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Three M-class solar flares erupted from southwest quadrant

Two M-class solar flares erupted from Region 2182 early Thursday, October 9, 2014. The first event started at 01:30, peaked at 01:41 UTC as M1.3 solar flare and ended at 01:47.The second M-class erupted immediately after the M1.3.It started at 01:54, peaked at 01:58 as

October 09, 2014

Antarctic sea ice grows to all-time record high

While we are seeing decline of Arctic sea ice, Antarctic sea ice hit its annual winter maximum on September 22, 2014 reaching a record area of 20.11 million square kilometers (7.76 million square miles). The National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) announced on

October 09, 2014

Tropical Storm "Hudhud" developed in Bay of Bengal

An area of low pressure near the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in Northern Indian Ocean developed in Tropical Storm "Hudhud" on October 8, 2014. This is the third tropical system and first tropical storm this year in Bay of Bengal.Favorable environment in Bay

October 08, 2014

The origin and mechanism of the Sun’s magnetic field still an unsolved mystery using the current model

The origin and mechanism of sunspots, solar flares and heating of the corona to millions of degrees remains a mystery under the current standard solar model. In the past 95 years several theories were proposed, but none could really explain the origin and how the

October 08, 2014

Super Typhoon "Vongfong" becomes the strongest tropical cyclone of the year

Super Typhoon "Vongfong" has become the strongest tropical cyclone of 2014. According to Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) Super Typhoon "Vongfong" reached maximum sustained winds of 288 km/h (180 mph) with gusts up to 352 km/h (218 mph) around 18:

October 08, 2014

New active fault found in Wellington Harbour, New Zealand

NIWA scientists have found a new active fault in Wellington Harbour after analysing data from a recent marine survey. The fault, referred to informally as the Aotea Fault, runs in a northeasterly direction for about 2km in Lambton Harbour, petering out about 1 km east

October 08, 2014

Very strong M6.2 earthquake hit Gulf of California, Mexico

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale hit Gulf of California, Mexico on October 8, 2014, at 02:40 UTC. USGS is reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located at sea, 121 km (75 miles) WSW of El Dorado, 128 km (80 miles) SW of Navolato, 128

October 08, 2014

Very strong and extremely dangerous M6.6 earthquake struck Yunnan, China

A very strong and shallow earthquake measuring M6.6 (CENC) on the Richter scale struck Chinese province of Yunnan on October 7, 2014, at 13:49 UTC (21:49 local time). CENC reported very shallow depth of 5 km. USGS is reporting M6.0 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was in a r

October 07, 2014

Earth changes video summary: September 2014

The following video compiles footage of 'signs of the times' from around the world during September 2014 - 'earth changes', extreme weather, meteor fireballs, high strangeness and planetary upheaval.'Iraq War III' is underway, and Mother Nature i

October 07, 2014

As Typhoon "Phanfone" leaves Japan, Typhoon "Vongfong" becomes a new threat

Phanfone made landfall as Category 1 typhoon early on October 6, 2014 near Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture with maximum sustained winds of 134 km/h (82 mph). A peak gust of 164 km/h (102 mph) was recorded at Omaezaki, Shizuoka Prefecture.The Moderate Resolution

October 06, 2014

Study suggests current changes in the ocean around Antarctica could trigger steep rise in sea levels

A new study suggests that current conditions in the ocean around Antarctica​ could led to the rapid melting of Antarctic ice and an abrupt 3-4 meter rise in global sea level. Warming in parts of Antarctica is causing land-based ice to melt, adding massive amounts of

October 06, 2014

New seafloor map exposes thousands of previously unchartered ‘seamounts’, ridges and deep ocean structures

Two previously untapped streams of satellite data from ESA's CryoSat mission were used by Scripps Institution of Oceanography scientists at UC San Diego and their colleagues to create the new gravity map of the world's seaflor, exposing thousands of previously u

October 06, 2014

Total lunar eclipse on Wednesday, October 8, 2014

he second total lunar lunar eclipse of 2014 and 2015 lunar-eclipse tetrad will occur on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, and will be visible from the Pacific Ocean and regions immediately bordering it. As the Moon passes completely through the Earth's dark shadow, or

October 06, 2014

Deadly Typhoon "Phanfone" made landfall in central Japan

Typhoon Phanfone made landfall in Shizuoka with winds reported gusting up to 164 km/h (102 mph). The Japan Meteorological Agency reported Typhoon Phanfone officially made landfall near the city of Hamamatsu in Shizuoka Prefecture around 8 a.m. local time.260 000 people

October 06, 2014

Pyroclastic flows continue at Sinabung volcano, Indonesia

Lava extrusion continues at Indonesian Sinabung volcano. A series of small to moderately sized pyroclastic flows occurred this morning at the volcano. Whether the apparently more intense activity is a sign of increased lava effusion is difficult to say, VolcanoDiscovery

October 05, 2014

Smallest exoplanet found to have water vapour

The smallest exoplanet (about the size of Neptune) HAT-P-11b have been discovered to have clear skies and steamy water vapors as observed by astronomers using data from three of NASA's space telescopes - Hubble, Spitzer and Kepler.John Grunsfeld, assistant administr

October 05, 2014

Hurricane "Simon" became eight major hurricane of the 2014 Pacific season

Hurricane "Simon" has become the eighth major hurricane of the 2014 Eastern Pacific hurricane season, according to data from a NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft. This ties the record for major hurricanes set in 1983, 1992, and 1993.NHC determined that at 21:00

