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Magnitude 6.2 shallow earthquake struck Northern Mariana Islands region

Shallow earthquake magnitude 6.2 struck 195 km east of Farallon de Pajaros, Northern Mariana Islands, at 23:38 UTC on December 17.  USGS measured depth at 16.1 km. EMSC reports M 6.3 earthquake at depth of 30 km. Magnitude 4.9

December 18, 2013

New reports of mud volcano eruption in Baku, Azerbaijan

Head of the ANAS Institute of Geology's - Mud Volcano Department - Adil Aliyev told APA today that they received information about a volcano that erupted in Baku, Shabran region of Azerbaijan. Employees of the Institute of Geology have been sent

December 17, 2013

Newborn Tropical Cyclone Amara strengthening as it nears La Reunion island

Third tropical depression of the Southern Indian Ocean cyclone season strengthened into tropical storm named Amara today. The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) expects that Tropical Cyclone Amara will continue to strengthen over the next 5 days reaching

December 17, 2013

Solar Dynamics Observatory - Argos view

Argos (or Argus Panoptes) was the 100-eyed giant in Greek mythology. While NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has significantly less than 100 eyes, seeing connections in the solar atmosphere through the many filters of SDO presents a number of interesting

December 17, 2013

Rare Middle Eastern snow seen from space

A rare winter storm  dropped snow across much of the Middle East between December 10 and 13, 2013. The storm was named Alexa and it was the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953. It brought snow, rain and freezing temperatures to

December 17, 2013

Activity on newly emerged Japanese island picks up - Niijima, new images and video

Volcanic activity along the western edge of the Pacific “Ring of Fire” gave rise to a new island in late November 2013. The new island is in the Ogasawara Islands, part of the Volcano Island arc,  about 1 000 kilometers (600 miles) south

December 17, 2013

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck off the coast of New Zealand's South Island

New Zealand's GEONET recorded strong earthquake measuring M 6.2 on December 17 at 01:07 local time (December 16 at 12:07 UTC). Epicenter was located 125 km west of Tuatapere at shallow depth of 25 km. USGS measured this quake as M 5.6 at depth of 11

December 17, 2013

Russian scientists urge 10-year ban on genetically modified products

Vice president of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, told Interfax news agency it is necessary to ban GMO and impose moratorium on it for 10 years. "While GMO will be prohibited, we can plan experiments, tests, or maybe

December 17, 2013

Here come the robots - Google bought 8 robotics companies in last 6 months

In last 6 months Google has been quietly buying key robotics companies and has since then bought 8 of them. Their latest and crown acquisition for this year - cutting edge robotic company Boston Dynamics - was announced on Friday, December 13. Google's

December 16, 2013

The "impossible" exoplanet - Space News from Electric Universe

International team of astronomers has found a planet further out than any other in a sun-like system, and it has many astronomers baffled. There were two things immediately puzzling about it: its mass, which came in at an immense 2 × 1025 metric

December 16, 2013

The Future of Nutrition Conference - FREE event

Now more than ever, it's time for a whole new understanding of nutrition. We have abundant access to facts and information in this exciting field, but we often need to search long and hard for true healing wisdom. Nutrition is a wildly diverse science. Every

December 16, 2013

Another paroxysm at Etna's New Southeast Crater, Italy

Etna's New Southeast Crater began its 20th paroxysm of the year late on December 14. It ended at dawn of December 15, shortly after reaching its peak. Although the eruption was relatively long, it was weaker than its spectacular previous paroxysm.

December 15, 2013

Surprise picture for WISE's fourth anniversary

In an unexpected juxtaposition of cosmic objects that are actually quite far from each other, a newly released image from NASA's Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) shows a dying star, called the Helix nebula, surrounded by the tracks of asteroids. The

December 15, 2013

Scientists discover secret code hidden in human DNA

A research team led by Dr. John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington, announced yesterday they have discovered a second code hiding within human DNA. This second code contains information that changes how scientists read the instructions contained in

December 14, 2013

The worst winter storm since 1953 causes mayhem across the Middle East

Powerful winter storm Alexa is sweeping eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East and causing mayhem across the region since Wednesday, December 11. Alexa is the worst snow storm that hit the Middle East since 1953 and its effects are far worst than anyone

December 14, 2013

One of world's largest aquifers at risk of drying up - Ogallala Aquifer, USA

The Ogallala Aquifer is a vast, shallow water table aquifer located beneath the Great Plains in the United States. It underlies an area of approximately 450 000 km² (174 000 mi²) and its significant portions are at risk of drying up if it

December 14, 2013

“Australia’s Stonehenge,” and so much more!

