Newsletter No. 44

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES New channels in our Discord!  🎤・oc-field-recordings is for nature sounds, which is a massively underrated way to immerse yourself in nature. Also 🐙・oc-underwater-photography, for all your pics of the creatures of the deep. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES South Australia’s gorgeous Swift Parrots are in danger of extinction from the logging industry destroying their habitat… Why? To make wood chips and wooden pallets. Here’s a petition to support the birds. 🔗 Link Photographer Nicky Bay has captured the world’s vainest spider, found in the rainforests of Singapore. This spider literally has a mirror on its own ass. 🔗 Link An underreported aspect of the conflict in Ukraine is the war’s environmental cost. Fighting in industrial areas risks creating extremely toxic pollution, worsening the situation for both people and nature. 🔗 Link Conservationists are trying a new approach in helping native species survive feral cats: Tough love. By putting small numbers of cats within protected environments, prey species are learning to adapt. 🔗 Link A single…

Newsletter No. 43

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Just a short newsletter this week. We’ve got a number of streaming events coming up, including Green Planet (2022), The Europa Report (2013), and Alien Worlds (2020). Choose a time in the ✨・party-request Discord channel. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES The soil is noisy! Scientists have trained their ears to the ground and discovered a cacophony of unexpected sounds. Some of it seems unintentional, like the footsteps of an elephant which travel for miles. Others are embedded with meaning, like territorial grubs that warn rivals to stay away. 🔗 Link Bald Eagles are getting poisoned by bullets left behind in animal carcasses from hunters and ranchers… at an alarming rate. Half of the eagles tested across the US had chronic, toxic levels of lead in their blood. One solution is to switch to copper bullets. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Imam Mosque, Isfahan, Iran Posted by discover_earth 🐇 🦁 Animals I was today years old when I learned…

Newsletter No. 42

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES We hosted our first real streaming event this week, and it was awesome! Keep an eye on Discord to opt in to the next one – Episode 2 of David Attenborough’s stunning new series, Green Planet. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Some spiders can pick up sounds in the air using their webs as acoustic antennae, and because the spider silk responds so precisely to vibrating air molecules, the webs may act as the most sensitive “eardrums” in the natural world. So the spider outside your bedroom window knows *exactly* what’s going on. 🔗 Link A new archeological find suggests Neanderthals and humans co-habited the same area of Southern France for 10,000 years. Still no word on how Europeans got a small percentage of Neanderthal DNA mixed up with their own, but maybe it had something to do with the cute Neanderthal-next-door. 🔗 Link There’s been a major breakthrough on nuclear fusion from a lab in the UK by using new materials. Fusion generates power…

Newsletter No. 41

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES We’re doing an event this week! Streaming ep. 1 of Attenborough’s mind-blowing new show Green Planet. But with the Discover Earth crew we’ll learn as much interesting stuff in the chat as we will on the screen. See #✨・party-request on Discord. We’ve partnered with Brain STEM, one of the biggest science servers on Discord. Best thing about it is its active community for homework help on any STEM subject. Very useful for anyone at school or college. See #🤗︰partnered-servers or: https://discord.gg/brainstem Our newsletter has a new section featuring the best posts of the week from our Discord community, so watch out for your posts right here each week. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Song sparrows make custom mixtapes for their loves. A new study found that male song sparrows pay great care to shuffle and remix their songs so that their performance stays fresh for the ladies. 🔗 Link Special ‘bee bricks’ that create lil bee houses are now a requirement for new buildings in Brighton….