Newsletter No. 70

Discover the Earth’s wonders 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 playing a bunch on multiplayer games together on our Discord! Opt in at our 🔖︰get-roles channel! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Reintroducing bison to grasslands increases plant diversity and drought resilience. Compared to ungrazed areas, reintroducing bison increased native plant species richness by 103%. These gains continued for 29 years and were resilient to extreme drought. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES The Comet Moth (Madagascar Moon Moth) Posted by Highest_ENTity Antheraea polyphemus moth spotted in my back yard today! Posted by Highest_ENTity Vinicunca (Rainbow Mountain) in Peru. Posted by Highest_ENTity 🦁 Animals Tapir frog (Synapturanus danta). A new species of tapir frog found in the Putumayo Basin in Peru. They’ve become known as the real life chocolate frog from Harry Potter! Posted by Highest_ENTity 🐠 Aquatic Life A seal sleeping peacefully in a kelp forest, filmed off Lundy Island, UK. Posted by Faithchanda 🦁…

Newsletter No. 69

Discover the Earth’s wonders 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 Congrats to Katla, the winner of last fortnight’s photography competition! Next up is an intriguing prompt ‘secrets’ so get out into nature and see what you can discover! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Scientists discover a second asteroid that could have hit Earth at the same time as the one that killed the dinosaurs. It was much smaller, but still caused a tsunami 1 kilometre (3,200 ft) in height!  🔗 Link Researchers at Colombia University have found a way to make cement from seawater. The new process could be used to partially decarbonise the concrete industry, one of the world’s biggest CO2 emitters. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES 🦁 Animals The Chiriquí fire salamander. A new species of salamander that was discovered in Panama in 2022! Posted by Highest_ENTity The astonishing colour changing ability of an octopus 🐠 Aquatic Life Are they aliens? They’re aliens……

Newsletter No. 68

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 The theme for our photography competition this week is ‘animals’! Get your photos in before August 21st  on our Discord channel 🏆・oc-fortnightly-competition! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES A decade-long study has found that returning the least productive areas of a farm to nature makes the farm more productive overall. The new habitat encouraged natural pest control while greatly boosting local biodiversity. 🔗 Link After taking office, President Biden signed an executive order to conserve 30% of US land and water. Scientists have now drawn up interesting plans to make it happen. Their first step will be to reintroduce keystone species (grey wolves and beavers) to their historical range throughout the American West. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES 🐠 Aquatic Life This is a fluffy sponge crab, a new species discovered in West Australia in 2022! (They wear a sea sponge like a hat…

Newsletter No. 67

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 See what crazy plants & animals members of our community are discovering! We’ve set up a collaborative project on iNaturalist. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s one the the best apps for people who love nature. Jump in here https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/discover-earth-community/join and chat about it with our members in #🍃・inaturalist-fun on our Discord DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Parts of the Great Barrier Reef have recorded their highest amount of coral cover since monitoring began 36 years ago. The increases are due to fast-growing types of corals taking advantage of a period without any disturbances. 🔗 Link PFAS are a type of man-made chemical (similar to plastics) used in a huge range of everyday products. They’re now found in rainwater everywhere on Earth, and they’re cancer-causing ‘forever chemicals’ 🌈 🔗 Link Humans settled in North America 17,000 years earlier than previously believed. 🔗 Link A hummingbird species was rediscovered…

Newsletter No. 66

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 Submit your photos to our photo competition! The theme is ‘water’ which can be interpreted however you like, just send it in on our 🏆・oc-fortnightly-competition channel on Discord before August 6! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES UCLA researchers have discovered that lunar pits and caves could provide stable temperatures for human habitation. The team discovered shady locations within pits on the moon that always hover around a comfortable 63°F or 17°C. 🔗 Link Researchers have found that a native New Zealand stinging tree produces toxins that could hold clues for future pain medication. It activates pain receptors in a new way, opening exciting possibilities for new pain therapies. So many useful things are found in nature! 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES The fractal growth pattern of an ammonite septum Posted by Radiallykindle   🦁 Animals Groundhog steals farmer’s crop and eats it…