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Earthquake swarm in northern Alaska, northeast of Noatak

A swarm of moderate to strong earthquakes is being registered in northern Alaska, about 28 km northeast of the village of Noatak. First earthquake was registered on April 18, 2014 as M5.6 at depth of 23.4 km. Since then, and by 13:22 UTC today, USGS registered

May 06, 2014

Moderately strong M1.8 solar flare erupted from western limb

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M1.8 at its peak time erupted on May 6, 2014. The event started at 08:41, peaked at 09:03 and ended at 09:21 UTC.The source was Active Region 2051 located on the western limb. CME was not Earth directed. [Updates]Solar wind parame

May 06, 2014

Three significant fireballs over the weekend

American Meteor Society (AMS) said three significant fireballs were observed over the weekend. A large fireball with numerous sonic booms fell over Arkansas on Friday night, May 2nd. Another bright fireball was seen over North Carolina Saturday night

May 06, 2014

New meteor shower and possible meteor storm on May 24th

On the night of May 24 Earth will possibly pass through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in its past orbits. If this happens we might see a brief but intense burst of meteor activity. No one has ever seen it before and although nothing is certain at th

May 06, 2014

Shields Up! Students devise concept for Star Wars-style deflector shields

Technology for protecting spaceships from laser fire is feasible today, University of Leicester students discovered. The only drawback, so far, is that you won’t be able to see a thing outside.In anticipation of Star Wars Day on 4 May, three fourth-year Physics st

May 05, 2014

Colonizing Mars necessary to save human species from destruction, says NASA chief

Humans must colonize Mars to ensure our survival as a species, said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden at the opening of the Humans 2 Mars Summit at George Washington University.Bolden was speaking in support of the space agency's plans to develop a new Orion crew ca

May 05, 2014

Strong and extremely dangerous earthquake M6.0 struck Thailand

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.0 (USGS) struck Thailand on May 5, 2014 at 11:08 UTC (18:08 local time). USGS is reporting very shallow depth of 7.4 km (4.6 miles).Epicenter was located 9 km (6 miles) S of Mae Lao and 27 km (17 miles) SW of Chiang

May 05, 2014

Atomic level look at the telomerase - connection with aging and cancer

Arizona Sate University scientists, together with collaborators from the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, have published yesterday, in Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, a first of its kind atomic level look at the enzyme telomerase that may unlock the sec

May 05, 2014

The next big thing in photovoltaics - taking the lead out of a promising solar cell

Northwestern University researchers are the first to develop a new solar cell with good efficiency that uses tin instead of lead perovskite as the harvester of light. The low-cost, environmentally friendly solar cell can be made easily using "bench" chemistry

May 05, 2014

Strong earthquake M6.2 rattles Tokyo vicinity, Japan

Strong earthquake measuring M6.2 (JMA) on the Richter scale struck near Tokyo, Japan on May 4, 2014 at 20:18 UTC (May 5, 2014 at 05:18 JST - local time). Japan Meteorological Agency reported depth of 160 km. Epicenter was located 23 km (14 miles) ESE of Ito and 98

May 05, 2014

Things That Were,Things That Are, And Things That Must Soon Come To Pass

"A star is gone! A star is gone! There is a blank in Heaven ... " So said the 19th century poet George Darley in his poem "The Fallen Star". Was this merely poetic imagery and metaphor, or could it have been based on some historic fact?I realize that

May 04, 2014

Open Source Seed Initiative aims to keep seeds free from patents

In a public ceremony on April 16, a coalition of farmers, scientists and sustainable food advocates launched the Open Source Seed Pledge, a parallel licensing system designed to keep seeds in the hands of the public and prevent them from being patented by private intere

May 04, 2014

Two strong and very deep earthquakes struck south of Fiji

Two strong and deep earthquakes were detected south of Fiji on May 4, 2014. The first one, measuring M6.7 (USGS) struck at 09:15 UTC at depth of 527.6 km (327.8 miles), the second one, M6.1 (USGS), struck 10 minutes later at depth 610.6km (379.4mi).Geosci

May 04, 2014

Earth entering a stream of debris from Halley's Comet - Eta Aquariid meteor shower

Eta Aquariid meteor shower is visible from about April 19th to about May 28th each year but unlike most meteor showers Eta Aquarids don't have a sharp peak, meaning you can watch them for several days from May 4 - 7.It is considered that the best time to o

May 03, 2014

Dr. A.P. David: On The Laws Of Nature - EU2014

AP David's talk considered the sources of the modern idea of 'Laws of Nature,' or as they are more usually known nowadays, 'physical laws.' He began by articulating the difference between descriptive and prescriptive laws: nature as directly observed

May 03, 2014

Increasing threat of strong solar flares, CME hit anticipated

Solar activity has been low in last 24 hours, however, that might change today and in the coming days. New Active Region 2051 (S10W44, Dac/beta-gamma-delta) is growing rapidly and is now harboring energy for X-class solar flares. Eruptions from this regio

May 03, 2014

First U.S. case of deadly virus MERS confirmed in Indiana

The first confirmed case of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) was reported in a traveler to the United States, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Friday, May 2, 2014. This deadly virus is relatively new to human

May 03, 2014

Dallas considers ending 50 years of water fluoridation

Dallas, the ninth-largest city in United States, is teetering on a huge victory for public health pending four more City Council members agreeing to end water fluoridation.So far, three council members, including Sheffie Kadane, Scott Griggs and Jennifer Staubach G

