Latest articles - page 5

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

Major lava flow started at Stromboli volcano, Italy

A major lava flow started today, August 7, 2014, at Stromboli volcano, Italy. A new vent opened at 05:16 UTC at the NE base of Sciara del Fuoco scarp, lava quickly covered the entire plateau and descended.INGV Catania reports that in a short time lava flo

August 07, 2014

Typhoon "Halong" approaching mainland Japan

Typhoon "Halong", which recently became the third Super Typhoon of 2014 in the Western Pacific basin, has lost its strength and is now the equivalent of a Category 1 hurricane on Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. However, it will gain additi

August 07, 2014

Double trouble - Hawaii braces for hurricanes "Iselle" and "Julio"

NOAA's Central Pacific Hurricane Center (CPHC) issued a Tropical Storm Watch for Hawaii and Maui Counties in Hawaii on August 6 at 12:00 UTC as hurricanes "Iselle" and "Julio" continued on their path toward the islands. Weathe

August 07, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: July 30 - August 5, 2014

New activity/unrest was observed at 4 volcanoes from July 30 - August 5, 2014. Ongoing activity was reported for 1o volcanoes.New activity/unrest: Kuchinoerabujima, Ryukyu Islands (Japan)  | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan)  |&n

August 06, 2014

Strong earthquake M6.1 registered off the coast of Barat Daya islands, Indonesia

A strong earthquake measuring M6.2 on the Richter scale was registered off the coast of Barat Daya islands, Banda Sea - Indonesia, on August 6, 2014, at 11:45 UTC. GFZ and USGS are reporting depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Geoscience Australia is reporting M6

August 06, 2014

Fireball explodes producing small meteorites near Lake Weiss, Alabama

NASA's All Sky Cameras detected a bright fireball that broke apart in a brilliant flash of light above the Alabama town of Henagar, USA, around 03:20 UTC on August 3, 2014 (22:20 EDT on August 2). Based on the meteor's speed, final altitude,

August 05, 2014

Live event: Rosetta arrives at Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko

On August 6, 2014, after a decade-long journey through space, ESA’s comet chaser "Rosetta" will become the first spacecraft in history to rendezvous with a comet. Rosetta will also be the first mission in history to escort a comet as it or

August 05, 2014

Investigating giants of the Georgian Caucasus

Early in 2014, whilst I was busy researching and exploring the ancient megalithic ruins here in Ecuador nicknamed as ‘The Lost City of Giants’, I was contacted by a television production company interested in giants. This contact eventually led to my being i

August 04, 2014

Kuchinoerabujima volcano erupts after 34 years, Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Japan's Kuchinoerabujima volcano, which last erupted in 1980, had a new eruption on August 3, 2014, at 03:24 UTC (12:24 local time). Japanese volcanologists raised the alert level to 3 and closed access to the summit area. The eruption lasted about 10 minu

August 04, 2014

Tropical Storm "Bertha" lashes Caribbean islands, strengthens as it moves away

The second named storm of the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Tropical Storm "Bertha", is now drifting away from the Turks & Caicos Islands, the southern Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.Bertha first crossed over the Dominican Republic on Sunda

August 04, 2014

Ebola – Catastrophic pandemic

If you are not taking the threat of Ebola seriously, you are making a big mistake. President Barack Obama takes it very seriously and has just signed an amendment to an executive order allowing him to mandate the apprehension and detention of Americans who mer

August 04, 2014

Strong, shallow and extremely dangerous earthquake M6.5 struck China

A strong, shallow and extremely dangerous earthquake with recorded magnitude of 6.5 (CENC - China Earthquake Networks Center) struck Ludian county of Yunnan province, China, on August 3, 2014, at 08:30 UTC (16:30 local time). CENC is reporting depth of 10 km. USGS

August 03, 2014

Very strong and shallow earthquake M6.9 registered in Micronesia region

A very strong and shallow earthquake M6.9 struck Federated States of Micronesia region on August 3, 2014, at 00:22 UTC. USGS reports depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). EMSC is also reporting M6.9 at depth of 10 km.Epicenter was located 340 km (211 miles) NNW of&nbs

