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Intense earthquake swarm started at Bardarbunga volcano, Iceland

Icelandic Met Office (IMO) is reporting a sharp increase in seismic activity close to subglacial stratovolcano Bárðarbunga in NW Vatnajökull ice cap​. A seismic swarm has been ongoing since 03:00 UTC on August 16, 2014, and near continuous ea

August 18, 2014

Mysterious sea star wasting syndrome spreads to public aquariums in Washington State, killing hundreds of creatures

Millions of sea stars have vanished from the West Coast over the past year, affecting habitats ranging from Alaska all the way to Mexico, with some deaths even detected off the East Coast.Perhaps one of the most peculiar facts about the event is that both wild and capti

August 18, 2014

Extremely dangerous M6.2 earthquake struck Iran-Iraq border region

Strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.2 (EMSC/USGS) on the Richter scale struck Iran-Iraq border region at 02:32 UTC (07:02 local time) on Monday, August 18, 2014. Both EMSC and USGS report shallow depth of 10 km.According to the Iranian Seismological Center (ISC),

August 18, 2014

Two brightest planets in the Solar System converge

Two brightest planets in the Solar System - Venus and Jupiter - are joining together for a beautiful early morning view. The show started on August 15 with Venus and Jupiter little more than 2 degrees apart. These two worlds haven’t paired so c

August 17, 2014

Monsoon disasters - floods and landslides devastate Nepal

Nepal is experiencing one of the most devastating monsoon seasons in last couple of years with at least 37 landslides and debris flows reported over the past four months. In flash floods and landslides caused by heavy rain that started on Wednesday,

August 16, 2014

Filament eruption creates canyon of fire, Earth directed CME

Solar filament located in the southern hemisphere erupted at approximately 16:54 UTC on August 15, 2014, and launched a partial-halo Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) into space and toward our planet. NSO/GONG and SDO/AIA 193 and 304 imagery observed major portions of a

August 16, 2014

Cuyama Valley groundwater depleted twice as fast than it naturally recharges, California

In California's Cuyama Valley, Santa Barbara County, groundwater is the sole source for agricultural, domestic and municipal water use. However, a new water availability report from USGS warns that groundwater there is being depleted twice as fast than it

August 16, 2014

Rosetta mission findings: no room for dirty snowballs

The European Space Agency's Rosetta mission to the Comet 67P is attracting worldwide attention to comet science. While months remain until the team attempts to land a probe on the comet's surface, astonishing revelations are already confronting scientists on Ear

August 16, 2014

Historic rainfall records broken - Eastern U.S. deluge in numbers

In somewhat similar situation to major flooding in The Balkan Peninsula during May 2014 parts of American East experienced what some local officials call "unprecedented deluge" over the last couple of days when a slow-moving storm system dropped reco

August 15, 2014

Marine mystery disease along Pacific Coast baffles scientists

Sea stars up and down the Pacific Coast are dying off in record numbers, and scientists say they can't figure out what's going on. Reports indicate that in some areas of Washington State, for instance, upwards of 80 percent of the sea star population has vanishe

August 15, 2014

Increased volcanic activity observed at Bagana, New Guinea

A significant ash plume reaching 7.6 km (25 000 feet) has been observed on satellite imagery taken above Bagana volcano on August 12, 2014. Darwin VAAC reported ash drifting 167 km southwest and raised Aviation Color Code to Red. It was lowered

August 15, 2014

Insight into one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades

On January 21, 2014, astronomers around the world witnessed a supernova soon after it exploded in the Messier 82, or M82, galaxy. It is one of the closest supernovas discovered in decades. Telescopes across the globe and in space turned their at

August 15, 2014

Stardust's payload holds first potential interstellar space particles

A team of scientists has been combing through the payload of NASA's Stardust spacecraft since it returned to Earth in 2006. They found seven rare, microscopic interstellar dust particles, that most likely came from outside of our solar system. If

August 14, 2014

Environmental disaster for years to come - Massive breach of toxic waste pond at Mount Polley Mine, Canada

A dam at a waste pond on Mount Polley Mine in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, full of toxic heavy metals burst on August 4, 2014, releasing 10 million cubic meters of wastewater and 5 million cubic meters of toxic slurry int

August 14, 2014

Humans Need Not Apply

In this video CGP Grey discusses pros and cons of automation and the impact it will have on human employment. Explaining automation as a tool to produce abundance for little effort and its inevitability the author warns we need to prepare for the time when large&nb

August 14, 2014

The sky is full of Perseids

This video is a compilation of Perseid meteors seen by the NASA All Sky Fireball Network on the night of August 12-13, 2014. Even if you missed the peak show last night there is still time, just head out when it gets dark and enjoy. The rates are sharply

August 13, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: August 6 - August 12, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 10 volcanoes from August 6 - August 12, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 16 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Ambang, Sulawesi (Indonesia)  | Bagana, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea)  | 

August 13, 2014

Colliding atmospheres - Mars vs Comet Siding Spring

It's a known fact that planets have atmospheres, but the same can't be said for comets. The atmosphere of a comet, called its "coma," is made of gas and dust that spew out of the sun-warmed nucleus and it's typically wider than Jupiter.La

