"KUALA LUMPUR, April 16 — Malaysian contemporary artist Red Hong Yi's artwork on climate change was featured on the cover of the latest Time Magazine issue.

For the cover, the Sabahan artist created a 2.3m x 3m world map covered by 50,000 green-tipped matchsticks.

The green matchsticks symbolising trees were set alight to highlight how climate change can affect and destroy the world."

malaymail.com/news/malaysia/20

The New Horizons probe is now 50 Astronomical Units from the sun. To celebrate, it took an image of the starfield that contains the more distant Voyager 1 probe.

pluto.jhuapl.edu/News-Center/N

Trippy and interesting visualization of what you might see when two black holes with accretion disks orbit each other.

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap210416.ht

A Scaly-breasted Lorikeet I spotted in the teatrees (melaleuca) near the lake at UQ this morning.

#bird #photo #nature #AustralianWildlife #ScalyBreastedLorikeet

Open Access paper on what may be coming in the field of gravitational wave physics and astronomy.

"[T]his Roadmap of future developments surveys the potential for growth in bandwidth and sensitivity of future gravitational-wave detectors, and discusses the science results anticipated to come from upcoming instruments."

nature.com/articles/s42254-021

So cool. These brown dwarfs are spinning so fast, gravity at their equator feels almost like on Earth, while at the poles it's over 100g!

syfy.com/syfywire/if-these-bro

Hal Clement would have loved this [ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission_ ].

"In the search for life on other planets, the presence of oxygen in a planet’s atmosphere is one potential sign of biological activity that might be detected by future telescopes. A new study, however, describes several scenarios in which a lifeless rocky planet around a sun-like star could evolve to have oxygen in its atmosphere."

news.ucsc.edu/2021/04/exoplane

@tsturm @readsteven

"Through over 150 books, maps, illustrations and specimens, "Humans x Nature: Environmental Histories of Singapore" at the National Library describes the devastation of the environment as a result of colonialism and capitalism, and its later partial rehabilitation.

It challenges visitors to reclaim their natural heritage."

straitstimes.com/singapore/of-

"April 14, 2021
Celebrating Johannes Gutenberg

[...] Today’s Doodle celebrates Gutenberg on the anniversary of this day in 2000 when the Gutenberg Museum launched a retrospective exhibition in his honor.'

google.com/doodles/celebrating

A Yellow-Barred Flutterer (Rhyothemis phyllis) spotted at Kranji Marshes, Singapore, on 11 April 2021. There were plenty to be seen there, fluttering in the air in groups, and it wasn't easy to find one that wasn't moving.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ]

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Dragonflies #odonata

The Horsehead Nebula is a dark nebula. We can only see it because it is blocking some of the light from the emission nebula behind it and we see it as a silhouette. Bonus:the star in the upper left is partially embedded in the dark nebula creating near it a blue reflection nebula

A post about some private, local zoos that existed in Singapore before the establishment of the Singapore Zoo.

remembersingapore.org/2021/04/

Fantastic and not a hoax. Search for "Crotalaria cunninghamii" and see for yourself.

"Dr Michael Sweet @DiseaseMatters

When a plant looks so much like a bird you need to do a double take - introducing Crotalaria cunninghamii, or the Green Bird-flower, from Northern Australia."

twitter.com/DiseaseMatters/sta

Looks interesting and fun.

"In this post, we describe Monster Mash, an open source tool presented at SIGGRAPH Asia 2020 that allows experts and amateurs alike to create rich, expressive, deformable 3D models from scratch — and to animate them — all in a casual mode, without ever having to leave the 2D plane."

ai.googleblog.com/2021/04/mons

A reminder that getting does not grant you 'superpowers' to unmask and do your own thing. But it does mitigate the effects of an infection.

"SINGAPORE: The sole dormitory case in Singapore on Sunday (Apr 11) had completed the full COVID-19 vaccination regimen and the case is a reminder that "it is possible for vaccinated individuals to get infected", said MOH.

channelnewsasia.com/news/singa

Spotted this lovely looking moth at the start of a walk at Kranji Marshes, Singapore, on 11 April 2021: Spodoptera picta.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Insects #Moths #Lepidoptera

Being vaccinated does NOT mean it's okay to ask neural nets to participate in meme formats about pandemics that didn't exist when their training data cut off in Oct 2019. You will get memes that make no sense. Be smart.
janellecshane.substack.com/p/b

Not great, but some shots for the record. Two Lesser Adjutants (Leptoptilos javanicus) spotted soaring high in the sky near the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve area, Singapore, on 10 April 2021.

The Lesser Adjutant is a large wading bird in the stork family. It is considered Vulnerable and is a rare resident bird.

On iNaturalist [ inaturalist.org/observations/7 ].

#iNaturalist #Nature #Singapore #Photography #Birds #Aves

Who knew a hawk could be a #birb?

Spotted in a park. Probably a Cooper's Hawk.

I heard a lot of chirping from this tree, and saw a cluster that looks like it could be a nest near where this hawk was standing guard. It just kind of looked around the whole time even as I walked past the tree. If it was standing guard, it must have been able to tell I wasn't a threat.

#hawk #birds #photo #nature

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