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Early days of Earth's sixth mass biological extinction event

An international team of scientists warns that loss and decline of animals is contributing to what appears to be the early days of the planet's sixth mass biological extinction event. The planet's current biodiversity, they claim, is the highest in history of li

July 25, 2014

Saharan dust a key to the formation of Bahamas' Great Bank

According to a new study by researchers from the University of Miami - Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, saharan dust played a major role in the formation of the Bahamas islands Their research showed that iron-rich Saharan dust provides the nutri

July 25, 2014

Mysterious signal from the center of the Perseus Cluster unexplained by known physics

Astronomers using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory to explore the Perseus Cluster, a swarm of galaxies approximately 250 million light years from Earth, have observed the spectral line that appears not to come from any known type of matter. The signal

July 25, 2014

New images and 3D model of Rosetta's target - Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

As the ESA's comet chaser Rosetta approaches Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) for an August rendezvous, the comet's core is finally coming into sharper focus. Yesterday, ESA released a new set of images taken by the OSIRIS spacecraft on July 20th

July 25, 2014

Insecticides similar to nicotine widespread in U.S. Midwest

Insecticides similar to nicotine, known as neonicotinoids, were found commonly in streams throughout the Midwest, according to a new USGS study. This is the first broad-scale investigation of neonicotinoid insecticides in the Midwestern United States and one of the

July 24, 2014

Water wars begin in California

Now in its third year of record-breaking drought conditions, the water-deprived state of California is reportedly beefing up its law enforcement to crack down on so-called water "abusers" who use too much. In Los Angeles, a full-time "water cop," wit

July 24, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: July 16 - 22, 2014

Ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes from July 16 - 22, 2014. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan)  | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia)  | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia)  | Fuego, Guatemala  | Karymsky, Eastern Kamc

July 24, 2014

Landsat's global perspective on natural disasters, urban change and more

On July 23rd, 1972, the first Landsat spacecraft launched into orbit. At the time, it was called "Earth Resources Technology Satellite," or ERTS, and was the first satellite to use a scanning spectrophotometer. Previous satellites relied on film cameras (eject

July 23, 2014

Fermi catches a never before seen 'transformer' neutron star

In late June 2013 astronomers using Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope observed an exceptional binary containing a rapidly spinning neutron star which suddenly underwent a dramatic change in behavior. The pulsar's radio beacon vanished, while at the same time the

July 23, 2014

High probability of new eruptive activity at Chaparrastique volcano, El Salvador

In yesterday's special report El Salvador's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) said that the seismic vibration at Chaparrastique volcano (San Miguel) remains at very high levels, 20 times above the n

July 23, 2014

Deadly rockslide on Maoxian County highway in Sichuan, China

A deadly rockslide occurred on a section of the No. 213 National Highway in Maoxian County of Sichuan Province, China on July 17, 2014. According to Xinhua news agency, some 3,000 cubic meters of dirt and stones struck nine

July 23, 2014

Typhoon Matmo made landfall in Taiwan, tracking toward southeastern China

Typhoon Matmo made landfall in Taiwan, south of Hualian, early on July 22, 2014.  Matmo is the third typhoon in the western Pacific Basin in less than three weeks. This is the first typhoon to make landfall in Taiwan this year, coming ashore near

July 22, 2014

Chikungunya and dengue outbreak reported in El Salvador

El Salvador is now the first country in Central America with a chikungunya outbreak after several cases appeared in early June 2014 in the municipality of Axutuxtepeque in the Department of San Salvador. Dengue cases have also increased in the country in recent mon

July 22, 2014

Albuquerque aquifer system shows impact of groundwater pumping

According to two new reportts published by the USGS, groundwater pumping has produced significant changes in water levels below some parts of the Albuquerque metropolitan area.For many decades, the water supply requirements of the Albuquerque metropolitan area in centra

July 22, 2014

UEA research shows oceans vital for possibility of alien life

Researchers at the University of East Anglia have made an important step in the race to discover whether other planets could develop and sustain life. Their new research, published yesterday in the journal Astrobiology, shows the vital role of oceans in m

July 22, 2014

NRL reveals new meteorological insight into mid-level clouds

Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase alt

July 22, 2014

Very strong and deep earthquake M6.9 struck off the coast of Fiji

A very strong and deep earthquake measuring M6.9 on the Richter scale (USGS) struck off the coast of Fiji on July 21, 2014, at 14:54 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 616.1 km (382.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.8 earthquake at depth of 610 km.Epicenter was located 1

