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How to block nearly all the mercury in your diet using common, everyday foods

As part of my ongoing scientific research into heavy metals, elemental retention and metals capturing (see explanatory videos here), I have identified and documented anti-heavy-metals substances which have a remarkable natural affinity for binding with and

March 18, 2014

First interactive mosaic of lunar north pole released

Scientists, using cameras aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), have created the largest high resolution mosaic of our moon’s north polar region. The six-and-a-half feet (two-meters)-per-pixel images cover an area equal to more than one-quarter of

March 18, 2014

Asteroid 2003 QQ47 to safely fly by Earth on March 26, 2014

Asteroid 2003 QQ47 received quite a bit of media attention back in 2003 when it was discovered because it was said that it had a small chance of colliding with our planet in the year 2014. It was rated a "1" on the Torino impact hazard scale of 1

March 18, 2014

High-tech materials purify water with sunlight

Sunlight plus a common titanium pigment might be the secret recipe for ridding pharmaceuticals, pesticides and other potentially harmful pollutants from drinking water. Scientists combined several high-tech components to make an easy-to-use water purifier that could

March 17, 2014

Magma chamber under Hekla volcano almost full, could erupt with very short notice - Iceland

According to Páll Einarsson, professor in geophysics at University of Iceland, the magma chamber under Hekla volcano is now almost full. Professor Einarsson said the volcano could erupt with very short notice and warned people not to climb the

March 17, 2014

Wi-Fi-allergic Americans flock to West Virginia town where Wi-Fi is banned

Scores of people who believe that continual exposure to wireless signals have made them ill have begun streaming to a small town in West Virginia where Wi-Fi has been banned. According to Britain's Daily Mail, these "Wi-Fi refugees" are making the

March 17, 2014

Very strong earthquake M 6.7 struck off shore Tarapaca, Chile - numerous strong aftershocks

A very strong earthquake with recorded magnitude of 7.0 (revised to M 6.7) struck off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile on March 16, 2014 at 21:16 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 20 km (12.4 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw 7.0 at depth of only 10 km (still

March 16, 2014

Close encounter with erupting Mount Yasur, Tanna Island, Vanuatu

GoPro extreme sports camera attached on the back of Phantom 2 quadcopter has been flown over the Yasur volcano, Tanna Island in Vanuatu. Both the camera and the quadcopter survived extreme conditions in close encounter with lava spewing volcano. The result is

March 16, 2014

The Edge of Reason: Beyond the limits of rationality

Can reason lead us to the truth? Spinoza, Hegel and Russell thought so. But might it be a fundamental mistake to imagine that reason is a neutral tool to arrive at incontrovertible conclusions? Should we be sceptical of the claims of logic, or would this allow blind

March 16, 2014

Dangerous M 6.3 earthquake struck near the coast of northern Peru

After M 6.1 that struck near the coast of central Peru at 08:51 UTC on March 15, a second strong and shallow earthquake struck Peru at 23:51 UTC.  USGS measured it as magnitude 6.3 earthquake located near the coast of northern Peru at depth of 9.8 km

March 16, 2014

There may be a second massive ocean deep beneath the surface

Chemically bonded to minerals in the transition zone, Earth's mantle may be rather wet...  Deep within the Earth, staggering pressures mix with high temperatures to compact regular materials into exotic minerals. Under these extreme conditions,

March 15, 2014

New swarm of earthquakes started at El Hierro, Canary Islands

A new swarm of earthquakes started yesterday at El Hierro, Canary Islands. So far, almost 200 tiny quakes (none above magnitude 3 so far) have occurred in a broad N-S oriented area beneath the NE part of the island at around 18 km depth.  A possible explanation

March 15, 2014

Strong and shallow earthquake M 6.1 struck near the coast of central Peru

Strong and shallow earthquake measuring M 6.1 (USGS) struck near the coast of central Peru on March 15, 2014 at 08:59 UTC. USGS measured depth of 20 km (12.4 miles), EMSC is reporting M 6.2 but at depth of only 5 km. Epicenter was located 21

March 15, 2014

Duke engineers build world’s first 3D acoustic cloaking device

Using little more than a few perforated sheets of plastic and a staggering amount of number crunching, Duke engineers have demonstrated the world’s first three-dimensional acoustic cloak. The new device reroutes sound waves to create the impression that both the

March 14, 2014

Newly detected ozone depleting substances in the atmosphere

Four gases contributing to the destruction of the ozone layer were identified in the atmosphere. All four of them have been released into the atmosphere recently. Scientists at the University of East Anglia made the discovery by

March 14, 2014

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Kyushu, Japan

Earthquake registered as M 6.1 (JMA) struck Kyushu, Japan on March 13, 2014 at 17:07 UTC (02:07 JST on March 14). JMA is reporting depth of 80 km. USGS is reporting M 6.3 at depth of 82.9 km (51.5 miles). Epicenter was located 13 km (8 miles) N

March 13, 2014

Attention coders: $35,000 contest to develop improved algorithms for detection of asteroids

NASA's Asteroid Data Hunter contest series will offer $35,000 in awards over the next six months to citizen scientists who develop improved algorithms that can be used to identify asteroids. The first contest in the series will kick off on March

