Steven Spence Is a GotScience Contributor

steven-spenceSteven contributes photography and general science articles to GotScience. His extensive body of work in nature photography is both beautiful and informative. He enjoys photography, nature, and science, and is an avid fan of Calvin and Hobbes. Steven researches his subjects, showcases his concerns about the environment, and advocates for more biodiversity and fewer pesticides in agriculture.

What Does a Black Hole Look Like?

By Steven Spence (@TheStevenSpence) “We ordinary people might lack your great speed or your X-ray vision, Superman, but never underestimate ...
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The Science Behind Auroras

By Steven Spence (@TheStevenSpence) The northern lights (aurora borealis) and southern lights (aurora australis) are fascinating scientifically. In fact, aurora ...
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Photographing the Northern Lights in Iceland

By Steven Spence (@TheStevenSpence) For night's swift dragons cut the clouds full fast, And yonder shines Aurora's harbinger; At whose ...
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In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first visitor from another star system. The interstellar comet -- a half-mile-long object eventually named `Oumuamua, from the Hawaiian for "scout" or "messenger" -- raised intriguing questions: Was it a chunk of rocky debris from a new star system, shredded material from a supernova explosion, evidence of alien technology or something else altogether? In this riveting talk, Meech tells the story of how her team raced against the clock to find answers about this unexpected gift from afar. This talk was presented at an official TED conference

Oumuamua: Asteroid from Another Star System

In October 2017, astrobiologist Karen J. Meech got the call every astronomer waits for: NASA had spotted the very first ...
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This artist’s impression shows the first interstellar object discovered in the Solar System, `Oumuamua. Observations made with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and others show that the object is moving faster than predicted while leaving the Solar System. Researchers assume that venting material from its surface due to solar heating is responsible for this behaviour. This outgassing can be seen in this artist’s impression as a subtle cloud being ejected from the side of the object facing the Sun. As outgassing is a behaviour typical for comets, the team thinks that `Oumuamua’s previous classification as an interstellar asteroid has to be corrected.

This Interstellar Asteroid Is Accelerating

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence First asteroid of its kind In October 2017, Oumuamua—or 1I/2017 U1—became the first interstellar asteroid detected ...
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What’s Jupiter Hiding?

What’s Jupiter Hiding?

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence Juno: Aptly named The Juno spacecraft currently orbiting Jupiter is appropriately named. In Roman mythology, Jupiter ...
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Bee Friendly Garden

Tips for a Bee-Friendly Garden

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence More Diverse Than Honeybees When we hear about bees most of us think of honeybees (Apis ...
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Gardening Alternatives to Pesticides

Gardening Alternatives to Pesticides

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence Gardens are a delight Sadly, it’s not just gardeners, bees, butterflies, and birds that enjoy gardens ...
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What We’re Reading: Asteroid Hunters

Asteroid Hunters by Carrie Nugent Shared by Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Published by Simon and Schuster ...
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GotScience Book Review

Book Review: Bring Back the King

Title: Bring Back the King: The New Science of De-extinction Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication ...
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Learning Curve: Engaging in Science Communication

Learning Curve: Engaging in Science Communication

A GotScience Magazine contributor describes how he got started in science communication. By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence “In its encounter with ...
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Book Review: God’s Word or Human Reason?

Book Review: God’s Word or Human Reason?

Title: God’s Word or Human Reason? An Inside Perspective on Creationism Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected ...
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Wildlife Game of Thrones: Wolf versus Crow

Wildlife Game of Thrones: Wolf versus Crow

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence “Through the bleak and early morn, Where a stronger will is sworn, Where the moments move ...
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photographing snowflakes

GotScience Book Reviews for Holiday Season 2016

Looking for science books to give as gifts or to read yourself? Check out our reviews! Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely ...
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GotScience Book Review

Book Review: Spaceman

Title: Spaceman: An Astronaut’s Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a ...
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Book Review: Secrets of the Seas: A Journey into the Heart of the Oceans

