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Malawi floods behave like a 'slow tsunami', death toll increases

According to Government of Malawi, an estimated 120 000 people (22 000 households) have been displaced due to heavy rainfall and floods by January 16, 2015. Although some areas already received a month’s worth of rain within 24 hours forecasts warn there is more t

January 17, 2015

New island being formed by Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai eruption

Continuous volcanic eruptions of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai which started mid-December 2014 are creating a new island about 65 km northwest of Nuku’alofa, Tonga. As of January 15, 2015 the island was more than 1 km long, about 2 km wide and around 100 meters hi

January 17, 2015

Asteroid 2004 BL86 to safely flyby Earth on January 26

Asteroid 2004 BL86 will flyby our planet at a safe distance of approximately 1.2 million km (745 000 miles) at 16:20 UTC on January 26, 2015. This is about three times the distance of Earth to the Moon. Based on its reflected brightness, astronomers estimate that this a

January 16, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Chedza" forms in Mozambique Channel, landfall over Madagascar today

Tropical Cyclone "Chedza" is forming from System 93S in the Mozambique Channel today. Infrared image taken at 16:00 UTC on January 15 by METEOSAT-7 showed the system moved away from the coast of Mozambique and into the Mozambique Channel and was getting better

January 16, 2015

Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could furth

January 16, 2015

A yearlong look at asteroids and comets by NEOWISE

NASA's Near-Earth Object Wide-field Survey Explorer or NEOWISE spacecraft, a space telescope that scans the skies for asteroids and comets, discovered and characterized 40 near-Earth objects (NEOs) in the first year after the mission was re-started in December

January 16, 2015

Weeks of very heavy rainfall devastate Malawi and Mozambique, Africa

Weeks of very heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding which displaced more than 100 000 people in African countries of Malawi and Mozambique and devastated their crops and infrastructure. The number of displaced is expected to increase as severe weather will continue

January 15, 2015

Tropical Storm "Mekkhala" (Amang) intensifies over the Philippine Sea

The first tropical depression of the 2015 western Pacific season formed southwest of Guam on January 13 and intensified over the warm waters of the Philippine Sea into a tropical storm while headed toward the Philippines. Areas of Eastern Visayas and specifically Leyte,

January 15, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: January 7 - 13, 2015

New activity was observed at 5 volcanoes from January 7 - 13, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Colima, Mexico | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai, Tonga

January 15, 2015

Departing Region 2257 erupts with moderate M2.2 solar flare

A moderate solar flare measuring M2.2 at its peak time erupted from a departing Region 2257 ('beta-gamma') on January 14, 2015. The event started at 12:30, peaked at 12:58 and ended at 13:08 UTC.This region was responsible for two M-class solar flares yesterday

January 14, 2015

A call for changes in 50 year-old drinking water standards

Changes in drinking water quality in the 21st Century are coming from a myriad of circumstances, and not all are for the best. Top contenders for why water-drinking quality might become suspect to the average consumer include California's drought conditions, the tec

January 14, 2015

8 000 scientific papers link refined white sugar to chronic disease

One of the worst things you can do to your body is feed it sugar - not necessarily natural sugar like the kind found in fruit, but refined sugar. A team of scientists from the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) recently pored through more than 8 000 scient

January 14, 2015

Rise in mass die-offs seen among birds, fish and marine invertebrates

An analysis of 727 mass die-offs of nearly 2,500 animal species from the past 70 years has found that such events are increasing among birds, fish and marine invertebrates. At the same time, the number of individuals killed appears to be decreasing for reptiles and amph

January 14, 2015

"Bansi" forecast to peak as a Category 5 hurricane equivalent

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" formed on January 11, 2015 north of La Reuniuon, Southern Indian Ocean, and rapidly intensified to a Category 4 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale by early January 13. According to RSMC La Reunion, which monitors any tropical c

January 13, 2015

Strong M5.6 solar flare erupts from Region 2257

A strong solar flare measuring M5.6 (R2 - Moderate radio blackout) erupted from Active Region 2257 at 04:24 UTC on January 13, 2015. The event started at 04:13 and ended at 04:38 UTC.A 10cm Radio Burst lasting 4 minutes, with peak flux of 290 sfu, was associated with th

January 13, 2015

New round of severe weather to hit southern Australia

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) has issued new severe weather warnings for parts of southern Australia today, January 12, 2015. After a week of severe bushfires, South Australia has been hit particularly hard by heavy rain which started affecting the country on T

January 12, 2015

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" to intensify and pass just north of Mauritius

Tropical Cyclone "Bansi" has formed north of La Reunion, Southern Indian Ocean, on January 11, 2015, and triggered a tropical cyclone warning class I in Mauritius, and a Yellow alert (pre-alert) in La Reunion Island. The cyclone is expected to continue moving

January 12, 2015

Hubble captures the Pillars of Creation twenty years on

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has captured many breathtaking images of the Universe, but one snapshot stands out from the rest: the Eagle Nebula’s Pillars of Creation.In 1995 Hubble’s iconic image revealed never-before-seen details in the giant columns

