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Very intense Tropical Cyclone Hellen radically intensified over the weekend, Madagascar

Tropical Cyclone Hellen (Southwest Indian Ocean) radically intensified over the weekend and reached wind speeds of up to 232 km/h (144 mph) and wind gusts up to 278 km/h (172 mph). GDACS is calling red alert for Madagascar - this tropical

March 31, 2014

Rare ripple in Earth's magnetic field occurred during yesterday's X1.0 solar flare

During yesterday's major X1.0 solar flare (17:35 - 17:54 UTC) a rare event called Magnetic crochet occurred. Magnetic crochet, also known as Solar Flare Effect, occurs during fast impulsive flares and is described as a ripple in

March 30, 2014

M 4.8 earthquake reported in Yellowstone, the largest since 1980

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations recorded M 4.8 earthquake at 12:34 UTC on March 30, 2014 (06:34 MDT). The epicenter was located 6.4 km (4 miles) north-northeast of Norris Geyser Basin in Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. This

March 30, 2014

Fate, Freedom, and Neuroscience: The science of free will

Some neuroscientists claim to be able to predict actions up to seven seconds before we decide to make them. Does this mean human freedom and will are illusory? Should we accept that all our actions are determined in advance, or has neuroscience overstepped its

March 30, 2014

Major solar flare measuring X1.0 erupted from Region 2017

Major solar flare measuring X1.0 erupted from Region 2017 on March 29, 2014. This event started on 17:35, peaked at 17:48 and ended at 17:54 UTC. Area of impact consists of large portions of the sunlit side of Earth, strongest at the sub-solar point. Wide

March 29, 2014

Alert level at Shishaldin volcano raised to orange, Alaska

The Alaska Volcano Observatory raised the Aviation Color Code to ORANGE and Alert Level to WATCH at Shishaldin Volcano on March 28, 2014. Elevated surface temperatures were detected in satellite data beginning on March 18 and have persisted to the present

March 29, 2014

Shallow M 5.1 earthquake and numerous aftershocks shook Los Angeles, USA

A shallow earthquake registered as M 5.1 (originally reported as M 5.6) shook Los Angeles on March 29, 2014 at 04:09 UTC (March 28 at 21:09 local time). USGS registered depth at 7.5 km (4.6 miles). The area is still unstable and numerous aftershocks are being

March 29, 2014

Region 2017 unleashed moderately strong M2.6 solar flare

Region 2017 unleashed a second moderately strong solar flare on March 28, 2014. This event peaked as M2.6 solar flare at 23:51 UTC, and like the previous one (M2.0), it was associated with Type II radiation sweep. Estimated speed of this event was 857

March 29, 2014

Comet-hunter Rosetta captures first images of its destination comet

Rosetta, a unique ESA's comet-hunting spacecraft, captured first images of its destination comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko on March 20, 2014. If everything goes by the plan this solar-powered spacecraft will become the first space

March 28, 2014

Moderately strong M2.0 solar flare erupted from Region 2017

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.0 erupted from Region 2017 on March 28, 2014 at 19:18 UTC. A Type II radiation sweep with estimated velocity of 528 km/s was registered at 19:18 UTC. Type II emissions typically indicate a Coronal Mass Ejection is

March 28, 2014

Japan shifts focus on abundant geothermal energy

After devastating earthquake and tsunami that crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant three years ago Japan is still keeping all their remaining nuclear power plants shut down and actively searching for alternative energy sources ever since. With rich

March 28, 2014

A flight over the massive landslide near Oso, Washington

After devastating landslide near the town of Oso, Washington, on March 22, 2014 Snohomish County released the video of a flight over the landslide zone. This massive landslide was likely caused by a combination of above average rainfall and

March 28, 2014

Hubble spots Mars-bound comet Siding Spring sprout multiple jets

NASA released a new image of a comet C/2013 A1 - Siding Spring today. With relative speed of 56 km/s this comet will pass extraordinarily close to Mars on October 19, 2014. It is expected to fly by Mars within 135 185 km (84 000 miles), which

March 27, 2014

Reventador entered new eruptive phase, Ecuador

A new eruptive phase has started at Reventador volcano in Ecuador, IGP reported. Increasing tremor was registered and steady ash emissions were observed on March 25, 2014. At night, incandescent blocks could be seen and heard rolling down from the crater

March 27, 2014

ESO announces discovery of first ring system around asteroid

Observations at many sites in South America, including ESO’s La Silla Observatory, have made the surprise discovery that the remote asteroid Chariklo is surrounded by two dense and narrow rings. This is the smallest object by far found to have rings and only the

March 27, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: March 19 - March 25, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 3 volcanoes from March 19 - 25, 2014. Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina | Fuego, Guatemala | Ubinas, Perú Ongoing activity:  | Aira,

March 26, 2014

New images of growing Japanese island Nishino-shima

New Japanese island that emerged as a result of underwater volcano eruption on November 21, 2013 and merged with nearby Nishino-shima island on December 25, 2013 continues to grow. According to Japan Coast Guard, and based on observations

