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Interstellar spacecraft within a human reach

Yuri Milner, a billionaire from Russia, announced his proposal on developing a lightweight spacecraft capable of journeying about 40 trillion km through space toward Alpha Centauri, our nearest star and it's planets, at a conference held in New York City on...

April 13, 2016

Very strong M6.9 earthquake hits Myanmar

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit Myanmar at 13:55 UTC on April 13, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 134.8 km (83.7 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.9 at a depth of 137 km (85.1 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located...

April 13, 2016

Uncovering mysterious processes that produce volcanic lightning

We know that lightning in storm clouds forms when ice particles collide with each other and become electrified, but the process of how lightning forms in volcanic plumes is less clear. Now, two new studies are unraveling some of the mysteries involved. Understanding...

April 13, 2016

Hailstones up to 10.8 cm in diameter ravage Wylie, Texas

A severe hailstorm hit parts of Texas Monday night, April 11, 2016, causing extensive damage to homes and cars. Hailstones up to 10.8 cm (4.25 inches) were reported in Wylie, northeast of Dallas. This region was hit by very large hail just a couple of weeks ago....

April 12, 2016

A mysterious discovery: Supermassive black holes spinning out aligned radio jets

A team of scientists from the University of Cape Town and University of the Western Cape in South Africa have discovered that supermassive black holes in the distant universe are spinning out radio jets in the same direction. This is the first time researchers found...

April 12, 2016

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" intensifying in the southern Indian Ocean

Tropical Cyclone "Fantala" formed at 18:00 UTC on April 11, 2016, about 655 km (407 miles) southeast of Diego Garcia atoll in the southern Indian Ocean. The system is intensifying rapidly as it moves west toward Madagascar. Fantala is expected to peak at...

April 12, 2016

Video captures large sinkhole collapse in Central California

A large sinkhole formed in Madera, Central California on the evening of April 11, 2016 (local time) and was captured on video by the City of Madera Police Department. The sinkhole opened up as a part of the local roadway collapsed into a sewage line. An exact cause...

April 12, 2016

Santa Maria eruption creates pyroclastic flows, ash to 6 km a.s.l., Guatemala

Guatemala's Santa Maria volcano erupted around 12:15 UTC on April 11, 2016, generating pyroclastic flows and sending ash up to 6 km (20 000 feet) above sea level. Volcanic ash at 4.2 km (14 000 feet) is 185 km (115 miles) west of summit while volcanic ash at 6...

April 12, 2016

Severe weather brings frequent lightning, very large hail to US South

Another round of severe storms hit parts of the US South on April 10 and 11, 2016, bringing frequent lightning, strong winds and very large hail. A woman has been reported dead in Arkansas after losing control of her car during wet condition. Lightning caused...

April 11, 2016

Two massive icebergs break off Nansen Ice Shelf, Antarctica

Two massive icebergs broke off the Antarctic coastline over the weekend, threatening valuable scientific equipment deployed by New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). NIWA scientists have been monitoring satellite images of the...

April 11, 2016

Severe flooding hits Malawi

After days of severe rainfall, the northern and central parts of Malawi suffered catastrophic flooding. Hundreds of people were displaced, as their homes collapsed under severe weather conditions. Traffic was severely disrupted, and at least ten people are feared...

April 11, 2016

Wobbles in Earth's rotation explained

A group of NASA's scientists has managed to answer two important questions about the wobbles observed in our planet's rotation. New insights hold a potential to significantly add to existing knowledge about the Earth's past and future climate....

April 11, 2016

Cloud seeding part of UAE's record March rainfall

Sufian Farrah, a meteorologist and cloud seeding expert at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) National Centre for Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS), said that cloud seeding operations over UAE played a part in last month's record rainfall. Farrah said UAE made 77...

April 10, 2016

Alaska's massive 2015 Icy Bay landslide triggered localized megatsunami

After a period of heavy rains, about 200 million metric tons of rock tumbled down a remote Southeast Alaska mountain. The massive landslide, lasting about 60 seconds, occurred on October 17, 2015, and landed on the toe of Tyndall Glacier and into Taan Fiord in Icy...

April 10, 2016

Deep M6.6 earthquake hits Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan

A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.6 hit Afghanistan's Hindu Kush region at 10:28 UTC on April 10, 2016. The agency is reporting a depth of 210.4 km (130.7 miles). EMSC reports M6.6 at a depth of 211 km (131 miles). PMD NSMC (Pakistan)...

April 10, 2016

Blue jet above the Earth

For the first time ever, an image has been captured of an elusive electrical phenomenon above the Earth. An astronaut aboard the International Space Station imaged a kind of electrical discharge in the upper atmosphere known as a blue jet. In this Space News,...

April 10, 2016

Four days of heavy rain floods Argentina, thousands displaced

Four days of heavy rains in northern provinces of Argentina have caused several rivers to overflow and prompted the evacuation of thousands of people. One man is reported to have died after drowning in a swollen river. Heavy rains started on April 4 and intensified...

April 09, 2016