January 11, 2015

Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015

These visualizations show the Moon's phase and libration at hourly intervals throughout 2015, as viewed from both the Northern and Southern Hemisphere.Each frame represents one hour. In addition, the visualizations show the Moon's orbit position, sub-Earth and s

January 11, 2015

Kliuchevskoi aviation color code raised to Orange, Russia

Explosive eruption of Russian Kliuchevskoi volcano began on January 1, 2015 and continues, KVERT reported today and raised Aviation Color Code to Orange.Explosions send ash up to 5 - 6 km a.s.l., sometimes up to 7 km a.s.l. According to video and satellite data, a lava

January 11, 2015

New, tighter timeline confirms ancient volcanism aligned with dinosaurs' extinction

A definitive geological timeline shows that a series of massive volcanic explosions 66 million years ago spewed enormous amounts of climate-altering gases into the atmosphere immediately before and during the extinction event that claimed Earth's non-avian dinosaurs

January 10, 2015

Mercury from gold mines accumulates hundreds of miles downstream

Duke University researchers have found hazardous levels of mercury hundreds of miles downstream from Peruvian gold mines.Researchers have determined that the health risks taken on by artisanal, small-scale gold miners extend far beyond the miners themselves.Based on a s

January 10, 2015

NASA observatories take an unprecedented look into superstar Eta Carinae

Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10 000 light-years of Earth, is known for its surprising behavior, erupting twice in the 19th century for reasons scientists still don't understand.A long-term study led by astronomers at NASA's Go

January 09, 2015

Extremely bright fireball recorded over Bucharest, Romania

A bright light followed by a loud noise was recorded over Romanian sky at 01:05 UTC on January 7, 2015 (03:05 local time). The event was observed mainly in the southeastern area of the country and recorded by surveillance cameras in several cities.Based on the data corr

January 09, 2015

Huge new astronomy database now available to the public

Penn State University astronomers are among the scientists of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) who this week are releasing to the public a massive collection of new information about the universe. "This set of observations is one of the largest astronomical data

January 09, 2015

Mysterious mass die-off of Cassin's auklets occurring along the entire West Coast

Scientists are trying to determine why more than 100 000 (rough estimate) small seabirds called Cassin's auklets have washed up on the west coast of North America since October 2014, all the way from Haida Gwai, British Columbia, Canada to San Francisco, California,

January 09, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015

New activity was observed at 7 volcanoes from December 31, 2014 - January 6, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Chirpoi, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Fogo, Cape Verde | Hunga Tonga-Hung

January 08, 2015

Arctic air brings dangerously cold temperatures to much of the Central and Eastern U.S.

Arctic air is settling southward from Canada into the central and eastern U.S. This will cause dangerously cold temperatures to be felt by a large portion of country for the next few days, the U.S. National Weather Service (NWS) warns.Temperatures will be 20 to 25

January 08, 2015

'Assassin' targets supernovae in our neighborhood of the universe

While many astronomical collaborations use powerful telescopes to target individual objects in the distant universe, a new project at The Ohio State University is doing something radically different: using small telescopes to study a growing portion of the nearby univer

January 08, 2015

Birds can sense extreme weather events and storms more than 24 hours in advance

An experiment on bird migration patterns has inadvertently revealed that some bird species possess a unique ability to detect inclement weather hours or even days before it hits. Researchers from the Universities of Tennessee and Minnesota found that the golden-winged

January 08, 2015

Large eruption at Shiveluch, volcanic ash up to 9.1 km, Russia

A very large explosive event occurred at Russian Shiveluch volcano (Kamchatka) at 00:39 UTC on January 7, 2015. Tokyo VAAC reported volcanic ash at 02:15 UTC rose to an altitude of approximately 9.1 km.KVERT said pyroclastic flow was observed at the SE flank of the

January 07, 2015

Comet Lovejoy (C/2014 Q2) makes closest approach to Earth

Comet C/2014 Q2 (Lovejoy), a long-period comet discovered by Australian astronomer Terry Lovejoy on August 17, 2014, is making closest approach to our planet today, at some 70 million kilometers (43.5 million miles / 0.469 AU) away.This comet is now a naked eye object a

January 07, 2015

Unanticipated CME hit causes G3 - Strong geomagnetic storm

Our planet is still under the influence of coronal hole high speed solar wind speed (CH HSS) which is fueling geomagnetic storming around the poles. Additionally, an unanticipated Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) passed the ACE spacecraft and Earth around 05:30 UTC today

January 07, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.6 registered off the coast of Panama

A very strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.6 was registered off the coast of Panama on January 7, 2015 at 05:07 UTC (23:07 local time on January 6). USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 2 km. Epicenter was located 245

January 07, 2015

Strong eruption of Soputan volcano, Indonesia

Indonesian Soputan volcano erupted at 02:47 local time on January 6, 2015 (18:47 UTC on January 5), according to BNPB.A thick gray-black column of ash reached an estimated height of 6.5 km above the summit of the volcano and drifted ESE (approximately 8.2 km a.s.l.). La

January 06, 2015