October 05, 2014

Comet 67P has 19 000 km long coma and Rosetta is less than 30 km from its surface

ESA has released a montage of four images of Comet 67P/C-G taken on September 26, from a distance of 26.3 km (16 miles) from the center of the comet, showing spectacular region of activity at the neck of the comet. What we’re seeing is the product of ices

October 04, 2014

The fickle El Nino of 2014

Prospects have been fading for an El Niño event in 2014, but now there's a glimmer of hope for a very modest comeback. Scientists warn that unless these developing weak-to-modest El Niño conditions strengthen, the drought-stricken American West shouldn

October 04, 2014

Phanfone reaches super typhoon status

Typhoon Phanfone rapidly intensified on October 2, with its strength increasing from a Category 1 hurricane to a Category 4 hurricane in 12 hours. On October 4, 2014 JMA reports maximum wind gusts of 250 km/h which means that Phanfone reached super typhoon status

October 04, 2014

Ireland takes first steps toward wave energy

Pelamis Wave Power announced last week that it was shortlisted as one of just two technology developers to progress to the next stage of a WestWave procurement process with Irish utility ESB for the deployment of Pelamis wave energy machines on the west coast of Ireland

October 03, 2014

Space debris or daylight meteor caught on video, Canada

A daylight meteor or falling space debris was observed and caught on tape earlier this week over Canada.Janette Casey Ewens, who owns Labyrinth Farms north of Kamloops, was in the barn yard at 6 a.m. local time on Monday, September 29, when she saw a "thing" f

October 03, 2014

Liquid phase 3D printing method introduced by Chinese researchers

Scientists at the Beijing Key Laboratory of CryoBiomedical Engineering, part of the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have developed a new conceptual liquid-phase 3D printing method with "ink" consisting of a meta

October 03, 2014

Typhoon "Phanfone" intensifies, heading toward southern Japan

Tropical Storm "Phanfone" formed on September 29, 2014, east of Guam (Northwestern Pacific Ocean) and soon triggered tropical storm warnings for Saipan, Tinian, Pagan and Alamagan and a typhoon watch for the northern Marianas Islands, including Pagan and Alama

October 02, 2014

Strong M7.3 solar flare erupted from southwest limb

Departing region 2173 erupted with strong M7.3 solar flare at 19:01 UTC on October 2, 2014. The event started at 18:49 and ended at 19:14 UTC.Due to the location of this region Earth directed Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) is not expected. SWPC forecasters estimate 45% cha

October 02, 2014

Is consciousness more than the brain? Interview with Dr. Gary Schwartz

Perhaps the ultimate unsolved mystery of human life today is: how and why does consciousness exist? Although some scientific literature still acknowledges that the question remains open, the overwhelming consensus among neuroscientists today is that the brain alone crea

October 02, 2014

MOONS to solve mysteries of how stars and galaxies evolve

A €9M contract was announced last week for UK-based engineers and designers to build MOONS (Multi-Object Optical and Near-infrared Spectrograph) that aims to tackle some of the most compelling astronomical puzzles – such as how stars and galaxies form and evo

October 02, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: September 24 - 30, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from September 24 - 30, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Bardarbunga, Iceland | Copahue, Central Chile-Argentina border | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines) | Ontakesan, Honshu (Japan)

October 01, 2014

Dynamic auroras visible for the fifth day in a row

For the 5th day in a row a crack in the Earth's magnetosphere is allowing solar wind to reach Earth. Although a full geomagnetic storm is not required to generate auroras at this time of the year, coronal hole effects and multiple solar sector changes currently affe

October 01, 2014

Night sky guide for October 2014

A total lunar eclipse will be visible on October 8 throughout most of North America, South America, Asia, and Australia. The Moon will gradually get darker and then take on a rusty or blood red color. It is the latter of two total lunar eclipses in 2014, and the second

October 01, 2014

Observing temperature variability across the world

Daily and nightly differences in temperatures worldwide are fast approaching yearly differences between summer and winter temperatures, according to the new study published in Nature Climate Change.George Wang (Germany’s Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biol

October 01, 2014

Three to four-week extreme weather forecasting the new norm

As part of the climate plan announced at the UN summit, the Obama Administration said it would begin a coordinated US effort, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to develop better extreme-weather risk outlooks. This year, NOAA will issue w

October 01, 2014

Mount St. Helens 2004-2008 eruption: A volcano reawakens

Mount St. Helens reawakened in late September 2004. Small magnitude earthquakes beneath the 1980-1986 lava dome increased in frequency and size, and a growing welt formed on the southeast margin of the previous lava dome and nearby portions of Crater Glacier.On October

October 01, 2014

Swift observes mega flares from a mini star

On April 23, NASA's Swift satellite detected the strongest, hottest, and longest-lasting sequence of stellar flares ever seen from a nearby red dwarf star. The initial blast from this record-setting series of explosions was as much as 10 000 times more powerful than

September 30, 2014

Prehistoric volcanic eruption leaves intercontinental footprint

A new study led by University of Alberta researchers has shown that a volcanic eruption 1 200 years ago scattered ash from Alaska to Europe - a discovery that will help researchers understand how future eruptions could affect the world.Britta Jensen and Duane Froese in

September 30, 2014