July 21, 2014

Beyond honey bees, neonicotinoid pesticides now found to be killing baby birds

A class of pesticides widely blamed for a worldwide collapse in pollinator populations is also devastating populations of birds, according to a new study conducted by researchers from Radboud University in the Netherlands and the Centre for Field Ornithology a

July 21, 2014

Very strong M6.6 earthquake hit Kuril Islands, Russia

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale struck Kuril Islands, Russia, on July 20, 2014, at 18:32 UTC. USGS reports depth of 60.8 km (37.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 94 km (58 miles) SE of Kuril&#

July 20, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.0 earthquake hit off the coast of Yemen

A strong and shallow earthquake registered as M6.0 struck off the coast of Yemen (Owen Fracture Zone region, Arabian Sea) on July 19, 2014, at 14:14 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is also reporting M6.0 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was locat

July 19, 2014

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga

Deep earthquake measuring M6.0 (USGS) on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Hihifo, Tonga, on July 19, 2014, at 12:27 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 219.8 km (136.6 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.2 earthquake at depth of 220 km.Epicenter was located&n

July 19, 2014

Tropical Storm Matmo on the track to become new typhoon

The tenth tropical depression of the Northwestern Pacific Ocean has become better organized and is now named Tropical Storm Matmo (Henry for Philippines). Favorable sea surface temperatures and improved upper-level conditions will allow the system to further

July 19, 2014

Super typhoon Rammasun hit southern China, moves toward northern Vietnam

Super Typhoon Rammasun, which might be the strongest typhoon to hit China's Hainan Island in 40 years, landed in town of Wengtian early on July 18, 2014, packing winds of up to 216 km/h (134 mph) and bringing torrential rain. It is only the

July 18, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun about to reach super typhoon strength

Deadly Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) left trail of destruction across the Philippines. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of the Philippines, 40 people have been killed by the storm while more remain

July 18, 2014

Earth-facing side of the sun without visible sunspots

Images taken by Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on July 17, 2014 show no active sunspots on the visible solar disk. To be correct, tiny decaying AR 2113 is still visible, but its size remains so small that the plots and charts didn't registered it. SDO's

July 17, 2014

New research finds rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's upper crust

University of Southampton researchers have found that rainwater can penetrate below the Earth's fractured upper crust. Fluids derived from rainwater were found at the ductile crust - where temperatures of more than 300 C and high pressures cause rocks to flex

July 17, 2014

M 6.0 struck southeastern Alaska

Strong M 6.0 earthquake was registered (USGS/EMSC/NTWC) at 11:49 UTC on July 17, 2014 in border region of Alaska and Southern Yukon Territory, Canada. The epicenter was located 95 km (59 miles) NNW of Yakutat, Alaska and 300 km (186 miles) W of Whitehorse

July 17, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: July 9 - 15, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from July 9 - 15, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 23 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambang, Sulawesi (Indonesia)  | Bulusan, Luzon (Philippines)  | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina borderOngoing acti

July 17, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun leaves Philippines, aims China and Vietnam

Typhoon Rammasun crossed the Philippines leaving at least twenty dead and forcing more than 400,000 people to evacuate their homes. Rammasun was the first typhoon to strike the Philippines since devastating Category 5 Super Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013,

July 16, 2014

Comet ISON's dramatic final hours - new analysis

A new analysis of data from the ESA/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) spacecraft has revealed that comet 2012/S1 (ISON) stopped producing dust and gas shortly before it raced past the Sun and disintegrated.When comet ISON was discovered in the autumn of 201

July 16, 2014

Gigantic sinkhole opens up in Yamal Peninsula, northern Russia

A mysterious gigantic sinkhole has opened up in the peninsula of Yamal, a place which locals call the 'end of the world', Siberia, northern Russia. It was originally thought to be a fake, but the hole has been established as a real pheno

July 16, 2014

The most thorough map of the Martian surface to date

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released the most thorough map of the Martian surface to date. The data for the new map was collected by NASA's Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and

July 16, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun hit Philippines as Category 3 typhoon

Typhoon Rammasun (locally known as Glenda) made landfall in the eastern part of the central Philippines, in the Visayas region, early on July 15, 2014, as a Category 3 typhoon. Wind gusts up to 200 km/h (125 mph) were recorded. Torrential rains and heavy winds

July 15, 2014

Death toll from Ebola outbreak reaches 603, West Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to closely monitor the evolving Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. The current epidemic trend in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with high numbers of new cases and deaths being

July 15, 2014

Increased seismic activity at San Miguel volcano, El Salvador

Ash emissions, small explosions and increasing tremor were recorded at San Miguel (Chaparrastique) volcano in El Salvador during July 13/14, 2014. National Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (MARN) reported that the seismic vibration of

July 15, 2014