What follows is the “Conclusion/Hypothesis” taken from our archaeological paper written on the Standing Stones found within 40 kilometers of Mullumbimby, Australia.  During the brief period this site was first investigated before it was

December 14, 2013

Into The Atmosphere - Time-lapse video by Michael Shainblum

"Into The Atmosphere" is photographer Michael Shainblum's tribute to the state of California and its stunning deserts, mountains and coastlines captured over the course of a year and brought to life as never before using about 12 400

December 13, 2013

Plants won't grow near Wi-Fi routers, experiment finds

It's not difficult to understand the appeal of Wi-Fi. This revolutionary technology, which has been commercially available since 1999, eliminates cabling and wiring for computers, reduces cellular usage charges and allows us to connect to the Internet from anywhere

December 13, 2013

New research suggests "fast radio bursts" come from solar flares of nearby stars

"Fast radio bursts" (FRBs) are a new type of cosmological transients first discovered in 2007 and their physical nature is still not known. These cosmic chirps last for only a thousandth of a second and the characteristics of the radio

December 13, 2013

Was the early Universe powered by “dark matter annihilation”?

According to modern cosmologists, the Universe is composed primarily of dark matter. More than 95% of all that exists is unseen and undetectable by the most sensitive instruments yet devised. Many astrophysicists claim that the earliest stellar formations were (and

December 13, 2013

Geminid meteor shower underway

NASA's network of all-sky meteor cameras reported 23 Geminid fireballs over the United States today. This sharp uptick in activity signals the official beginning of the 2013 Geminid meteor shower. For the next 3 to 4 days, Earth will continue to pass

December 12, 2013

Hubble captures Jupiter's moon Europa in 200 km high water eruption

Data from the Hubble space telescope suggests that enormous jets of water, more than 200 kilometers tall, may be spurting intermittently from the surface of Europa, ice-shelled moon of Jupiter. Although it’s been known since 2005 that

December 12, 2013

Active volcanoes in the world: December 3 - December 10, 2013

New activity was observed at 2 volcanoes between December 3 and 10. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: | Kliuchevskoi, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Shiveluch, Central Kamchatka

December 12, 2013

Noctilucent clouds season has begun in southern hemisphere

The season of noctilucent, "night-shining", clouds has begun in the southern hemisphere and NASA's AIM spacecraft is monitoring a vast bank of rippling electric-blue NLCs blanketing almost all of Antarctica. Noctilucent clouds

December 12, 2013

The weak solar cycle and its consequences

At this year's Fall Meeting of American Geophysical Union, held in San Francisco (December 9 - 13), several scientists made a presentation on weak Solar Cycle 24 and its consequences. They agree that the current solar cycle is on track to be

December 12, 2013

Arthur Few explains lightning activity at Chaiten volcano, Chile

In May 2008 the Chilean volcano Chaiten erupted spectacularly and exhibited remarkable lightning activity. Photographer Carlos Gutierrez captured a few images showing unusual kelly-green lightning channels. In this briefing, lightning researcher Arthur Few explains the

December 12, 2013

Simple trick unleashes your brain's capacity to handle negativity and bad news (based on research)

If you live in the real world, you're going to encounter bad news and negativity every single day. For many of us, it's a lot to cope with. However, research has revealed a counter-intuitive little trick that puts your brain the best possible position

December 12, 2013

Three-year observation of West Antarctic ice sheet loss by CryoSat

Three years of measurements by ESA's "CryoSat" satellite show that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet is estimated to be losing over 150 cubic kilometers of ice each year which is considerably more than when last surveyed. CryoSat observes Earth

December 12, 2013

eLife editor and Nobel prize winner declares boycott of top science journals

US biologist who won the Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine this year, Randy Schekman, announced this week that his lab would no longer send research papers to the leading scientific journals like Nature, Cell and Science because they

December 11, 2013

Record low temperatures forecasted as arctic blast deep freezes parts of USA

Powerful and deadly winter storms covered parts of United States in a deep freeze over the last couple of days. More than 6 000 flights were canceled and at least 80 000 households were left without electricity in Washington, Virginia

December 10, 2013

Tropical Cyclone Madi headed for a landfall in southeastern India

Tropical Cyclone Madi developed over the Bay of Bengal, northeast of Sri Lanka and east of India, on December 6, 2013. It organized from low pressure System 92B, about 492 km (306 miles) southeast of Chennai, India. At the time. its maximum sustained winds

December 10, 2013

Hawaii's 'Big Island' passes bill forbidding biotechnology companies, GMOs

Legislation outlawing all future plantings of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) as well as the very companies that manufacture and spread them has become law on Hawaii's "Big Island" following the historic passage of Bill 113. According to reports,

December 10, 2013

Cassini spacecraft obtains best views of Saturn's six-sided jet stream - the hexagon

Cassini spacecraft has obtained the highest-resolution movie yet of a unique six-sided jet stream, known as the hexagon, around Saturn's north pole.  This is the first hexagon movie of its kind, using color filters, and the first to show a complete view of

December 10, 2013

Large eruption of Sinabung sends ash plume 12 km into the air

A large vulcanian explosion occurred at Indonesian Sinabung volcano on December 10, 2013 at 04:30 UTC. Darwin VAAC reported ash plume rose to an altitude of 12 km (38 000 ft) and drifted 50 nautical miles to the NW. Although it had a relatively calm period in last

December 10, 2013