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Strong, shallow and extremely dangerous earthquake M6.5 struck China

A strong, shallow and extremely dangerous earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.5 (CENC - China Earthquake Networks Center) struck Ludian county of Yunnan province, China, on August 3, 2014, at 08:30 UTC (16:30 local time). CENC is reporting depth of 10 km. USGS

August 03, 2014

Very strong and shallow earthquake M6.9 registered in Micronesia region

A very strong and shallow earthquake M6.9 struck Federated States of Micronesia region on August 3, 2014, at 00:22 UTC. USGS reports depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). EMSC is also reporting M6.9 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 340 km (211 miles) NNW of&nbs

August 03, 2014

Alerts issued as Tropical Storm "Nakri" heads for landfall in South Korea

Tropical Storm "Nakri" formed on Tuesday, July 29, near Okinawa and moved into the Yellow Sea early Saturday morning, August 2, at a speed of 15 km/h. Waves as high as 4 to 6 meters are expected in the north of the East China Sea and south of the Yellow Sea. Y

August 02, 2014

Tropical Storm "Halong" rapidly intesified to Category 4 typhoon, Northwestern Pacific

Tropical Storm "Halong" rapidly intensified over the last 24 hours and became Category 4 typhoon. The storm formed late July 2014 in the open waters of the Northwestern Pacific, strengthened and continued on its track through the Marianas Islands. The

August 02, 2014

Fracking - researching biological fallout of shale-gas production must become a top priority

Natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007 in the United States alone. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ec

August 02, 2014

Five tropical systems developing in the Central and Eastern Pacific

A train of developing tropical low pressure areas currently stretches from the Eastern Pacific Ocean into the Central Pacific. Five tropical lows include the remnants of "zombie" Tropical Storm "Genevieve" and newly developed Tropical Storm "Ise

August 01, 2014

"We are sniffing methane" - vast methane plumes discovered escaping from the seafloor of Arctic ocean

Just a week into the methane sampling program and SWERUS-C3 Arctic expedition scientists have discovered vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor of the Laptev continental slope. These early glimpses of what may be in store for a warming Arctic Ocean could he

August 01, 2014

Second M-class solar flare of the day - long duration M1.5 from Region 2127

A second M-class solar flare of the day erupted at 18:13 UTC. The source of this latest event was 'beta-gamma' classified Active Region 2127 capable of producing strong eruptions on the Sun. The event started at 17:55, peaked at 18:13 as M1.5 

August 01, 2014

M2.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2130

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.0 erupted from Active Region 2130 on August 1, 2014, at 14:48 UTC. The event started at 14:43, peaked at 14:48 and ended at 14:57 UTC. After almost 3 weeks without solar flares of this magnitude, this is now the second M-c

August 01, 2014

Research finds Arctic thermokarst lakes are "net climate coolers", contradicts widely-held scientific view

A recently published study in journal Nature, and supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), counters a widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming. Instead, the study indicates that certain Arctic

August 01, 2014

Comet 67P too hot to be covered in ice

ESA’s comet chaser Rosetta has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and found that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.The observations of the comet we

August 01, 2014

Night sky guide for August 2014

Late July and early August can be one of the best times of the year to observe meteors, weather permitted. This is because there are several minor meteor showers emanating from the adjacent constellations of Capricornus and Aquarius. However, the closest and the largest

August 01, 2014

Moderately strong M2.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2130

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.5 at its peak time erupted from Region 2130 on July 31, 2014, at 11:14 UTC. The event started at 11:01 and ended at 11:21 UTC.Region 2130 has 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic configuration and is located near the

July 31, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: July 23 - 29, 2014

Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes from July 23 - 29, 2014. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan)  | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia)  | Fuego, Guatemala  | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) &nb

July 31, 2014

The Summer without a Summer - dramatic waterspout/tornado caught on tape, Croatia

Believe what you want... global warming, global cooling, pole shift, natural cycles of climate change... but, when it comes to weather, whatever is happening around the globe is pretty much real. There is basically no country in the world that didn't experience

