EarthSky Voices
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Eclipses make animals do strange things

How do solar and lunar eclipses influence animal behavior? While the human world gathers to see tonight’s lunar eclipse, what’s the rest of nature doing?

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Himalayan glaciers melting double fast since 2000

A new study, which used declassified images from spy satellites, shows that glaciers in the Himalayas melted twice as fast from 2000 to 2016 as they did from 1975 to 2000.

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Will planetary low tide force regular sunspot sync-ups?

No, it’s not pseudoscience. Does a regular alignment of planets make a strong-enough tug to regulate the sun’s 11- and 22-year cycles? Read more in this story via Eos – a source for news and perspectives about Earth and space science – from the American Geophysical Union.

Zombie ants revisited

You’ll meet the parasitic fungi that take control of living insects in this story by Gino Brignoli, a London-based researcher in tropical ecology.

6 things to know about carbon dioxide

Scientists say increased carbon dioxide (CO2) in Earth’s atmosphere is causing global temperatures to warm – sea levels to rise – and storms, droughts, floods and fires to become more severe. Here are 6 things about CO2 you might not know.

Ants crawling on a cupcake.

6 amazing facts about ants

It’s summer here in the Northern Hemisphere. And summertime is ant time. Here are 6 things about ants you might not know.

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US astronomers speak on SpaceX Starlink satellites

The American Astronomical Society – chief organization for US astronomers – said it is in conversations with SpaceX about the impending launch of 12,000 Starlink satellites. The astronomers worry the satellites will interfere with their work of understanding the universe.

Waterfall illusion: Still objects seem to move

Check out this optical illusion and find out what it says about your brain.

View from space of ice-covered Great Slave Lake.

View from space: North America’s deepest lake

Roughly the same size of Belgium, Canada’s Great Slave Lake runs nearly 2,000 feet (600 meters) deep. This article from NASA Earth Observatory describes the lake and conditions around it in 2019.

Purple silhouettes of a modern beaver, a human, and a giant beaver.

Why super-sized beavers went extinct

Super-sized beavers were as big as black bears. They suddenly became extinct 10,000 years ago, while small modern beavers survived. Now scientists know why.