May 03, 2014

Alert level for twin-volcanoes Cerro Negro and Chiles raised, ongoing seismic crisis

Alert level of the twin-volcanoes Cerro Negro de Mayasquer and Chiles (Colombia-Ecuador border) has been raised to yellow in response to an ongoing seismic crisis and deformation. Seismicity is being detected since November 2013, when a new monitoring network

May 02, 2014

Ganymede may harbor ice and oceans stacked up in several layers

The largest moon in our solar system, a companion to Jupiter named Ganymede, might have ice and oceans stacked up in several layers like a club sandwich, according to new study led by JPL's Steve Vance that models the moon's makeup.Previously, the moon

May 02, 2014

Thousands missing after hill collapse buries village in northeastern Afghanistan

After severe flooding that affected more than 67 000 and took lives of over 150 people in northeastern Afghanistan, heavy rains that started on April 24th, unleashed another deadly disaster today. Local government officials said a hill collapsed and buried a v

May 02, 2014

M6.0 earthquake registered off the coast of Seram, Indonesia

Magnitude 6.0 (USGS) earthquake was registered off the coast of Seram, Maluku province of Indonesia, on May 2, 2014 at 08:43 UTC. Epicenter was located 70km (43 miles) SSE of Namlea and 83km (52 miles) W of Ambon, Indonesia.USGS is reporting dep

May 02, 2014

European Parliament votes to ban industry-connected scientists from Food Safety Authority

Due to a rash of conflict-of-interest scandals at the European Food Safety Authority, the European Parliament voted recently on a resolution that would ban scientists who have ties to the agriculture and food industries from being employed by the agency.The resolution u

May 02, 2014

First image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars

The Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA's Curiosity Mars rover has captured the first image of an asteroid taken from the surface of Mars. The night-sky image actually includes two asteroids: Ceres and Vesta, plus one of Mars' two moons, Deimos, which may have been an

May 01, 2014

Strong earthquake M6.7 hit southeast of Loyalty Islands, Pacific Ocean

A strong earthquake measuring M6.7 on the Richter scale occurred southeast of Loyalty Islands at 06:36 UTC on May 1, 2014. Epicenter was located 213 km (132 miles) WNW of Ile Hunter and 313 km (194 mi) ESE of We, New Caledonia.USGS rep

May 01, 2014

Piers Corbyn: The reality of long range weather and climate forecasting - EU2014

In his talk, Piers Corbyn described the failure of standard meteorology (SM) in outlook, theory, and practice. He included: signals in real meteorology data unexplained by SM; real role of jet stream, stratosphere, electro-jets, magnetosphere, solar wind, solar corona,

May 01, 2014

Night sky guide for May 2014

May brings us the peak of above average Eta Aquariid meteor shower on the nights of May 5 and 6 but the highlight of this month is a possible intense meteor storm on May 23 and 24 as Earth passes through the dust trail left by Comet 209P/LINEAR in it

May 01, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world April 23 - April 29, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 2 volcanoes from April 23 - 29, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ahyi, Mariana Islands (USA) | Merapi, Central Java (Indonesia)Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan)  | Batu

April 30, 2014

Mount St. Helens still active, no signs of impending eruption

In latest information statement from Cascades Volcano Observatory, issued 16:05 UTC today, they report that the analysis of current behavior at Mount St. Helens indicates that the volcano remains active and is showing signs of long-term uplift and earthquake activity, b

April 30, 2014

Volcanic plume over Southern Atlantic Ocean revealed through false-color imagery

The South Sandwich Islands, in the far southern Atlantic Ocean, are often shrouded with thick cloud, making it difficult to view the region from space. Sometimes, however, the use of false-color imagery can be used to reveal events that would otherwise be obscured under

April 30, 2014

Magnitude of quake scales with maturity of fault, suggests new study by German scientist

The oldest sections of transform faults, such as the North Anatolian Fault Zone (NAFZ) and the San Andreas Fault, produce the largest earthquakes, putting important limits on the potential seismic hazard for less mature parts of fault zones, according to a new study to

April 30, 2014

Earthquake swarm in the volcanic chain between Momotombo and Apoyeque continues, Nicaragua

An earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale hit Nicaragua on April 11, 2014 affecting a total of 2 403 homes of which 178 collapsed, were totally destroyed or rendered uninhabitable. The remaining 2 225 homes suffered partial damage.The earthquake originated

April 30, 2014

Moderate exhalations and ash emissions continually present at Peruvian Ubinas volcano

Located in the Peruvian Andes, Ubinas has shown signs of an impending eruption since the mid-2013, highlighted by the appearance of a fresh lava dome in March 2014.Despite a recent decline in earthquakes, Ubinas Volcano erupted an ash plume

April 30, 2014

Turmeric ointment heals oral lichen planus in clinical study

Lichen planus can affect the face, the mouth, the hands and feet and practically any other skin surface of the body. It is difficult to treat and the cause is often mysterious. The lesions may continue for years or may periodically emerge – sometimes in different

April 30, 2014

Graphene not all good - transport of graphene oxide nanoparticles in water

In a first-of-its-kind study of how a super material some think could transform the electronics industry moves in water, researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering found graphene oxide nanoparticles are very mobil

April 29, 2014