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Bright flashes and sonic booms reported above the North Island, New Zealand

Bright lights and sonic booms in the night sky above North Island, New Zealand have been reported on February 11, 2015.The event, which illuminated the sky and later shook doors and windows, happened around 22:00 local time (09:00 UTC). Descriptions of the light ranged

February 11, 2015

Earth's surprise inside: Geologists unlock mysteries of the planet's inner core

Seismic waves are helping scientists to plumb the world’s deepest mystery: the planet’s inner core.Thanks to a novel application of earthquake-reading technology, a research team at the University of Illinois and colleagues at Nanjing University in China hav

February 11, 2015

Huge solar filament facing Earth

A huge solar filament is facing Earth today and, if it doesn't erupt, will continue to do so in the coming days. Stretched out, it would be more than 857 780 km or 533 000 miles long, which is more than 67 Earth diameters. Image below shows this filament as seen by

February 10, 2015

50 years of data shows US Midwest flooding more frequent

The US Midwest and surrounding states have endured increasingly more frequent flood episodes over the past half-century, according to a new study by scientists from the University of Iowa.The UI researchers based their findings on daily records collected by the USGS at

February 10, 2015

New England winter storm breaks records, US

Another large snowstorm was affecting New England, US on February 9, 2015 dropping more snow on the region and breaking records.On February 9, NOAA's National Weather Service in Boston, Massachusetts noted that "The 30-day snowfall total at Boston ending 7 a.m.

February 10, 2015

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) ready for launch and reentry mission

ESA’s Intermediate eXperimental Vehicle (IXV) is ready for its launch and reentry mission on February 11, 2015. The launch is scheduled for 13:00 UTC atop a Vega rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. Europe’s ambition for a spacecraft to ret

February 10, 2015

Sun's activity in 18th century was similar to that now

Counting sunspots over time helps in knowing the activity of our star but the two indices used by scientists disagree on dates prior to 1885. Now an international team of researchers has tried to standardise the historical results and has discovered that, contrary to wh

February 10, 2015

Long duration M2.4 solar flare erupts from Region 2282, full halo CME produced

A moderately strong, long duration solar flare measuring M2.4 at its peak time erupted from Region 2282 ('beta') late on February 9, 2015. The event started at 22:19, peaked at 23:35 and ended at 00:16 on February 10.This flare had associated Type II (estimated

February 10, 2015

Strong new eruption and large pyroclastic flow from Mount Sinabung, Indonesia

Indonesia's Mount Sinabung erupted early February 9, 2015 sending ash up to 4 km into the air. Aviation Color Code has been raised to Orange.At 03:32 UTC today, plume was extending 31 km to the west, according to Darwin VAAC.At 13:21 UTC, the agency reported volcani

February 09, 2015

Jakarta flooded as peak rainy season approaches, Indonesia

Jakarta's Disaster Mitigation Agency recorded 49 flood prone spots in the city on Monday, February 9, after torrential rain than began early Sunday, February 8.West, north and central areas of the city have been worst affected, with some parts in up to 80 cm deep wa

February 09, 2015

Typhoon "Higos" formed over Northwestern Pacific Ocean

Typhoon "Higos", which started organizing late last week, continues to strengthen over open waters of Northwestern Pacific Ocean. The system is now located about 1 200 km (760 miles) east of Guam and is moving to the WNW at 7.4 km/h (4.6 mph).At 06:00 UTC toda

February 09, 2015

Nevada dust storm primary suspect for unusual "milky rain" phenomenon in northwestern US

Large Nevada dust storm, which occurred Thursday night into Friday, is the primary suspect for unusual milky white and gray rain that started falling on parts of northwestern US late last week. National Weather Service began reporting this unusual phenomenon on Friday,

February 09, 2015

Strong eruption of Fuego volcano, Guatemala

Activity at Guatemala's Fuego volcano significantly increased late February 7, 2015 when series of strombolian-type explosions sent water vapor and ash up to 6 km into the air and temporarily closed international La Aurora airport.Moderate ashfall was reported as fa

February 08, 2015

Severe hailstorm hits KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa

A severe hailstorm has swept over KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa killing at least five people. The KwaZulu-Natal department of co-operative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) is on high alert following recent severe weather and is monitoring the weather

February 08, 2015

Rosetta Mission Update - First science papers

Scientists with the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission are writing a new chapter in the history of comet science. However, institutional science’s understanding of comets is less certain today than at any time before. Recently, the Rosetta team publishe

February 08, 2015

Recording doomed ATV's disintegration from inside

In a special experiment scheduled for February 27th, ESA and NASA are planning to record, from inside, reentry and disintegration of Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATM).Every mission of ESA’s ATV ferry ends in the same way – filled with Space Station rubbish

February 07, 2015

Atmospheric river lashes drought-stricken California with rain and floods

As forecasted earlier this week, atmospheric river known locally as the Pineapple Express is sweeping down the West Coast US. The storm is dropping heavy rainfall, knocking down trees and power lines, delaying hundreds of flights and causing flash floods and traffic

