Newsletter #18

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Just modest growth on the r/DiscoverEarth subreddit this week, growing by over 1k to 12.8k people. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Scientists used X-ray imaging to capture the process of how ants construct their tunnels. They found that the ants have evolved to intuitively sense which grain particles they can remove while maintaining the stability of the structure, much like removing individual blocks in a game of Jenga. πŸ”— Link A gigantic and ancient individual coral (at 438 years old) has been discovered off Australia’s Orpheus Island, part of the Great Barrier Reef. Astonishingly, it’s in excellent health despite the decline of the coral around it. πŸ”— Link NASA delayed the September launch of an earth-surveillance satellite because of the Covid-induced oxygen shortage. Other launches across the industry may be pushed back, too. πŸ”— Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES πŸ¦‹ Insects The Curetis acuta caterpillar has a bizarre reaction if it gets surprised or scared Posted by discover_earth 🐠 Aquatic Life I hope to see…

Newsletter #17

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES The r/DiscoverEarth subreddit grew by ~ 1,500 people to 11,500! πŸš‚ We might have an article published in chemical-collective.com soon. They’re manufacturers of legal psychedelics in the EU and are branching out into publishing. Negotiations are pending! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES A climate-change linked drought in North Dakota has caused local plants to produce fewer and shorter-lasting flowers. For honeybees, this means less honey, which means lower reserves for winter, which means reduced brood production. In isolation, maybe this isn’t so bad. But these bees pollinate California cash crops like plums, apples, and 80% of the world’s almond supply, so consumers can expect soaring costs. Everything is connected. πŸ”— Link India has a new law: “The manufacture, import, stocking, distribution, sale and use of (the) following single-use plastic, including polystyrene and expanded polystyrene, commodities shall be prohibited with effect from July 1, 2022”. In 2019 India led a UN Environment Assembly resolution on single-use plastic products pollution. Now it’s putting its money where its mouth is.Β  πŸ”— Link…

Newsletter #16

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Our r/DiscoverEarth subreddit is about to reach our 10,000 goal, with 9,938 subscribers! 2 weeks ago we had just 6,300! Next up: 20,000 πŸš€ DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES The highest temperature ever recorded in Europe was set this week – A town in Sicily reached 48.8 C (119.8 F) πŸ”—Β Link The Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan. President Biden has defended his decision to withdraw US troops, blaming Afghani political leaders and their military for the rapidly deteriorating situation, saying that they “gave up, sometimes without trying to fight” πŸ”— Link Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin has sued the U.S government over NASA’s decision to award a $2.9 billion lunar lander contract to Elon Musk’s SpaceX, arguing that SpaceX was given preferable treatment πŸ”—Β Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES 🐠 Aquatic Life Scientists encountered the alien-like Planctoteuthis squid on a deep ROV dive yesterday Posted by discover_bot 🐠 Aquatic Life However your day has gone today, you need this. Wait for it… Posted by discover_bot 🦜…

Newsletter #15

News from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Our r/DiscoverEarth subreddit has grown by +1100 subscribers this week, to 7,500! We’re picking up steam. Next stop 10,000! πŸš‚πŸŒ DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Every 6-7 years, the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a body of the UN) creates a report on the state of the world’s climate. The latest report came out yesterday, and it’s… not good. Global temperatures have already risen by 1.09C, we already have extreme weather to show for it, and it’s going to get worse. This is a “code red” for civilisation, and question is how quickly we can decarbonise. πŸ”— Link Thailand bans coral-damaging sunscreens in marine parks πŸ”— Link Whales in Alaska are happier than they’ve ever been, as a result of decreased boating traffic. Now they are having longer, more detailed ‘conversations’, and can let their calves roam at greater distances. πŸ”— Link Giraffes have social lives as deep as elephants. Far from the aloof and preening creatures of past understanding, they have cooperative social systems, matrilineal societies and elaborate systems…

Newsletter #14

  News from a cosmic perspective Chat about this newsletter with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Our newsletter has a new look! Also, our Discord chat now has two types of role rewards. The more you participate, the better colour fonts you can unlock! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES As many as 1/3 of white-tailed deer in the Northeast US could have been infected by SARS-CoV-2 – the first detection of widespread exposure in wild animals. The deer could become a β€˜reservoir’ of the virus, giving it a refuge to evolve and spread back to people πŸ”— Link Fortunately, the US just passed a major milestone: 70% of adults now have at least 1 Covid shot πŸ”— Link Light from behind a black hole has been detected for the first time, which gives weight to Einstein’s theory that gravity affects both space and time πŸ”— Link Sex with Homo sapiens may have introduced a rare blood disorder into Neanderthal populations, which could help explain their decline πŸ”— Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES   Earth at night viewed from space. Posted by discover_bot…