Newsletter No. 40

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 has grown to 20,000 subscribers!!! πŸ₯³πŸŽ‰πŸΎ We’ve got a new channel in our Discord chat #macrophotography, which is about spectacular photos of the very small. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Great Barrier Reef will receive another $1 billion in funding, with the intention of saving jobs and environment πŸ”— Link NASA will name the first astronauts to participate in its Artemis moon mission later this year, which will soon return humans to the moon. πŸ”— Link NASA planet-hunting mission has passed a major milestone by finding 5,000 possible alien worlds (planets outside of our solar system) in less than 4 years πŸ”— Link The dropping price of satellites is changing the economics of space. A mission to sample Venus’ atmosphere for signs of life may be funded privately – by a Russian billionaire and his not-for-profit research organisation. πŸ”— Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES 🐠 Aquatic Life Meet the Skeleton Panda Sea Squirts, also known as Ascidians πŸ’€πŸΌ Posted by discover_earth The…

Newsletter No. 39

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Our Discord chat has reached over 400 members! Congrats to <@603882288358359054> for being number 400. πŸŽ‰πŸΎπŸ₯³ DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES The first Tarantula species ever found to live in bamboo has been discovered… by wildlife YouTuber πŸ”— Link Record numbers of killer whales have been spotted off Victoria’s coast, including a number of calves πŸ”— Link A new national park has been made in Western Australia, which will protect populations of the endangered (and exceptionally cute) numbat πŸ”— Link A new study has concluded that chemical pollution has passed ‘safe limits’, and now threatens the stability of global ecosystems upon which humanity depends. πŸ”— Link Conservation efforts to support Nepal’s population of the vulnerable greater one-horned rhino have been slow but successful, with populations growing by >600 individuals in the last 60 yearsΒ πŸ”— Link People across the UK are getting back into nature to help their mental health. New programs have been reconnecting nature reserves with local communities, called ‘green social prescribing’, where people can walk, plant trees,…

Newsletter No. 38

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Another new channel in our Discord! #astronomy is for our stargazing and astronomy pics. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES There is broad bipartisan support for stopping the sale of single-use plastics at national parks. A new poll indicates 82% of U.S. voters would support such an initiative. πŸ”— Link A very big upgrade to the US power grid is kicking off. The Department of Energy has launched an initiative to develop and upgrad high-capacity electric transmission lines. Great news for electric vehicles, charging infrastructure, and clean energy in the US. πŸ”— Link James Webb Space Telescope has completed its extremely elaborate deployment process. The sunshield alone has 140 release mechanisms, 70 hinge assemblies, 400 pulleys, 90 cables and eight deployment motors… and all of them worked perfectly. What’s next is five months of precise calibrations before it collects its first image.Β πŸ”— Link A citizen scientist has discovered a new planet. Tom Jacobs from Washington spotted a telltale sign in NASA data and discovered planet TOI-2180 b orbiting a star…

Newsletter No. 37

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Our Discord is growing quickly! We’ve now passed 365 members. πŸŽ‰πŸŽŠπŸ₯³ We’ve also got some new channels! Check out #big-history, a channel for the scientific story of the universe from the Big Bang until now. Also #meditation. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Greenland, one of the countries most affected by climate change, has permanently banned all oil and gas exploration πŸ”— Link Astronomers have captured a rare and elusive event. The final days of a red giant star, and its subsequent supernova explosion πŸ”— Link Australian palaeontologists have made the discovery of a lifetime. The fossilised remains of a 15 million year old rainforest down to an extraordinary level of detail. There is even a fly with grains of pollen still attached to its head. It’s an incredible window into a little-known ecosystem. It could lead to the discovery of hundreds of new species. πŸ”— Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES πŸ¦– Ancient Life This is the 72-million-year-old dinosaur embryo discovered inside a fossilised egg …….

Newsletter No. 36

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES Lots of new channels! #science, #history, #art, and #travel-and-holidays are already thriving with new community content. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES A Utah State University student has found that beavers and their dams can protect desert river ecosystems from pollution, sediment runoff, and climate change. πŸ”— Link The wind turbines of the future may use AI to see birds and shut down when they approach. Tests with a system calledΒ IdentiFlight have shown a 84% reduction in eagle deaths when in use. πŸ”— Link A huge supply of water has been found on Mars, frozen at the bottom of Valles Marineris – the ‘Martian Grand Canyon’. Its area is greater than that of the Netherlands. It is both a resource to exploit and a scientific curiosity, as it may contain proto-life fragments. πŸ”— Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / COMMUNITY / PASSAGES 🦜 Birds Village weavers typically build their nests in colonies with each pair weaving their own nest suspended from a tree branch. These weavers have devised a way…