March 13, 2014

2011 Oklahoma human induced earthquake may have triggered larger quake - study

In a new study involving researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey, scientists observed that a human-induced magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Prague, Oklahoma in November 2011 may have triggered the larger M 5.7 earthquake less than a day later.  This research

March 13, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: March 5 - March 11, 2014

In last 7 days new activity was observed at 4 volcanoes, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world from March 5 - March 11, 2014 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

March 13, 2014

Near X-class solar flare and geomagnetic storm - M9.3

Near X-class solar flare reaching M9.3 erupted from departing Sunspot 1996 on March 12, 2013 at 22:34 UTC. This decaying sunspot is located near eastern limb and generated CME was not geoeffective, however, it produced a R2 (Moderate) Solar Flare Radio Blackout

March 13, 2014

Solar activity back to moderate levels, M2.5 from Region 1996

After major X4.9 solar flare that erupted on February 25 from Region 1990 [during its 3 rotation on the Earth side of the Sun] we almost had no day without a moderate eruption. Since then, solar observatories recorded 16 M-class solar flares ranging from M1.0 to

March 12, 2014

Volcanoes helped species survive ice ages

An international team of researchers has found evidence that the steam and heat from volcanoes and heated rocks allowed many species of plants and animals to survive past ice ages, helping scientists understand how species respond to climate change. The research

March 11, 2014

Sunspot 1996 produced M3.5 solar flare

Active Region 1996, located in the northern hemisphere, produced moderate  M3.5 solar flare at 03:50 UTC on March 11, 2014. This active region continues to rotate closer towards the northwestwern limb.   SDO's AIA 304 and EVE with GOES X-ray flux

March 11, 2014

M 6.8 earthquake struck east of South Sandwich Islands

M 6.8 earthquake struck east of South Sandwich Islands in the southern Atlantic Ocean on March 11, 2014 at 02:44 UTC. The epicenter was located 418 km (260 miles) ESE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at coordinates 60.839°S 19.957°W. All

March 11, 2014

Indonesian Mount Merapi erupts, thick-pyroclastic surge up to 1500 m

According to local media Indonesian Mount Merapi erupted early Monday, March 10, 2014 causing a thick-pyroclastic surge to shoot 1 500 meters up in the air. “The eruption took place at around 6:54 a.m. [local time] and the ash spread up to 7

March 10, 2014

China tests anti-smog drone aircraft

In an important step toward tackling with overwhelming air pollution China tested domestically-produced drone aircraft designed to disperse smog on Saturday, March 8, 2014. This unmanned aircraft helps disperse smog by spraying chemicals that freeze pollutants and

March 10, 2014

Very strong and shallow earthquake M 6.9 struck off the coast of Northern California, USA

A strong and shallow earthquake struck off the coast of Eureka, Northern California on March 10, 2014 at 05:18 UTC (09:18 p.m. PDT on March 9, 2014). Epicenter was located 77 km (48 miles) WNW of Ferndale, and 81 km (50 miles) W

March 10, 2014

Shallow earthquake M 5.8 recorded in Oaxaca, southwestern Mexico

A 5.8-magnitude shallow earthquake struck off the coast of southern Mexico on March 10, 2014 at 00:38 UTC (05:38 pm local time on March 9). USGS reports depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), EMSC is reporting Mw 5.9 earthquake at depth of 10 km. USGS has earlier put

March 10, 2014

"Cosmic seeds" shatter star formation theory

Astrophysicists using the Submillimeter Array Telepscope have made an astonishing discovery on the formation of stars. The scientists obtained the most detailed images yet of a stellar nursery within the Snake Nebula. What they have discovered is not what they had

March 09, 2014

Cause and the Universe: The many-worlds of quantum physics

New from the IAI: In everyday life, and in science, we assume that effect follows cause. But could this most basic of beliefs be mistaken? In the 'block universe' postulated by theoretical physics, there is no before and after. Is the arrow of time an

March 09, 2014

Airathon OR Heirathon

Loving My Future Ancestors Overtly In Nashville, TN I would like to open this with a quote from “The Cowardly Lion” in “The Wizard of Oz”  “Unusual weather were havin’, aint it!” One morning, about

March 09, 2014

THEMIS discovers new process that protects Earth from space weather

In the giant system that connects Earth to the sun, one key event happens over and over: solar material streams toward Earth and the giant magnetic bubble around Earth, the magnetosphere helps keep it at bay. The parameters, however, change: The particles streaming in

March 08, 2014

Health authorities admit 'wind turbine syndrome' is real

An Irish health official has warned that people who live near massive wind turbines of the sort used to generate electricity run the risk of having their physical and psychological health compromised. According to a report in the Irish Examiner newspaper,

March 08, 2014

Airborne radar demonstrates ability to foresee sinkholes

New analyses of NASA airborne radar data collected in 2012 reveal the radar detected indications of a huge sinkhole before it collapsed and forced evacuations near Bayou Corne, Louisiana, that year. The findings suggest such radar data, if collected routinely from

March 08, 2014

US solar sector boomed in 2013, growing trend expected to continue through 2014

United States solar industry boomed last year with a record breaking volume of new solar capacity added, almost 5 000 MW. U.S. has installed more solar in last 18 months than in the previous 30 years combined and the growing trend is expected to

March 08, 2014