Book Review: Secrets of the Seas

Title: Secrets of the Seas: A Journey into the Heart of the Ocean Reviewed by: Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a ...
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Norwegian Sea Eagles

Norwegian Sea Eagles

By Steven Spence @TheStevenSpence Two Names for One Eagle: Which Is Right? Scientifically known as Haliaeetus albicilla, these large raptors ...
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parasitic bees

Parasitic Bees: Natural-Born Robbers

By Steven Spence Photography by John Kimbler When we think of bees, most of us picture honeybees or possibly bumblebees ...
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Galapagos iguana. Frank Am Main

Book Review: Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy

Reviewed by Steven Spence for GotScience.org, a Science Connected publication Title: Galapagos: Preserving Darwin's legacy, Second Edition Author: Tui De ...
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Hot Towns, Urban Heat Islands. Sunlight: Solar as Equitable Energy Source.

Hot Towns, Urban Heat Islands

By Steven Spence It’s Hotter in the City Have you ever noticed on weather reports that cities seem to be ...
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Winter Bee (Steven Spence); bees make honey

How Do Bees Make Honey?

How bees make honey, courtesy of Dr. Joe Hanson and PBS Digital Studios Western honey bees, or European honey bees, ...
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Book Review: The Tyrannosaur Chronicles

The Inside Scoop Title: The Tyrannosaur Chronicles: The Biology of the Tyrant Dinosaurs Author: Dr. David Hone Publisher: Bloomsbury Goes on ...
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messel

Eocene Fossils: The Mines of Messel

By Steven Spence Gimli: "And they call it a mine. A mine!" Boromir: "This is no mine, it's a tomb!" ...
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Sumatran orangutans

Forest People: Sumatran Orangutans

By Steven Spence Good news from the jungles of Sumatra: thanks to an extensive survey, biologists now know that more ...
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Hubble Space Telescope Got the GOODS!

Hubble Space Telescope Got the GOODS!

By Steven Spence The Hubble Space Telescope has been conducting a deep-sky survey called “Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey North,” ...
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Osprey: Bird of Many Names

By Steven Spence guān guān jū  jiū           ‘Fair, fair,’ cry the ospreys 关   关   雎 鸠 zài  hé zhī zhōu ...
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bat

Hotspots of Bat-Human Virus Transmission

By Neha Jain @lifesciexplore Since the turn of the century, we’ve already been gripped by three major outbreaks of new diseases—SARS ...
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Lens Flare, Steven Spence

Spying on the Atomic Structure of Perovskites

By Jonathan Trinastic, @jptrinastic Spying on the Atomic Structure of Perovskites Perovskites are darling materials in the world of solar cells ...
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Mary River Turtle

Using the Power of Photography for Good

World-Famous Photos of Mary River Turtles Chris van Wyk enjoyed viral success with his pictures of an algae-covered “punk” Mary ...
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A Tale of Two Turtles: Part 2

By Steven Spence This is the second part of our series on turtles and how cute animals can inspire successful ...
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Turtles, Steven Spence

A Tale of Two Turtles: Part 1

By Steven Spence It began simply enough, visiting the zoo with my niece and her parents. They have a great ...
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Photo by Lisa Brown via Flickr

Citizen Science Informs Bird Feeder Dilemma

By Jonathan Trinastic @jptrinastic If you enjoy turkey this Thanksgiving, take a moment to think not about the bird on ...
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autumn leaves

Autumn Leaves: Last, Loveliest Smile

By Steven Spence Going Out in a Blaze of Glory Autumn … the year's last, loveliest smile. (William Cullen Bryant) ...
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Sunsets: Sunset seen at the coast in Novigrad, Croatia. Thin clouds turn a normal sunset into a sci-fi worthy sunset. [EOS 7DmkII: 400mm, f5.6, ISO 100, 1/2000 sec]

Sunsets are Illusions

By Steven Spence “It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world ...
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Butterflies: A worn butterfly enjoys refreshment in a garden. tentative identification: Meadow Brown; German Ochsenauge; Latin Maniola jurtina

