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OneWeb’s 700-satellite constellation is right on schedule

There is nothing better than finding a free open Wi-Fi signal when you’re wandering around the world, especially if you’re using your navigation app or something else that eats up a lot of your phone’s data plan. If that sounds good, imagine this...

July 14, 2016

Darby becomes the third hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season

Tropical Depression 05E formed on July 11, 2016, off the coast of western Mexico and strengthened into a tropical storm named Darby on July 12. By 21:00 UTC on July 13, Darby became the third hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. Additional...

July 14, 2016

Study finds Alban Hills volcano near Rome is starting a new eruptive cycle, Italy

The Alban Hills (Colli Albani/Monte Albano), a 15-km (9-mile) semicircle of hills outside Rome, Italy was previously considered an extinct volcano. However, a new study finds the volcano operates on a 31 000-year cycle of eruption and dormancy and is now starting a...

July 13, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Kermadec Islands region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Kermadec Islands region at 12:11 UTC on July 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 12.4 (7.7 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting Mwp6.4 at a depth of 39 km (21.1 miles). According to the...

July 13, 2016

Hurricane "Celia" to weaken as it moves away from Mexico

Tropical Depression 04E strengthened into a tropical storm on July 8, 2016, and was named Celia. By Sunday, July 10, Celia strengthened into a second hurricane of the 2016 eastern Pacific hurricane season. At 15:00 UTC on July 8, the center of Tropical Storm...

July 12, 2016

Typhoon "Nepartak" leaves 69 dead after hitting China's Fujian Province

Remnants of what was once a Super Typhoon "Nepartak" hit the coast of East China on July 9, 2016, bringing strong winds and very heavy rain to already heavily flooded region. It was the first typhoon of the year. Before it hit mainland China, Nepartak...

July 12, 2016

Strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hits Ecuador, school activities suspended

​​A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Ecuador at 02:11 UTC on July 11, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 19.2 km (11.9 miles). The quake was preceded, 10 minutes earlier, by a M5.8 earthquake at a depth of 17.4 km (10.8...

July 11, 2016

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits Tonga region

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit near Tonga at 13:41 UTC on July 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The epicenter was located 140 km (87.0 miles) NE of Hihifo, Tonga, 176 km (109.4 miles) SW of Apia,...

July 10, 2016

Bright Alpha Capricornid fireball recorded over Northern Africa

A very bright fireball was observed over Northern Africa at 21:05 UTC on July 8, 2016, and recorded by Spain's SMART Project meteor-observing network. The data collected by SMART network have been analyzed by its principal investigator, Professor José...

July 09, 2016

Super Typhoon "Nepartak" leaves a trail of destruction as it hits Taiwan

Super Typhoon "Nepartak" hit Taiwan on July 7, forcing thousands to leave their homes and leaving a trail of destruction. At least 2 people have died and 69 were injured, according to latest reports. Nepartak hit the eastern county of Taitung about 21:50...

July 08, 2016

The observed influence of gamma­-ray bursts on Earth’s magnetic field

Gamma Ray Bursts (GRBs) are the brightest explosions in the Universe. They are detected by orbiting space telescopes at the rate of about one a day. The number that could be detected from Earth should be much higher than the current rate, but the efficiency of the...

July 06, 2016

Another round of severe weather to hit the US Midwest

Another round of severe weather is expected over portions of the Northen Plains and Northern Mississippi Valley starting Wednesday, July 6 through Thursday, July 7 and Friday, July 8, 2016. Residents should prepare for heavy rain, damaging winds, large hail,...

July 06, 2016

Heavy rain headed toward North Island, New Zealand

A series of low pressure systems will trek across the Tasman from July 6 into the weekend, resulting in locally heavy rain and the potential for flooding and slips for the east of the New Zealand's North Island. Appreciable snowfall is also possible for the ski...

July 06, 2016

Super Typhoon "Nepartak" to hit Taiwan and East China

Nepartak has rapidly strengthened into a major typhoon on July 5, 2016, and the current JTWC forecast track takes it right over the northern Taiwan on July 7 and over the coast of East China as it makes a second landfall on July 8. A poleward turn is expected after...

July 06, 2016

Massive landslide detected in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

A massive landslide hit Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park on June 28, 2016, when a 1.2-km-high (4 000 feet) mountain collapsed. The event spread debris for kilometers across the glacier below. Just 16 km (10 miles) away, the glacier ends in Johns Hopkins Inlet,...

July 05, 2016

The role of ocean circulation in sudden climate changes during the last ice age

Ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica show that there was a period during the last ice age, when our planet experienced dozens of abrupt temperature shifts. Plummeting and rising again every 1500 years or so, those sudden temperature shifts wreaked havoc on the...

July 05, 2016

Antarctic sea ice growth explained by natural variability

A newly published study offers evidence that the negative phase of the Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation (IPO), which is characterized by cooler-than-average sea surface temperatures in the tropical eastern Pacific, has created favorable conditions for additional...

July 05, 2016