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The Tick-borne parasite disease Babesiosis makes a comeback

Lyme disease isn't the only worry for outdoor lovers this summer. Deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) also carry a lesser known parasite that gives rise to a potentially fatal illness called babesiosis.Babesiosis is caused by microscopic parasites that infect red blood

July 14, 2011

Typhoon Ma-on expected to slam into south Japan next week

The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reports this morning that Ma-on, about 655 miles east-southeast of Iwo-Jima, has shown “steadily improving organization” over the past six hours, with convection “consolidating around the core” and the emergence of an

July 13, 2011

New study suggests severe deficits in UK honeybee numbers

A study published by the University of Reading's Centre for Agri Environmental Research suggests that honeybees may not be as important to pollination services in the UK than previously supposed. The research was published in the Journal Agriculture, Ecosystems and

July 13, 2011

River in Costa Rica disappears following earthquake swarm

Today at approximately 2:11pm in the afternoon, Upala was rattled by a 5.3 magnitude earthquake that shook products off store shelves and rattled off home furnishings. No immediate damages were reported however later in the afternoon something strange was discovered as

July 13, 2011

Solar tsunami and dark fireworks on the Sun

On June 7, 2011, Earth-orbiting satellites detected a flash of X-rays coming from the western edge of the solar disk. Registering only "M" (for medium) on the Richter scale of solar flares, the blast at first appeared to be a run-of-the-mill eruption- that is, until

July 12, 2011

Tropical storm 08W (Ma-On) on track to become serious typhoon

Tropical Storm 08W, to be known as Ma-on, will strengthen to a serious typhoon over the western Pacific Ocean by the end of the week.Tuesday morning, EDT, the center of Tropical Storm 08W was located more than 700 miles northeast of Guam, tracking westward between 10

July 12, 2011

Rare severe destructive "derecho" barrels through Midwest

A derecho (from the Spanish adverb for "straight") is a long-lived windstorm that forms in a straight line — unlike the swirling winds of a tornado — and is associated with what's known as a bow echo, a line of severe thunderstorms. The term "derecho" was first

July 12, 2011

Volcanoes could trigger bigger climate impact than thought

Volcanic eruptions might affect Earth's climate more than thought by releasing far more weather-altering particles than scientists' suspected, new research finds.To help tease out the influence of volcanoes on global climate, researchers investigated the huge

July 12, 2011

Underwater Antarctic volcanoes discovered in the Southern Ocean

Scientists from British Antarctic Survey (BAS) have discovered previously unknown volcanoes in the ocean waters around the remote South Sandwich Islands.Using ship-borne sea-floor mapping technology during research cruises onboard the RRS James Clark Ross, the

July 12, 2011

Strong hailstorm and gusty winds hit Zagorje, Croatia and Slovenia

Large and heavy hail storm hit the peripheral parts of Krapina-Zagorje county, Croatia along the border with Slovenia. The most difficult situation was in the municipality Kraljevac na Sutli on the neighborhoods Kackovec, Movrač, Movrač and Kapelski Top. Hail and stro

July 12, 2011

A strong earthquake magnitude 6.4 hit the Philippine province of Negros Occidental

A strong earthquake magnitude 6.4 hit the Philippine province of Negros Occidental on early Tuesday morning. No tsunami warnings were issued. The 6.4 -magnitude earthquake struck at 4.47 a.m. local time (2047 GMT Monday) and was centered about 73 kilometers (45 miles)

July 12, 2011

Tropical depression 08W (Eight) warning

Tropical depresion 08W  is forming 775 nautical miles East-NorthEast of Andersen Ab, Guam and is moving westward. Maximum sustained surface winds are estimated at 30 knots gusting to 40 knots. TD 08W is located near 18,1N 157,3 E and is now subject of a tropical

July 11, 2011

Indonesia’s Mount Lokon erupts- hundreds to be evacuated as volcano raised to red alert

Officials raised the alert for an Indonesian volcano with history of violent explosions to its highest level following a series of eruptions over the weekend.The Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation has issued recommendations related to increasing

July 11, 2011

Warming oceans cause largest movement of marine species in two million years

Warming ocean waters are causing the largest movement of marine species seen on Earth in more than two million years, according to scientists.In the Arctic, melting sea ice during recent summers has allowed a passage to open up from the Pacific ocean into the

July 11, 2011

Plants bloom earlier in Canada

Scientists in Canada have recorded temperatures for the 71-year peiod from 1936 to 2006, and have seen that mean monthly temperatures have increased enough to provide what they call a "substantial warming signal." Specifically, mean monthly temperatures increased by

July 11, 2011

Behemoth sunspots evolve

The CME was not squarely Earth-directed and is not traveling at great speed, only minor geomagnetic storming is expected when the cloud arrives. A coronal mass ejection (CME) that billowed away from sunspot 1247 on July 9th could hit Earth's magnetic field on July

July 10, 2011

Did the USDA deregulate all new genetically modified crops?

