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Nature news of the past week

So I’d thought I’d do something new today. Instead of just writing a normal article, I will give you an overview of what’s been happening in the world, all regarding nature of course! Enjoy reading and I hope you like this “nature news” idea.

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So, now on to the actual news. Do you like spiders? How about a spider with a harness and horned fangs? Don’t worry, this one doesn’t exist anymore. But it has been around in former times, about 99 million years ago, that is! Only recently have scientists discovered this “lovely” creature. (source)

Talking of spiders, in a historic Jewish cemetery in Berlin a total of 64 different species of spiders has been identified, along with over 540 other species of plants and animals normally only found deep in the woods. (source)

Ooh spider! This one looks less scary than the fossil one, though.

Ooh spider! This one looks less scary than the fossil one, though.

Quite a lot, right? Then how about the Amazon Rainforest? A new study showed that a total of 11,676 Amazonian tree species has been discovered between 1707 and 2015. With a previous prediction of there being around 16,000 tree species in the whole area, that leaves over 4000 trees to still be discovered. Isn’t it just incredible that there are so many different trees in the Amazon? I mean, you can’t even really imagine it! (source)

Yet another study has been looking at species richness as well. This time on an island belonging to the Philippines. That island, Luzon, contains the greatest concentration of mammal species that are solely living in one area. No other place on earth has yet been found to contain so many unique mammal species. But of course, this island has been subjected to thorough research. Maybe other places have many undiscovered, unique animals as well. (source)

Some other news comes a bit closer to our own lives, especially for those of us working night-shifts. For a study on mice has shown that an unnaturally long exposure to bright light over longer periods of time leads to several health problems. The mice showed signs of premature aging, having messed up circadian rhythms and coping with different other health issues, like weak muscles, soft bones and a higher susceptibility for inflammations. That gives some food for thought. Even if you have no choice but to work nights, in that case it will at least be worth shutting out as much light as possible during the day. (source)

But, to end on a light and happy note, a little nugget of smile-inducing news. You know how the Faroe Islands still don’t have Google Street View? Well, they set up their own alternative: Sheep View! It is amazing! Watch a short video of it below, and make sure to use the arrows in the upper-left corner to look 360 degrees around you! (Or you can just grab and drag) (Sheep View website)

Have a great week!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Bernette

    I really like this post! Love to see more of them!

    Monday July 18th, 2016 at 09:45 PM
    • Reply Inge

      Thank you! I will make sure to keep them a regular feature. :)

      Tuesday July 19th, 2016 at 09:17 AM

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