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From TheJournal.ie Scientists make raindrops 'bounce' faster and that's good news Chubby Rain

Scientists make raindrops 'bounce' faster and that's good news

Why? Because it can lead to the creation of a whole new generation of better-performing water-resistant materials, from clothes to airplanes.

From TheJournal.ie Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts Italy

Mount Etna volcano in Sicily erupts

The last major eruption occurred in 1992.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ecological restoration offers fresh pathways for citizens to engage with nature Opinion

Column: Ecological restoration offers fresh pathways for citizens to engage with nature

Ecological restoration not only has the potential to reverse environmental damage locally and globally, but also to transform our relationship with the natural world, writes Paddy Woodworth.

13 incredible GIFs showcasing just how amazing nature is

The sheer force of Mother Nature, now in GIF form.

From TheJournal.ie This optical phenomenon was spotted in Dublin this morning HALO HALO HALO This post contains images

This optical phenomenon was spotted in Dublin this morning

Some may have thought it was a vision from above, but it’s actually called a ‘sun halo’.

Family release rabbit back into the wild, and you'll never guess what happens next

Look! It’s so cute! It’s so…oh.

From TheJournal.ie Sands of time running out for rare Canadian desert Canada

Sands of time running out for rare Canadian desert

The Spirit Sands only cover a small area but holds huge significance for Canada’s aboriginal culture – and also for rare lizards.

From TheJournal.ie Column: What does the climate change report mean for Ireland? Opinion

Column: What does the climate change report mean for Ireland?

The nation may face major economic and demographic upheaval unless steps are taken now on climate change, writes Professor John Sweeney.

Your day needs this elephant/dog best friendship

They share a love of swimming! Bella the dog uses Bubbles the elephant as a diving board!

From TheJournal.ie The Burren receives European diploma for protected areas Irish Beauty This post contains images

The Burren receives European diploma for protected areas

The Burren has been honoured for its rich flora and fauna and its importance to cultural heritage.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland’s most common birds of prey are in decline At Risk This post contains images

Ireland’s most common birds of prey are in decline

BirdWatch Ireland has warned that the long-eared owl, the barn owl and the kestrel are in crisis due to lack of food.

This brown panda is one of only five in the world

Qizai is the only one in captivity.

From TheJournal.ie Population of butterflies has halved since 1990 Nature

Population of butterflies has halved since 1990

Researchers say this a worrying trend as these butterflies are useful indicators of the general health of ecosystems.

Tiny baby shrews walk in formation as 'Shrew Caravan'

This is the cutest thing we’ve ever seen.

From TheJournal.ie These photos make us feel very insignificant Alone All Alone

These photos make us feel very insignificant

Photography of Galyna Andrushko place man and woman in raw nature – and boy, do we look small.

8 reasons we're glad Don Conroy is back in our lives Don The Replay This post contains videos

8 reasons we're glad Don Conroy is back in our lives

He’s set to make an appearance in the third season on Moone Boy.

The Guide to Going Camping In Ireland

Thinking about going camping this weekend? Heading to a festival? Read this before you head off.

From TheJournal.ie Sea + sun = happiness: science Get Happy

Sea + sun = happiness: science

Innovative study which maps emotional states through smartphone app links being near sea on sunny day with ultimate happiness.

From TheJournal.ie Ireland a "rising star" for scientific research Science

Ireland a "rising star" for scientific research

The Nature Publishing Index 2012 has said that Ireland is one of the countries to watch for in the world of scientific research excellence.

From TheJournal.ie Legendary TV host David Attenborough undergoes heart op Attenborough

Legendary TV host David Attenborough undergoes heart op

The BBC presenter and naturalist has been forced to cancel a planned tour of Australia.

Why seagulls are the world's worst birds Birds Of Terror This post contains videos

Why seagulls are the world's worst birds

The very worst.

From TheJournal.ie Nature programme to be broadcast live from Glendalough Lakes tonight NATURE LOVERS This post contains images

Nature programme to be broadcast live from Glendalough Lakes tonight

The one hour programme will showcase the BioBlitz competition in action, an event where nature and wildlife enthusiasts attempt to record the most species of wildlife over a 24-hour period.

From TheJournal.ie USA on alert of invasion... from cicadas Bugged Out

USA on alert of invasion... from cicadas

The cricket-like insects are overdue an invasion after 17 years – and have been seen amassing in two east coast states.

From TheJournal.ie New York city has trees that smell like bad sex Nose Pegs Please

New York city has trees that smell like bad sex

What else can you call an odour that recalls a mixture of ‘rotting fish and semen’? Introducing the Bradford Pear tree.

From TheJournal.ie Invasive species cost Ireland €261 million per year Nature This post contains images

Invasive species cost Ireland €261 million per year

A 2011 regulation bringing in a ban on keeping or trading the creatures is yet to be brought into effect.

From TheJournal.ie Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink At Risk

Demand for exotic pets pushes species to brink

For every endangered animal in a pet shop or home – ten others could have died during capture or transportation.

From TheJournal.ie Cats are on a murderous rampage (in the USA) Watch The Birdie

Cats are on a murderous rampage (in the USA)

Can you guess how many birds and small mammals they kill in one year in the States? Hint: billions.

From TheJournal.ie Film-maker and environmentalist Éamon de Buitléar dies aged 83 RIP

Film-maker and environmentalist Éamon de Buitléar dies aged 83

The former senator died at home on Sunday night.

From TheJournal.ie 32 beautiful images of Ireland from 2012 Nature

32 beautiful images of Ireland from 2012

Take a minute out of your day to appreciate how beautiful this island can be.

From TheJournal.ie 19 absolutely stunning Sony World Photography contenders This post contains images

19 absolutely stunning Sony World Photography contenders

There is just one week left for entries in prestigious global contest – and the competition is fierce.

From TheJournal.ie Don't miss: Tomorrow's the last full moon of 2012 Look Up

Don't miss: Tomorrow's the last full moon of 2012

It’s called an oak moon, don’t you know.

From TheJournal.ie Video: Oh, a cheetah in (slow) motion Animal Kingdom This post contains videos

Video: Oh, a cheetah in (slow) motion

Majestic.

From TheJournal.ie 12 beautiful images from the National Geographic Photo Contest Wondrous
From TheJournal.ie Experts name likely source of giant eyeball washed up in US Fish Eye

Experts name likely source of giant eyeball washed up in US

Remember the gruesome discovery we brought to you last week from a Florida beach? Read on to discover more about its most likely owner…

From TheJournal.ie Volcano erupts in Indonesia Indonesia

Volcano erupts in Indonesia

Mount Lokon is one of the country’s most active volcanoes – eruption could be heard more than 5km away.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: How do you turn a landfill into a park? Landfill This post contains images

Explainer: How do you turn a landfill into a park?

Waterford has one, and Cork will have one soon: A former landfill that is now a huge park. But how do you turn a huge mound of rubbish into a green space?

From TheJournal.ie Huge quantities of plankton discovered under Arctic ice Marine Life

Huge quantities of plankton discovered under Arctic ice

NASA study of tiny algae led to discovery of under-ice ‘bloom’ of the marine food source.

From TheJournal.ie VIDEO: World's only white orca spotted Albino Whale This post contains videos

VIDEO: World's only white orca spotted

Much better than ‘Free Willy’ – this is the first mature, possible albino, male orca ever to be seen.

From TheJournal.ie Last night in Donegal... starring the aurora borealis Shine On This post contains images

Last night in Donegal... starring the aurora borealis

TheJournal.ie reader Paul Doherty captured the Northern Lights in their pomp over the northwest last evening…