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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

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