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Tropical Storm Rammasun threatens the Philippines

Tropical depression near Guam developed into the ninth named storm of West Pacific season this year. Tropical Depression 09W became a Tropical Storm Rammasun on July 11, 2014 but shortly after passing near Guam, it was downgraded to a tropical depression

July 12, 2014

Mel Acheson: How science can lose its way - EU2014

Mel Acheson has contributed numerous insights to the Electric Universe movement for more than 15 years, giving readers both a chuckle and something to think about. His editorials were a regular feature in the electronic newsletter Thoth.Mel is now a frequent contributor

July 12, 2014

Strong M6.8 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan

Strong and shallow M6.8 (JMA/EMSC/PTWC) earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu, about 129 km ESE of Namie, Japan, at 19:22 UTC on July 11, 2014.  USGS recorded M6.5.The epicenter was located at coordinates 37.064°N 142.365°E, too

July 11, 2014

Radio-burst discovery deepens astrophysics mystery

Brief pulse detected by Arecibo telescope appears to come from far beyond our galaxy... The discovery of a split-second burst of radio waves by scientists using the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico provides important new evidence of mysterious pulses that app

July 11, 2014

Commonly used chemicals present in Minnesota groundwater

A significant number of urban water wells in Minnesota — over a third of those studied — contain chemicals from consumer and industrial products, according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report.From November 2009 through June 2012, USGS and Minnesota P

July 11, 2014

New tropical depression formed southeast of Guam

Ninth tropical depression is formed southeast of Guam. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) expects TD 09W to move past the southern islands of the Marianas and gradually strengthen into a typhoon as it tracks to the west or northwest through the

July 11, 2014

As weakened Neoguri leaves Japan, new typhoon threat on horizon

Tropical Storm Neoguri underwent extra-tropical transition early on July 11, 2014 as it tracked toward the Pacific waters east of Japan. According to JMA, the system is currently moving westward at speed of 15 km/h (9 mph). Maximum sustained winds are 65 km/h

July 11, 2014

NOAA predicts significant harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie this summer

NOAA and its research partners predict that western Lake Erie will have a significant bloom of cyanobacteria, a toxic blue-green algae, during the 2014 bloom season in late summer. However, the predicted bloom is expected to be smaller than last year’s intense

July 11, 2014

Scientists discover evidence of super-fast deep earthquake

As scientists learn more about earthquakes that rupture at fault zones near the planet’s surface — and the mechanisms that trigger them — an even more intriguing earthquake mystery lies deeper in the planet.Scientists at Scripps Institution of Oceanogr

July 10, 2014

The atmospheric waves of Venus, key to understanding the superrotation of its atmosphere, deciphered

Venus’ atmosphere rotates up to sixty times faster than its surface, a phenomenon known as superrotation whose origin hast yet to be satisfactorily explained...Venus is a slowly rotating planet since it takes about two hundred and forty three terrestrial days to c

July 10, 2014

New lava flows observed on the Sciara del Fuoco, Stromboli volcano - Italy

Two new lava overflows occurred from the NE vent of Stromboli volcano - Aeolian Islands, Italy, last evening and this morning, July 10, 2014.Similar as during the previous episodes, the flows were the result of surges in magma supply, quickly descended the upper pa

July 10, 2014

'Rosemary Is For Remembrance' - Science confirms wisdom of the ancients

"There's rosemary, that's for remembrance..."~ William Shakespeare Since ancient times, herbs have been appreciated for their profound therapeutic effects. Science as a form of evidence-gathering did not take the epistemological pole position

July 10, 2014

Neoguri weakens into tropical storm, brings heavy rainfall across Japan

Neoguri has quickly weakened as it made landfall over Japan, but it will still bring heavy rain and possible mudslides. Land interaction and cooler waters weakened Neoguri in to tropical storm system. Neoguri is predicted to become extra-tropical low system during

July 10, 2014

NASA's RapidScat to unveil hidden cycles of sea winds

Ocean waves, the hot sun, sea breezes -- the right combination makes a great day at the beach. A different combination makes a killer hurricane. The complex interactions of the ocean and the air above it that can create such different outcomes are not yet fully known. S

July 10, 2014

Astronomers bring the third dimension to a doomed star's outburst

In the middle of the 19th century, the massive binary system Eta Carinae underwent an eruption that ejected at least 10 times the sun's mass and made it the second-brightest star in the sky. Now, a team of astronomers has used extensive new observations to create th

July 09, 2014

MESSENGER and STEREO measurements open new window into high-energy processes on the Sun

Understanding the sun from afar isn't easy. How do you figure out what powers solar flares – the intense bursts of radiation coming from the release of magnetic energy associated with sunspots – when you must rely on observing only the light and particle

July 09, 2014

A summer of supermoons - July, August and September

The summer of 2014 will be bathed in moonlight as three perigee "supermoons" occur in consecutive months: July, August, September. The first supermoon is on July 12 at 08:28 UTC, the second on August 10 at 17:44 UTC and the third on September 9 at 03:30 UTC.Th

July 09, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri targets Japan

The first super typhoon of the season, Neoguri, continues to threaten lives and property in southern Japan. Neoguri’s center of circulation is now southwest of Kyushu, and it has weakened from “Very Strong” to a “Strong” typhoon

