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Carcass of whale species feared to be extinct found on Western Australia beach

The carcass of Omura's whale, extremely rare species of whale that was feared to be extinct, was found washed up in Exmouth, Western Australia following Tropical Cyclone "Olwyn" which tore through the area last month.The 5.68 m juvenile female whale was id

April 15, 2015

JMA issues alert for possible eruption of Mount Zaosan, Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has issued an alert for a possible eruption of Mount Zaosan, Zaozan volcano group in northeastern Japan citing a large amount of volcanic activity observed there this month, The Asahi Shimbun reports. The last eruption in this volca

April 15, 2015

Dawn's new Ceres color map reveals surface diversity

A new color map of dwarf planet Ceres, which NASA's Dawn spacecraft has been orbiting since March 2015, reveals the diversity of the surface of this planetary body. Differences in morphology and color across the surface suggest Ceres was once an active body, Dawn

April 14, 2015

Fragment of continental crust found under south east Iceland

An international team, including researchers at the University of Liverpool, have shown that south east Iceland is underlain by continental crust.The team found that the accepted theory, that Iceland consists only of very thick oceanic crust, is incorrect. Maps of crust

April 14, 2015

Sleeping giant Mount Baegdu (Changbaishan) close to eruption, North Korea/China

Geologist Yoon Seong-hyo from Pusan National University who has been monitoring Mount Baegdu, a massive stratovolcano located on the border of North Korea and China, said on Sunday, April 12, 2015 ​the volcano is on the verge of erupting.Mount Baegdu is relatively

April 13, 2015

Does gravity alone rule the cosmos?

For nearly three years we have reported on countless discoveries that challenge the foundations of modern cosmology and astrophysics. Today we routinely hear of celestial objects ranging in scale from stars, galaxies and quasar groups that should not exist if the standa

April 12, 2015

Daylight fireball explodes over Kosice, Slovakia

A bright meteor was observed and recorded over eastern Slovakia on April 6, 2015. The event happened around 16:30 UTC (18:30 local time).One video of the meteor was taken from a car in the Hungarian town of Rakospalota, and another in a second car in the Slovak city of

April 11, 2015

Increased levels of Radon in Pennsylvania homes correspond to onset of fracking

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes – where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe – have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that the fracking in

April 11, 2015

Around 150 dolphins stranded northeast of Tokyo, Japan

Around 150 dolphins were found stranded on the Hokota beach in Ibaraki prefecture, about 100 km northeast of Tokyo, Japan on April 10, 2015. Some dolphins, mostly melon-headed whales (also known as electra dolphins) or blackfish were found alive, but were extremely weak

April 10, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Solo" forms in the Coral Sea, SW Pacific Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Solo" formed in the Coral Sea, Southwestern Pacific Ocean on April 10, 2015 triggering tropical disturbance watch for Solomon Islands provinces of Rennell and Bellona, Temotu, Makira, Central, Guadalcanal and Malaita.Solo is expected to

April 10, 2015

Geomagnetic storm reaching G2 Moderate levels in progress

The solar wind environment at the ACE spacecraft displayed two weak transient signatures near 01:00 and 09:00 UTC on April 9, 2015, suggesting the arrival of the April 6 Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) from Region 2320 and a weak coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS).Wind

April 10, 2015

What did the ancient people think of the axis mundi (world axis)?

In the footsteps of Mircea Eliade, mythologists and anthropologists tend to think of the axis mundi or ‘world axis’ as a straight object running through the cosmos vertically. While this is, of course, correct for the astronomical axis of the earth, the &lsq

April 09, 2015

Sun experiences seasonal changes, new research finds

The Sun undergoes a type of seasonal variability, with its activity waxing and waning over the course of nearly two years, according to a new study by a team of researchers led by the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). This behavior affects the peaks and v

April 09, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: April 1 - 7, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 6 volcanoes from April 1 - 7, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Batu Tara, Komba Island (Indonesia) | Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Semisopochnoi, United States |

April 09, 2015

Ubinas volcano enters new eruptive phase, Peru

Peru's Ubinas volcano erupted at 08:32 UTC on April 8, 2015 covering nearby villages with a thin layer of ash. Emissions of steam and gasses reached an estimated altitude of 5.1 km, Buenos Aires VAAC reports.Ash fall was expected within 25 km to the southeast. Exper

April 08, 2015

Are bright spots on Ceres electric?

In March, the NASA Dawn Spacecraft entered the orbit of the mysterious dwarf planet Ceres, with the craft scheduled to begin sending images to Earth later this month.For several weeks, surprising and unexplained bright spots within a crater on the planet’s surface

April 08, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Joalane" rapidly intensifies in Southern Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Joalane" organized on the morning of April 6, 2015 in the Southern Indian Ocean. At 15:00 UTC on that day, Joalane was located 743 km (461 miles) northeast of Port Louis, Mauritius and was tracking WSW at 16.6 km/h (10.3 mph). Its maximum sus

April 07, 2015

Charged gravity - Space and time do not bend or warp

In September 1998 astrophysicists documented an inexplicable “tug” acting on the now defunct Ulysses spacecraft as it traveled through the Solar System in an orbit over the Sun’s poles. When radio signals from Earth were returned from an onboard

