Fifty years of data show spring and fall bird migrations changing

Bird-banding data in North America shows a spring migration pattern that’s become progressively earlier with each of the last 5 decades, and a fall migration that’s lasting longer than 50 years ago.

African dust bombards the Canary Islands

These hot, dust-laden winds are known as “la calima” and happen most often in winter. They can blow at up to 75 mph (120 kph). The dust kicked up last weekend in Africa drifted over the Canary Islands, shutting down airports and stranding travelers.

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Arctic ice melt changing major ocean current

A major ocean current in the Arctic is faster and more turbulent as a result of rapid sea ice melt, according to a new study.

Fossilized bee in amber, with four larval beetle parasites.

A bee from the age of dinosaurs

One hundred million years ago, a bee got trapped in tree resin. Over time, geological forces converted the resin to amber. Now a scientist arrives on the scene, to tell us this bee’s story.

Illustration of a swimming turtle and a fish.

This extinct horned turtle was the size of a car

Recently-discovered fossils shed new light on an enormous horned turtle that roamed South America 5 to 10 million years ago.

Meet the Reaper of Death, a new Canadian tyrannosaur

A new tyrannosaur species named Thanatotheristes, which means “reaper of death,” was the apex predator of its time, 79 million years ago in present day Alberta, Canada.

January 2020 was Earth’s warmest on record, again

January 2020 was the planet’s hottest January in the NOAA global temperature dataset record, which dates back to 1880.

Snow-covered mountaintop with people.

Himalayan glacier shows evidence of start of Industrial Revolution

Human beings altered one of the highest peaks in the Himalayas hundreds of years before a person ever set foot there, new research has found.

Chance fossil discovery reveals ancient marine reptile

Scientists raced against a rising tide to recover a tantalizing fossil on an island in southeast Alaska. It turned out to be a species new to science.

Golden-colored wavy forms.

Sand dunes can ‘communicate’ with each other

For the first time, a new experiment from the University of Cambridge has shown how sand dunes “communicate” and interact with each other as they move.

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Great Backyard Bird Count begins February 14

Show your love for birds by joining the 2020 Great Backyard Bird Count. It is free and easy to participate in this 4-day global event. Find out how here.

Tired of watching politics? Watch live panda cam

Listen to the birds chirping and watch the giant pandas loll around and chew on bamboo. Peace!

Poll reveals climate change as most important issue for U.S. adults

A Harris Poll survey – conducted online in December on behalf of the American Psychological Association – reports that more than half of U.S. adults (56%) cite climate change as the most important issue facing the world today.

Australian smoke plume sets records

The recent wildfires in Australia sent one of the largest plumes of smoke higher into the the stratosphere than satellites have ever before observed.

Ötzi the Iceman’s final days

Scientists have identified ancient mosses in, on and around the 5,300-year-old glacier mummy that add to the story of the final 48 hours before his murder.

Green water and a huge wall of ice,and a tiny orange kayak

Robot kayaks track tidewater glacier melting

A new study sent robotic kayaks to survey the water in front of Alaska’s LeConte Glacier – an area too dangerous for ships – to analyze how much glacial ice is melting into the ocean.

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What is Earth’s shadow, and when can you see it?

Like all worlds orbiting suns, our planet Earth casts a shadow. Here are some times to look for it.

Cit­izen scientists identify new form of north­ern lights

Space researchers and amateur photographers in Finland have categorized a new type of aurora, or northern lights. They call them “dunes.” Read more and see a video.

Researchers clearing snow at the drill site.

Warm water measured below Antarctic glacier

The warm water found flowing under Thwaites Glacier in western Antarctica helps explain its rapid melting. Thwaites is part of what’s described the “weak underbelly” of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Its melting has implications for sea-level rise around the world.

Here are 5 animals you didn’t know existed

Ever heard of a humphead parrotfish, or seen a worm-eating giant snail?! Here are 5 animals you might have never heard of, in a new video from the BBC.