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Sudden, powerful explosion at Ubinas volcano, Peru

A powerful and sudden explosion occurred at Ubinas volcano, Peru, on August 21, 2014. This latest strong eruption started at 20:36 UTC (15:36 local time). The explosion ejected blocks up to 2 km away from the volcano.The eruption was likely a vulcanian-type

August 22, 2014

Unexpectedly large amount of ozone-depleting compound present in Earth's atmosphere

New NASA research shows that Earth's atmosphere contains an unexpectedly large amount of an ozone-depleting compound - Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) -  from an unknown source decades after the compound was banned worldwide.Carbon tetrachloride was regulated

August 22, 2014

Sunlight key to CO2 in Arctic, not microbes

A new study by scientists from Oregon State University, published this week in journal Science, concludes that sunlight and not bacteria is the key to triggering the production of CO2 from material released by Arctic soils. The finding is particularly importan

August 22, 2014

Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupts from eastern limb

After impulsive M3.2 solar flare on August 21 emerging Active Region 2149 erupted with another M-class solar flare early on August 22. This latest event started at 06:18, peaked at 06:28 as M1.2 and ended at 06:34 UTC.AR 2149 has 'beta' magnetic configurati

August 22, 2014

Moderately strong M3.4 solar flare erupted from eastern limb

Moderately strong solar flare reaching M3.4 at its peak time erupted on August 21, 2014. The event started 13:19, peaked at 13:31 and ended at 13:42 UTC. The source was new active region located on the eastern limb. If Coronal Mass Ejection was generated by this ev

August 21, 2014

A shocking study - regional climate influenced by the Sun

A new study from Lund University in Sweden has, for the first time, reconstructed solar activity during the last ice age and showed that the regional climate is influenced by the Sun.For the first time, a research team has been able to reconstruct the solar activit

August 21, 2014

Five tornadoes sweep through Genoa, northern Italy

Five tornadoes swept through northern Italy on Tuesday, August 19, 2014, prompting flights to be diverted and causing millions of Euros worth of damage. The tornadoes hit around the port city of Genoa. Some eyewitnesses claim they came close to hitting the wreck of

August 21, 2014

Minor variations in the ice sheet size sufficient to trigger abrupt climate changes

Over the past one hundred thousand years cold temperatures largely prevailed over the planet in what is known as the last ice age. However, the cold period was repeatedly interrupted by much warmer climate conditions. Scientists have long attempted to find out why these

August 21, 2014

Triple waterspout vortexes filmed off the coast of Beddingestrand, Sweden

A rare weather phenomenon was recorded in Sweden about two weeks ago as three waterspout vortexes formed off the coast of Beddingestrand, Skåne - southern Sweden.A waterspout is an intense columnar vortex, usually appearing as a funnel-shaped c

August 21, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: August 13 - August 19, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from August 13 - August 19, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, Iceland, Mayon, Luzon (Philippines)Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan

August 21, 2014

Record breaking rainfall causes deadly Hiroshima landslides, Japan

Record breaking rainfall caused flooding and deadly landslides in the Hiroshima city early Wednesday, August 20, 2014. According to latest reports [21:00 UTC today], 39 people were confirmed dead and 7 were still missing.Hiroshi Ikeya, a landslide ex

August 20, 2014

Zooming in on star formation regions in the southern Milky Way

The latest image released by ESO shows two dramatic star formation regions in the southern Milky Way. The first is of these, on the left, is dominated by the star cluster NGC 3603, located 20 000 light-years away, in the Carina–Sagittarius spiral arm of the

August 20, 2014

Bardarbunga volcano - intense earthquake swarm continues, Iceland

Since the onset of intense earthquake swarm at Bárðarbunga volcano, Iceland, on Saturday, August 16 at 03:00 UTC, and by late Monday, August 18, around 2 600 earthquakes have been detected with the earthquake monitoring network of the Icelandic Mete

August 20, 2014

Geomagnetic storm reached G2 levels, amazing auroras photographed from ISS

A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) unleashed by solar filament eruption on August 15 started interacting with Earth's magnetic field around 07:00 UTC on August 19 causing, at first, only a minor instability.As the Earth passed through the plasma cloud the effects in

August 20, 2014

Prof. Maeno warns Nishino-shima collapse may generate a tsunami

According to media reports, Fukashi Maeno, assistant professor of the Earthquake Research Institute at the University of Tokyo, warned that if lava continues to mount on growing volcanic island Nishino-shima, Japan's Ogasawara archipelago, parts of th

August 19, 2014

Pacific Islands capital to be relocated due to coastal hazards and climate change

