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China bans GMOs from army food supply

The Chinese People's Liberation Army plans to ban the use of genetically modified foods from its supply chain, making the PLA the first military force in modern history to do so.According to multiple reports, the decision comes following the publication last month o

June 07, 2014

Impulsive M1.4 solar flare erupted from Region 2080

Impulsive solar flare measuring M1.4 at its peak time erupted on June 6, 2014 from Active Region 2080. The event started at 19:26, peaked at 19:31 and ended at 19:33 UTC.Active regions 2080 and 2082 both exhibited rapid growth in last 36 hours and are now rotating into

June 06, 2014

Venus now the first planet after Earth to get daily space weather reports

European Space Agency (ESA) announced today they have started issuing regular space weather reports for a spacecraft orbiting planet Venus. This is the first time since the exploration of Solar System has begun that a planet, other than Earth, gets a dedi

June 06, 2014

Ubinas throwing volcanic rocks 2 km away from its crater, Peru

Peru's Ubinas volcano has been showing signs of an impending eruption since the mid-2013, highlighted by the appearance of fresh lava dome in March 2014. IGP's Observatorio Volcanologico de Arequipa (IGP-OVA) reported that during March 29 - April

June 06, 2014

First ‘volcano-like eruption’ reported in Himachal Pradesh, India

A small scale magmatic activity, described as "volcano-like eruption", has occurred this week in Gadiyada village, Kangra district of Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, causing panic among the people of the area. Flames and hot liquid steam were seen

June 06, 2014

Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 HQ124 - "The Beast" fly-by Earth live

A newly discovered near-Earth asteroid "2014 HQ124" now dubbed "The Beast" will make its closest approach to the Earth on June 8, 2014. Just before 06:00 UTC "The Beast" will fly-by our planet at a close but safe distance of 0.008

June 05, 2014

Comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS becomes an easy target for mid-sized backyard telescopes

A hyperbolic comet C/2012 K1 PanSTARRS will make its closest approach to the Sun on August 27, 2014. On that day, it will approach the Sun at the distance of 1.05 AU (157 million km, 98 million miles) and buzz Earth'

June 05, 2014

Huge solar filament collapses - Hyder flare - June 4, 2014

A huge solar filament, located in the southeast quadrant and stretching across more than 500 000 km, collapsed around 14:30 UTC on June 4, 2014 and hit the solar surface causing a "Hyder flare" - a type of solar flare that occurs

June 05, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: May 28 - June 3, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from May 28 - June 3, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 9 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Pavlof, United States  | San Miguel, El Salvador | Sangeang Api, Indonesia |&

June 05, 2014

Study finds Earth’s first mass extinction caused by volcanic eruptions

A new research from Curtin University has shown that ancient volcanic eruptions in Australia some 510 million years ago significantly affected the climate, causing the first known mass extinction in the history of complex life.Associate Professo

June 04, 2014

Dying seals and walruses washing up on Pacific coast with crumbly livers and other mysterious symptoms

A federal investigation into the mysterious and ongoing deaths of marine mammals all along the Pacific coast has ended, with investigators still dumbfounded as to the cause of this disturbing phenomenon. Throughout the past several years, seals and walruses have reporte

June 04, 2014

Noctilucent clouds sighted in Germany

For the second time in just a few days, noctilucent clouds (also known as NLCs) have been sighted in Germany, SpaceWeather reports. Although their northern season is just getting underway, researchers aren't sure why these early NLCs seem to favo

June 03, 2014

Impulsive M1.3 solar flare erupted from Region 2077

An impulsive solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time erupted on June 3, 2014. The event started at 03:58, peaked at 04:09 and ended at 04:17 UTC.The source was AR 2077 (S09E15, Cso/beta-gamma) which exhibited growth in its intermediate spots just south of the l

June 03, 2014

Watch near-Earth asteroid 2014 KH39 close fly-by today

A 22 meters wide asteroid named "2014 KH39" will make a very close approach with the Earth on June 3, 2014, reaching a minimum distance of less than 440 000 km (1.14 lunar distances, 438 460 miles). The closest approach is expected at 20:07 UTC today.This is a

June 03, 2014

Tropical storm alerts issued for the Pacific Coast of Mexico

A second tropical depression of 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season "Two-E" formed on Monday, June 2, about 360 km (225 miles) south of the Mexican Pacific coast. Tropical Depression Two-E is slowly moving towards the north-northwest, and is f

June 03, 2014

New eruption of Pavlof volcano, ash up to 6.7km - Alaska

The low-level eruption of Pavlof volcano that started on May 31, 2014, has escalated late on June 2. According to Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO), the seismic tremor increased starting about 23:00 UTC and pilots have recently reported ash clouds to 6.7 km

June 03, 2014

Astronomers find a new type of planet: the "mega-Earth"

Astronomers announced today that they have discovered a new type of planet - a rocky world weighing 17 times as much as Earth. Theorists believed such a world couldn't form because anything so hefty would grab hydrogen gas as it grew and become a Jupiter-like gas gi

June 02, 2014

Night sky guide for June 2014

Globular clusters M10 and M13 will both be well placed for observation at the beginning of June. The strongest daylight meteor shower - Daytime Arietids - peaks on June 7. Since the radiant will be located only thirty degrees west of the Sun the

