Nature 2021

April 2021

Special Report: How Do We Define, Learning, Memory, Thinking & Do Plants Pass the Test? (Aeon, 4/2/21).

Man Gets Slapped by Octopus in Australia — See Video (, 4/1/21). Read more, see more photos and video here.

15,000 Honey Bees Swarm Car in N.M, Bee-Loving Firefighter Removes & Relocates Them — See Photos (The New York Times, 4/1/21).

March 2021

Blackwater Photographers Document World of Larval Marine Creatures that Rise from Deep Ocean Only at Night — See Images (The New York Times, 3/31/21).

How Did Mama Bear Get Cubs Across the Road? It Wasn’t Easy  — Watch Video (ViralHog, YouTube, 3/27/21).

Study: Octopuses Change Colors During REM Sleep, the Dream-Stage Sleep in Humans — See Photos & Video (COSMOS, 3/26/21).

IUCN: Africa’s Savannah Elephants are Endangered, Forest Elephants Could Soon Disappear — See Photos (The New York Times, 3/25/21).

Report: Scientists May/May Not Have Discovered New Particle that May/May Not Change Laws of Physics (The Conversation, 3/23/21).

Researchers Hope Recent Jaguar Sightings Mean Species is Spreading from Mexico Back into U.S.— See Photos, Map & Video (National Geographic, 3/23/21).

Wildlife Officials Find Carcass of Huge, Fascinating, Potentially Invasive & Destructive Amazonian Fish in Florida River— See Photos & Video (Live Science, 3/23/21).

Theory: Much of Water that Once Flowed on Mars Preserved in Minerals Below Surface (Gizmodo, 3/17/21).

Study: Ancient Earth was Almost Completely Covered by Water — See Illo (EarthSky, 3/17/21).

Philly to Dim Lights at Night during Bird Migration Season (EcoWatch, 3/16/21).

Report: As World Runs Out of Usable Sand, Costs of Meeting Demand Become Horrific (EcoWatch, 3/15/21).

Experts Warn Mauna Loa, World’s Largest Volcano, on Big Island of Hawaii Could Blow — See Photo & Map (Weatherboy, 3/15/21).

Woman Startled, Thrilled by Encounter with Strange, Rarely Seen Ghost Bird in Colombia — See Photos & Video (Daily Mail, 3/12/21).

Cold Weather, Pollution, Food Shortage Drive Manatee Deaths in Florida (EcoWatch 3/11/21).

January 2021

After 17-Year Hibernation, Millions of Brood X Cicadas to Emerge This Spring — See Photo (EcoWatch, 1/22/21).

Inspired Editing Creates Beautiful Video of Birds Dancing to “Blue Danube” Waltz — See Video (ShakeUp Music, YouTube, 1/19/21). Thank you to Jane Meigs for this item.

Deceptively Dangerous Waves Send Jet-Skiers Scrambling, Injure One in Oahu — See Video (USA Today, 1/19/21)

Sea Lions Show Off Surfing Skills Off Santa Barbara Island — See Video (YouTube, 1/16/21).9

Discovery: Deadly Electric Eels in Amazon Hunt in Packs — See Video (Science, 1/14/21).

Report: Evidence Keeps Piling Up Birds Are Really Smart—See Photos & Illo (National Geographic, 1/14/21).

Animal Cam Captures First Footage of Rare Wolverine in Yellowstone Park— See Video (The New York Times, 1/13/21).

Study: Macaque Thieves at Bali Temple Demand Better Bribes to Return More Valuable Tourist Items — See Photo & Chart (The Guardian, 1/13/21).

Cat 5 Atmospheric River Brings Damaging Winds, Rain, Snow to Pacific Northwest  — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/13/21).

Study: Dire Wolves Were Real but Weren’t Really Wolves — See Illo (Science, 1/13/21). Read more here.

Newly Discovered Comet, Due Jan ’22, Could be Bright Enough to See during Day — See Photos & Diagrams (EarthSky, 1/13/21).

Unknown A’Hole Carves “TRUMP” on Manatee’s Back — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/12/21).

Planck Space Telescope Image of Radiation from Big Bang, 2013 / ESA, Earthsky / Click for more.

Newest Most Accurate Estimate: Universe is 13.77 Billion Years Old — See Photos & Diagram (EarthSky, 1/12/21). Read more, see more photos and video here.

In Certain Spots Around the World, Cars & Balls Seem to Roll Uphill — See Photos & Video (Science Alert 1/9/21).

Q: Why Haven’t Crocs Changed in 200 Million Years? A: They Don’t Need To — See Photos & Illos (The Conversation, 1/7/21). Read more, see more photos, illos and video here.

Finding: Earth’s Spin Speeding Up…by Milliseconds (Phys.Org, 1/7/21). Read more here.

Horseshoe Bend, New River Gorge National River, W. VA. / National Park Service, EcoWatch / Click for more.

W. Va’s New River Gorge National River —One of Oldest Rivers in N. America — Becomes State’s First National Park — See Photos (EcoWatch, 1/7/21).

26-Foot Basking Shark Washes Up on Maine Beach — See Photos (Live Science 1/7/21).

Special Report: Meet Fatu & Najin, Mother & Daughter, Last 2 Northern White Rhinos in World — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/6/21).

Study: The Platypus’s Strange Looks & Traits Jibe with Strange Mix of Genes— See Photo (Futurity, 1/6/21).

Stunted Giraffes in Uganda, Namibia Thought to be Dwarfs — See Photos (The New York Times, 1/6/21). Read more, see more photos here.

Study: Moon Jellies Use Hydrodynamics to Move through Open Sea — See Photo & Video (New Scientist, 1/6/21). Read more, see more video here.

Asteroid Due in March Could Be Biggest of 2021 & So Fast Stargazers Can Watch It Move — See Diagrams (EarthSky, 1/6/21).

Study: Young Ravens Rival Adult Apes in Cognitive Abilities — See Photo & Videos (My Modern Met, 1/5/21).

Researchers Do Callous Experiment with Starlings to See if They Can Swim — See Video (Science, 1/5/21).

NINYF*: Sneaker Wave Takes Lives of 3 of 4 Family Members Walking on California Beach — See Photo (CNN, 1/5/21).

Stratospheric Warming Over the North Pole, Jan 4 2021 / MJVentrice / Click for more.

Atmospheric Warming Disrupts Polar Vortex, Could Cause Crazy Winter Weather in Northern Hemispheres — See Diagrams, Photo & Video (The Washington Post, 1/5/21). Read more, see more photos, images, diagrams and video here, here, herehere and here.

Surprise Visit by Painted Bunting Thrills Maryland Birders — See Photos (The Washington Post, 1/3/21). Read more, see more photos here.

Harvard Astronomer Thinks Interstellar Object Oumuamua Came from Alien Civilization — See Illo (SlashGear, 1/3/21). Read more here.

Astronomers Debate: Was Spring 2020 Space Signal Sent by Intelligent Life? (Daily Kos, 1/2/21).

Quadrantid Meteor Shower Peaks Tonight— See Photo (LifeHacker, 1/2/21). Read more here.

Shark Expert Floats Controversial Plan for Reducing Attacks (The New York Times, 1/1/21).

Volcanic Activity Prompts Evacuation Warning in St. Vincent’s & Grenadines — See Photos (Daily Mail, 1/1/21). Read more, see more photos here.

Record-Breaking Bomb Cyclone Strengthens Off Western Alaska (The Seattle Times, 1/1/21). Read more, see map, model and satellite video here.

Earth Reaches Closest Annual Approach to Sun Tomorrow Morning — See Diagrams (EarthSky, 1/1/21). Read more, see video here.