Young long-eared owls


This 17 August 2017 video is about young long-eared owls in Friesland province in the Netherlands.

Ben ter Mull made this video.

Solar eclipse tomorrow, other astronomical news


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United States Total Solar Eclipse 21 Aug 2017

19 August 2017

On August 21, 2017 a total solar eclipse occurs from the Northwest to the Southeast. This video explains what happens and why and the possible influence coming from an eclipse.

Eclipse watchers will go after the biggest solar mystery: Why is the corona so hot? Usually when you move away from a heat source, it gets cooler. Not so in the sun’s atmosphere. By Lisa Grossman, 6:00am, August 20, 2017.

Does the corona look different when solar activity is high versus when it’s low? One U.S. town will get two eclipses in seven years, making it the best place to watch the sun’s cycle in action. By Lisa Grossman, 7:00am, August 19, 2017.

Where does the solar wind come from? The eclipse may offer answers. A look at where the sun’s surface meets its atmosphere could reveal the wind’s origins. By Lisa Grossman, 7:00am, August 18, 2017.

PLEASE DON’T RUIN YOUR EYES BY LOOKING AT THE ECLIPSE WITHOUT PROTECTION We here at The Morning Email value your eyesight. Here’s how to watch the magic safely. [HuffPost]

Solar eclipse August 2017 live on Twitter: here.

Here are the paths of the next 15 total solar eclipses. From 2017 to 2040, there will be 15 total solar eclipses. Here‘s a map of where to see them. By Emily DeMarco, 2:30pm, August 18, 2017.

Cosmic lens lets astronomers zoom in on a black hole’s burps. Seeing into the heart of a faraway galaxy could explain how jets of hot material get their start. By Lisa Grossman, 5:01pm, August 18, 2017.

We share the Milky Way with 100 million black holes. New census estimates the number of cosmic chasms based on galaxy size and makeup. By Emily Conover, 9:00am, August 18, 2017.

Exclusive First Photos of the 2017 Solar Eclipse. National Geographic photographers were across the country – and over the ocean – capturing some of the best views of the historic eclipse: here.

Saudi regime killing Yemeni children, United Nations say


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18 October 2016

Heartbreaking: Dying child screaming don’t bury me, in Taiz, Yemen.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Yemen: UN urged to put Saudis on blacklist over child killings

Saturday 19th August 2017

THE Saudi-led invasion coalition is responsible for more than half of all child deaths in Yemen, according to a leaked draft of a report by United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres.

The document, which was passed to US news agency Associated Press on Thursday, says the UN has verified that there were 1,340 child casualties last year and attributed 683 — or 51 per cent — to attacks carried out by the coalition.

It also reveals that nearly three-quarters of attacks on schools and hospitals — 38 of 52 — were perpetrated by the coalition.

Saudi Arabia and eight regional allies launched a bombing campaign against Yemen in March 2015 after former president Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi — whose term had expired — was ousted by a revolt by the Shia Houthis …

US news magazine Foreign Policy reported on Wednesday that UN special representative for children and armed conflict Virigina Gamba intends to recommend that the coalition be added to the list of countries that kill and maim children.

Last year, a UN report blamed the coalition for 60 per cent of 1,953 child deaths and injuries — prompting Saudi Arabia’s addition to the blacklist.

But former secretary-general Ban Ki Moon reversed that decision and removed mention of Saudi Arabia from the report after Riyadh threatened to cut aid funding for Palestine and other projects.

Recovered young cuckoo freed


This 18 August 2017 video shows the freeing of a young cuckoo after rehabilitation, in the Ooijpolder nature reserve in Gelderland province in the Netherlands.

This young bird grew up in a reed warbler nest in the Ooijpolder. It was the first young cuckoo ever to be on a webcam. Unfortunately, the cuckoo fell out of the nest, damaged by storm. It was brought to a bird hospital. The cuckoo’s reed warbler foster parents started a new nest. Meanwhile, the young reed warblers have fledged.

And now, after convalescence, the young cuckoo has fledged as well.

German cartoon on Trump’s comments about murderous Charlottesville racism


German Trump Ku Klux Klan cartoon

German weekly Der Spiegel writes on Twitter about their front page cartoon of this week’s issue:

The true face of Donald Trump. The cover of our latest edition, again designed by @edelstudio.

The Ku Klux Klan hood cartoon reacts to Trump’s comments about murderous racism in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacists.

THE BURDEN OF HATE HuffPost examined the rise of modern white supremacy, from Charleston to Charlottesville. Follow our timeline and track hate. [HuffPost]

Man Who Claimed He Was Stabbed After Being Mistaken For A Neo-Nazi Was Lying. He said a stranger came up to him and said “You one of them neo-Nazis?” before stabbing him: here.

ICAHN EXITS BEFORE CRITICAL NEW YORKER PIECE “Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who resigned as President Donald Trump’s special adviser on regulations on Friday, did so just hours before The New Yorker magazine published a critical article that detailed his potential conflict of interest and questioned whether he had acted illegally.” [HuffPost]

A LOOK AT TRUMP’S CHIEF OF STAFF IN LIGHT OF STEVE BANNON’S DEPARTURE Three weeks into John Kelly’s tenure, the question is: Has he gotten through to the president? [HuffPost]

Lions in Africa, Attenborough video


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Extraordinary Lion Hunt Filmed – Attenborough 60 Years In The Wild – BBC Earth

20 August 2017

Sir David Attenborough recalls studying lions at night.