Unexpected Biodiversity in Iberian Butterflies

By Steven Spence Winged Flowers A fallen blossom returning to the bough, I thought - But no, a butterfly. (Arakida ...
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Jurassic Archaeopteryx

Jurassic Celebrity: Early Bird Gets the Spotlight

By Steven Spence A Lasting Impression For its sheer beauty, the Berlin specimen of Archaeopteryx has been described as a ...
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Forests Alone Can’t Stop Climate Change

Forests Alone Can’t Stop Climate Change

By Nicholas L. Medina Nicholas is a graduate student of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan in ...
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Berlin Mounted Dinosaur Skeleton: The huge mounted Giraffatitan in the main hall in Berlin, dwarfing the Diplodocus that stands behind it. (Photo by Steven Spence)

Mounting a Monument to a Mesozoic Monster

By David Hone Dr. Dave Hone is a lecturer at Queen Mary, University of London, specialising in dinosaurs and pterosaurs ...
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antibioticsStaphylococcus aureus (Public Domain photo by Janice Haney Carr, Matthew J. Arduino, DRPH, USCDCP)

Searching for Alternatives to Antibiotics

By Steven Spence Biological Arms Race Modern, effective antibiotics were only discovered and widely used in the 20th century. The ...
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Raptor Dinosaurs: Artist’s Digital and graphite restoration drawing of Velociraptor mongoliensis (By Matt Martyniuk GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

Friendly Neighborhood Raptor Dinosaurs

By Steven Spence Raptor Dinosaurs Raptor dinosaurs, formally known as dromaeosaurids, had very large curved talons on the  second toes ...
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London specimen of Archaeopteryx (photographed with permission from the Natural History Museum)

Piecing Together the Archaeopteryx Puzzle

By Steven Spence Bird, Dinosaur, or Both? The 1861 discovery of Archaeopteryx made it one of the most important fossils ...
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Ladybird on lavender

Ladybirds and Other Natural Pesticides

By Steven Spence Sheep and Wolves in your Garden Sheep and wolves in your garden? It’s more likely than you ...
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Hummingbird by Steven Spence

Amazing Hummingbirds: Dancing in the Air

By Steven Spence Dancing in the Air A hummingbird puts fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to shame. Not only can it ...
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Structural Coloration in Bird Feathers

Structural Coloration in Bird Feathers

By Steven Spence Pimping Your Ride, the Natural Way If you are familiar with Pimp My Ride, a TV show ...
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A female great spotted woodpecker, photographed in Germany, April 2015

Drumming with the Great Spotted Woodpecker

By Steven Spence Drumroll, Please! May is family time for the great spotted woodpecker. Woodpecker pairs will have begun their ...
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Learning to Catch and Throw

Biologist Explains How We Learn to Catch

By Kate S. If you’ve ever played baseball or football and fumbled a catch, then this article is for you ...
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Declining bee populations: A honeybee drinking nectar, its reward for pollinating the flower

Declining Bee Populations Revisited

By Steven Spence Given mounting evidence of rapidly declining bee populations, what would be the impact if there were no ...
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Pollinators: Honeybee visiting wildflowers

Pollination: Meet the Pollinators

By Steven Spence Spring is well underway in the northern hemisphere and EH Science is delighted to feature these seasonal ...
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Male and female European green woodpeckers (Steven Spence)

Yaffle: Meet the European Green Woodpecker

By Steven Spence “Yaffle” was one of the English folk names given to the European green woodpecker (German Grünspecht; Latin ...
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Red Kite (Steven Spence)

Wild Red Kite: Red and Deadly

Photography and Text by Steven Spence This is a wild red kite (German: Roter Milan; Latin Milvus milvus ), which ...
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Partial Solar Eclipse March 2015 (Steven Spence)

Solar Eclipse from Stuttgart, Germany

On March 20, 2015, people across Europe, northern and eastern Asia, and northern and western Africa were treated to the ...
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Winter bee (Steven Spence)

Winter Bees, First Visitors

This photo of a winter bee collecting pollen, called “First Visitors,” is the work of Germany-based photographer Steven Spence. Here ...
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