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A Peculiar Side Effect of Prozac: Fish Swimming in Our Waste Lose Their Individuality
15th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The fish on antidepressants seemed to lose their capability for individuality as a result of their exposure, with variations in behaviour between separate animals diminishing as the dose got stronger.

Life found beneath Antarctic ice sheet ‘shouldn’t be there’
15th February 2021 | newscientist.com | Animal Life, Earth, Humans

The inadvertent discovery of sea life on a boulder beneath an Antarctic ice shelf challenges our understanding of how organisms can live in environments far from sunlight, according to a team of biologists.

Birds can ‘read’ the Earth’s magnetic signature well enough to get back on course
12th February 2021 phys.org | Animal Life, Earth

Birdwatchers get very excited when a ‘rare’ migratory bird makes landfall having been blown off-course and flown beyond its normal range. But these are rare for a reason; most birds that have made the journey before they are able to correct for large displacements and find their final destination.

Vast ‘Belts’ Around Earth Accelerate Particles Close to Light Speed, And Now We Know How
6th February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space

When you look up at the sky, the region of space around Earth may look as clear as a song, but there’s a heck of a lot going on out there that we can’t see.

635 million-year-old fossil is the oldest known land fungus
1st February 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth

The oldest evidence of land fungus may be a wee microfossil that’s 635 million years old, found in a cave in southern China.

A Mineral That Keeps Showing Up on Mars Has Been Found Deep in The Antarctic Ice
1st February 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Humans, Space

Deep – really deep – in the Antarctic ice, scientists have found jarosite, a tawny-hued mineral that’s rarely found on Earth, but seems to be curiously abundant on the red planet.

Professor Avi Loeb: ‘It would be arrogant to think we’re alone in the universe’
1st February 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans, Space

When Harvard professor Avi Loeb discovered possible signs of extraterrestrial activity, it caused a scandal in the research community. Is fear and conservatism stopping science from considering plausible evidence that there are aliens out there?

Earth’s Second ‘Moon’ Will Take a Final Lap Before Waving Bye-Bye to Us For Good
30th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Space

“What second moon,” you ask? Astronomers call it 2020 SO – a small object that dropped into Earth’s orbit about halfway between our planet and the moon in September 2020.

Ancient rivers reveal multiple Sahara Desert greenings
30th January 2021 phys.org | Ancient, Animal Life, Earth, Humans

Large parts of the Sahara Desert were green thousands of years ago, evidenced by prehistoric engravings in the desert of giraffes, crocodiles and a stone-age cave painting of humans swimming.

Mysterious ‘kick’ just after the Big Bang may have created dark matter
27th January 2021 | livescience.com | Earth, Humans, Space

One of the lingering mysteries of the universe is why anything exists at all.

Clues on 1,000 Years of The Sun’s Turbulent Activity Are Hidden in Earth’s Trees
27th January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans, Space

The Sun has a lot of rhythm and goes through different cycles of activity. The most well-known cycle might be the Schwabe cycle, which has an 11-year cadence. But what about cycles with much longer time scales? How can scientists understand them?

‘No more broken treaties’: indigenous leaders urge Biden to shut down Dakota Access pipeline
22nd January 2021 | theguardian.com | Earth, Humans

Indigenous leaders and environmentalists are urging Joe Biden to shutdown some of America’s most controversial fossil fuel pipelines, after welcoming his executive order cancelling the Keystone XL (KXL) project.

Solar Wind Is Strangely Drawn to Earth’s North Pole, And Scientists Don’t Know Why
21st January 2021 | sciencealert.com | Earth, Space, Weird

Likely the most well-known result of the Earth’s magnetic field are the Aurora Borealis and Australis (Northern and Southern Lights).

Earth’s outer shell ballooned during massive growth spurt 3 billion years ago
21st January 2021 | livescience.com | Ancient, Earth

Ancient fragments of Earth’s crust acted as ‘seeds’ for new crust to grow from.

Lessons from the past
19th January 2021 cosmosmagazine.com | Ancient, Earth, Humans

The Anthropocene marks relentless and increasingly grave environmental degradation as the Earth faces tipping points for climate change, biodiversity and survival. To address these ills, scientists say we can learn valuable lessons from the past.

Aerial photos capture ‘tree of life’ structures in Norfolk and Suffolk
18th January 2021 | bbc.co.uk | Earth, Humans

An aerial photographer has compiled a series of images of skeletal-like ‘trees’ cutting their way through mudflats and lake beds in Norfolk and Suffolk.

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