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MERS outbreak hits 30% death rate as pandemic spreads in Saudi Arabia

The MERS outbreak sweeping through Saudi Arabia and Egypt has accelerated yet again with 26 new confirmed cases today. Infections have exploded by 73 percent in just one month, reports Reuters.What really has virologists alarmed, however, is the 30% death rate curr

April 28, 2014

Severe storms and tornadoes outbreak in the central and southern U.S.

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes was reported in the Central and Southern U.S. on Sunday, April 27. The severe weather is expected to continue into the new week as a potent storm system slowly pushes east. Damaging wind gusts, l

April 28, 2014

Gullies and debris flow deposits - traces of recent water on Mars

The southern hemisphere of Mars is home to a crater that contains very well-preserved gullies and debris flow deposits. The geomorphological attributes of these landforms provide evidence that they were formed by the action of liquid water in geologically recent time.Wh

April 27, 2014

Hale-Bopp: the electric comet

A team of scientists analyzing the coma and tail of Comet Hale-Bopp have published their observations in a landmark paper but what they discovered cannot be explained by the standard model of comets. The scientists analyzed the comet's surprising coma and tail at di

April 27, 2014

Watch the first solar eclipse of 2014 live - non-central annular solar eclipse on April 29

The first solar eclipse of 2014 will occur on April 29. This will be annular solar eclipse - the Moon will be too far away from the Earth to completely cover the Sun resulting in a ring of light around the darkened Moon. This eclipse occurs at the Moon

April 27, 2014

LADEE ends its mission with stunning 80 Mbps laser transmission from Moon

NASA's Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer, or LADEE, ended its mission last week with a planned impact on the Moon but just before the impact it performed another successful laser communication with ESA's ground station at a stunning s

April 26, 2014

Strong and shallow M6.5 earthquake hit Tonga

Strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.5 struck Tonga on April 26, 2014 at 06:02 UTC. Epicenter was located 71 km (44 miles) NE of Nuku`alofa, Tonga and 777 km (483 miles) ESE of Suva, Fiji. USGS reported depth of 10 km. EMSC is reporting M6.4 at dept

April 26, 2014

Dr. Pierre-Marie Robitaille: The Cosmic Microwave Background - EU2014

Ever since Penzias and Wilson discovered that the Earth was surrounded by microwave energy, astronomers have been quick to postulate that the apparent ~3K signal represented the signature of the Big Bang. Yet long ago, Gustav Kirchhoff insisted that the setting of

April 26, 2014

Unprecedented amount of ice still present at Great Lakes, USA/Canada

Although North America is now a full month into astronomical spring, the Great Lakes are still almost half frozen. As of April 22, 2014, the Great Lakes were 33.9 percent ice covered. Some scientists say that the amount of ice that still remains could have a big im

April 25, 2014

Earthquake interaction on the scale of a fault to the planet

Ross Stein (PhD, 1980, Geology), Geophysicist at the USGS gave this interesting presentation a couple of days ago at the Stanford University. He explains the fundamentals of earthquake science and takes listeners to one of its frontiers.His research focuses on

April 25, 2014

Intense eruptive phase started at Reventador, unrest reported at Tungurahua, Ecuador

A new phase of intense activity, with new lava flows, started at Ecuadorian Reventator volcano. The volcano had been in a state of intermittent strombolian explosions for the past few weeks but experienced a rapid increase in activity around 20:00 UTC on April 23, 2014.

April 25, 2014

Massive sandstorm hit northern China

Massive sandstorm in northwest China is transporting large sand deposits from Taklimakan Desert in western China and the Gobi desert in the east, through Gansu Province and the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. A very large front is moving eastward

April 25, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.3 erupted behind the west limb

Major solar flare measuring X1.3 erupted on April 25, 2014 from Region 2035 located behind the western limb. The event started at 00:17, peaked at 00:27, and ended at 00:38 UTC. Because of the location of this region CME was not Earth directed.R3 (strong) Radio Blac

April 25, 2014

Vermont Senate approves GMO labeling law by huge majority

The Vermont Senate has given decisive approval to a measure that would require the labeling of foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, meaning the state could become the first one in the country to enact such a law."We are saying people have a righ

April 24, 2014

Very strong earthquake M6.6 struck near Vancouver Island, Canada

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale struck near the coast of Vancouver Island, Canada at 03:10 UTC on April 24, 2014. USGS reported depth of 11.4 km, EMSC reported M6.5 and depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 94 km (58 miles) S of

April 24, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: April 16 - April 22, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from April 16 - April 22, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Merapi, Central Java (Indonesia)  | Popocatépetl, Mexico  | Shishaldin, Fox Islands (USA)&n

April 23, 2014

Large-scale decline of world's second-largest tropical rainforest, Congo

A new analysis of NASA satellite data shows Africa's Congo rainforest, the second-largest tropical rainforest in the world, has undergone a large-scale decline in greenness over the past decade.The study, led by Liming Zhou of University at Albany, State Univers

April 23, 2014

Preserved ancient tundra landscape discovered under the Greenland Ice Sheet

A team of university scientists and a NASA colleague were greatly surprised to discover an ancient tundra landscape preserved under the Greenland Ice Sheet, below 3.2 km (2 miles) of ice. "We found organic soil that has been frozen to the bottom of the ic