Taro, the capital of Solomon Island's Choiseul Province, is getting relocated to the mainland due to coastal hazards and the risk of rising sea levels resulting from climate change. This marks the first time a Pacific Islands capital with al

August 19, 2014

Intense earthquake swarm started at Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is reporting a sharp increase in seismic activity close to subglacial stratovolcano Bárðarbunga in NW Vatnajökull ice cap​. A seismic swarm has been ongoing since 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014, and near continuous ea

August 18, 2014

Mysterious sea star wasting syndrome spreads to public aquariums in Washington State, killing hundreds of creatures

Millions of sea stars have vanished from the West Coast over the past year, affecting habitats ranging from Alaska all the way to Mexico, with some deaths even detected off the East Coast.Perhaps one of the most peculiar facts about the event is that both wild and capti

August 18, 2014

Extremely dangerous M6.2 earthquake struck Iran-Iraq border region

Strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.2 (EMSC/USGS) on the Richter scale struck Iran-Iraq border region at 02:32 UTC (07:02 local time) on Monday, August 18, 2014. Both EMSC and USGS report shallow depth of 10 km.According to the Iranian Seismological Center (ISC),

August 18, 2014

Two brightest planets in the Solar System converge

Two brightest planets in the Solar System - Venus and Jupiter - are joining together for a beautiful early morning view. The show started on August 15 with Venus and Jupiter little more than 2 degrees apart. These two worlds haven’t paired so c

August 17, 2014

Monsoon disasters - floods and landslides devastate Nepal

Nepal is experiencing one of the most devastating monsoon seasons in last couple of years with at least 37 landslides and debris flows reported over the past four months. In flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rain that started on Wednesday,

August 16, 2014

Filament eruption creates canyon of fire, Earth directed CME

Solar filament located in the southern hemisphere erupted at approximately 16:54 UTC on August 15, 2014, and launched a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space and toward our planet. NSO/GONG and SDO/AIA 193 and 304 imagery observed major portions of a

August 16, 2014

Cuyama Valley groundwater depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges, California

In California's Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use. However, a new water availability report from USGS warns that groundwater there is being depleted twice as fast than it

August 16, 2014

Rosetta mission findings: no room for dirty snowballs

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to the Comet 67P is attracting worldwide attention to comet science. While months remain until the team attempts to land a probe on the comet's surface, astonishing revelations are already confronting scientists on Ear

August 16, 2014

Historic rainfall records broken - Eastern U.S. deluge in numbers

In somewhat similar situation to major flooding in The Balkan Peninsula during May 2014 parts of American East experienced what some local officials call "unprecedented deluge" over the last couple of days when a slow-moving storm system dropped reco

August 15, 2014

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can't figure out what's going on. Reports indicate that in some areas of Washington State, for instance, upwards of 80 percent of the sea star population has vanishe

August 15, 2014

Increased volcanic activity observed at Bagana, New Guinea

A significant ash plume reaching 7.6 km (25 000 feet) has been observed on satellite imagery taken above Bagana volcano on August 12, 2014. Darwin VAAC reported ash drifting 167 km southwest and raised Aviation Color Code to Red. It was lowered

August 15, 2014

Insight into one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades

On January 21, 2014, astronomers around the world witnessed a supernova soon after it exploded in the Messier 82, or M82, galaxy. It is one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades. Telescopes across the globe and in space turned their at

August 15, 2014

Stardust's payload holds first potential interstellar space particles

A team of scientists has been combing through the payload of NASA's Stardust spacecraft since it returned to Earth in 2006. They found seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles, that most likely came from outside of our solar system. If

August 14, 2014

Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry int

August 14, 2014

Humans Need Not Apply

In this video CGP Grey discusses pros and cons of automation and the impact it will have on human employment. Explaining automation as a tool to produce abundance for little effort and its inevitability the author warns we need to prepare for the time when large&nb

August 14, 2014

The sky is full of Perseids

This video is a compilation of Perseid meteors seen by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network on the night of August 12-13, 2014. Even if you missed the peak show last night there is still time, just head out when it gets dark and enjoy. The rates are sharply

August 13, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: August 6 - August 12, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 10 volcanoes from August 6 - August 12, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambang, Sulawesi (Indonesia)  | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea)  | 

August 13, 2014

Colliding atmospheres - Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

It's a known fact that planets have atmospheres, but the same can't be said for comets. The atmosphere of a comet, called its "coma," is made of gas and dust that spew out of the sun-warmed nucleus and it's typically wider than Jupiter.La

August 13, 2014

Pharmaceuticals and other chemicals widespread in water passing through landfill waste

Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste. The samples of this liquid, also known as leachate, were collected from within each of the studied landfills. This study by the U.S. Geol

August 13, 2014