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The effect of ancient catastrophe on humankind

It is the hypothesis of many members of the Electric Universe community that within human memory, perhaps a mere four or five thousand years ago, the Earth’s sky and the inner solar system underwent profound changes.An epoch of planetary instability produced extra

July 31, 2015

Unusual red arcs spotted on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys

New enhanced-color images from NASA's Cassini spacecradr revealed unexplained arc-shaped, reddish streaks on the surface of Saturn's icy moon Tethys. The red arcs are narrow, curved lines on the moon's surface, and are among the most unusual color features o

July 31, 2015

A violent tornado outbreak in Canada: Record-breaking touch-down lasted almost 3 hours

A massive tornado event took place near Pierson in the Canadian Manitoba province, around 01:30 UTC on Monday, July 28, 2015. Tornado roared through the province for almost 3 hours, until about 03:55 UTC, possibly setting the record for the longest lasting tornado touch

July 31, 2015

California 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 508 mm (20 inches) of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 - the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland

July 31, 2015

Looking five million years into the past to predict Australia’s climate future

A group of leading international scientists are preparing to set sail on a two-month ocean expedition up the coast of Western Australia to drill deep into the seabed, on a mission to gain valuable insight into our climate future.The $20 million International Ocean

July 31, 2015

Tropical Storm "Komen" drenching Bangladesh

An area of low pressure has been lingering in the Bay of Bengal for days before it finally developed into a Tropical Storm "02B" and then into Tropical Storm "Komen" on July 29, 2015. Bangladesh was already soaked by monsoon rainfall before Komen sta

July 30, 2015

Active volcanoes in the world: July 22 - 28, 2015

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from July 22 - 28, 2015. During the same period, ongoing activity was observed at 17 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Chirinkotan, Kuril Islands (Russia) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Kick 'em Jenny, North of

July 30, 2015

Heavy rainfall triggers landslides in Nepal: 30 people dead, 42 missing

Landslides in Nepal, caused by the heavy rainfall on Thursday, July 30, killed at least 30 people in the villages near Pokhara town, while 42 others remain missing.Heavy rainfall affected western Nepal over the last couple of days. 116 mm (4.56 inches) of rain was measu

July 30, 2015

Solar halo optical phenomena observed in Sweden

The halos are caused by light refraction and reflection of millions of tiny ice crystals in high cirrus clouds. These high, thin clouds appear about 6 km (20 000 feet) or more above the ground, and are usually accompanied by a storm shortly after..Ice crystals in cirrus

July 30, 2015

Super dusty comet releases mystery clumps

Images acquired by SECCHI/HI-1 telescope aboard the solar-observing STEREO-B spacecraft have revealed strange streaming clumps from unusually dusty Comet C/2011 L4 (Pan-STARRS). This discovery could hold secrets to how comets create their beautiful, sweeping, striated t

July 30, 2015

Strong hail hits parts of South Dakota: 15 cm (6 inches) of hail in Custer

A strong hail event hit Custer, South Dakota, on Monday, July 27, 2015. The area was covered with 15.23 cm (6 inches) thick layer of hail balls, the size of which measured about 2.54 cm (1 inch) in diameter.Mammatus clouds, prior to hailstorm. Image credit: Marcia Samul

July 30, 2015

Pluto sends planetary scientists back to the drawing board

Today, physicist Wal Thornhill continues his discussion of NASA’s New Horizons mission to the dwarf planet Pluto. The mission has already provided a number of surprises for planetary scientists.The tiny planet’s geological activity, its apparent age, the stu

July 29, 2015

Severe flooding continues across western India: At least 26 people dead, over 2 000 villages affected

Severe rainstorms continue to batter western India, causing floods and damage across the states of Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.2 000 villages were affected in the Gujarat state, 12 villages have been flooded in the Jalore district, while 53 helicopter rescue o

July 29, 2015

Greatest rainfall in 40 years brings Vietnam flood death toll to 11

Floods triggered by heavy rains in northern Vietnam have claimed 11 lives, damaged nearly 3 000 houses and made thousands to fled to safety, authorities said on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.Quang Ninh province received more than 100 mm (3.93 inches) on Monday, July 27,

July 29, 2015

Destructive glacier lake outburst flood near Almaty, Kazakhstan

A warm spell triggered a destructive glacial lake outburst flood along the Kargalinka River threathening residents of Almaty, the largest city in Kazakhstan, earlier this month. A state of emergency has been declared across the affected areas of Almaty.NASA's Earth

July 29, 2015

Strong earthquake M6.3 registered near Iliamna Volcano, Southern Alaska, US

A strong earthquake registered as M6.3 hit Southern Alaska, US at 02:35 UTC on July 29, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 116.6 km (72.5 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 103 km (64 miles).Epicenter was located, 15 km (9 miles) SSW of Iliamna Volcano, 68 km (4

July 29, 2015

Abrupt climate change - an important factor in shaping early human societies

An international research team led by the scientists from the University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science has discovered that some of the earliest human civilizations in the Middle East and the Fertile Crescent were probably affected by

July 29, 2015

A rare July weather phenomena: Freak cold front blankets Northern Rockies

The freak cold front, an unusual meteorological phenomena, swept the Northern Rockies this Monday, July 28, 2015 bringing snow and record-low daytime July temperatures to Idaho.Late July is usually hot and dry for Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, however, this year, the last