April 07, 2015

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake Mwp6.5 (Geoscience Australia) hit Tonga region at 00:46 UTC on April 7, 2015. Geoscience Australia is reporting depth of 0 km. USGS is reporting this earthquake as M5.8 at a depth of 10 km.According to the USGS, epicenter was located 100

April 07, 2015

The Real King of the Sun

There’s no feature of the Sun that cannot be explained with my proposed model and without any contradictions. The current theory is only an elegant mathematical theory and it cannot explain any basic feature of the Sun, not just the solar neutrino problem. And let

April 06, 2015

Turrialba eruption spews large quantities of ash onto nearby communities, Costa Rica

Costa Rica's Turrialba volcano erupted at 17:24 UTC on Sunday, April 4, 2015 spewing heavy ash on nearby communities. OVSICORI said the eruption lasted for an hour.Column of ash reached 500 meters into the sky and rained large quantities of ash. Winds have carried i

April 06, 2015

Severe Nor'wester hits Bangladesh

A severe Nor'wester lashed through Dhaka and northwestern region of Bangladesh late April 4, 2015 leaving at least 24 people dead and hundreds injured. Weather officials said this was the first severe storm in the usual spring storm season.It left a tail of destruct

April 05, 2015

Typhoon "Maysak" (Chedeng) about to make landfall in southern Isabela, Philippines

Typhoon "Maysak" (Chedeng) has accelerated slightly as it continues to move closer to Isabela-Aurora area, Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said today.Maysak was a Super Typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 259 km/h (161 mph), and wind gusts up to

April 04, 2015

Total lunar eclipse on April 4, 2015

A total lunar eclipse will occur on April 4, 2015. This is the shortest total lunar eclipse of the century and third of four total lunar eclipses separated by approximately 6 months, a rare phenomenon astronomers call a 'tetrad.' The first two were on April 15 a

April 03, 2015

Massive sandstorm hits Arabian Peninsula

A massive sandstorm has swept through Arabian Peninsula on April 1 and 2, 2015 severely reducing visibility, disrupting traffic and causing residents to suffer breathing difficulties. In many places the visibility was turned to zero.The sandstorm of the intensity never

April 02, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: March 25 - 31, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from March 25 - 31, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Villarrica, Chile.Ongoing activity: Bagana, Bougainville (Papua Ne

April 02, 2015

Deep M6.0 earthquake registered near Fiji

A strong and very deep M6.0 earthquake was registered near Fiji on April 2, 2015 at 04:10 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 560.5 km (348.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 578 km (359 miles).Epicenter was located 260 km (162 miles) SE of Lamba

April 02, 2015

The electrochemistry of Comets with Dr. Franklin Anariba

It is a great paradox in comet science: We are told that a comet nucleus is a ball of ice, or dirty snowball, or icy fluff ball that accreted billions of year ago in the solar system’s infancy. Comets are said to sublimate ices as they move toward the sun, and

April 01, 2015

Night sky guide for April 2015

This month is marked by the third of four total lunar eclipses separated by approximately 6 months - tetrad - which will occur at 12:00 UTC on April 4, 2015. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. The eclipse will be visible thro

April 01, 2015

Wettest March in 100 years in north and central India

According to the Indian meteorological department (IMO), March 2015 has been the "wettest" March for nothern and central parts of the country in the past 100 years.Excessive rains made extensive damage to field and horticulture crops as well as vegetbles in va

April 01, 2015

Record breaking Maysak becomes a Super Typhoon, heading toward Philippines

Typhoon "Maysak" has intensified into a Super Typhoon on March 31, 2015 reaching Category 5 hurricane status on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Maysak is a rare, record breaking Super Typhoon which is expected to peak at 287.1 km/h (178.4 mph) on April 1 or 2, befor

March 31, 2015

Global lightning activity

Lightning occurs more often over land than over the oceans and it seems to happen more often closer to the equator, according to satellite observations.The map below shows the average yearly counts of lightning flashes per square kilometer from 1995 to 2013. Areas with

March 31, 2015

Deadly landslide destroys more than 600 houses leaving unknown number of missing, Burundi

Mud and rocks loosened by heavy rains swept down the Kijejete Hill located in the western Gitaza town near Lake Tanganyika, Burundi (Africa) on March 29, 2015 destroying hundreds of homes and killing at least 10 people.The landslide destroyed bridges, two schools, a cli

March 30, 2015

Two very strong and shallow earthquakes M6.4 and M6.5 hit Samoa Islands region

Two very strong and shallow earthquakes with recorded magnitudes of 6.4 and 6.5 (USGS) were registered in Samoa Islands region on March 30, 2015 at 08:18 and 08:48 UTC, respectively. USGS is reporting depths of 11.5 and 15.5 km.Geoscience Australia's preliminary rep

March 30, 2015

Major M7.5 earthquake hits New Britain region generating small tsunami, Papua New Guinea

A major earthquake with recorded magnitude of 7.5 (USGS) hit off the coast of New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 23:48 UTC on March 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 40 km (24.8 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M7.7 at a depth of 72 km (44.7 miles).Epicenter w

March 30, 2015