Tracy Clippinger, a veterinarian at the San Diego Zoo, said the cub's muscles are getting stronger and he is thinning out, improving his ability to crawl. Clippinger added that she counted eight teeth in his mouth and could feel more ready to break through the gums, before he fell asleep.
[Full Story: Sleepy Panda Cub Gets Stronger]
Our Black Earth
Today (Dec. 5), NASA and the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a slew of images showing what the planet looks like when the sun goes down. The amazing images were announced in a news conference at the American Geophysical Union's annual meeting in San Francisco and were taken by an instrument aboard the Suomi NPP satellite in recent months.
[Full Story: Black Marble: Stunning New Images of Earth at Night]
The 'Pineapple Express'
These storms, aptly and more technically known as atmospheric rivers, bring huge amounts of moisture across the Pacific. They are narrow bands in the atmosphere that funnel moisture from the tropics into more northerly latitudes. Over the course of several days, or even longer, the moisture in the system is dropped on a wide area and can potentially cause flooding and reservoir overflow, as has happened in some West Coast communities with the current system. That system also brought strong, hurricane-force winds to some regions and dozens of inches of snow to others.
[Full Story: 'Pineapple Express': New Sensors to Monitor Torrential Storms]
Super Typhoon Bopha
Bopha is likely to be the strongest typhoon ever recorded in Mindanao, according to Jeff Masters at the weather blog Wunderground.
[Full Story: Super Typhoon Bopha to Hit the Philippines ]
Haunting the Night
Eastern Screech Owls are a nocturnal animal, so despite being common in residential neighborhoods in eastern North America, most people never notice them. They call out at night especially during the spring mating season but their call isn't actually a screech, like from a hawk, but more of a haunting, trembling sound.
[Full Story: Photo: Eastern Screech Owl Haunts The Night ]