July 29, 2015

Swarm of shallow earthquakes registered under Meakandake volcano, Hokkaido - Japan

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has raised the Volcanic Alert Level of Meakandake volcano to 2 of 5 (do not approach the volcano) on July 28, 2015. The last eruption of this volcano took place on November 28, 2008.The decision to raise the alert level was made

July 28, 2015

Open letter: we must stop killer robots before they are built

More than 1 000 of the leading researchers in artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics have signed and published an open letter calling for a ban on offensive autonomous weapons, also known colloquially as “killer robots”. The letter, published July 27, 201

July 28, 2015

A joint occurrence of storm surges and heavy rainfall increases the risk of flooding along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts

A new research on the increasing risk of 'compound flooding' for major US cities was conducted by the scientists at the University of South Florida's College of Marine Science. Analysis of numerous datasets shows that US cities situated along the Atlantic an

July 28, 2015

California water agencies don’t know how much their pipes leak

With California homeowners taking steps to save water during the drought, they may be dismayed to hear that a new UCLA report found that water agencies are unable to keep close track of how much their own pipes are leaking.The report is particularly timely due to a new

July 28, 2015

Blue Moon on July 31, 2015

For the second time this month, the Moon is about to become full, but it most likely won't turn blue, like it's name suggests. According to modern folklore, whenever there are two full Moons in a calendar month, the second one is "blue." Most Blue Moon

July 28, 2015

Pyroclastic flow on Mount Sinabung, Indonesia - July 27, 2015

Effusion of viscous lava continues at slow pace to feed the lava dome with two active lobes on the SE and E upper flanks of Indonesian Sinabung volcano.At 12:22 local time today, a small part of the eastern lobe collapsed into a medium-sized pyroclastic flow that

July 27, 2015

Edge of Stability: 5 weeks of severe weather in 5 minutes

This timelapse video was produced by photographer Jeff Boyce of Negative Tilt Photography who spent five weeks from May to June of this year traveling around the United States to capture over 70 000 high-resolution photos of severe weather and the night sky.The result i

July 27, 2015

Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits Papua, Indonesia

A very strong earthquake M7.0 hit Papua, Indonesia at 21:41 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 52.9 km (32.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles). According to the USGS, epicenter was located 234 km (145 miles) W of Abepura and 247

July 27, 2015

The strongest July storm ever hits Netherlands: 1 person dead, all traffic suspended

The strongest July storm, since the records began in 1901, hit Netherlands this Saturday, July 25, 2015. One person was killed, road and train traffic was suspended across the country, and flights were delayed due to strong wind gusts.Sad &scary to see so many #stre

July 27, 2015

Very strong and shallow M6.9 earthquake hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska

A very strong and shallow earthquake, M6.9 hit off the coast of Fox Islands, Alaska, US at 04:49 UTC on July 27, 2015. USGS is reporting depth of 27.1 km (16.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 earthquake at a depth of 20 km (12.4 miles).Epicenter was located 73 km (45 mil

July 27, 2015

Tornado season in Sweden: A twister touch-down observed in Luleå and Piteå

A tornado touch-down was observed on Saturday, July 25, 2015 in Luleå and Piteå in Norrbotten, northern Sweden.Although twister touch downs are not quite as usual in Sweden, this time of the year is a season in which it's occurrence can be observed.Image

July 27, 2015

Millions of people affected by severe flooding across eastern and southern China

Heavy rainfall hit parts of eastern and southern China, causing severe flooding in the area. The floods started on Wednesday, July 22 and affected millions of people; 6 citizens died and 5 went missing. Strong storms have cut off power supplies, inundated streets across

July 27, 2015

New Horizons update: Pluto and planetary origins

NASA’s New Horizons mission to the dwarf planet Pluto is attracting international attention to planetary science. And like all recent missions to planets, moons, comets and asteroids, surprising discoveries already abound for scientists on Earth. Giant mountains o

July 26, 2015

Kick 'em Jenny activity decreases, alert level lowered to Yellow - Eastern Caribbean

Seismic activity at underwater volcano Kick 'em Jenny near Grenada, Eastern Caribbean is decreasing, the Seismic Research Center (SRC) of the University of the West Indies reported on July 25. Increased activity at the volcano started on July 11, 2015 and was follow

July 26, 2015

Inside mysterious Siberian sinkholes

Giant sinkholes which started appearing in Yamal Peninsula, Russia last year remain a mystery to scientists investigating this phenomena around the world.Theories about what's causing them are numerous... from UFO's to natural gas which is abundant in this regio

July 26, 2015

M6.1 earthquake registered south of Java, Indonesia

Geoscience Australia registered M6.1 earthquake at a depth of 51 km (31.7 miles) south of Java, Indonesia at 07:05 UTC on July 26, 2015. USGS registered it as M6.0 at a depth of 59.2 km (36.8 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter was located 93 km (58 miles) S of Kraj

July 26, 2015

NASA's Kepler mission discovers closest Earth twin yet

NASA made an announcement on July 23, 2015 of it's Kepler space telescope spotting the most Earth-like alien planet yet discovered - a world called Kepler-452b that's just slightly bigger than our own and orbits a sun-like star named Kepler-452 at about the same

July 25, 2015