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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

Vast new freshwater sources discovered under the sea

A new study, published December 5 in the international scientific journal Nature, reveals that vast underwater offshore reserves of fresh and brackish water are a global phenomenon. The discovery is providing new opportunities to stave off a looming global

December 09, 2013

Andromedid meteor outburst in progress

The Canadian Meteor Orbit Radar (CMOR) is detecting an outburst of Andromedid meteors today. "Meteor rates last night were near 20 per hour (ZHR)," reports Bill Cooke of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office. "The shower could increase in

December 08, 2013

Comet ISON mysteries continue - Space News from Electric Universe

In November 2013, skywatchers around the world eagerly awaited the approach of Comet ISON. Dubbed the "Comet of the Century" by several in the media, some astronomers had predicted a stupendous cometary display as Comet ISON approached its perihelion. The

December 08, 2013

Another episode of strong explosive activity at Kliuchevskoi, Kamchatka

Another phase of strong explosive activity occurred late on December 7 (morning of December 8 by Kamchatka time), generating a dense ash plume that rose to altitude of approximately 5.5 km and drifted 400 km to the north-east.  This is the

December 08, 2013

Newly discovered Comet Lovejoy visible by naked eye in northern hemisphere - images

The past few weeks have been an unusually active time for comet watchers as four comets were visible simultaneously with binoculars: ISON, Lovejoy, Encke, and LINEAR. Although less known than ISON, newly discovered

December 08, 2013

Geomagnetic storming sparked by coronal hole high speed stream in progress

Earth is now under the influence of a stronger than expected coronal hole high speed stream (CH HSS). G2 (Moderate) geomagnetic storming has been observed and continued low-level storming is possible over the next 24 hours as Earth remains under the influence of

December 08, 2013

Seed diversity has collapsed more than 12-fold since early 1900s

From the looks of an average produce section in a typical American supermarket, it might seem like modern society has access to basically every major type of fruit, vegetable and herb one could want. But a survey conducted by the U.S. National Seed Storage Laboratory

December 07, 2013

Moderate M1.2 solar flare erupted around AR 1909

Moderate solar flare measuring M1.2 erupted today from around AR 1909. The event started at 07:17, peaked at 07:29 and ended at 07:49 UTC. Region 1909 (S17W50, Dso/beta) is decreasing in size but maintains some magnetic complexity. A 10 cm Radio Burst

December 07, 2013

Geminid meteor shower peaks around December 13/14, 2013

Earth is entering a stream of debris from Comet 3200 Phaethon, source of the annual Geminid meteor shower. This year's meteor shower peak is expected around December 13/14. Visual meteor rates are still low, but first meteorids will start appear in

December 06, 2013

Deta Elis, groundbreaking Star Trek medicine a reality – bioresonance

Thought doctor McCoy had it good with his equipment on the Starship Enterprise? Wait until you get a load of what is coming to revolutionize the world of medicine. Medicine just got exciting thanks to Russian scientists and over 17 years of in-depth research. The

December 06, 2013

Northern Europe under the worst storm since 1953 - Hurricane Xaver

Powerful Atlantic storm named Xaver, the worst since 1953, has tracked east to the north of Scotland overnight, bringing very strong winds across northern parts of the UK. Severe storm and flooding warnings are in effect for the UK, Netherlands, Denmark,

December 05, 2013

Revolutionary artificial heart containing miniaturized space technology ready for human trials

Human trials for revolutionary artificial heart are now approved in 5 international cardiac surgery centers. The new prosthetic, ESA said in a press release today, is the brainchild of the visionary cardiac surgeon, Professor Alain Carpentier, and the result of 15

December 05, 2013

Gamma ray burst stuns astronomers - Space News from Electric Universe

The most intense electromagnetic event known to occur in the heavens is the gamma-ray burst. For many years, scientists have claimed that most gamma ray burst occur when stars run out of nuclear fuel then collapse to form a black hole, neutron star or quark star.

December 05, 2013

Active volcanoes in the world: November 27 - December 3, 2013

During past seven days 5 volcanoes had new activity, ongoing activity was reported for 10 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world from November 27 - December 3, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria. New

December 05, 2013

Signs of water found in the atmospheres of 5 distant exoplanets

The presence of atmospheric water was reported previously on a few planets orbiting stars beyond our solar system, but a paper published yesterday in Astrophysical Journal is the first one that conclusively measured and compared the profiles and

December 04, 2013

The world outside my window - Time-lapse of Earth from the ISS

This great montage of time-lapse photography from the International Space Station was made by David Peterson and collected from many images taken in Expeditions 29, 30 and 31.  The goal with this sequence was to bring a bit more attention to the

December 04, 2013

Dense plume from Sakura-jima volcano seen by satellite

When Sakura-jima volcano erupted on November 23, 2013, it emitted a dense plume of ash over the Japanese island of Kyushu. Currently Japan’s most active volcano, Sakura-jima explodes several hundred times each year but these eruptions are usually

December 04, 2013

Fukushima's two worst-case scenarios explained by Arnie Gundersen

Recently, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the Tokyo Electric and Power Co., or TEPCO, to decommission two more reactors at its Fukushima power plant, which was heavily damaged following an earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. The reactors, 5 and 6, were

December 04, 2013