Global weather pattern and how it affects climate change

The beauty of nature

Lava falling into the sea in Hawaii

The west coast calls them fireflies and on the East coast they call them lightning bugs

The Towers of Ladakh – Overheard at National Geographic | Podcast on Spotify

The Towers of Ladakh

Overheard at National Geographic

June 15, 2020 19 MINS

A mechanical engineer teams up with an unlikely band of students who use middle school math and science to create artificial glaciers that irrigate Ladakh, a region in India hit hard by climate change. For more information on this episode, visit 15, 202019 MINS

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Drone Disguised as Hummingbird Captures Incredible Footage of Monarch Butterfly Swarm

Drone Disguised as Hummingbird Captures Incredible Footage of Monarch Butterfly Swarm by Usman Dawood 2-3 minutes Usman Dawood’s picture It’s not very often that I watch a video online and react by literally gasping and audibly saying “wow.” Watching Captain America stare down Thanos and his whole army, in an IMAX cinema, on a huge screen, was the last time I reacted in such a way. This time, even without the huge screen, resolution, and quality, this video is simply incredible. In a recent video from Nature on PBS, you’ll be able to get super close to resting Monarch Butterflies. As they wait for the temperature to rise, they huddle together to keep warm. Without disturbing any of the butterflies, they’ve managed to take close-up footage of the butterflies. The way they’ve managed to do this is by disguising a drone to look like a Hummingbird. As described in the video, hummingbirds are not a threat to the monarch butterflies, and for that reason they don’t react to it at all. Once the temperature rises sufficiently the butterflies take flight and the scene is simply magical. The butterflies are able to comfortably fly around and even land on the drone without being hurt. This is because the drone has been designed in a way to ensure it cannot harm the butterflies. As the narrator explains in the video, the drones moving parts have been shielded to keep them safe. This is precisely the kind of content I needed during this time and I’m very happy to have witnessed such beauty; even if it is just on a screen in my home. Usman Dawood is a professional architectural photographer based in the UK.


23 Natural Ways To Repel Insects
23 Natural Ways To Repel Insects

When it comes to repelling insects, we fortunately have dozens of products, herbs and chemicals at our disposal.

However, not all of us are willing to buy and use the commercial-grade insect repellents and for a very good reason, as they may contain harmful chemicals that trigger allergies, skin reactions or severe respiratory conditions.

If you are a fan of picnics and camping trips or you just like to hang out with your friends in your back yard without being invaded by mosquitoes and other insects, you might want to consider these DEET-free, cost-effective and natural insect repellents. Read on to learn more on what repels bugs.

1. Use Citronella To Keep Mosquitoes At Bay

It is a known fact that mosquitoes (and virtually all the other insects) cannot stand the smell of citrus, and lemons in particular. To avoid mosquito bites and other bug bites, make use of citronella oil or other products from the same grass.

Citronella being a lemongrass-like plant, is certainly your biggest ally to repel mosquitoes and in your fight against insects of all kinds, and it is mainly found in the form of candles that can be used both outdoors and indoors. Citronella candles make a great room scent and insect repellent at the same time. This grass is also available as a natural essential oils/plant extracts!

2. Bay Leaf

Although this is a lesser known herb, bay leaf has been used for a very long time both in the international cuisine and in the traditional medical field. Known for its bitter taste and intense fragrance, the bay leaf is an efficient and natural insect repellent that can be used to keep roaches, moths, earwigs and mosquitoes away without too much effort.

3. Catnip

Catnip is yet another great natural insect repellent that is free of DEET and other toxic chemicals, and it can be used for all types of insects. You can crush the plant and gently rub it onto your skin, and the strong scent will keep cockroaches and mosquitoes away, thus allowing you to enjoy a pleasant night out.

4. The Wormwood

Scientifically known as the Artemisia, but commonly referred to as the Wormwood, this plant is legendary for warding away the mosquitoes. The leaves are used to keep insects away!

