Madden-Julian Oscillation: Massive thunderstorm cluster in tropical Indian and Pacific Ocean explained

A team of scientists from the University of Washington (UW) have devised a new mathematical model for the purpose of explaining and forecasting the Madden-Julian Oscillation (MJO), a huge thunderstorm cluster originating in the waters of tropical Indian and Pacific...

January 29, 2016

SOHO celebrates its 20th anniversary of gazing into the Sun

Today marks the 20th anniversary of NASA/ESA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). Originally planned for two-year mission, the project has now almost gone strong for two full solar-cycles, making the project longest Sun watching satellite to this day. When...

December 02, 2015

Seven spectacular weather events – and what causes them

​​The weather might seem like it creates weeks of dreary, grey drizzle. But it can also put on a truly sensational – and, often, deadly – show. But what explains these explosive events? The Earth’s atmosphere is driven by heating from the Sun....

November 29, 2015

Living with a star

The connection between the Sun and the Earth is a complex one, describing a relationship between us and our star that is both life-sustaining as well as life-threatening. This relationship is colloquially known as space weather. Aerospace engineer Ryan McGranaghan takes

May 11, 2015

Explainer: the wild storms that lash Australia’s east coast

Over the past 24 hours, the Sydney, Central Coast, and Hunter regions of New South Wales have experienced very heavy rain, gale-force winds with gusts over 100 km per hour, and waves of more than 10 m in height.For Sydney it was the wettest single day since February 200

April 21, 2015

What did the ancient people think of the axis mundi (world axis)?

In the footsteps of Mircea Eliade, mythologists and anthropologists tend to think of the axis mundi or ‘world axis’ as a straight object running through the cosmos vertically. While this is, of course, correct for the astronomical axis of the earth, the &lsq

April 09, 2015

Earthquake interaction on the scale of a fault to the planet

Ross Stein (PhD, 1980, Geology), Geophysicist at the USGS gave this interesting presentation a couple of days ago at the Stanford University. He explains the fundamentals of earthquake science and takes listeners to one of its frontiers.His research focuses on

April 25, 2014

Sonic Geometry: The Language of Frequency and Form

This might be one of the most important videos you have ever seen... "If you only knew the magnificence of the 3, 6 and 9, then you would have a key to the universe." - Nikola Tesla The World is Waking... Throughout history,

December 23, 2013

Solar Dynamics Observatory - Argos view

Argos (or Argus Panoptes) was the 100-eyed giant in Greek mythology. While NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has significantly less than 100 eyes, seeing connections in the solar atmosphere through the many filters of SDO presents a number of interesting

December 17, 2013

The solar eclipse cycle - Saros cycle

The periodicity and recurrence of eclipses is governed by the Saros cycle, a period of approximately 6,585.3 days (18 years 11 days 8 hours). It was known to the Chaldeans as a period when lunar eclipses seem to repeat themselves, but the cycle is

September 01, 2013

What is a sungrazing comet?

Sungrazing comets are a special class of comets that come very close to the Sun at their nearest approach, a point called perihelion. To be considered a sungrazer, a comet needs to get within about 850,000 miles from the sun at perihelion. Many come even closer, even

August 23, 2013

Earth at aphelion on July 5, 2013

Since Earth`s orbit is an ellipse, on July 5, 2013 our planet will be on the farthest end of the curve, at the most distant point from the Sun. That is called aphelion. In Earth`s orbit the average distance from the Sun is roughly 150 million kilometers, but at

July 05, 2013

Where is the true North Pole?

The North Pole is at the top of the Earth and the South Pole is at the bottom, right? Except that the Earth is kind of a ball, and they don't really have tops and bottoms. Of course Earth isn`t exactly spherical and isn`t spinning through space - spinning about

July 03, 2013

Intro to space weather vocabulary - video

Heliophysics scientists study energy transformation from one event to the other and which electromagnetic waves create which conditions near Earth. Space weather effects can disrupt satellites in space, so scientists need to understand the system in even more detail.

May 06, 2013

MinuteEarth: Why are leaves green?

Have you ever wondered why leaves are green and not red, blue, or even black? Well, MinuteEarth released another interesting movie answering the question. Source:

March 24, 2013

Infrared: Beyond the Visible

The answers to some of the universe's greatest mysteries are being beamed through the night sky in light we can't see with human eyes ... but it won't be invisible to us forever. Explore the wonder of infrared astronomy and the promise of the upcoming Webb Space

March 22, 2013

MinuteEarth: The Story of Our Planet

Agriculture, hula hoops, SARS, and THIS video: how long did they take to get around the earth? The genius guys behind MinutePhysics started a new project MinuteEarth - Science and stories about our awesome planet! This is the first MinuteEarth video

March 09, 2013

Minute Physics: What Is The Universe?

Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics -- all in a minute! This time  they tried to explain what is the Universe! MinutePhysics is on Google+ - facebook

February 17, 2013

New video reveals how geysers work

Alexander Belousov and Marina Belousova, researchers at Russia's Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, lowered a camera into six geysers in the famed Valley of the Geysers on Russia's volcanic Kamchatka Peninsula. The results provide a new model for understanding

February 17, 2013

"Infinity is bigger than you think"

Sometimes infinity is even bigger than you think... Dr James Grime explains with a little help from Georg Cantor.  Credit: NumbersphileMinute Physics video on this topic: How to count infinity?Featured image:To Infinity and Beyond by

February 10, 2013

Exoplanets: detection, atmospheres and habitability

In this 8th session of the internet-based live lectures between Universities and Institutes, Dr Heike Rauer gives an overview on the current status of exoplanet detections with focus on terrestrial planets in and near the habitable zone, detected by different

February 07, 2013

Plate Tectonics by Isaac Frame

An informative documentary from Isaac Frame explains plate tectonics and formation of our planet. This subject covers a variety of processes including subduction, transduction, etc.Credit: Isaac

February 05, 2013

First sightings of how a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) forms

On July 18, 2012, a fairly small explosion of light burst off the lower right limb of the sun. Such flares often come with an associated eruption of solar material, known as a coronal mass ejection or CME - but this one did not.Something interesting did happen,

February 02, 2013

"Immovable object vs. Unstoppable force" by Minute Physics

Minute Physics provides an energetic and entertaining view of old and new problems in physics -- all in a minute! What happens if  immovable object  meets an unstoppable force?Music by Nathaniel SchroederCredit:

January 30, 2013

Preparedness is a state of mind - Be the Hero, not the Victim

Preparedness. It’s a state of mind.When you are a prepper, you begin to think differently than the other folks on the block. Not only do you take steps to become physically prepared, with food, medical supplies and tools – but you are mentally prepared. You

December 29, 2012

"Common Physics Misconceptions" by Minute Physics

What if you thought the earth was flat? And then you found out it isn't?Minute Physics crew launched another excellent video explaining some common physics misconceptions. Cool physics and other sweet science - all in a

December 08, 2012

How to brainwash the sheeple into doing anything you want

A few hours ago I was cycling through an nearby neighborhood. As I approached a mother and her two children walking down the sidewalk, the cutest little four-year-old piped up."Hi...!" she said."Hi...!" I replied.At that point, mom jerked the little girl by the

December 08, 2012

The Holographic Universe - Workshop series

Quantum physics and recent scientific experiments are radically changing our understanding of life, our reality, and our spirituality. It is giving us a new model for the way our universe works and the practical steps to take toward true joy and excitement and peace of

December 05, 2012

Spirit Science for Consideration "The Shift of Ages and what might happen in 2012?!"

One of the most frequently asked questions we get asked is "What do you think will happen with 2012?". We thought the best way to shed light on the situation was simply to make a video about it! So without further ado, here is our 2012 video! The Spirit

December 03, 2012

Volcano Web Shorts #4: Instruments

USGS technologist Rick LaHusen describes how the development and deployment of instruments plays a crucial role in mitigating volcanic hazards.Featured image, caption and video:

December 03, 2012

Volcano web shorts #3: Seismology

USGS volcano seismologist, Seth Moran, describes how seismology and seismic networks are used to mitigate volcanic hazards. One of the important parts of his job is satisfying the USGS’ mission of mitigating hazards, mitigating the effects of hazards. And so one of

December 01, 2012

Our magnificent Sun - Solar cycle 24

The solar cycle (or solar magnetic activity cycle) is the periodic change in the sun's activity (including changes in the levels of solar radiation and ejection of solar material) and appearance (visible in changes in the number of sunspots, flares, and other

November 30, 2012

Volcano Web Shorts #2: Debris Flows

Debris flows are hazardous flows of rock, sediment and water that surge down mountain slopes and into adjacent valleys. Hydrologist Richard Iverson describes the nature of debris-flow research and explains how debris flow experiments are conducted at the USGS Debris

November 29, 2012

Volcano Web Shorts #1: Photogrammetry

Photogrammetry is the science of making precise measurements by the use of photography. USGS geologist Angie Diefenbach describes how she uses a digital camera and computer software to understand the growth rate of lava domes during a volcanic

November 26, 2012

49 minutes of science and self-awareness: Athene's Theory of Everything

The following documentary presents new developments in neuroscience and a solution to the many current unsolved problems in physics. While it keeps clear of metaphysical correlations and is solely focused on scientifically verifiable data it also has philosophical

November 22, 2012