Tag Archives: Nature

Aurora Australis in Red

Red Aurora Over Australia Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Cherney (Terrastro, TWAN) Explanation: Why would the sky glow red? It’s the Aurora Australis which like its Borealis sister in the Northern Hemisphere is normally green. But a solar storm in 2012, … Continue reading

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New Ancient Otter Species Was the Size of a Wolf

Dr. Denise Su, curator and head of paleobotany and paleoecology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History was co-author on new research that described a species of otter new to science and that is among the largest otter species known. … Continue reading

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Pineapple Express Soaks California 

An atmospheric river has been flooding California and other parts of the western United States with rain and snow for nearly a week. Precipitation could be measured in feet rather than inches in some locations, and rivers and valleys filled … Continue reading

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Cobra Gypsies: the Kalbelya of Rajasthan

Filmmaker Raphael Treza traveled to northern India and lived among an ancient tribe known as the Kalbeliya for three months. Cobra Gypsies is the vibrant and enlightening document of that journey. The Kalbeliyas are a highly spirited people; ebullient in their celebration … Continue reading

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New Word to Start the Year: “Sarchasm”

SARCHASM – The gulf between the author of a sarcastic joke and the person who doesn’t get it. ~Found on QI, one of the winners in the Washington Post’s Style Invitational) In hopes of escaping the memories of the anno horribilis we’ve … Continue reading

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Sea Shepherd finds Japanese whaler ‘hiding behind iceberg’

Japan persists in hunting whales despite the International Whaling Commission having found their claims of “scientific research” to be blatant lies. But now they are facing Sea Shepherd’s new faster interceptors that can keep pace with the murderous harpooners. After … Continue reading

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Tracing the Sun from Solstice to Solstice

 Today, December 21st, would have been my mother’s 99th birthday and of lesser import it is also the Solstice, the first day of winter in the north and summer in the south. To celebrate, watch this amazing timelapse video tracing the Sun’s apparent movement … Continue reading

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Amazonian ‘Stonehenge’- the Rego Grande Sun Stones

It pleases me greatly that I have lived long enough to see that modern scientists have come to understand that before it was tropical rainforest the Amazon was a cultivated landscape. A huge complex of cities and farms connected by advanced … Continue reading

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Aurora Borealis Live Webcam

Living in San Francisco one learns to not get too excited about our planet’s celestial shows. In the summer and winter it is often overcast so the Leonid and Perseid meteor showers are almost never visible. So watching the live … Continue reading

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Godric Gryffindor Inspires Name for Unusual Spider in India

A new species of peculiarly shaped spider has been named after the owner of the Hogwarts Sorting Hat.   It’s almost as if the Sorting Hat apparated to a forest in southern India where it was transfigured into a spider. … Continue reading

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