Nature

May 18, 2018

Gorgeous Phenomenon Is Making San Diego’s Beaches Glow Blue at Night

A post shared by Jesse Bowen (@therealjbowen) on May 10, 2018 at 10:08am PDT The people of San Diego recently had the chance to witness one of Mother Nature’s most beautiful phenomenons: bioluminescence. Caused by a “bloom” of marine planktons known as dinoflagellates, the tiny organisms emit radiant blue bioluminescent light when they are disturbed.

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May 10, 2018

700-Year-Old Dying Banyan Tree Is Being Revived With an IV Drip

A 700-year-old Banyan tree in India is receiving special treatment to help revive its dying branches. The tree, known as Pillalamarri, is a major tourist attraction in Mahabubnagar, as it was commonly known for its wide branches sprawling across 4 acres. But the influx of tourism may have contributed to its slow destruction, with maintenance work in the area as well as visitors damaging the tree, causing a slow death to the beloved Banyan.

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March 23, 2018

Free “Shazam for Nature” App Identifies Plants and Animals in Your Photos

Released earlier this month by iNaturalist—an online social network for nature enthusiasts—the new app, Seek, is part of an ongoing attempt to involve ordinary people in citizen science projects. Similar to Shazam—an app that allows you to identify music from audio recordings—the Seek app allows you to identify plants and animals from your photos by harnessing image recognition technology.

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