March 26, 2014

Increase in activity at Guatemalan Fuego volcano

Activity has increased at Guatemalan Fuego volcano over the last couple of days, INSIVUMEH reports. The number of explosions rose to 8 - 14 per hour and the strongest ones produce ash plumes rising more than 1 km above the summit, drifting

March 26, 2014

Strong and deep M 6.5 earthquake recorded south of the Fiji Islands

Strong and deep earthquake registered as M 6.5 struck south of the Fiji Islands on March 26, 2014 at 03:29 UTC. Such earthquakes are common in this area, but this was the strongest one in last 30 days. USGS is reporting depth of 493.1 km (306.4 miles),

March 26, 2014

CME impact causes minor increase in geomagnetic activity

A geomagnetic sudden impulse, indicating the arrival of the March 23 CME, was observed at the Hartland magnetometer (23 nT) at 20:09 UTC on March 25. The geomagnetic field is expected to be at unsettled to active levels (below G1-Minor) early on March 26 as CME

March 26, 2014

First images available from NASA-JAXA Global Rain and Snowfall Satellite

NASA and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have released the first images captured by their newest Earth-observing satellite, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, which launched into space February 27. The images show

March 25, 2014

Children learn aggressive ways of thinking and behaving from violent video games

According to a new study by Iowa State University researchers, children who repeatedly play violent video games are learning thought patterns that will stick with them and influence behaviors as they grow older. The effect is the same regardless of age, gender or

March 25, 2014

Sensing lightning from ISS

Across the atmosphere of Earth, lightning flashes about 50 times per second. That’s 4.3 million times a day and roughly 1.5 billion times a year. Using a new instrument on the International Space Station (ISS), scientists are trying to observe and dissect at

March 24, 2014

Glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field expected late on March 25

Active region 2014 (S14E20, Dsc/beta-gamma) produced a long duration C5 solar flare on March 23, 2014 at 03:48 UTC. This flare lasted several hours and thus produced energy equivalent to much stronger flares. A Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) associated with this event

March 24, 2014

Compelling research reveals these 3 techniques to increase your personal power

Most of us have had days when didn't think we'd have the energy to get through it all. On these days, simple feats like walking up a flight of stairs can be a total drag. It's easy to assume if your physical strength and energy isn't up to snuff that

March 23, 2014

Revolutions of Knowledge: The future of physics

New from IAI: Newton founded the sciences with physics: the application of mathematics to the world. But just as some scientists claim that a theory of everything is at hand, might our current models be radically flawed? Do we need a new paradigm to make sense of

March 23, 2014

Deadly landslide struck near the town of Oso, US state of Washington

Huge landslide caused by recent heavy rain destroyed six houses and covered a road near the town of Oso on Saturday, about 90 km (55 miles) north of Seatle in north-western American state of Washington. At least three people have been killed and several badly

March 23, 2014

Series of strong earthquakes off the coast of Tarapaca, Chile

Chile is currently enduring a swarm of strong earthquakes off the coast of Tarapaca. This phase started on March 15, 2014 with M 4.7 at depth of 9.6 km, followed by very strong M 6.7 on March 16 which was initially reported as M 7.0.  Since then, and

March 22, 2014

Superconducting properties of graphene discovered

SLAC, Stanford study identifies long-sought path toward engineering materials for super-efficient nanoelectronics Scientists at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have discovered a potential way to make

March 22, 2014

Spitzer brings 360-degree zoomable view of our galaxy

Touring the Milky Way now is as easy as clicking a button with new zoomable, 360-degree mosaic. The star-studded panorama of our galaxy is constructed from more than 2 million infrared snapshots taken over the past 10 years by NASA's Spitzer Space

March 22, 2014

Copahue volcano alert level raised to orange, Chile

SERNAGEOMIN raised the alert level of Chilean Copahue volcano to orange on March 20 [still active] after an increase in seismic activity. A pulse of volcanic tremor was detected that could indicate magma moving into the volcano's plumbing system. On the

March 22, 2014

Very strong and shallow M 6.5 earthquake struck Nicobar Islands, India

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered as M 6.5 (USGS) struck Nicobar Islands, India on March 21, 2014 at 13:41 UTC. USGS reports depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw 6.3 at depth of 10 km. Epicenter was located 113 km (70 miles) E

March 21, 2014

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gillian forecast to re-intensify as it approaches Christmas Island

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Gillian is showing signs of intensification and is forecast to re-intensify into a tropical cyclone overnight as it approaches Christmas Island. This has increased the risk of damaging winds (gale force winds) at Christmas Island. It is now

March 21, 2014

Flash flood wipes out Puarante village, Vanuatu

On March 10/11, Tropical Cyclone Lusi struck the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu causing flooding, destroying houses and crops and causing one reported death. The Vanuatu National Disaster Management Office issued cyclone warnings for Torba (population 9,359),

March 21, 2014

Moderately strong M1.7 solar flare, filament eruption - Earth directed Hyder flares possible

At 03:56 UTC today the Sun sent us its best equinox wishes with moderately strong M1.7 solar flare originating from Region 2010 (S15E27, Dac/beta). This was the largest event on the Sun in last 24 hours (by 12:30 UTC) and it was associated with a Type II

March 20, 2014