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Auks transform Arctic ecosystems.

Little auks are the supreme ecosystem engineers of the High Arctic. Many other seabird colonies have the same effect, but these extreme climates are highly likely to be affected by global warming. The more northerly ecosystems such as these have no alternative site left because you cannot get any further north! Svalbad little auks; Credit: Read More

Tiger, leopard and dhole share resources in India

The3 carnivores from the study are often considered only as separate species. Here is a unique opportunity to examine their real lives. Within their protected rainforest their lives become a fascinating story of day—to-day interaction with prey, shelter, water supply and—the other predators. ”Red dog” – Dhole image; Credit: © Shutterstock Carnivore and other guilds Read More

The People Have Voted on 2007 OR10’s Future Name!

Meg Schwamb • May 29, 2019 The People Have Voted on 2007 OR10’s Future Name! The results from the 2007 OR10 naming suggestion competition are in! Thanks to everyone who voted in the past month. We’ve been blown away by your response. We counted more than 280,000 votes in total! Meg Schwamb Results of the public 2007 Read More

Curiosity Gazes Upon Noctilucent Clouds Over Gale Crater

Emily Lakdawalla • May 28, 2019 Curiosity Gazes Upon Noctilucent Clouds Over Gale Crater Just imagine this scene. You’re on Mars, in Gale crater, with Curiosity. The sun has just set, and the temperature is falling rapidly. You look up. You see brilliant, wispy clouds, still sunlit even though night has fallen where you’re standing. They’re high Read More

Intriguing leadership roles in orcas linked to evolution, even in humans

The ecotypes of killers live in many places around the globe, with Hebridean population decreasing (our story from the “West Coast Community” is at: Orca’s Hebridean Overture, while Norwegian, Icelandic and several Pacific communities prosper rather better. This enthusiast is in the Antarctic enjoying the provision of ample food supplies in the form of Weddell Read More

LightSail Launch Event

Richard Chute • May 21, 2019 LightSail Launch Event Preliminary Plans LightSail 2’s launch window opens on June 22, and we are finalizing plans for our launch viewing celebrations. Once we have finished coordinating the details with the Air Force’s STP-2 mission team and the Kennedy Space Center, we will share them with all of our members Read More

Social interaction in vervets/its relevance to humans.

The vervet monkeys can be an aggressive lot, always picking fights, especially where food and territory is concerned. And the males are the fighters of choice although the females find it hard not to get involved. Doesn’t that remind you of another not-entirely-unrelated species? Vervet image; Credit: © Wouter van Vliet on Wiki (CC) Women Read More

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Images Beresheet Impact Site

Emily Lakdawalla • May 16, 2019 Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Images Beresheet Impact Site Ouch. NASA / GSFC / ASU Beresheet impact site on the Moon, before and after Before and after comparison of the landing site as seen by Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. Date in lower left indicates when the image was taken. It appears the spacecraft Read More

Tremendous cognition in tool-making, etc., in a cockatoo.

The Indonesian Goffin’s cockatoo, also known as the Tanimbar corella,(and Cacatua goffiniana has recently been exposed as an inveterate tool user and problem solver, so we are please d to see this paper today. Hopefully, more amazing animal behaviour will be forthcoming as we finally realise just what intelligence exists outside our own.Goffin’s cockatoo image; Read More

Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle

Andrew Jones • May 15, 2019 Chang’e-4 may have discovered material from the Moon’s mantle The first science results from the unprecedented Chang’e-4 lunar far side mission are in. The mission’s Yutu-2 rover, deployed from the lander shortly after the Chang’e-4 landing on 3 January, has, with the help of the Queqiao relay satellite, returned data which Read More

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