5. Rosemary

Rosemary has an amazing scent, but did you know that you can either use it alone or in conjunction with other insect repellents to keep mosquitoes at bay?

6. Rue

A rare woody plant, rue has also been widely used in the Ayurvedic and traditional medicine due to its advanced disinfectant and antibacterial properties. In addition to this, rue is also used for its natural insecticidal effect as well!

7. Peppermint

Known for its very strong scent and flavor, peppermint is also a great natural way to repel insects whenever you go outdoors. No insect or biting bug likes the scent of peppermint, so simply crush the leaves, rub them onto your skin and let them work their magic!

8. Coconut Oil

Widely used in the beauty industry, the coconut oil is also highly effective against insects. Commonly available in a spray bottle or as a lotion, you can either buy this natural oil from the local store or make it yourself, at home.

9. Avoid Scented Toiletries

One of the biggest mistakes that we do and that tends to attract mosquitoes is that we use strongly scented toiletries such as flowery or fruity toiletries. Opt for unscented toiletries, as it is better to prevent the insect bites than to treat them!

10. Use Clothes To Repel Insects

This is a known natural mosquito repellent that repels mosquitoes and other biting bugs in an instant if used properly!

11. Eucalyptus Oil More Effective Than Synthetic Insect Repellents

Most of us are charmed by the pleasant smell of the eucalyptus oil, but how many of us are aware of its mosquito repelling properties? It can also keep stable flies, ticks and sandflies at bay!

12. Wild Bergamot, The No.1 Insect Repellent

Also known for its pleasant smell, wild bergamot can easily repel insects when diluted with water and gently sprayed onto the skin.

13. Basil

Basil is a trustworthy ingredient in the kitchen, but you might want to plant this herb in your back garden as well if you want to keep insects at bay during the summer!

14. Marigolds Are Great!

Marigolds will benefit you on many different levels: not only will they prevent biting bugs such as mosquitoes from feeding on you, but they will also ward off all the pests such as spider mites, aphids, squash bugs and tomato hornworms around your veggies!

15. Use Tansy To Keep Mosquitoes Away

Another highly efficient and natural insect repellent is tansy, which is a flowering herb that is known for keeping flies at a safe distance. Highly efficient for keeping roaches, bedbugs, mites, ants and moths away, tansy can be found as an essential oil that you can rub onto the skin.

16. Lavender

There is nothing more beautiful and soothing than planting lavender around your house and garden, as it will keep bugs away with its lovely (for us!) scent.

17. Use Baby Powder

This is a good trick to keep insects away when you are indoors – lightly sprinkle the baby powder around the corners of your home just to keep wasps, mosquitoes
and bees at bay.

18. Tea Tree

Tea tree is a very common ingredient in the beauty and health industry, as it is known for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. Known as Melaleuca in the botanical industry, the tea tree has a very strong scent that no bug likes!

19. Citrus Peels Also Come In Handy!

Another useful tip for keeping insects away from your home is by cutting and using citrus peels – place them around all the areas of your home where insects (and spiders in particular) may use to crawl inside.

20. Cinnamon

Most people are fond of cinnamon, given its pleasant smell and taste, but apparently, it is a great and natural way to keep insects away – sprinkle it lightly around your house and it will keep you safe!

21. Vanilla Extract

This is another pleasant smelling extract that will act as an effective natural repellent against insects – you can either use it alone or you can mix it with mint extract, lavender or lemongrass extract, for the best results.

22. Do Not Underestimate The Power Of Natural Cedar

Cedar blocks, cedar oil or simple cedar shavings are also great for keeping mosquitoes, bed bugs and any other creepy crawlers away. These pesky little bugs will not bother you anymore if you insert the cedar in the right places!

23. Use Garlic!

If you thought garlic is only great for keeping vampires at a safe distance, think again! Garlic is also great for keeping mosquitoes away – just sprinkle some garlic powder around your home and see for yourself!

