By 2050, almost 70 percent of the world’s population will live in urban environments, according to the United Nations. But as cities spread, wild animals will also have to adapt. In Nature Ecology and Evolution, researchers working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) report that male tungara frogs in Panama City put on sexier mating displays than frogs living in nearby tropical forests.
The National Air and Space Museum will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 8, the first flight to the moon, with a special event at Washington National Cathedral Tuesday, Dec. 11, at 8 p.m. The cathedral is the site of some of the country’s most important commemorations of the American space program. Speakers, including Apollo 8 astronaut James A. Lovell and Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael B. Curry, will explore the spiritual meaning of exploration and the unity created by the mission’s Christmas Eve broadcast and iconic Earthrise photo.