Newsletter No. 48

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord Proudly sponsored by Get thousands of the best documentaries from just $2.99 a month. Start here! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES One of our partnered Discord servers, Phytocord, is hosting a presentation on the evolutionary history of plants on April 3rd. More info: https://discord.com/events/860915197589848135/958065301990277151 Jan Böhm, a member of our Discord community, is starting an email newsletter called Infinity ‘for dreamers, space enthusiasts, stargazers’, and more. Get it here: https://mailchi.mp/7e34f9a2b21f/infinity DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Forests help reduce global warming not just by sequestering carbon, but also by releasing water and aerosols which can cool global temperatures up to 0.3°C. 🔗 Link But replanting forests must be done in the right way. Planting just one type of tree creates a monoculture, which supports far less biodiversity than planting diverse, indigenous tree life. 🔗 Link Scientists have discovered part of the secret of how vampire bats survive on a blood-only diet. Compared to their close relatives, they’ve lost a number of genes that make blood more palatable. As a result they…

Newsletter No. 47

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord Proudly sponsored by Get thousands of the best documentaries from just $2.99 a month. Start here! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES We’re now a community of 500 members!!! This is a major milestone for a Discord server, and is a sign that we’re onto something! It hasn’t gone unnoticed that many members are content creators, often with a shared philosophy but with different skills. So we’ve made two channels to empower them in the community: #🤝︰collaborations and #😎︰share-your-socials. This week’s streaming is David Attenborough’s Green Planet E03: Seasonal Worlds. Pop in on Friday/Saturday (depending on where you live). DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Monday was the International Day of Forests, so if you haven’t done so already, take a stroll under the trees and enjoy nature’s own cathedral. In many parts of the world, notably Europe, there is significantly more forest than there was 100 years ago. 🔗 Link Space agencies around the world have also passed a milestone this week. They’ve collectively discovered over 5,000 planets outside of our…

Newsletter No. 46

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord Proudly sponsored by Get thousands of the best documentaries from just $2.99 a month. Start here! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES More streaming events this week! Tune in to our Discord on Friday/Saturday to watch some sci-fi movies and more Attenborough docos together. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Scientists have trained an algorithm to predict what emotion a pig is feeling based on its grunts and squeals, to 92% accuracy. With the right data, it could be trained on other animals too. 🔗 Link A new fossil has revealed that a reptile from New Zealand (the ‘tuatara’) has been unchanged for 190 million years, and may have crawled through the undergrowth alongside our shrew-like mammalian ancestors. That’s just short of evolution’s king of the philosophy of “if it’s not broke don’t fix it’; the crocodile. 🔗 Link Pollution from agriculture, septic tanks, urban runoff and other sources has killed the seagrass that Florida’s manatee population lives on during winter months. So people have fed them… 55 tons of lettuce. The…

Newsletter No. 45 (Fixed)

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES We’ve created a new channel in our Discord – check out #✊・activism to discuss and learn about causes, especially environmental ones. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES A community in New Zealand has chosen to turn off their streetlights for 6 months. Why? Because they ruin the view of the stars in the night sky. Kings. 🔗 Link Scientists in the cloud forests of Costa Rica have come to a conclusion that applies globally. If we’re going to maintain the Earth’s biodiversity, we must treat other species as “legitimate members of a green sustainable nation”. In other words, we need to encourage bioliteracy. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES 🧪 Science The effect of gravity on the shape of a flame Posted by discover_earth 🦋 Insects Monarch Caterpillars forming a Chrysalis Posted by Taupo 🦋 Insects A tiny and rather fancy planthopper (family Derbidae) in Madagascar. The paddle-shaped structures on the front of its head are antennae! There are some…

Newsletter No. 45

Discover the Earth from a cosmic perspective Chat about this email with other readers on Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES We’ve created a new channel in our Discord – check out #✊・activism to discuss and learn about causes, especially environmental ones. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES A community in New Zealand has chosen to turn off their streetlights for 6 months. Why? Because they ruin the view of the stars in the night sky. Kings. 🔗 Link Scientists in the cloud forests of Costa Rica have come to a conclusion that applies globally. If we’re going to maintain the Earth’s biodiversity, we must treat other species as “legitimate members of a green sustainable nation”. In other words, we need to encourage bioliteracy. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES 🧪 Science The effect of gravity on the shape of a flame Posted by discover_earth 🦋 Insects Monarch Caterpillars forming a Chrysalis Posted by Taupo 🦋 Insects A tiny and rather fancy planthopper (family Derbidae) in Madagascar. The paddle-shaped structures on the front of its head are antennae! There are some…