July 30, 2014

Neuroscience vs. Philosophy: Explaining the secrets of the mind

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind.But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy

July 30, 2014

"The Greatest Science Challenge in the History of Civilization" - a video by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

The challenge is, to respond in the most efficient manner to the largest, impending, physical event in the history of civilization, in the form of the start of the next Ice Age with the Sun going inactive sometime in the 2050s timeframe. The challenge is so great that i

July 30, 2014

Fog of low-energy X-rays over the entire sky puzzle resolved

A decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky was recently resolved. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow st

July 30, 2014

Delta Aquarid meteor shower live stream from Alabama on July 29-30, 2014

A favorable new moon will help darken the skies for 2014 Delta Aquarid meteor shower (the Southern Delta Aquarids) on the night of July 29-30, 2014. If weather permits NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center will offer a live Ustream view of the sky over Huntsville, Ala

July 29, 2014

Strong and dangerous M6.3 earthquake struck Veracruz, Mexico

A strong earthquake measuring M6.3 on the Richter scale was registered in Veracruz, Mexico, on July 29, 2014, at 10:46 UTC. USGS reported depth of 95.1 km (59.1 miles), EMSC is reporting M6.4 at depth of 100 km (preliminary data).Epicenter was l

July 29, 2014

Supermoon vs Perseid meteors

During the second week of August, the biggest and brightest full Moon of the year will face off against everyone's favorite meteor shower - Perseids - and the outcome could be beautiful.On August 10, 2014, just as the Perseids are set to peak, the Moon wil

July 29, 2014

Asteroid vesta shatters planet formation theory

In the previous Space News, we discussed astronomer's recent admission that they now need a whole new theory to explain about how planets form. Today yet another discovery has shattered conventional ideas about planet formation and the so-called early solar system.

July 29, 2014

Impact of Deepwater Horizon oil spill on coral communities deeper and broader than predicted

A new discovery of two additional coral communities showing signs of damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill expands the impact footprint of the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The discovery was made by a team led by Charles Fisher, professor of biology at

July 28, 2014

Sound blasting of ocean floor connected with mass animal death, devastating impact on all marine life

As the U.S. government continues with its plan to use powerful airguns to conduct a sound blasting research along the entire U.S. East Coast, environmentalists warn that the technology used is known to cause mass animal death. Furthermore,

July 28, 2014

New dams in Mekong basin threaten Cambodia's food security, up to 80% of population affected

Experts are warning that the planned construction of 88 hydroelectric dams in the lower Mekong basin by 2030 will cause food security challenges in Cambodia. Up to 80 percent of population might be affected.“Cambodia is going to pay the highest price for dam devel

July 28, 2014

Record growth of organic food consumption in the U.S. and India

There has been record growth in sales of organic, non-GMO food in some of the world's largest produce markets, a good thing for consumers and advocates of clean, wholesome, non-bioengineered commodities.In the United States, the value of the organic foods market in

July 27, 2014

Dwardu Cardona: Earth’s primordial stellar host - EU2014

Dwardu Cardona showed that a reconstruction of Earth’s cosmic history can be distilled from the universal “mytho-historical record,” complemented by studies in earth history and space science. Most recently, the strongest scientific validation comes fr

July 27, 2014

Mars spacecraft preparing for Comet Siding Spring's close flyby

As Comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring heads toward a close flyby of Mars on October 19, 2014, NASA and ESA are both taking steps to protect their Mars orbiters, while still preserving opportunities to gather valuable scientific data. Six days after p

July 26, 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014

Hundreds of fires covered central Africa in mid-July 2014, as the annual fire season continues across the region. Multiple red hotspots, which indicate areas of increased temperatures, are heavily sprinkled across the Congo (northwest), Angola (south), the Democrat

July 26, 2014

New vent opens up at Etna volcano, Italy

A new vent opened yesterday morning at 09:14 UTC at Etna volcano, Italy. The new vent is located about 150 - 200 metres north of the two previous vents at the eastern base of the NE crater.Its activity is characterized by small strombolian explosions while a lava f

July 26, 2014

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