Editors' picks

Planet Nine may have caused orbital tilts of all Solar System planets

Following a major discovery implying that a ninth planet may be orbiting our solar system, the scientists are investigating its possible impact on the tilted orbits observed for the other planets. All known planets of the Solar System have their orbits in almost the...

July 22, 2016

Super-eruptions may give warning signs only one year ahead

A new study of quartz crystals in pumice from the Bishop Tuff in California reveals that volcanic super-eruptions capable of devastating the entire planet can give only one year warning ahead of its occurrence. The study site was in the Long Valley Caldera, that was...

July 21, 2016

Juno’s arrival: Photos of a giant

Juno is on the trip of a lifetime! By now you’ve heard that this spacecraft has successfully reached Jupiter and is currently orbiting the planet. But you haven’t seen pictures of its journey. Until now. The final view taken by the JunoCam instrument on...

July 21, 2016

San Andreas fault prone to low-frequency tremors caused by the gravitational pull of Sun and Moon

A new study, led by the US Geological Survey (USGS) scientists revealed the gravitational pull of Sun and Moon, responsible for inducing the tides, can also trigger special types of earthquakes on the well-known San Andreas fault. Researchers discovered the small,...

July 19, 2016

Below 10-year average number of tornadoes reported to date, US

A trend of well-below the 10-year average number of estimated tornadoes, observed since 2012, continues so far, according to the US Storm Prediction Center (SPC) and local storm reports from the National Weather Service (NWS). 770 tornadoes were reported up to July...

July 18, 2016

Quantum souls. Part two - Debunking the debunkers

There are many, regardless of economic, cultural, or educational backgrounds, who have difficulties accepting that our mindful self - that part of us which cannot be wholly defined – which is the energy-based, cognizant, core of our being – may be our...

July 17, 2016

Noctilucent clouds storm from July 12 - 14 over Denmark

You are not dreaming, you can see waves, shock fronts or waterfalls in the night sky! On the nights of the 12-13th and 13-14th of July 2016, Denmark has witnessed two very powerful and bright noctilucent cloud shows in a row. The brightest and broadest I can...

July 16, 2016

OneWeb’s 700-satellite constellation is right on schedule

There is nothing better than finding a free open Wi-Fi signal when you’re wandering around the world, especially if you’re using your navigation app or something else that eats up a lot of your phone’s data plan. If that sounds good, imagine this...

July 14, 2016

Study finds Alban Hills volcano near Rome is starting a new eruptive cycle, Italy

The Alban Hills (Colli Albani/Monte Albano), a 15-km (9-mile) semicircle of hills outside Rome, Italy was previously considered an extinct volcano. However, a new study finds the volcano operates on a 31 000-year cycle of eruption and dormancy and is now starting a...

July 13, 2016

Bright Alpha Capricornid fireball recorded over Northern Africa

A very bright fireball was observed over Northern Africa at 21:05 UTC on July 8, 2016, and recorded by Spain's SMART Project meteor-observing network. The data collected by SMART network have been analyzed by its principal investigator, Professor José...

July 09, 2016

The observed influence of gamma­-ray bursts on Earth’s magnetic field

Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the brightest explosions in the Universe. They are detected by orbiting space telescopes at the rate of about one a day. The number that could be detected from Earth should be much higher than the current rate, but the efficiency of the...

July 06, 2016

Massive landslide detected in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

A massive landslide hit Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park on June 28, 2016, when a 1.2-km-high (4 000 feet) mountain collapsed. The event spread debris for kilometers across the glacier below. Just 16 km (10 miles) away, the glacier ends in Johns Hopkins Inlet,...

July 05, 2016

Juno enters orbit around Jupiter

NASA's Juno spacecraft has successfully entered Jupiter's orbit during a 35-minute engine burn on July 5, 2016 (UTC). The confirmation that the burn had completed was received on Earth at 03:53 UTC (Earth-receive time, currently 48 minutes after the actual...

July 05, 2016

Quantum souls. Part one

The following article is the first in a three-part series dealing with scientific evidence supporting the existence of souls and an afterlife. There may be excerpts from A Quantum Soul in a Newtonian World (Outskirts Press, 2016) and The Quantum Afterlife (due out...

July 03, 2016

Night sky guide for July 2016

July brings two meteor showers under relatively dark skies. Alpha Capricornids will reach their peak on July 26 with the maximum rate of around 5 per hour. A few days later, on July 29, the Delta Aquarid meteor shower will peak with up to 20 meteors per hour. The...

July 01, 2016

Antarctic ozone hole shows signs of healing

An international team of scientists has observed first clear signs that the hole in the Antarctic ozone layer is beginning to close. Led by Professor Susan Solomon of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the team found that the September ozone hole had shrunk...

July 01, 2016

Treasure Coast algal bloom prompts state of emergency, Florida

Governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in Florida's Martin and St. Lucie counties following the presence of algal blooms in local waterways. The executive order was signed Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It allows state and local governmental agencies...

June 30, 2016