The Brights

The Brights


Tiger sharks equipped with cameras (one pictured here) helped researchers map the world’s largest seagrass ecosystem.
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"When lamenting the decline in biodiversity, most people think first about the tragedy of species driven to extinction. There are more subtle changes under way, too."
Thank you for reading. Poet Christina M. Ward is the author of three poetry collections: Organic, Fireflies, and Verse by Candlelight.
"Once young people understand the problems and are empowered to take action, they are changing the world. They are raising awareness among their peers. They are changing attitudes among their parents and grandparents. Young people, acquiring the right values, seeing that what they are doing is making a difference, and then daring to think globally. That is the hope for the future", she said.
Once in a lifetime shot.

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Do you know which letter in the English alphabet doesn’t exist in the periodic table?
If you have studied science in school it is highly likely you will have come across the periodic table. It contains a large number of letters (or multiple letters) associated with elements, but one letter in the alphabet doesn’t feature: the letter ‘J’.
Did you know: Animals use the magnetic field to know where they are: According to the U.S Geological Survey, “evidence suggests that some animals (including sea turtles) have the ability to sense the Earth’s magnetic field and to use this sense for navigation.”
The Picasso bug is considered by many to be the most beautiful insect on the planet due to the picturesque colors that cover its shell.
"Our research projects have discovered new aspects of ribbon seal biology, behavior, and ecology, which help us better understand the challenges that all ribbon seals face."

Illuminating and elevating the naturalistic worldview The ethics and actions of a bright are based on a naturalistic worldview.

Definition: A bright is person who has a naturalistic worldview, free of supernatural and mystical elements. If you fit the definition and appreciate the mission, you can register at the website.

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Double Nobel Prize laureate Linus Pauling is the only person to have received two unshared Nobel Prizes.

Pauling was a chemist who lived on the frontiers of science. Working in the 1930s, he was among the pioneers who used quantum mechanics to understand and describe chemical bonding. His interests and contributions were many – he published the structure of the alpha helix, investigated sickle cell anaemia as the first molecular disease, and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954.

After the bombing of Hiroshima, Pauling turned his attention to a different cause: peace. He campaigned vehemently against nuclear weapons and spearheaded a petition to ban nuclear testing. His efforts led to a second prize – the 1962 Nobel Peace Prize "for his fight against the nuclear arms race between East and West."

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Trends toward lower carbon intensity mean that countries are producing less CO2 emissions per unit of economic output (here dollar of GDP).

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The caterpillar of Eudocima phalonia looks like a galaxy!✨

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This Fossil Friday, behold the dazzling colors of an iridescent ammonite (Placenticeras intercalare). A relative of today’s squids, this ammonite lived some 80 million years ago near what is now Alberta, Canada. This fossil’s spectacular coloration is the result of millions of years of high temperatures and pressures. As these forces acted on nacre in this ammonite’s shell, it was transformed into a gemstone known as an ammolite. Along with amber and pearl, ammolite is one of only a handful of gems made by living organisms. You can spot this rare specimen in the Louis V. Gerstner, Jr. Collections Core in the Museum’s new Gilder Center!

Photo: © AMNH / C. Chesek

Meteor shower guide: Next up Delta Aquariids and Perseids 08/11/2023

The August Perseid meteor shower is rich and steady, from early August through the peak. The meteors are colorful. And they frequently leave persistent trains. All of these factors make the Perseid shower perhaps the most beloved meteor shower for the Northern Hemisphere.

Meteor shower guide: Next up Delta Aquariids and Perseids You might see Delta Aquariid meteors, or Perseid meteors, any time from late July to mid-August. That’s true even though, in 2023, the full moon around August 1 will cast its light in the sky for much of the night. If you watch shortly before sunup, the mornings prior to this full moon might work ...

He was a top church official who criticized Trump. He says Christianity is in crisis 08/10/2023

Another reason to keep Church & State separate!

"It was the result of having multiple pastors tell me, essentially, the same story about quoting the Sermon on the Mount, parenthetically, in their preaching — "turn the other cheek" — [and] to have someone come up after to say, "Where did you get those liberal talking points?" And what was alarming to me is that in most of these scenarios, when the pastor would say, "I'm literally quoting Jesus Christ," the response would not be, "I apologize." The response would be, "Yes, but that doesn't work anymore. That's weak." And when we get to the point where the teachings of Jesus himself are seen as subversive to us, then we're in a crisis."

He was a top church official who criticized Trump. He says Christianity is in crisis Russell Moore criticized Donald Trump and the Southern Baptist Convention's response to a s*xual abuse crisis. Then he found himself on the outside.


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Dancing in the Moonlight


Stop, drop, and roll with the Venezuelan pebble toad (Oreophrynella nigra)! When threatened by a predator, like a tarantula, this amphibian tucks in its limbs and rolls—descending downhill like a pebble. Because the toad is so lightweight and small, reaching lengths of only 1.2 in (30 mm), it isn’t hurt by its high speed descent. Its bumpy, rock-like camouflage helps it blend in when it finally does come to a halt.
Photo: guilherme jofili, CC BY 2.0, flickr


Believe it or not, this lizard can walk on water! Meet the plumed basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons). By sprinting on its hind legs at speeds of more than 7 mph (11.3 km/h), this critter can dash over water without breaking the surface. Its specialized feet—equipped with long, flattened toes—create air pockets as the lizard moves. But the plumed basilisk doesn’t have to worry about sinking: This reptile is also an excellent swimmer and can remain underwater for up to 30 minutes!
Photo: rpvo, CC BY-NC 4.0 iNaturalist


Check Out This Fantastic Rainbow Agate From Indonesia.

