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Solar halo optical phenomena observed in Sweden

The halos are caused by light refraction and reflection of millions of tiny ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. These high, thin clouds appear about 6 km (20 000 feet) or more above the ground, and are usually accompanied by a storm shortly after..Ice crystals in cirrus

July 30, 2015

Super dusty comet releases mystery clumps

Images acquired by SECCHI/HI-1 telescope aboard the solar-observing STEREO-B spacecraft have revealed strange streaming clumps from unusually dusty Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS). This discovery could hold secrets to how comets create their beautiful, sweeping, striated t

July 30, 2015

Strong hail hits parts of South Dakota: 15 cm (6 inches) of hail in Custer

A strong hail event hit Custer, South Dakota, on Monday, July 27, 2015. The area was covered with 15.23 cm (6 inches) thick layer of hail balls, the size of which measured about 2.54 cm (1 inch) in diameter.Mammatus clouds, prior to hailstorm. Image credit: Marcia Samul

July 30, 2015

Pluto sends planetary scientists back to the drawing board

Today, physicist Wal Thornhill continues his discussion of NASA’s New Horizons mission to the dwarf planet Pluto. The mission has already provided a number of surprises for planetary scientists.The tiny planet’s geological activity, its apparent age, the stu

July 29, 2015

Severe flooding continues across western India: At least 26 people dead, over 2 000 villages affected

Severe rainstorms continue to batter western India, causing floods and damage across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.2 000 villages were affected in the Gujarat state, 12 villages have been flooded in the Jalore district, while 53 helicopter rescue o

July 29, 2015

Greatest rainfall in 40 years brings Vietnam flood death toll to 11

Floods triggered by heavy rains in northern Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, damaged nearly 3 000 houses and made thousands to fled to safety, authorities said on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.Quang Ninh province received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) on Monday, July 27,

July 29, 2015

Destructive glacier lake outburst flood near Almaty, Pakistan

A warm spell triggered a destructive glacial lake outburst flood along the Kargalinka River threathening residents of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, earlier this month. A state of emergency has been declared across the affected areas of Almaty.NASA's Earth

July 29, 2015

Strong earthquake M6.3 registered near Iliamna Volcano, Southern Alaska, US

A strong earthquake registered as M6.3 hit Southern Alaska, US at 02:35 UTC on July 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 116.6 km (72.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 103 km (64 miles).Epicenter was located, 15 km (9 miles) SSW of Iliamna Volcano, 68 km (4

July 29, 2015

Abrupt climate change - an important factor in shaping early human societies

An international research team led by the scientists from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has discovered that some of the earliest human civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent were probably affected by

July 29, 2015

A rare July weather phenomena: Freak cold front blankets Northern Rockies

The freak cold front, an unusual meteorological phenomena, swept the Northern Rockies this Monday, July 28, 2015 bringing snow and record-low daytime July temperatures to Idaho.Late July is usually hot and dry for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, however, this year, the last

July 29, 2015

Swarm of shallow earthquakes registered under Meakandake volcano, Hokkaido - Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the Volcanic Alert Level of Meakandake volcano to 2 of 5 (do not approach the volcano) on July 28, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano took place on November 28, 2008.The decision to raise the alert level was made

July 28, 2015

Open letter: we must stop killer robots before they are built

More than 1 000 of the leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have signed and published an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons, also known colloquially as “killer robots”. The letter, published July 27, 201

July 28, 2015

A joint occurrence of storm surges and heavy rainfall increases the risk of flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

A new research on the increasing risk of 'compound flooding' for major US cities was conducted by the scientists at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science. Analysis of numerous datasets shows that US cities situated along the Atlantic an

July 28, 2015

California water agencies don’t know how much their pipes leak

With California homeowners taking steps to save water during the drought, they may be dismayed to hear that a new UCLA report found that water agencies are unable to keep close track of how much their own pipes are leaking.The report is particularly timely due to a new

July 28, 2015

Blue Moon on July 31, 2015

For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full, but it most likely won't turn blue, like it's name suggests. According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue." Most Blue Moon

July 28, 2015

Pyroclastic flow on Mount Sinabung, Indonesia - July 27, 2015

Effusion of viscous lava continues at slow pace to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks of Indonesian Sinabung volcano.At 12:22 local time today, a small part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a medium-sized pyroclastic flow that

July 27, 2015

Edge of Stability: 5 weeks of severe weather in 5 minutes

This timelapse video was produced by photographer Jeff Boyce of Negative Tilt Photography who spent five weeks from May to June of this year traveling around the United States to capture over 70 000 high-resolution photos of severe weather and the night sky.The result i

July 27, 2015

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake M7.0 hit Papua, Indonesia at 21:41 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 52.9 km (32.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). According to the USGS, epicenter was located 234 km (145 miles) W of Abepura and 247

July 27, 2015

The strongest July storm ever hits Netherlands: 1 person dead, all traffic suspended