In press release titled " USDA Responds to Regulation Requests Regarding Kentucky Bluegrass," agency officials announced their decision not to regulate a "Roundup Ready" strain of Kentucky bluegrass—that is, a strain genetically engineered to withstand glyphosate,

July 10, 2011

The 5 hottest places on Earth

While two-thirds of the earth is covered in water, a full third of the remaining land (that’s one-ninth of the total!) is nearly uninhabitable desert. All of the world's  hottest places lie in that harsh environment.Timbuktu, Mali - 54,5C (130.1 F) degreesThe

July 10, 2011

Ash from Mount Etna closes Italian airport

A southern Italian airport was on Saturday closed due to ash from Mount Etna, forcing traffic to be diverted to Palermo, the ANSA news agency said. Catania airport on the east coast of the island of Sicily was not expected to re-open before Sunday morning while the

July 10, 2011

Magnitude 7.0 hits Japan

Strong 7.0 magnitude earthquake hits Japan at 10:57 a.m. The epicenter was 212 km (131 miles) E of Sendai, 239 km (148 miles) ENE of Iwaki, 250 km (155 miles) E of Fukushima, Honshu at depth of 18 km (11.2 miles) according to USGS. EMSC's seismographs recorded 7.2

July 10, 2011

Floods causing landslides across South Korea

Heavy monsoon rains and floods  left four people dead and two missing in South Korea, a news agency said Saturday, citing local officials who reported landslides across the country.A 68-year-old woman and her grandchildren aged 15 and four were killed when a

July 10, 2011

Incoming Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)

During the early hours of July 9th, a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) billowed away from new sunspot 1247. A preliminary analysis of data from NASA's twin STEREO-A and -B spacecraft suggests that the flank of the CME could hit Earth's magnetic field sometime on July

July 09, 2011

Katla melting ice cap - causing flooding near the volcano

A massive flood of meltwater poured out of Iceland's Myrdalsjoekull glacier Saturday, raising fears of an eruption from the powerful Katla volcano underneath, but experts said a large blast was unlikely.The flooding sparked fears of an eruption at Katla, known to

July 09, 2011

Remembering United States hottest day ever

Sunday marks the anniversary of when Death Valley, Calif. set the all-time record high for not just the United States, but also the Western Hemisphere. Temperatures in Death Valley (at Greenland Ranch, which is now known as Furnace Creek Ranch) soared to 56,6

July 09, 2011

Tropical Storm Calvin becomes third named storm in the Eastern Pacific

Tropical Storm Calvin, the third named storm of this year’s eastern Pacific hurricane season, gained strength off Mexico’s west coast while the U.S. National Hurricane Center monitored another system in the Atlantic. Calvin, which formed yesterday, was about 345

July 08, 2011

Sun produced a series of strong shortwave radio bursts

On July 7th, the sun produced a series of strong shortwave radio bursts. Click on the dynamic spectrum below to play a 21 MHz sample recorded by amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft in rural New Mexico. The action begins about 18 seconds into the 2 minute

July 08, 2011

Hotspots driving tectonic plate movement

Plate tectonics has been on the curriculum for a while now. Most people are fairly familiar with the theory; the Earth's crust - or lithosphere - is broken up into different plates which move around on the very hot, viscous substance beneath.This movement is driven

July 08, 2011

European Parliament strengthens draft laws to ban GM crops

The European Union Parliament voted to give EU member states the power to restrict or ban genetically modified crops on environmental or health grounds.The draft legislation, which still has to be considered by EU governments, would enable member states to place

July 08, 2011

Atacama Desert coated with record snowfall

One of the driest places on the planet got a wintry blast this week. The Atacama Desert region in Chile was coated with its heaviest snow cover in nearly two decades, the BBC reported. An estimated 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) piled up in the normally arid

July 07, 2011

Food shortage, displacements, water and health gaps after a volcano erupted in Eritrea's Nabro region

Thousands of Ethiopians in Afar State are facing critical food, water and health gaps almost a month after a volcano erupted in neighbouring Eritrea's Nabro region, officials say.The volcano started erupting on 12 June, spewing ash over hundreds of kilometres,

July 06, 2011

Sundiving comet

During the late hours of July 5th, an unnamed icy comet from the outer solar system dove into the sun and disintegrated. Click on the arrow to witness the death plunge recorded by coronagraphs onboard the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO):Over the years,

July 06, 2011

Massive dust storm descends on Phoenix area

A massive dust storm descended on the Phoenix area on Tuesday night, drastically reducing visibility and delaying flights as strong winds toppled trees and caused power outages for thousands of residents in the valley.The towering dust cloud that hit the area had

July 06, 2011

Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits Kermadec islands

A strong earthquake magnitude 7.6 struck 163 km (101 miles) East of Raoul Island, Kermadec Island at depth of 20km. The July 6, 2011 Kermadec Islands region earthquake occurred near the Kermadec Trench where the Pacific Plate begins its descent into the mantle beneath

July 06, 2011

Radioactive Cesium 137 found in Tokyo drinking water

Radioactive cesium-137 was found in Tokyo’s tap water for the first time since April as Japan grapples with the worst nuclear disaster in 25 years. The level was below the safety limit set by the government.Cesium-137 registered at 0.14 becquerel per kilogram in

July 05, 2011

A G1-class (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is in progress

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras. A G1-class (Kp=5) geomagnetic storm is in progress.NOAA Space Weather Scale for Geomagnetic StormsSolar windspeed:

July 05, 2011