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Common mapwing butterflies carry their name from their intricate map-like wing patterns which resemble the longitude and latitude lines of maps!

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It took 150 million years for feathered dinosaurs to master flight and become the birds we see overhead today.


The trilobite beetle is a type of net-winged beetle that is found in tropical forests of India and South-east Asia. It is named after its resemblance to trilobites, the extinct marine arthropods that lived from the Early Cambrian to the Late Permian periods.

The females and larvae of the trilobite beetle have a flattened, dark body with large scales over the head. They never metamorphose out of their larval form and can grow up to 80 mm in length. The males are much smaller and look like typical beetles.

The reproductive behavior of the trilobite beetle is poorly known. After mating, females lay around 200 eggs in rotting logs or dead trees. Their diet is also unclear, but it is assumed that they feed on microbes from rotting plants or are potential predators of insects and snails.

The trilobite beetle has a unique defensive behavior. When threatened, the females and larvae curl their body into a tight ball, using their large scales to protect their soft underbelly. This behavior is similar to that of trilobites and is an effective defense against predators.

The trilobite beetle is a fascinating and rare insect that faces a major threat from the loss of tropical forests due to deforestation and other human activities.

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James Webb takes a beautiful photo of colliding spiral galaxies !

The James Webb Telescope has captured a new image of a pair of colliding spiral galaxies that together are called "Arp 220". Their encounter emitted light equivalent to more than a trillion times that released by the Sun, and spurred intense star formation processes there.

Because of the galaxies undergoing merging , Arp 220 is a very bright object, especially in infrared light — and because Webb specializes in near- and mid-infrared light, they make great objects for observations with him. This time, Webb observed it with the NIRCam and MIRI instruments.

The telescope revealed some interesting features there—among them are faintly glowing bluish structures. They are tidal tails, formed by material torn from galaxies by gravity , and indicate the “dance” taking place between galaxies. The orange tones represent organic matter in the Arp 220 filaments.

Arp 220 is such a bright object that it has been classified as a ULIRG, which stands for “ultra-luminous infrared galaxy”. This ULIRG is 250 million light-years from us, and is the closest and brightest of the other three closest merging galaxies to Earth.

The object is formed by the encounter of two spiral-type galaxies, which began about 700 million years ago. The process has yielded star formation so intense that there are around 200 large star clusters out there, nestled in a dusty region that spans about 5,000 light-years.

Previous observations have revealed approximately 100 supernova remnants in an area barely 500 light-years across. The cores of colliding galaxies were revealed by the Hubble telescope , which showed they were more than 1,000 light-years apart; each has rings formed by regions of forming stars. In this photo, the nuclei appear with strong infrared luminosity and some “spikes”, typical of James Webb observations .

Source: Webb Telescope

: Colliding spiral galaxies, collectively known as Arp 220


Turtles come in a variety of colors depending on the species. For example, sea turtles’ color range can be olive-green, yellow, greenish-brown, reddish-brown, or black in color. Most turtles are green, dark or light brown, or brownish-gray colored and have a huge variety of patterns on their shells ranging from circles to stripes to hieroglyphs, which can be a multitude of colors like red, yellow, orange, black, or white.

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Stemonitis splendens is a type of slime mold that is commonly known as the chocolate tube slime. The fruiting bodies of this slime mold are called sporangia, and they are smooth, dry, and range from 10 to 20 mm in height and 1 to 2 mm in diameter. The sporangia are a dark purplish brown color. Initially, the slime mold appears as a group of small white spheres that resemble snail eggs. As time passes, the white spheres elongate and darken to form chocolate brown tubes.

This species of slime mold typically grows on decaying organic matter on the forest floor, where it obtains nutrients and food. Stemonitis splendens is triggered to form reproductive fruiting bodies in response to certain environmental conditions, which are often stressful. Its primary season for growth and reproduction is from March to November.

Text credit: Earth Unreal
Image credit: Sarah Lloyd


Back to the Moon!

NASA has named a crew of astronauts who will be heading to the moon, marking the first time in over 50 years that such an appointment has been made. The team includes Reid Wiseman as the mission commander, Victor Glover as the pilot, and Christina Koch and Jeremy Hansen as mission specialists. While the first three are affiliated with NASA, Jeremy Hansen is a member of the Canadian Space Agency. Next year, the four astronauts will embark on a crucial test flight to orbit around the moon, which will pave the way for the agency's eagerly anticipated return to the lunar surface.

Credit: Josh Valcarcel / NASA


Schopenhauer believed that morality came from the 'everyday phenomenon of compassion', that it was natural to all humanity, and that compassion is the only 'non–egoistic motive'. He was born on this day 1788 and is considered one of the most influential philosophers of all time. Today we celebrate his life, work, and legacy.


This is 'hair ice' - a type of ice that forms on dead wood and takes the shape of fine, silky hair. Also known as 'ice wool' or 'frost beard', this natural phenomenon is pretty uncommon, having been reported mostly at latitudes between 45 and 55 °N, in broadleaf forests.

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