The strongest July storm, since the records began in 1901, hit Netherlands this Saturday, July 25, 2015. One person was killed, road and train traffic was suspended across the country, and flights were delayed due to strong wind gusts.Sad &scary to see so many #stre

July 27, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska

A very strong and shallow earthquake, M6.9 hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska, US at 04:49 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 27.1 km (16.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 earthquake at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).Epicenter was located 73 km (45 mil

July 27, 2015

Tornado season in Sweden: A twister touch-down observed in Luleå and Piteå

A tornado touch-down was observed on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Luleå and Piteå in Norrbotten, northern Sweden.Although twister touch downs are not quite as usual in Sweden, this time of the year is a season in which it's occurrence can be observed.Image

July 27, 2015

Millions of people affected by severe flooding across eastern and southern China

Heavy rainfall hit parts of eastern and southern China, causing severe flooding in the area. The floods started on Wednesday, July 22 and affected millions of people; 6 citizens died and 5 went missing. Strong storms have cut off power supplies, inundated streets across

July 27, 2015

New Horizons update: Pluto and planetary origins

NASA’s New Horizons mission to the dwarf planet Pluto is attracting international attention to planetary science. And like all recent missions to planets, moons, comets and asteroids, surprising discoveries already abound for scientists on Earth. Giant mountains o

July 26, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny activity decreases, alert level lowered to Yellow - Eastern Caribbean

Seismic activity at underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny near Grenada, Eastern Caribbean is decreasing, the Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies reported on July 25. Increased activity at the volcano started on July 11, 2015 and was follow

July 26, 2015

Inside mysterious Siberian sinkholes

Giant sinkholes which started appearing in Yamal Peninsula, Russia last year remain a mystery to scientists investigating this phenomena around the world.Theories about what's causing them are numerous... from UFO's to natural gas which is abundant in this regio

July 26, 2015

M6.1 earthquake registered south of Java, Indonesia

Geoscience Australia registered M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles) south of Java, Indonesia at 07:05 UTC on July 26, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 59.2 km (36.8 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 93 km (58 miles) S of Kraj

July 26, 2015

NASA's Kepler mission discovers closest Earth twin yet

NASA made an announcement on July 23, 2015 of it's Kepler space telescope spotting the most Earth-like alien planet yet discovered - a world called Kepler-452b that's just slightly bigger than our own and orbits a sun-like star named Kepler-452 at about the same

July 25, 2015

Heavy rains sweep Taiwan: Taipei City overwhelmed by flooding waters

Heavy rainfall accompanied with thunderstorms and hail hit Taiwan, causing massive flooding across the Greater Taipei region on Thursday afternoon, July 23, 2015. 143 areas of the metropolis were overwhelmed by the flood waters, and all traffic was suspended across affe

July 25, 2015

Uranium mines behind Kazakhstan villagers' mysterious 'sleeping sickness'

Mysterious "sleeping sickness" that baffled doctors and researchers since it's first known attack in March 2013, affected more than 140 people in Kalachi and Krasnogorsk, two villages in northern Kazakhstan, with a total of 810 people, mostly ethnic Russia

July 24, 2015

Almaty region in southern Kazakhstan hit by floods and mudslide, state of emergency declared

Three areas in the Almaty region of southern Kazakhstan have been affected by the mudflow outbursts of the Kargalinka river, July 23, 2015. Local media reported 5 injuries and 900 people evacuated from their homes. A state of emergency has been declared across the affec

July 24, 2015

Volcanic ash blankets the skies over Indonesian archipelago: Simultaneous eruption of 5 volcanoes

Five volcanoes of the Indonesian archipelago simultaneously erupted on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The spewing ashes clouded the skies over the islands, suspending the flights on three airports in the area. Since last month, 13 000 people have been evacuated due to volcan

July 24, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny underwater volcano on Orange alert, imminent eruption possible - Eastern Caribbean

The Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies has issued an Orange alert (3 of 4) for the underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny on July 23, 2015, due to strong and continuous seismic signals recorded from 05:25 to 07:00 UTC today. Grenada, as we

July 23, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 15 - 21, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 7 volcanoes from July 15 - 21, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 14 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Colima, Mexico | Gamalama,

July 23, 2015

Severe hailstorm with golf ball-sized hail wreaks havoc on parts Saskatchewan, Canada

Severe hailstorm swept through parts of southwestern Saskatchewan, Canada on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. According to media reports, the hardest hit was the town of Kerrobert, where dozens of buildings and wehicles were damaged by golf ball-sized hail. About two-thirds of

July 23, 2015

Myanmar still under water: 7 people dead, over 57 000 affected

The thunderstorms which started on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, still didn't ease in some parts of Myanmar. Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding in Sagaing and Kachin region, at least 7 people were reported dead, 500 homes were damaged and car and train transport has

July 23, 2015