clearer Pictures on Closer Approach to Snowman-Shaped Space Rock — See Photo (Gizmodo, 1/25/19).

Ancient Earth Rock Found Among Moon Rocks Brought Back by Apollo 14 Astronauts — See Photo (The Guardian, 1/25/19). Read more, see more photos here, here and here.

Satellites Photograph Fires, Storms, Eruptions, Other Natural Events from Space — See Images (EOS, 1/25/19).

Drones Drop Poison Bait to Combat Invasive Rats in Galápagos — See Photos (Nature, 1/24/19).

Ebola Virus Found for 1st Time in Bat in West Africa (The Washington Post, 1/24/19).

Moon illuminating a column of night, South Pole, 2017 / Daniel Michalik, ESA / Click for more.

ESA Releases Image of Moon Creating Pillar of Light at South Pole — See Photo (EarthSky, 1/24/19).

Winners of Ocean Art Underwater Photo Competition Announced — See Images (Earther, 1/23/19). See more photos here.

Deadly Bass Virus Spreading in Michigan Lakes — See Photo (, 1/23/19).

Discovery: Sluggish Sea Cucumbers Can Inflate, Rise from SeaBed, Catch a Ride on Currents when Threatened — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/22/19).

Strong Winds Push Waves of Snow Across Field in Upstate New York — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 1/22/19).

Snow, Ice, Freezing Temps Turn Niagara Falls into Winter Wonderland — See Photos & Videos (USA Today, 1/22/19).

Photographers Share Videos of Stunning Night Skies in Dark Sky Preserves — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/22/19). See more photos and video here.

Study: Sloths Seem to Thrive, Have More Babies in Habitats with Lots of Guaramo Trees — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/22/19).

• Sharp-Eyed Viewers See Meteorite Hit Moon During Lunar Eclipse — See Photo & Video (New Scientist, 1/22/19). See more photos here.

Drone Films Massive Ray Migration Off Baja — See Video (Earth Touch News Network, 1/21/19).

Study: Tiny Ancient Shark Teeth Found in Rock Containing Bones of Sue, the T. Rex — See Photo & Illo (Smithsonian, 1/21/19). Read more here.

*Nature Is Not Your Friend

Blood Moon, undated / NASA / Click for more.

Sky-Watchers Share Photos of Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Eclipse — See Images (EarthSky, 1/21/19). See more photos here and here.

Essay: Technique for Training Butterflies Works on All Species, Including Humans (, 1/20/19).

Polar Bear Knocks Camera into Hole in Sea Ice; Year Later, Photographer Gets It Back — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/20/19).

Scientists Find Fish Thriving at Bottom of California Gulf, where Low Oxygen Should Kill Them — See Photos (Phys.Org, 1/18/19).

Once on Verge of Extinction, Bison Rebound, to Benefit of All Nature — See Photos & Video (The Conversation, 1/18/19).

Florida Red Tide Kills Record 589 Sea Turtles — See Photo & Map (EcoWatch, 1/16/19).

New Look at Old Fossils Suggests Life May Have Appeared on Land Earlier than Thought (See Photo, EarthSky, 1/17/19).

Giant Ice Disk Slowly Rotates in Maine River — See News Report (WQOW, 1/17/19). Read more, see more video here and here.

Cameraman Captures Rare Footage of Philippine Eagles Raising Chick — See Video (National Geographic, 1/16/19).

Birds of Paradise are Fascinating, Breathtaking, and Disappearing — See Photos (Earther, 1/16/19).

Finding: Deforestation, Pests, Climate Change, Drought Threaten 60% of World’s Coffee Species — See Photos (Nature, 1/16/19). Read more, see more photos here and here.

Deep Blue, 1 of Biggest Known Great Whites, Last Seen Off Baja, Spotted Off Hawaii — See Photos & Video (USA Today, 1/16/19). Read more, see more photos and video here and here.

Bahamas Considers Measures to Save Disappearing Queen Conch — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/16/19).

Runaway Rodeo Cow Makes for Anchorage Park, Still Alive, Elusive & Free 7 Months Later — See Photo (The Washington Post, 1/15/19).

Michigan Resident Captures Image of Rare Rainbow around Sun — See Photo (EarthSky, 1/15/19).

Florida Keys Osprey Taken Off State Endangered List, Advocates Think Too Soon — See Photos (Miami Herald, 1/15/19).

