Newsletter No. 75

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 Last chances for submissions in our art competition (prompt is ‘perspective’) and photography competition (prompt is ’round’)! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES NASA successfully navigated a spacecraft to intentionally collide with an asteroid for the first time. It’s part of an ongoing mission to develop our capacity to deflect any potentially threatening asteroids from Earth. 🔗 Link Coral reefs in Australia are at risk because of an upcoming third La Niña event in a row, an occurrence that hasn’t happened since 2001. 🔗 Link A citizen scientist from Germany has 3D rendered photos from NASA’s Juno mission, revealing that Jupiter’s clouds look like enormous mountain ranges when seen up close. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES These bees are collecting paint to place it around their hive. The relatively strong smell of the paint will hide the smell of the hive from predators. Posted by AndNoc…

Newsletter No. 74

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 our competition winners from last week Orb Baller and Synic! Our next art competition has the theme ‘perspective’. We’re allowing both AI art (if you’re not familiar, check out Midjourney, Stable Diffusion, or Dall-e) and original art, so everyone will be able to participate. Our next photography competition has the theme ’round’, so get out into nature to win some points and bling your profile. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Paleontologists have discovered an ancient and remarkably well preserved algae fossil in China. It’s over 500 million years old, which predates the origin of land plants, and has shown scientists that plant complexity evolved earlier than expected. 🔗 Link 1,000-year-old stalagmites from a remote cave in India show the monsoon isn’t so reliable – their rings reveal a history of long, deadly droughts. 🔗 Link The James Webb Space Telescope has shown Neptune in a whole new light. The new…

Newsletter No. 73

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’ve got two competitions running, one for photography (with the theme ’round’) and one for art (with the theme ‘complexity from simple forms’). Get involved and win some points! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Astronauts could 3D-print tools on Mars made from Martian dust, says exciting new study. 🔗 Link LED Light pollution may be causing sleeping problems and worsening problems for wildlife. 🔗 Link A new study estimates there are 20 quadrillion individual ants across the globe, which together weigh more than all wild birds and mammals combined. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES Comparison between Hubble and James Webb’s look at the Cartwheel Galaxy Posted by the_karma_llama Decorator crabs ornament themselves with colourful anemones 🐠 Aquatic Life Decorator crabs pick up plants and animals Posted by Lenaaahmed Larva of the Imperial Fruit Sucking Moth Posted by coeliacmccarthy 🦁 Animals Happy bath time Posted by…

Newsletter No. 72

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 running an art competition! Make an original artwork with the theme ‘Complexity from simple forms’ and the winner will get 10 points and a new role. Check other entries and submit your own in 🎨・arts on Discord. DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES An hour-long stroll in nature helps decrease activity in an area of the brain associated with stress processing. 🔗 Link A shrew-like creature that lived 225 million years ago is the oldest mammal ever identified. Its descendants would fly as bats, swim as whales, and walk on the surface of the moon as humans. 🔗 Link Chimpanzees in the wild have their own ‘signature’ beats when they drum on tree roots. It’s hypothesised that they use the sounds to communicate across long distances. 🔗 Link DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES 🦜 Birds Here are ten seconds of Flamingoes feeding underwater. Posted by 5_Frog_Margin 🦁 Animals A…

Newsletter No. 71

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 Fun updates with the Discord server are happening: 1. We’ve got a new channel! 🏆・hall-of-fame is for featuring the best original photography on our server. More info (and the first entry) inside. 2. We’re looking for expressions of interest in an art competition! Info in 🤓︰feedback 3. If you’d like to play your favourite game with the community, choose your games in 🔖︰get-roles! 4. 🏅・oc-fortnightly-competition winners now get a cool role to acknowledge their win! DISCOVER EARTH / NEWS / SUBREDDIT / DISCORD / PASSAGES NASA’s Perseverance rover just turned a sample of Martian air into pure oxygen. Researchers hope that a scaled-up version could one day generate oxygen for humans on Mars. 🔗 Link After being hunted to a population of just 2 in 1902 and facing significant climate events in the 2000s, Puffins (Fratercula arctica) living in the islands off Maine have dramatically recovered to 1,300 breeding pairs thanks to conservation efforts. 🔗 Link A test launch…

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…