April 23, 2014

Inducing rain and lightning with high-energy laser beams

Researchers at the University of Central Florida’s College of Optics & Photonics and the University of Arizona are developing a new technique to aim a high-energy laser beam into clouds to make it rain or trigger lightning.They are surrounding one bea

April 23, 2014

Activity intensifies at Guatemalan Fuego volcano

Guatemalan authorities reported yesterday that explosions at Fuego volcano intensified to moderate and strong. Gray columns of smoke and ash rose up to 4.5 km above sea level, moving 10 - 12 km southwest and northwest. Incadescent pulses remained at 200 meters above the

April 23, 2014

New surprising data: 26 multi-kiloton asteroid impacts detected since 2001

At a press conference held today at the Seattle Museum of Flight, three prominent astronauts supporting the B612 Foundation presented a visualization of new data showing the surprising frequency at which the Earth is hit by asteroids. The astronauts were guests of

April 22, 2014

Today’s Antarctic region once as hot as California, Florida

Parts of ancient Antarctica were as warm as today's California coast, and polar regions of the southern Pacific Ocean registered 21st-century Florida heat, according to scientists using a new way to measure past temperatures.The findings, published the week of A

April 22, 2014

Earth from Orbit 2013

A fleet of orbiting satellites monitors Earth constantly. The satellites from NASA and other space agencies give us a fresh, wide perspective on things that we can see from the ground - and things that we can't.A look back at Earth in 2013 from the viewpoint of

April 22, 2014

Lyrid meteor shower peaks on April 22

Lyrid meteor shower, considered to be the oldest of meteor showers, is an average shower usually producing about 20 meteors per hour at its peak. This shower runs annually from April 16 - 25 and its peak this year is predicted to occur near 18:00 UTC on April

April 21, 2014

Subsiding geomagnetic and solar radiation storms

Geomagnetic storm sparked by a combination of CMEs from last couple of days is now subsiding. We might still see uptick today but it will most likely remain below G1 levels.At 10:57 UTC on April 20, a 24 nT geomagnetic sudden impulse (interplanet

April 21, 2014

Stephen Crothers: The Parallax Effect on Short Hair - EU2014

Stephen Crothers presented the case that Black Holes and the Big Bang have been created by theorists and never observed. Black Holes are now said to be both invisible and visible. Quasars are now black holes; so are the 'blazars'. Individual black holes are also

April 20, 2014

S1 (minor) solar radiation storm in progress after M7.3 solar flare on April 18

Earth is currently under the influence of S1 (minor) solar radiation storm created as a result of yesterday's M7.3 solar flare. Our planet is showered with highly energetic solar particles (primarily protons) released from the flare site. Extende

April 19, 2014

Massive earthquake M7.5 reported off the coast of Bougainville Island

A massive earthquake measuring M7.5 was recorded off the coast of Bougainville Island, Autonomous Region of Bougainville, on April 19, 2014 at 13:27 UTC. USGS said this event is the latest in an ongoing sequence of seismicity in the same region over the past we

April 19, 2014

Russia won't import GMOs, has 'enough space and opportunities to produce organic food'

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that Russia will not import any more GMO food products or seeds.The Russian government has taken a bold stand against genetically altered food ingredients, believing there is no need for them in their country. Med

April 19, 2014

Massive earthquake M7.2 struck Guerrero, Mexico

Massive earthquake measuring M7.2 (downgraded from 7.5) on the Richter scale struck Guerrero, Mexico on April 18, 2014 at 14:27 UTC. USGS reported depth of 24 km (14.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at depth of 40 km. This powerful earthquake las

April 18, 2014

Strong, long duration, solar flare measuring M7.3 erupted from Region 2036

A strong, long duration, solar flare measuring M7.3 erupted from Region 2036 on April 18, 2014. This event started at 12:31, peaked at 13:03 and ended at 13:20 UTC.R2 Moderate radio blackout threshold was reached at 12:55 UTC - limited black

April 18, 2014

First images of Earth from ESA's new environmental satellite

European Space Agency (ESA) launched Sentinel-1A satellite on April 3, 2014 which opened a new page in the implementation of Copernicus, the largest civil Earth observation programme ever conceived​ and the second EU flagship space initia

April 18, 2014

Drought now affecting two-thirds of Texas

The State of Texas is growing thirstier with each and every passing day, as drought conditions continue to dry up the land. According to a new drought report from the Texas Water Development Board, the Lone Star State is now experiencing "worse" drought c

April 18, 2014

First Earth-size planet found In the 'habitable zone' of another star

Astronomers have discovered the first Earth-size planet orbiting a star in the "habitable zone" - the range of distance from a star where liquid water might pool on the surface of an orbiting planet and could possibly sustain life. The planet, called

April 17, 2014

Activity intensifies at Ubinas volcano, Peru

Near-constant small to moderate explosions and ash emissions continue at Ubinas, most active volcano of Peru. As activity intensifies authorities are considering raising the alert level to orange after which the local communities will have to be evacuated.Orlan

April 17, 2014