Photo of Chameleon Embryo 1 of Many Amazing Images in Nikon Small World Photo Contest — See Photo (COSMOS, 1/15/19). See more photos here.

Polar Vortex Acting Up, Severe Winter Weather on Way — See Maps, Diagrams and Animated Video (The Washington Post, 1/15/19).

Finding: Potatoes Suffering from Too Much Single-Strain Reproduction (COSMOS, 15/19).

Bolivian Water Frog, Thought Last of Species, No Longer Alone, Researchers Find Potential Mate, Companions in Wild — See Video Report (Earther, 1/15/19).

Study: Mushrooms Can Sense, Defend against Attack — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/15/19).

Teenage Girl Bitten by Odd-Looking Shark in Australia — See Photos (USA Today, 1/14/19).

Golden Jackals Spread through Europe as Wolves Decline — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/14/19).

Good News for Earth: Hole in Ozone Layer is Healing — See Images (The Christian Science Monitor, 1/14/19).

Here Comes the Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Lunar Eclipse — See Photos, Videos & Diagrams (, 1/14/19). Read more, see more photos, videos and diagrams here, here, here, here, here and here.

Study: Could Life Exist on Planet Orbiting Sun’s Neighbor Star? Maybe — See Diagrams and Illos (EarthSky, 1/12/19).

Spiders Spin Nets across Treetops in Brazil, and Locals are Glad — See Video (Science Alert, 1/12/19).

Stranded, Disoriented Harp Seals Crowd Coastal Town in Newfoundland — See Photos & Video (The Washington Post, 1/11/19).

New Species of Indonesian Shark ID’d from Museum Specimens May Already Be Extinct…Or Not — See Photos (Earther, 1/11/19).

TSA Prefers Floppy-Eared Sniffer Dogs because People Think Floppy Means Friendly — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/11/19).

Fireball  Streaks Across Sky Over Roanoke VA — See Video (10 News, 1/11/19).

EarthSky Creates World Map of Best Places to Stargaze — See Map, Suggest a Favorite Spot (EarthSky, 1/11/19).

EU Bans  Fishing Vessels Tossing Unwanted Catch (Science, 1/11/19).

Finding: Hummingbirds are Feisty, and Bite when They Fight! — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/11/19)

Study: Female Budgies Are Attracted to Males who Impress Them as Smart — See Diagram (Science, 1/11/19). Read more here and here.

NINYF*: Extreme Snowstorms in Austria, Germany Kill 6, Trap Tourists, Ground Rescue Helicopters — See Photos & Video (The New York Times, 1/10/19). Read more, see more photos and video here.

NINYF*: Fishing Boat Flips Crossing Oregon’s Yaquina Bay Bar, Crew of 3 All Lost — See Photos & News Report (The Washington Post, 1/10/19).

Border Collies Sure Love to Have Fun — See Video (One Green Planet, 1/10/19).

Hubble Captures Beautiful Images of Merging Galaxies — See Photos & Video (EarthSky, 1/10/19).

Discovery: Some Viruses Seem to Have Belly Buttons — See Illo (COSMOS, 1/10/19).

Comet Tails are Breathtaking — See Photos (SYFY, 1/10/19)

Earth’s Magnetic North is On the Move — See Map (Nature, 1/9/19). Read more, see  photos, maps, diagrams and video hereherehere and here.

Astronomers Detect 13 New Intergalactic Fast Radio Bursts, 2nd Known Repeater, Source Still Unknown (, 1/9/19). Read more, see photos and illos here and here . See video report here.

Tanker Explosion Near Hong Kong Kills 1, Injures 4, Threatens Dolphins, Other Marine Species — See Photos & Video (EcoWatch, 1/9/19).

George, the Tree Snail, Last of His Species, Dies in Hawaii at Age 14, One of Many Species Disappearing from Islands — See Photos & Videos (National Geographic, 1/8/19).

Japanese Islanders Struggle to Save Endangered Jungle Cat from Tourists, Government Plans — See Photos (Hakai, 1/8/19).

Protected Colony of Fairy Terns Abandon Australian Sanctuary after Feral Cat Goes on Killing Spree — See Photos (WA Today, 1/8/19).

Image of Earth and moon (lower left), asteroid Bennu (upper right), captured by OSIRIS-REx spacecraft, Dec. 19, 2018, 71 million miles from Earth / NASA, Goddard, U of Arizona, Lockheed Martin Space / Click for more.

