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What’s the best way to survive winter? Ask a butterfly, because they know better than most

What’s the best way to survive winter? Ask a butterfly, because they know better than most | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Nasa issued a satellite photo of a stark  white Britain plastered in ice and snow, and I thought to myself it looked striking, but lifeless.
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Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot

It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it
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Thin Arctic foxes suffer more from industrial pollutants

Thin Arctic foxes suffer more from industrial pollutants | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The Arctic may be a long way from the industrial world, but harmful chemical substances find their way northward and concentrate in animals there. Researchers have now found a disturbing trend: concentrations of one harmful chemical family are higher in thin Arctic foxes than in their more well-fed brethern.
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State of Flux

State of Flux | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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The tortured heart of a twisted galaxy

The tortured heart of a twisted galaxy | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
These fiery and turbulent clouds are the raging heart of the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC) one of the closest galaxies to the Milky Way.
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The American West Dries Up

The American West Dries Up | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The severity of the drought in California and across the West has already reached record levels in many places. Lake Powell, a reservoir on the Utah-Arizona border, is currently at 45 percent of capacity and is at risk of reaching the lowest level on record by September.
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Great Barrier Reef marine reserves get a big tick

Great Barrier Reef marine reserves get a big tick | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The combination of marine reserves and fishing controls appears to be working to protect the Great Barrier Reef as well as preserve stocks of commercially important species, say researchers.
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‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May

‘Seeds of Time’ to hit theaters in May | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A new documentary film tracks the history and mission of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault - sometimes called the Doomsday Vault - and its founder Cary Fowler.
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World's largest asteroid impact zone found in central Australia

World's largest asteroid impact zone found in central Australia | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Australian scientists uncover what is believed to be the largest asteroid impact zone ever found on Earth.
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Fascinating Photos of Reindeer People Living in Mongolia

Fascinating Photos of Reindeer People Living in Mongolia | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
After living in Nepal and exploring Tibet and the Himalayas for more than a decade, photographer Hamid Sardar-Afkhami decided he would travel to outer Mongolia to document the nomadic tribes and their unique way of life. A scholar of Tibetan and Mongol languages who received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sanskrit and Tibetan Studies, Sardar was just the right person to capture the Dukha people, Mongolia's last nomadic reindeer herders. The Dukha are an ancient group of people of Turk desc
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Rain transforms dry lake into outback oasis

Rain transforms dry lake into outback oasis | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
This is a rare image of water in Lake Frome, a usually dry salt pan in the arid South Australian outback.
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1,400+ new marine creatures identified last year

1,400+ new marine creatures identified last year | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
A global effort to create a consolidated inventory of all existing sea life announced the results of eight years of work.
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Fears sea levels could rise as scientists find signs huge glacier is melting

Fears sea levels could rise as scientists find signs huge glacier is melting | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
New aerial ice studies uncover a series of tunnels and gateways which are allowing warm water to eat away at the Totten Glacier.
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The viking women who disappeared

The viking women who disappeared | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Women played an important part in Viking Age society, and their role far exceeded that of mother and the “housewife”. Why, then, are they barely mentioned in the history books?
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After Tambora

After Tambora | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Two hundred years ago the most powerful eruption in modern history made itself felt around the world. It could happen again at almost any time...
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Ancient Egyptians and electricity?

Ancient Egyptians and electricity? | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
So who was it that actually discovered electricity and took the opportunity to create an artificial light source? Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison are the respective gentlemen believed to be the fathers of light or  at least that's the answer that has been accepted as a fact. Curiosity and surpri
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10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of

10 of the best ancient ruins … that you’ve probably never heard of | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Done Pompeii, Ephesus and Angkor and still thirsting after archeological marvels? Here are 10 less well-known sites that can usually be savoured without the crowds
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'Supertide' isolates Mont Saint-Michel in France

'Supertide' isolates Mont Saint-Michel in France | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Thousands gathered to see the moment an unusually high tide surrounded the historic site of Mont Saint-Michel in northern France.
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Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below

Here's What Could Happen If Antarctica's Ice Is Melting From Below | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
File this under, "Welp, this is worse than we thought." A study published in Nature Geoscience finds that warm seawater is likely getting under an East Antarctica glacier and melting it from below.
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The beautiful bugs of Belize

The beautiful bugs of Belize | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Stunning images of the incredible arthropods of Belize by Thomas Shahan
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Christian Allié's curator insight, March 28, 1:30 PM

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Thomas Shahan is an Oregon-based artist and macro-photographer who specialises in high-magnification photography. He is the imaging specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture's entomology lab.

 

For the past two years, Thomas has been teaching at macro photography workshops in Belize, and he took these stunning photographs during those trips.

 

Most tourists visit the country for the clear tropical waters off the coast, but inland Belize includes deep jungle habitats with incredible biodiversity and an enormous amount of arthropod life.

 

Thomas tells BBC Earth, “I find the seemingly endless diversity and beauty of arthropods fascinating. It's like exploring another world full of alien life forms.

"Arthropods are often feared, misunderstood, or labelled as pests – unjustly – despite the pivotal role they play in the Earth's ecosystems. They are certainly more beneficial to the planet than we are as a species.”

 

He goes on “By taking portraits and details of their beauty and anthropomorphic qualities - I hope to elevate repulsion to reverence. Bugs are beautiful and people should know.”

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Botanical Bombshells Get Their Bloom On

Botanical Bombshells Get Their Bloom On | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it

By isolating 150 flower species against white, and flooding them with light in the height of their blossom, for his recent book Flowers photographer Andrew Zuckerman sought to make individual "portraits" of the botanicals.

 

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Lopsided ice on the moon points to past shift in poles

Lopsided ice on the moon points to past shift in poles | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Ancient lunar hot spot could have tilted the moon 5.5°
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Drone Camera Captures the Jungle-Like World of the Hang Son Doong Cave

Drone Camera Captures the Jungle-Like World of the Hang Son Doong Cave | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Photographer Ryan Deboodt recently took his DSLRs and camera drone into the Hang Son Doong cave in Vietnam, and what he captured has an otherworldly feel. The locale is the largest known cave in the world, and its interior might not be what you’d expect. Instead of appearing dark and rocky, Hang Son Doong (translation: mountain river cave) is a lush, jungle-like world with an underground river. It’s a fascinating natural splendor and made even more incredible as Deboodt’s drone pans the grandios
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Long-lost whale fossil sheds light on East Africa's evolution

Long-lost whale fossil sheds light on East Africa's evolution | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
The rediscovery of a long-lost whale fossil provides clues about when the East African plateau started to rise - a shift that led to a drier climate, the creation of grasslands, and drove human evolution.
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Scientists eavesdrop on blue whales in Southern Ocean

Scientists eavesdrop on blue whales in Southern Ocean | Gaia Diary | Scoop.it
Scientists record more than 40,000 calls from blue whales to learn how the giant mammals are recovering from whaling.
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