February 07, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Fundi" brings heavy rainfall over Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone "Fundi" formed over Mozambique Channel on February 6, 2015 bringing heavy rainfall to already soaked Madagascar.The system is located near the coast of southwestern Madagascar, about 629 km (391 miles) WSW of the capital Antananarivo.According

February 06, 2015

Landmark study links pesticides to high depression rates

Globally, one person dies by suicide roughly every 40 seconds. Around the world, over one million people commit suicide each year - an increase of 60 percent over the last four and a half decades. Incredibly, farmers have one of the highest rates of self-inflicted death

February 06, 2015

Significant increase in seismicity detected at Taal volcano, Philippines

Taal volcano’s seismic network recorded 35 volcanic earthquakes during the past 24 hours, PHIVOLCS said in their bulletin issued 08:00 local time today. From February 3 to 4, they recorded a total of 39 earthquakes. One of these earthquakes that occurred at 20:42

February 05, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 28 - February 3, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from January 28 - February 3, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 13 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) | Klyuchevskoy, Centr

February 05, 2015

Thousands of dead starfish wash up in Abergele, UK

Thousands of dead starfish have been found dead on the Pensarn beach in Abergele, UK after a period of stormy weather last week. The site was discovered on Sunday, February 1, 2015 by amateur photographer Gordon McGookin who said thousands of starfish and razor clams sp

February 05, 2015

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna increasing

Mercury concentrations in Hawaiian yellowfin tuna are increasing at a rate of 3.8 percent or more per year, according to a new University of Michigan-led study that suggests rising atmospheric levels of the toxic substance are to blame. Mercury is a toxic trace metal th

February 05, 2015

Planetary scientists predict Earth-like planets around most stars

Planetary scientists have calculated that there are hundreds of billions of Earth-like planets in our galaxy which might support life. The new research, led by PhD student Tim Bovaird and Associate Professor Charley Lineweaver from The Australian National University (AN

February 05, 2015

New eruption started at Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion

A new eruption has started after a brief seismic swarm at the massive Piton de la Fournaise volcano, Reunion on February 4, 2015. Toulouse VAAC said the eruption started at 06:50 UTC and is probably characterized with lava flow without ash. Bad weather prevented direct

February 04, 2015

Northern California awaits heavy rainfall after driest January on record

Northern California is awating heavy rainfall late this week after one of the driest Januaries on record. San Francisco, for instance, received no measurable rain during last month for the first time in its recorded weather history that dates back to the 1850s.Moderate

February 04, 2015

A view from the other side of the Moon

A number of people who've seen NASA's annual lunar phase and libration videos have asked what the other side of the Moon looks like, the side that can't be seen from the Earth. This video answers that question.The imagery was created using Lunar Reconnaissan

February 04, 2015

Impulsive M1.2 flare erupts, big plasma filament rotating in

An impulsive M1.2 solar flare erupted from Region 2277 ('Beta-Gamma') at 02:15 UTC on February 4, 2015. The event started at 02:08 and ended at 02:21 UTC.This event did not produce a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME). However, the responsible region is growing, it mai

February 04, 2015

Landslide closes a major highway in Norway

One of the bridges that make up the new four-lane E18 highway through Vestfold, Norway collapsed on Monday afternoon, February 2, 2015. The collapse left around 45 motorists waiting to be evacuated and the highway, which just opened a few years ago, was immediately clos

February 04, 2015

Most beautiful volcanic eruption - Sakurajima, Japan

Video below was captured by meteorologist Robert Speta of the WestPacWx during the early morning hours of February 3, 2015. Sunrise provided a reddish tint in the ash.Notice lightning at 0:18 min. Video courtesy of WestPacWxTokyo VAAC reports an explosion at 06:55 UTC t

February 04, 2015

Wal Thornhill: An electric cosmology for the 21st century

This talk by Wal Thornhill at the EU Workshop November 14-16, 2014 offers a compendium of the things that scientifically curious people need to know in order to see the electric force in its dynamic role from microcosm to macrocosm.See Wal’s first workshop present

February 03, 2015

An infrared atlas of interacting galaxies

Most galaxies, including our own Milky Way, have been influenced by an interaction with another galaxy at some time in their past. Interactions between galaxies can trigger an increase in star-formation activity as well an increased level of activity around the nuclear

February 03, 2015

Insight into behavior of African monsoon

Between 14 800 and 5 500 years ago, during a period known as the "African Humid Period", Sahara was characterized by lush, green vegetation and a network of lakes, rivers and deltas. Why and how it ended is the subject of scientific study that holds important

February 03, 2015

Severe floods in southern Africa damaged crops, affected 930 000 including some 300 000 displaced

After a few months late start to southern Africa monsoon season, Mozambique, Malawi, and Madagascar have all received above-average rainfall since early January. Some areas received weekly accumulations well over 100 millimeters causing water levels to increase along th

February 03, 2015

Water levels in Lake Baikal fell to their lowest point in 60 years

Water levels in Russian Lake Baikal, world's oldest and deepest body of freshwater, fell to their lowest point in 60 years during January 2015. Authorities in Buryatia and Irkutsk regions declared a state of emergency to allow a solution to be found.During Summer an

February 02, 2015