NASA Spacecraft Snaps Image of Earth & Moon from 71 Million Miles Away during Approach to Asteroid Bennu — See Photos & Videos (Daily Mail, 1/8/19). Read more here.

Finding: Noise that Afflicted Diplomats in Cuba was Crickets — Listen to Recording, See Videos of Other Strange Animal Sounds (The Atlantic, 1/8/19). Read more here.

New Ebola-Type Virus Discovered in Bats in South-Central China (STAT, 1/8/19). Read more here.

Theory: Big Bang Created Mirror Universe where Time Runs Backward (Science Alert, 1/8/19).

Finding: Mosquito-Borne Rift Valley Fever Virus Bigger Health Threat to Pregnant Women than Zika (The New York Times, 1/7/19)

Indonesian Volcano Spews Blue Lava, But Color is Only Visible at Night — See Photos (Forbes, 1/7/19).

Finding: Researchers Close in on Genetic Roots of Different Personality Traits in Different Dog Breeds (Science, 1/7/19).

Study: Oscillating Ocean Temperatures Bring Endangered Bluefin Tuna Back to UK Waters (Phys.Org, 1/7/19).

Study: Spitting Archerfish Recognize Human Faces, Even at an Angle (Scientific American, 1/7/18).

California’s Migrating Monarch Butterfly Count Plunges 86% in 2 Years (KTLA 5, 1/6/19).

Horsemen of Ua Huka in Marquesas Preserve Traditions on Untouristed Island — See Photos (National Geographic, 1/6/19).

New President of Brazil Takes Steps to Give Industries Open Access to Protected Lands — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/6/19).

Evidence Keeps Mounting: Pets Are Good for Human Health, Connection — See Photos (The Conversation, 1/6/19).

Virginia Woman Dies of Rabies from Puppy Bite in India (People, 1/5/19).

Japanese Restaurateur Spends $3.1 on 613-Lb Bluefin Tuna, a Disappearing Fish — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/5/19). Read more, see videos here.

Study: Pacific Ocean Waters Take Hundreds of Years to Circulate from Surface to Seabed(Phys.Org, 1/4/19).

Skywatcher Captures Beautiful Image of Fireball’s Iridescent Trail — See Photo (PetaPixel, 1/4/19).

New Theory of Universe: Speck of Froth on Expanding Bubble (Live Science, 1/4/19).

Wasting Disease Spreading in Deer in 25 States, Scientists Worry about Jump to Humans — See Photos (UPI, 1/4/19).

Nature Lovers Capture Images of Snow in Arizona Desert — See Photos & Video (Earther, 1/3/19).

First Meteor Shower of 2019 Peaks Tonight — See Map (AccuWeather, 1/3/19).

China Lands First Spacecraft on Far Side of Moon — See Photo & Videos (The Washington Post, 1/3/19). Read more, see more photos, video and diagrams herehere and here.

Wealthy Explorer Becomes First Person to Pilot Sub 27,480′ Down to Bottom of Marianas Trench — See Photo (Smithsonian, 1/2/19). Read more, see more photos, maps, diagrams here and here.

Earth Reaches Closest Approach to Sun in Annual Orbit on Jan. 3 (The New York Times, 1/2/19).

National Parks Being Trashed during Government Shutdown (EcoWatch, 1/2/19).

* Nature Is Not Your Friend

Ultima Thule, 4 billion miles from Earth, photographed by New Horizons, January 1, 2019 / NASA, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Southwest Research Institute / Click for more.

NASA Craft Snaps Images of Ultima Thule, Most Distant Space Rock Ever Explored — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/2/19). Read more, see more photos and video here, here, here, here, here and here, and here.

Huge SW Florida Development Plan Could be Death Knell for Last Surviving Florida Panthers — See Photo (The Guardian, 1/2/19).

Report: Electric Fences, Power Lines Threaten Wildlife in India, Kenya, South Africa — See Photo (The New York Times, 1/1/19).

NASA Probe Successfully Enters Orbit around Tiny Space Rock — See Photo (BGR, 1/1/19). Read more, see more photos, video and diagrams here.

Girl Injured by Rhinos after Slipping Through Bars at Florida Zoo (Independent, 1/1/19). Read more, see photos and news report here and here.

New York Times Offers Daily Calendar of Celestial Events (The New York Times, 1/1/19). Thanks to Deborah Wilburn for this item.