Giant 'toothed' birds flew over Antarctica 40 million to 50 million years ago

Paleontologists have discovered fossil remains belonging to an enormous 'toothed' bird that lived for a period of about 60 million years after dinosaurs.

Peter A. Kloess, Doctoral Candidate, Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley • conversation
yesterday ~7 min

Tags:  birds  asteroid  dinosaurs  extinction  fish  fossils  reptiles  jaws  specimens  ice-age  antarctica  ice  new-zealand  ducks  earth  snow  museums  penguins  squid  marsupials  skeleton  southern-ocean  continents  cretaceous-period  natural-history  1980s  pterosaurs  vultures  southern-hemisphere  albatross  university-of-california-berkeley

Wildfires force thousands to evacuate near Los Angeles: Here's how the 2020 Western fire season got so extreme

The 2020 wildfire season has shattered records across the West. It's a trend that's headed in a dangerous direction.

Mohammad Reza Alizadeh, Ph.D. Student, McGill University • conversation
yesterday ~8 min

Tags: climate-change climate science heat-wave drought natural-disasters wildfires weather

How to survive a landslide

New research gleans strategies for surviving a landslide from survivors' accounts and other data. Here's what to do.

U. Washington • futurity
Oct. 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: natural-disasters earth-and-environment health-and-medicine landslides

Fantastic beasts in the real world and where to find them

London's Natural History Museum is set to stage one of the most ambitious exhibitions in its history.

bbcnews
Oct. 26, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: jk-rowling natural-history-museum

When fracking moves into the neighborhood, mental health risks rise

Living near oil and gas production can affect mental health, driving stress and feelings of depression.

Stephanie Malin, Associate Professor of Sociology; Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member, Center for Environmental Justice at CSU, Colorado State University • conversation
Oct. 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health psychology stress oil environmental-health sociology natural-gas colorado fracking hydraulic-fracturing

Research shows lullabies in any language relax babies

Researchers at Harvard’s Music Lab have determined that American infants relaxed when played lullabies that were unfamiliar and in a foreign language.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite • harvard
Oct. 19, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: science-technology psychology fas music-lab samuel-mehr connie-bainbridge mila-bertolo nature-human-behaviour

House plants were our link with nature in lockdown – now they could change how we relate to the natural world

House plants enrich our domestic lives in ways we often fail to notice. But lockdown may have changed all that.

Giulia Carabelli, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen's University Belfast • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: nature plants lockdown home interior-design botanical indoor-ecology

Ammonite: Who was the real Mary Anning?

In a romantic Victorian-era drama, Kate Winslet plays the role of fossilist Mary Anning. Who was she?

bbcnews
Oct. 16, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: geology women-in-science palaeontology natural-history-museum lyme-regis

A radical nature-based agenda would help society overcome the psychological effects of coronavirus

Why structured contact with nature, rolled out with government support, will go a long way to solving the psychological distress of coronavirus.

Matthew Adams, Principal Lecturer in Psychology, University of Brighton • conversation
Oct. 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: environment mental-health covid-19 nature isolation interdisciplinarity climate-crisis green-prescriptions

Tally of nursing home deaths during Irma was too low

Hurricane Irma killed many more people in nursing homes in Florida than officials counted, report researchers.

Brown University • futurity
Oct. 8, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: death hurricanes nursing-homes natural-disasters government health-and-medicine

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