An Asteroid with Its Own Moon Will Zip Past Earth | Space

EarthSky reported that during the space rocks’ closest approach, they’ll be most visible in the southern hemisphere, appearing as fast moving shadows again stars in the constellation Puppis. The two remain visible for several days, according to EarthSky. North America asteroid hunters may spot the objects near the constellation Hydra on the evening of May 27.

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CIGUDEG pleis bilong tu mi


It was on March 6. 2016, Trisno Utomo is The Promotion and Documentation Officer at Cibodas Botanical Garden, West Java, Indonesia informed me that the Titan is blooming at midnight. This is the moment I had been waiting for long time since I saw the plant bared its bud several months ago. Then I reacted, rush at early morning to witness the world gigantic flower which was just a half of an hour drive from my house.

amorphophallusThe flower has achieved the latest world highest record, measured 3.73 meters high!

amorpho trisnoutomoA day prior to bloom

amorpho dinsDuring top blooming

Amorphophallus titanum known as the titan arum, is a flowering plant with the largest unbranched inflorescence in the world. Due to its odor, which is like the smell of a rotting animal, the titan arum is characterized as a carrion flower, and is also known as the corpse flower, or corpse plant…

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Bears, ants and flowers in Colorado, USA

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This video from North America is called DISCOVERING THE BLACK BEAR.

From Wildlife Extra:

The bear, the ant and the yellow flower – scientist discovers an odd relationship

For a huge Black Bear, a very small ant would hardly seem to make a meal but in numbers these tiny insects are protein-packed.

Not only that, but the fact that bears eat ants is a crucial part of a complicated food chain that has wide-reaching benefits for wildlife in the US.

In a paper published in Ecology Letters, Florida State University researcher Josh Grinath examines the close relationship between bears, ants and rabbitbrush — a golden-flowered shrub that grows in the meadows of Colorado and often serves as shelter for birds.

Scientists know that plant and animal species don’t exist in a vacuum. However, tracing and understanding their complex interactions can be a challenge.

Grinath, working with…

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Meet The Coconut Crab, The Monstrous

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This Southside Chicago neighborhood is about to become a national park

This Southside Chicago neighborhood is about to become a national park.

Tarantulas, mating season and Halloween

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This video says about itself:

31 October 2013

The world’s largest spider, the Goliath tarantula is also a venomous killer that liquefies its prey. Gustavo Hormiga, a biology professor at George Washington University, explains the arachnid’s ferocious hunting strategy—and why there’s no need to fear it unless you’re the size of a mouse.

From eNature Blog in the USA:

Tarantulas Are Out At Halloween, But They’re Not Trick or Treating!

Posted on Monday, October 13, 2014 by eNature

Tarantulas are a group of often hairy and very large arachnids belonging to the Theraphosidae family of spiders, of which approximately 900 species have been found on 6 continents.

Halloween is almost here and lots of folks are thinking about spiders such as tarantulas—as well as bats, ghouls and other scary creatures.

But it turns out that tarantulas have a lot more on their mind this…

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Check out this colorful tree found here in North Carolina

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Nature Is Speaking – Robert Redford is The Redwood

High walrus numbers may explain why females and calves are hauling out in droves


Are the recent mass gatherings of females and calves on the beaches of western Alaska and the Russian Far East a sign that population are again close to the limit the habitat can support, as they were in the 1970s?

At the risk of belabouring the point that lack of sea ice does not seem to be a reasonable explanation for this phenomenon (see my last two posts, here and here, and Andrew Montford’s excellent additions here), I think this is a possibility that needs to be considered.

Walruses at Point Lay Sept 27 2014 NOAA CMDA0007_sm 2014 Point Lay, NOAA photo

Walrus are well protected in the US and Russia, and population numbers have risen again since the 1990s, after significant declines in the early 1900s and again in the 1980s.

A paper from the late 1980s suggests that a return to high population numbers may be a more plausible cause for mass gatherings of females…

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