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Thousands of black crappies in Lake DuBay found dead from virus

Thousands of black crappies on Lake DuBay and the Stevens Point Flowage are dead of a virus and wildlife officials are trying to figure out why the disease is affecting just one species.Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources biologists and fisheries technicians

May 06, 2011

Nuclear plant workers release unknown amount of radioactive tritium into Mississippi River

Workers at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant in Port Gibson, Miss., last Thursday released a large amount of radioactive tritium directly into the Mississippi River, according to the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), and experts are currently trying to sort out the

May 06, 2011

Flooding at the junction of the Mississippi and Ohio rivers

 Unrelenting spring rains fell on the Mississippi Basin, and residents along the river watched with trepidation as water levels surged, wondering if the levees that protected them would hold. Communities worked ceaselessly to shore up the beleaguered levees

May 06, 2011

Watch tonight for Eta Aquarid meteor shower!!!

Bits and pieces of the famous Halley's Comet will light up the overnight sky in a promising meteor shower, weather permitting, skywatching experts say.The annual Eta Aquarid meteor shower will peak early tomorrow morning (May 6) and is expected to put on a

May 06, 2011

Mississipi river flooding

As engineers blasted a third section of a Missouri levee in a bid to manage flooding along the Mississippi and other rivers, Memphis residents prepared Thursday for flooding there that could last through all of May. The rising Mississippi river lapped over downtown

May 05, 2011

Crop yields fall as temperatures rise

Global warming is taking its toll on our food, according to the first study to demonstrate a link between global crop yields and climate change. It concludes that the steep rise in temperatures since 1980 has cut into yields of staple crops, offsetting gains from

May 05, 2011

14 signs that the collapse of our modern world has already begun

A lot of people believe the world as we know it is going to end on December 23, 2012. Nonsense, I say. The far more honest answer is that the end of the world as we know it has already begun. And it doesn't mean the end of the world; it means the closing of one era

May 05, 2011

Thicker arctic ice had increased over last year

Layers of frozen sea water, known as sea ice, cap the Arctic Ocean. The ice grows dramatically each winter, and melts just as dramatically each summer. In the past decade, the melting has grown more dramatic, while growth has become less so.The pair of images

May 05, 2011

Six whale species heard in the waters near New York City

At least six different species of whales - among them a blue whale, the largest creature that has ever lived on the planet - have been heard in the waters around New York City, according to researchers who track the gigantic and chatty mammals by listening to their

May 05, 2011

Ongoing Ecuador Tungurahua eruption

In mid-April 2011, after a decade of low activity, Ecuador’s Tungurahua Volcano began a substantial eruption, according to a NASA statement. On April 21st fine ash fell on nearby communities, followed by the appearance of small lava fountains at Tungurahua’s

May 05, 2011

Flooding along the Wabash and Ohio Rivers

Rivers spilled over their banks at the confluence of the Wabash and Ohio in early May 2011. The flood waters inundated homes, businesses, and agricultural fields. The Thematic Mapper on NASA’s Landsat 5 satellite captured these natural-color images on May 3, 2011

May 05, 2011

Doomsday panic in Taiwan: Could earthquake magnitude 14 and 170m high tsunami wave hit Taiwan?!

The man, identifying himself as Teacher Wang, said Taiwan would be struck by a magnitude-14 earthquake and 170m (560ft) high tsunami on 11 May. More than 100 cargo containers have been bought and set up in a mountainous area of central Taiwan.Police said they were

May 04, 2011

Wild boars invade streets of Berlin

Berlin is being plagued by large numbers of wild boar roaming the streets and causing chaos. Wandering around on the roads, rummaging through garbage and digging up the grass the boars have become something of a nuisance. To combat the problem officials are putting up

May 04, 2011

Tropical depression forms near Philippines

An early-season tropical storm may spin up east of the Philippines amid widespread tropical rain during the next two to three days. Localized flooding and strong winds will accompany the system's path through the Philippines region. The area of widespread showers and

May 04, 2011

Warmest April on record in UK

Provisional Met Office climate figures for April 2011 indicate that the month is the warmest on record with many parts of the UK seeing temperatures 3 to 5 °C warmer than normal. The month is also the 11th driest April in the UK. These records go back more than 100

May 04, 2011

NOAA releases latest tornado outbreak numbers

NOAA released the latest stats concerning last week's tornado outbreak in the South. The organization's current tornado estimate is 305 as of Wednesday, May 4. If this number is correct, it is the largest outbreak in history, surpassing the April 3-4, 1974, outbreak,

May 04, 2011

Rare Severe Weather Event Strikes Hawaii

A low aloft over the Hawaiian Islands was responsible for bringing rare severe weather Monday afternoon. The storms produced small hail, flash flooding, and even multiple water spouts. Along with the frequent lightning, flash flooding was an issue with some areas

May 04, 2011

Army blast Bird Point-New Madrid Leeve, Historic flooding ongoing

As record flooding continues along the Mississippi River, the operation to breach a levee to save an Illinois town was carried out Monday night. The Army Corps of Engineers exploded the levee in the agricultural community of Birds Point, Montana, Monday night to