July 09, 2014

Strong solar flare reaching M6.5 erupted near the northeastern limb

A strong solar flare reaching M6.5 at its peak time erupted from region 2113 located in the northeastern quadrant on July 8, 2014. The event started at 16:06, peaked at 16:20, and ended at 16:30 UTC.This event was associated with a Type IV radio emission. Type

July 08, 2014

Strong M6.3 earthquake registered near Port-Vila, Vanuatu

A strong earthquake measuring M6.3 on the Richter scale hit Vanuatu on July 8, 2014, at 12:56 UTC. USGS reports depth of 114 km (70.8 miles). Geosciece Australia is reporting M6.0 (Mwp) at depth od 100 km.Epicenter was located 13 km (8 miles) NNE of&

July 08, 2014

A hotspot for powerful cosmic rays

Physicists a step closer to finding mysterious sources...An observatory run by the University of Utah found a "hotspot" beneath the Big Dipper emitting a disproportionate number of the highest-energy cosmic rays. The discovery moves physics another step

July 08, 2014

Sun sends more 'tsunami waves' to Voyager 1

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has experienced a new "tsunami wave" from the sun as it sails through interstellar space. Such waves are what led scientists to the conclusion, in the fall of 2013, that Voyager had indeed left our sun's bubble, entering a n

July 08, 2014

Neoguri reached super typhoon status, heading toward southern Japan

Neoguri is the first super typhoon of 2014. The 7th named storm and 3rd typhoon of the 2014 Western Pacific typhoon season is about to cause some major damage on its path. On July 7, 2014 Neoguri reached super typhoon status with maximum sustained winds

July 08, 2014

Very strong and deadly earthquake M6.9 hit border region of Mexico and Guatemala

A very strong and deadly earthquake measuring M6.9 (downgraded from M7.1 (USGS)) on the Richter scale hit border region of Mexico and Guatemala on July 7, 2014, at 11:23 UTC (06:23 local time). USGS is reporting depth of 60 km (37.3 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 a

July 07, 2014

Steve Smith: Mars - The Great Desert in 3D - EU2014

Martian areography tells a story of incredibly violent events. It appears from the many images sent to Earth that it once experienced powerful plasma discharges on a massive scale. Burned and blasted craters, piles of scorched dust covering almost an entire hemisphere,

July 06, 2014

Category 4 Typhoon Neoguri aims Okinawa and Japan

Typhoon Neoguri (Florita), the second typhoon of the 2014 Western Pacific season, is on the way to become an extremely dangerous cyclone as it moves northwest over the warm open waters of the western Pacific. Category 4 Typhoon Neoguri is rapidly

July 06, 2014

Arthur becomes post-tropical system

Arthur made landfall in Nova Scotia as tropical storm early on July 5, 2014, reaching wind speed of 105 km/h (65 mph). Tropical storm force winds with heavy rainfall were reported across Nantucket and portions of Massachusetts and eastern

July 05, 2014

Increased seismic unrest observed at Ambang volcano, Sulawesi

VSI raised the alert status to Level 2 (Waspada) after an increased seismic unrest at Ambang volcano in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The remote volcano had its last eruption in 2005, when phreatic explosions occurred.More than 60 volcanic earthquakes were detected on

July 05, 2014

Typhoon Neoguri expected to become super typhoon as it approaches southern Japan

Tropical Storm "Neoguri" which formed in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on July 3, 2014, strengthened into Category 1 typhoon yesterday and has been rapidly intensifying over the last 24 hours.By 06:00 UTC on July 5, 2014, Neoguri was Category 4 typhoon&n

July 05, 2014

Strong M6.0 earthquake registered off the west coast of Northern Sumatra

A strong earthquake measuring M6.0 on the Richter scale was registered off the west coast of Northern Sumatra on July 5, 2014, at 09:39 UTC. USGS reported depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.0 at depth of 33 km.Epicenter

July 05, 2014

Saharan dust on the move across Atlantic Ocean

Disturbances such as large thunderstorm complexes or simply strong trade winds over North Africa periodically result in vast dust and sand storms, some of which extend as high as 6 000 meters. These can be driven out to sea within the Saharan Air Layer

July 05, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake hit Papua New Guinea

A strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale hit New Britain region, Papua New Guinea, on July 4, 2014, at 15:00 UTC. USGS reported depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6.6 at depth of 20 km.Epicenter was located&nbs

July 04, 2014

Canadian government asked to distribute radiation pills to residents living near nuclear facilities

The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission has recommended that the government issue potassium iodide pills to all people living within 10 km (6 miles) of nuclear power plants, to use in case of a nuclear accident, such as the one suffered by Japan's Fukushima Daiichi p

July 04, 2014

Noctilucent clouds outburst reported

Sky watchers in Europe are reporting an outburst of bright noctilucent clouds (NLCs). The display began at sunset on July 3rd, filling northern horizons with electric-blue ripples, swirls, and tendrils of light.Morten Ross sent this picture to SpaceWeather.com from

July 04, 2014

Tropical Storm Neoguri formed south of Guam

The eight tropical depression (TD 08W) in the Northwestern Pacific ocean formed early on July 3, 2014 just south of Guam and strengthened into a Tropical Storm Neoguri during the afternoon hours. This tropical storm will bring rain and gusty winds to Guam as

July 04, 2014