August 13, 2014

Pharmaceuticals and other chemicals widespread in water passing through landfill waste

Pharmaceuticals, personal-care products, and other contaminants are widespread in water that has passed through landfill waste. The samples of this liquid, also known as leachate, were collected from within each of the studied landfills. This study by the U.S. Geol

August 13, 2014

Red tide kills thousands of fish in Gulf of Mexico, poses a greater health threat

The largest red tide bloom seen near Florida since 2005 has already killed thousands of fish and may pose a greater health threat if it washes ashore as expected. The bloom is located about 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Florida and is about 60 mi

August 12, 2014

Antarctic icequakes triggered by 2010 magnitude 8.8 Chile earthquake

Sections of Antarctica's frozen desert can experience hundreds of micro-quakes an hour due to ice deformation. These quakes are also called icequakes and they are a usual occurrence on Antarctica. However, after the 8.8-magnitude earthquake that hit C

August 12, 2014

India's monsoon rains are changing - Heavy rain and extreme floods devastate Odisha, India (again)

Heavy rains that started in Indian state of Odisha, Bay of Bengal, mid July continued through August causing deadly floods and destruction. By Sunday, August 10, 2014, death toll climbed to 45, while flood waters affected more than 3 200 000 people. Over 3 million

August 11, 2014

Water tractor beam created

Physicists at The Australian National University (ANU) have created a tractor beam on water, providing a radical new technique that could confine oil spills, manipulate floating objects or explain rips at the beach.The group, led by Professor Michael Shats discovered th

August 11, 2014

California sinking one foot each year from groundwater depletion

The drought-stricken state of California is sinking into itself at an alarming rate, suggests a new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The continued over-pumping of groundwater in many parts of the state -- the direct result of a historic three-year dry spell

August 11, 2014

On the frontiers of cyborg science. Step 1 - connecting the brain and electronics

Taking the human-machine concept to an unprecedented level, pioneering scientists are working on the seamless marriage between electronics and brain signaling with the potential to transform our understanding of how the brain works — and how to treat its most

August 10, 2014

M6.1 earthquake registered off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake (JMA) was registered off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, at 03:43 UTC on August 10, 2014. JMA is reporting depth of 50 km. USGS is reporting M6.0 at depth of 41 km (25.5 miles).Epicenter was located 81 km (50 miles) E of 

August 10, 2014

Ex-hurricane "Bertha" arrives to Europe

After the second named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm "Bertha", lashed the Caribbean it drifted away, quickly intensified and became hurricane on August 4, 2014. Bertha has significantly weakened since then but soon

August 09, 2014

Typhoon "Halong" to make landfall in southern Japan, grounds flights

Japan is bracing for Typhoon "Halong" which is expected to make landfall in central Shikoku late Saturday or early Sunday, August 10, 2014. Halong already lashed large areas of southwestern Japan bringing heavy rain and strong winds grounding about 4

August 09, 2014

Record breaking temperatures cause largest wildfires in 40 years, Sweden

Fast-growing fire has consumed Västmanland, Sweden, since July 31 and grew to become the largest Sweden has seen in 40 years. As of August 8, it had charred more than 150 square kilometers (60 square miles), killed one person, and forced thousands to

August 09, 2014

Observations suggest frequent massive eruptions on Jupiter’s moon Io

Observations made using Keck and Gemini observatories, Hawaii, revealed three massive volcanic eruptions on Jupiter's moon Io within a two-week period in August 2013, leading astronomers to speculate that these presumed rare "outbursts" migh

August 09, 2014

Tropical Storm "Genevieve" forms, dies, resurrects and intensifies to Super-Typhoon

Tropical Storm "Genevieve" was born on Friday, July 25 at 09:00 UTC in Eastern Pacific Ocean. At the time it had maximum sustained winds near 40 mph (65 km/h) and was located about 1 490 miles (2 400 km) east-southeast of South Point,

August 09, 2014

Tropical Storm "Iselle" hits Hawaii, brings heavy rain and strong winds

Hurricane "Iselle" weakened to a tropical storm while approaching the island of Hawaii on Thursday August 7, 2014. As a tropical storm Iselle still contained some heavy rain showers and strong winds when it hit the big island early Friday, August 8. It downed

August 08, 2014

USGS to begin drilling "Sentinel" wells near Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque

Beginning around August 7, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey will be drilling “sentinel” wells at the first of three locations in the Trumbull Village neighborhood in Albuquerque to provide early alerts for groundwater contamination.These new sentin

August 08, 2014

Cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton claims black holes do not exist

At the HowTheLightGetsIn festival in May, cosmologist Laura Mersini-Houghton released her groundbreaking research into black holes to the public for the first time. In the talk, Mersini Houghton presented groundbreaking new research that shows black holes may not exist.

August 08, 2014

Massive storm systems formed on planet Uranus

As hurricanes threaten the Aloha State, astronomers working at W. M. Keck Observatory on the island of Hawaii were surprised by the appearance of gigantic swirling storm systems on the distant planet Uranus.During the Voyager encounter with Uranus in 1986, only a scant

August 07, 2014