May 04, 2011

Subsiding geomagnetic storm (May 04, 2012)

Earth is exiting a solar wind stream that has been stirring up geomagnetic storms around Earth's poles since April 29th. Over the past few nights, observers have seen auroras over the South Pole, Germany, Wisconsin andMichigan. The chances for more auroras are

May 04, 2011

Sri Lanka Storms Bring Floods, Mudslides, Lightning Deaths

Storms sparking flooding, mudslides and lightning strikes have taken at least seven lives in Sri Lanka, according to government authorities.The Disaster Management Center of Sri Lanka said the floods and mudslides killed five people in the Ratnapura district. A

May 03, 2011

55 feet long unknown fish species found in China

A 55 feet (16,7 meters) long fish has been found in the seashore of Guangdong, China. According to a local newspaper, the big fish weighs at least 10,000 pounds.Hwang, a 66-years-old fisherman living in the near area, said he has never seen anything like this in his

May 03, 2011

Updates on Yellowstone activities

Earthquake Summary: During the month of April 2011, 91 earthquakes were located in the Yellowstone National Park region. The largest was a magnitude 2.2 event on April 13 at 7:11 AM MDT, located about 15 miles southeast of West Thumb, YNP. A small swarm of 24

May 03, 2011

SkyWatchers: Great Morning Planet Show!

The Great Morning Planet Show of May 2011 is underway. Every morning for the rest of this month, you can see a beautiful gathering of four planets in the eastern sky. They are Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, shown here on May 1st over Magnetic Island in east

May 03, 2011

Record wildlife die-offs reported in Northern Rockies

A record number of big-game animals perished this winter in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming from a harsh season of unusually heavy snows and sustained cold in the Northern Rockies, state wildlife managers say."Elk, deer and moose -- those animals are having a

May 03, 2011

Cairo Leeve just broke - New Madrid floodway

Historic high waters at Wappapello Dam cut away a nearly 400 foot section of Highway T and much of its $18 million in infrastructure early Monday morning as the lake broke through a temporary dike and roared over the concrete spillway it was shielding. Chunks of

May 02, 2011

Geomagnetic storm in progress

The geomagnetic field was unsettled to active at mid latitudes. Minor to major storm conditions occurred at high latitudes due to Coronal Hole (CH) high-speed stream (HSS) effects. Solar winds speeds were sustained above 620 km/s during the period. The greater than 2

May 02, 2011

Asteroid impacts in Antarctica

In a controversial study, gravity maps of the Antarctic continent have revealed what could be multiple asteroid impact sites.Gravity anomalies in Antarctica might mark spots where hundreds of thousands of years ago the frozen continent was struck by giant meteorites

May 02, 2011

Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado damage satellite imagery

Following photos are before and after imagery showing tornado damage in various neighborhoods of Tuscaloosa, AL. The before imagery is credited to Google, the after imagery was taken from an altitude of 1,500m (5,000 feet) by a NOAA aircraft on April 29, 2011:The

May 02, 2011

Could crop ancestors feed the world?

The world is facing starvation as climate change disrupts food production and the population booms and science’s last hope may be locked inside Syria's forgotten wild plants.The race is on to develop and test improved crop varieties to feed the world's growing

May 02, 2011

Major energy discovery - the light field can generate magnetic effects that are 100 million times stronger than thought possible

Stephen Rand, a researcher and proffessor at the University of Michigan, and his colleagues discovered a dramatic and surprising magnetic effect of light that could lead to solar power without traditional semiconductor-based solar cells.The researchers found a way

May 02, 2011

U.S. land mass is shrinking

The Census Bureau says the U.S. land mass has been shrinking since 1940. According to the Census Bureau, the land area peaked that year at 3,554,608 square miles. By 1990, it had declined to 3,536,278 square miles. In 2000, a slight increase was recorded of about

May 01, 2011

EU banned herbal remedies

New EU rules came into force at the weekend banning hundreds of herbal remedies. The laws are aimed at protecting consumers from potentially damaging "traditional" medicines.Under the directive, herbal medicines will now have to be registered. Products must meet

May 01, 2011

Residents are ordered to leave flood-threatened Illinois town

Authorities in a southern Illinois city menaced by two dangerously swollen rivers said Sunday that most of the city’s remaining residents have heeded a mandatory evacuation order, prompted by river water seeping up through the ground behind a levee “kind of like

May 01, 2011

What to expect from May and June tornado season?

After suffering one of the worst tornado outbreaks in recorded history, and what is likely to be a record-setting April for tornadoes, the U.S. will be in an extremely vulnerable state as we head through the more notorious severe weather months of May and June.The

May 01, 2011

Wonderful weekend auroras for start of May

It has been a good weekend for northern sky watchers. A solar wind stream hit Earth's magnetic field on Saturday, sparking two days of auroras around the Arctic Circle. In Alberta, Canada, this morning, the month of May began with a psychedelic sky:High-latitude

May 01, 2011