Editors' picks

Human magnetic sixth sense breaks into mainstream science

After decades of research proved that critters across the animal kingdom on Earth can sense our planet's magnetic field, a well-known geophysicist at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Joe Kirschvink, has presented the first repeatable and...

June 29, 2016

Whistling wormholes of the Caribbean

A team of scientists led by Professor Chris Hughes (University of Liverpool, NOC) analyzed the Caribbean Sea levels and pressure readings taken from the bottom of the sea and noticed a new phenomenon which they have called a 'Rossby whistle.' The team has...

June 29, 2016

Pieces of opal discovered in a meteorite found in Antarctica

Pieces of opal have been discovered in a meteorite found in Antarctica, a team of planetary scientists, led by Professor Hilary Downes of Birkbeck College London announced, at the National Astronomy Meeting in Nottingham on June 27, 2016. The discovery demonstrates...

June 28, 2016

Erskine fire California's most destructive this year, fire potential expanding to Sierras and central coast

The "Erskine fire" started on June 23, 2016, northeast of Bakersfield, California due to a yet-unknown cause. By June 27th, it grew into the state's largest and most destructive wildfire this year. As the summer progresses, above-normal fire potential...

June 28, 2016

Drone footage captures extent of damage caused by Yancheng city tornado, China

A total of 98 people were killed and 846 sustained injuries after severe storms swept through several towns in east China's Jiangsu Province on Thursday, June 23, 2016. 200 people are still in serious condition. More than 8 600 houses, two elementary schools,...

June 25, 2016

Next-generation space weather forecasts, DSCOVR ready to replace ACE on July 27

NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory - DSCOVR - has completed instrument validation after reaching the first sun-Earth Lagrange point (L1), approximately 1.6 million km (1 million miles) from Earth, and is ready to go operational on July 27, 2016, taking over...

June 24, 2016

Increased activity observed at Calbuco volcano, alert level raised to Yellow, Chile

During the last three days, there has been an increase in seismic activity at Chile's Calbuco volcano. A total of 161 volcano-tectonic (VT) earthquakes was recorded at distances between 1 to 4 km (0.62 to 2.5 miles) NW of the crater and between 8 and 10 km (5...

June 23, 2016

Surge of lightning deaths in Bangladesh, 261 so far this year

South Asian country of Bangladesh is experiencing a surge of lightning deaths this year. As of June 22, 2016, 261 people have died from lightning, placing the country on track to beat last year’s 265 deaths. A similar surge is reported in the neighboring...

June 23, 2016

Noctilucent clouds in motion

On the night of June 21, 2016, photographer Derek Mellott from the town of Gibbons, Alberta, Canada recorded this fantastic display of noctilucent clouds (NLCs). "They were the brightest I have ever seen," he said. "It seemed like a good time to...

June 22, 2016

Scientists discover a large-scale motion around San Andreas Fault

A team of researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mãnoa, University of Washington and Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) analyzed the motion of Earth's crust from the data collected by an array of GPS instruments placed near the San...

June 21, 2016

65.3 million displaced in 2015

Global forced displacement has escalated sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. By the end of the year, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict,...

June 20, 2016

Kanlaon erupts sending a plume of steam up to 5.3 km a.s.l., Philippines

A series of steam and ash eruptions occurred at the active crater of Kanlaon volcano in the central Philippines starting at 01:19 UTC on June 18, 2016. Based on visual observations, the eruption lasted for around 27 minutes. The first event was a steam and ash...

June 18, 2016

Above normal 2016 Southwest Monsoon season expected

India's Meteorological Department declared the arrival of the of the 2016 Southwest Monsoon over the state of Kerala on June 8, 2016. The agency has announced earlier it is expecting an above normal season, easing fears over farm and economic growth after two...

June 17, 2016

Newly discovered asteroid 2016 HO3 is Earth's new quasi-satellite

Pan-STARRS 1 asteroid survey telescope on Haleakala, Hawaii has discovered Earth's new quasi-satellite. Designated as 2016 HO3, this newly discovered near-Earth object has been our planet's constant companion for almost a century. The asteroid is too...

June 16, 2016

Fast-moving wildfire prompts emergency evacuations in New Mexico

A fast-moving wildfire which started in the Manzano Mountains on June 14, 2016, prompted Susana Martinez, the New Mexico Governor to declare a state of emergency on June 15, as the emergency services were unable to contain the fire. The cause of the fire is still...

June 16, 2016

What experts are saying about asteroid mining

Look into the heavens at night. You see twinkling stars, maybe the crescent moon. What else is out there that we can’t see with the naked eye? Other planets and moons, comets, meteors, asteroids, miners… wait, what? Ok, there aren’t any miners in...

June 14, 2016

Inside intriguing dust storm over Dori, Burkina Faso

Serge Bayala of the ACMAD-MESA Climate Services recorded this massive dust storm on May 23, 2016, at the periphery of a migrating low pressure cell arriving at Dori, the capital of Sahel Region, Burkina Faso. The video starts as Bayala and Diasso Ulrich approach the...

June 14, 2016