June 01, 2014

Shallow earthquake M6.2 struck off the coast of Mexico

A shallow earthquake registered as M6.2 struck off the coast of Mexico on May 31, 2014 at 11:53 UTC. EMSC and USGS preliminary reports both mention M6.2 at depth of 10 km. The earthquake struck at 04:53 local time, far away from coastline.Epicenter was located 259

May 31, 2014

Massive thunderstorm backed by dry dusty winds hit Indian capital

At least nine people were killed in and around New Delhi, India, when a massive thunderstorm brought down trees and cut off power on May 30, 2014. Most of the deaths were caused by the falling trees or collapsing walls.A massive thunderstorm backed by dry 

May 30, 2014

Major explosive eruption of Sangeang Api volcano - Sunda Islands, Indonesia

A major explosive eruption occurred at Indonesian Sangeang Api volcano around 08:30 UTC today. A subplinian eruption column quickly rose to an estimated 15 - 20 km (50 - 65 000 ft) altitude and drifted several hundred km to the east and southeast. Aviation color

May 30, 2014

Citizen scientists took control of long forgotten International Cometary Explorer

A group of citizen scientists who raised almost $160,000 to fund the process of taking control of 36-year-old International Cometary Explorer (ICE), formerly known as International Sun/Earth explorer 3 (ISEE-3), announced that after 16 years of silence tw

May 30, 2014

Strong and shallow earthquake M6.1 struck China - Myanmar border region

Strong and shallow earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.1 (CENC) struck China - Myanmar border region on May 30, 2014 at 01:20 UTC. Chinese CENC is reporting shallow depth of 12 km. The earthquake struck at 09:20 local time in a region prone to earthquakes.EMSC is&nb

May 30, 2014

Hundreds of thousands of dead fish washed ashore near Kemah, Galvestone Bay, Texas

Hundreds od thousands dead fish have washed ashore near the 146 bridge leading into the city of Kemah, Galveston Bay, Texas. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the dead fish began showing up last weekend and the most likely cause is oxygen deple

May 29, 2014

Increased activity reported at the last active volcano in the Balkans - Duvalo, Macedonia

Significant amount of smoke was ejected from Duvalo, the last active volcano in the Balkans, on May 28, 2014. This is the first such event in known history and experts believe it was caused by recent heavy rains and increased seismic activity in the region.Sit

May 29, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: May 21 - 27, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from May 21 - 27, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ahyi, Mariana Islands (USA)  | San Miguel, El Salvador  | Santa María, GuatemalaOngoing activity: 

May 28, 2014

Underground ice wall to contain Fukushima leaks gets official approval

Japanese authorities gave the go-ahead yesterday to the construction of an underground ice wall around the nuclear reactors of the crippled Fukushima plant in attempt to slow down the build-up of radioactive water. Experts are still questioning whether giant i

May 27, 2014

Shiveluch spews ash 10 km into the air, Kamchatka

Kamchatkan Shiveluch volcano had another strong eruption at 22:45 UTC on May 26, 2014 and spewed ash up to 10 km into the air, according to KVERT. Volcanic alert level is on orange.Satellite data showed an ash cloud extended up to 850 km (520 miles)

May 27, 2014

Massive landslide swept through Mesa County, western Colorado, U.S.

A massive landslide swept through Mesa County in western Colorado, U.S., on May 25, 2014. According to the Mesa County Sheriff's Department, three people are missing. The slide occurred after a day of rain and a smaller slide earlier in a day.Acc

May 27, 2014

Hurricane "Amanda" becomes strongest Eastern Pacific May hurricane on record

A week after the official start of 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season its first tropical depression was born southwest of Mexico. By May 23rd the system organized and strengthened into the first tropical storm of the season and was named "Amanda". 

May 26, 2014

"Storm of the Chinese century" causes severe flooding

Continuous downpours that started more than a month ago are causing severe flooding in several provinces of south and central China. Provincial flood control and civil affairs authorities are saying this type of rainstorms occur once every 100 year.&

May 26, 2014

In age of runaway superbugs, handshakes now declared more dangerous than smoking

Entire healthcare facilities may soon be dubbed "no handshaking zones." As "smoke free zones" become more accepted today, so too could "no human contact zones."Touching is now being proven to be more dangerous than smoking, as deadly s

May 25, 2014

Moderately strong M1.3 solar flare erupted from AR 2065

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.3 at its peak time erupted on May 24, 2014. The event started at 18:26, peaked at 18:35 and ended at 18:44 UTC. The source was Active Region 2065 (beta) located near the western limb.A 10cm Radio Burst event with peak flux

May 24, 2014

Very strong and shallow M 6.9 earthquake struck Greece (Aegean Sea) - strong aftershocks continue

A very strong and shallow earthquake struck off the coast of Greece on May 24, 2014 at 09:25 UTC (11:25 local time). After preliminary analysis both USGS and EMSC report M 6.9 earthquake. EMSC is reporting depth of 29 km, USGS 10 km.Epicenter was located 19 km (12 miles

May 24, 2014

"Amanda" forms as first tropical storm of 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season

2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season officially started on May 15, 2014. A week later, its first tropical depression was born southwest of Mexico. On May 23rd the system organized and strengthened into the first tropical storm of the season and was named

May 23, 2014