Aurora phenomena shown from space in NASA's new ultra-high-definition videoAurora phenomena shown from space in NASA's new ultra-high-definition video Updated April 18, 2016 15:10:32 The stunning natural spectacle of Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis have been captured from above in new footage released by NASA.NASA Television has released the ultra-high-definition video to give a new glimpse of the green glow that fascinates the world.The video was compiled using timelapse shots from arguably the best seat in the world for an aurora event ..>> view original
Tracking the nighttime travels of the cyrptic powerful owlThe largest owl in Australia, the powerful owl is found in parks and suburban areas. Photo: Simon O'Dwyer How much space does a powerful owl need to live the good life in Melbourne's suburbs? Researchers trapping and tagging up to 10 of Australia's largest owl species are about to find out.The notoriously shy bird of prey with its startled "what are you looking at?" eyes is traditionally a forest species, though they are known to live around the green wedge..>> view original
Secret new reserve to protect rare Night ParrotThe Night Parrot was once found across extensive areas of arid Australia. But changed fire regimes, the impacts of pastoralism and feral animals have decimated the species. So much so that the Night Parrot was feared extinct, with the last live specimen collected in Western Australia in 1912.But a single bird was photographed on a western Queensland pastoral property in 2013. Last year, another bird was trapped and fitted with a radio collar on the same property. A 56,000 hectare reserve, calle..>> view original
Social media in Tulsa abuzz about swarming beesIt sounds like an oxymoron, docile swarms, but it is an accurate description of honeybees on the move. Beekeepers on social media have been posting photos of their swarms early this year and some have wondered if bees are on the increase. A local expert said the bees did indeed start dispersing earlier than is typical this year but the increased buzz more likely is a reflection of markedly increased numbers of beekeepers who are involved in social media — which happens to be a boon for the bees..>> view original
WA Museum gets a new research facilityDr Harry Butler AO CBEA new $17.6 million facility opened in south-eastern Perth on Sunday.The new centre, named after naturalist and environmental consultant Dr Harry Butler AO CBE, houses over 2.5 million wet-preserved specimens.Culture and the Arts minister John Day unveiled the $17.6 million facility located at the WA Museum’s Collections and Research Centre in Welshpool, acknowledging the significant contribution Dr Butler made to the museum.“Harry was one of Australia’s best known natural..>> view original
Climate change: Shift from fossil fuels can happen in just ten yearsEnergy related carbon emissions make up the largest contribution to carbon in the atmosphere. Fossil fuels like coal and oil still generate a majority of the world's electricity and will have to be phased out soon in order to avert climate catastrophe. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco The world can be weaned away from fossil fuels in as short a time as a decade but this would require significant shifts in technology, regulations, tariffs and pricing regimes, besides the behaviour of users. In..>> view original
Sydney's corals now bleaching in 'pretty shocking' sign of warming watersEXCLUSIVE Video will begin in 5 seconds. Coral bleaching in Sydney Harbour The unusual warmth in Sydney Harbour triggers coral bleaching for the first time on record, according to marine biologists. (Video by Matthew Nitschke) PT0M43S 620 349 The giant coral bleaching event that is devastating wide swaths of the Great Barrier Reef has extended all the way south to Sydney Harbour, researchers say.The harbour's surface temperature reached 26 degrees at times during a prolonged m..>> view original
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