August 03, 2014

Alerts issued as Tropical Storm "Nakri" heads for landfall in South Korea

Tropical Storm "Nakri" formed on Tuesday, July 29, near Okinawa and moved into the Yellow Sea early Saturday morning, August 2, at a speed of 15 km/h. Waves as high as 4 to 6 meters are expected in the north of the East China Sea and south of the Yellow Sea. Y

August 02, 2014

Tropical Storm "Halong" rapidly intesified to Category 4 typhoon, Northwestern Pacific

Tropical Storm "Halong" rapidly intensified over the last 24 hours and became Category 4 typhoon. The storm formed late July 2014 in the open waters of the Northwestern Pacific, strengthened and continued on its track through the Marianas Islands. The

August 02, 2014

Fracking - researching biological fallout of shale-gas production must become a top priority

Natural-gas production from shale rock has increased by more than 700 percent since 2007 in the United States alone. Yet scientists still do not fully understand the industry's effects on nature and wildlife, according to a report in the journal Frontiers in Ec

August 02, 2014

Five tropical systems developing in the Central and Eastern Pacific

A train of developing tropical low pressure areas currently stretches from the Eastern Pacific Ocean into the Central Pacific. Five tropical lows include the remnants of "zombie" Tropical Storm "Genevieve" and newly developed Tropical Storm "Ise

August 01, 2014

"We are sniffing methane" - vast methane plumes discovered escaping from the seafloor of Arctic ocean

Just a week into the methane sampling program and SWERUS-C3 Arctic expedition scientists have discovered vast methane plumes escaping from the seafloor of the Laptev continental slope. These early glimpses of what may be in store for a warming Arctic Ocean could he

August 01, 2014

Second M-class solar flare of the day - long duration M1.5 from Region 2127

A second M-class solar flare of the day erupted at 18:13 UTC. The source of this latest event was 'beta-gamma' classified Active Region 2127 capable of producing strong eruptions on the Sun. The event started at 17:55, peaked at 18:13 as M1.5 

August 01, 2014

M2.0 solar flare erupts from Region 2130

Moderately strong solar flare measuring M2.0 erupted from Active Region 2130 on August 1, 2014, at 14:48 UTC. The event started at 14:43, peaked at 14:48 and ended at 14:57 UTC. After almost 3 weeks without solar flares of this magnitude, this is now the second M-c

August 01, 2014

Research finds Arctic thermokarst lakes are "net climate coolers", contradicts widely-held scientific view

A recently published study in journal Nature, and supported by National Science Foundation (NSF), counters a widely-held scientific view that thawing permafrost uniformly accelerates atmospheric warming. Instead, the study indicates that certain Arctic

August 01, 2014

Comet 67P too hot to be covered in ice

ESA’s comet chaser Rosetta has made its first temperature measurements of its target comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, and found that it is too hot to be covered in ice and must instead have a dark, dusty crust.The observations of the comet we

August 01, 2014

Night sky guide for August 2014

Late July and early August can be one of the best times of the year to observe meteors, weather permitted. This is because there are several minor meteor showers emanating from the adjacent constellations of Capricornus and Aquarius. However, the closest and the largest

August 01, 2014

Moderately strong M2.5 solar flare erupted from Region 2130

A moderately strong solar flare reaching M2.5 at its peak time erupted from Region 2130 on July 31, 2014, at 11:14 UTC. The event started at 11:01 and ended at 11:21 UTC.Region 2130 has 'beta-gamma-delta' magnetic configuration and is located near the

July 31, 2014

Active volcanoes in the world: July 23 - 29, 2014

Ongoing activity was observed at 15 volcanoes from July 23 - 29, 2014. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan)  | Bezymianny, Central Kamchatka (Russia)  | Fuego, Guatemala  | Karymsky, Eastern Kamchatka (Russia) &nb

July 31, 2014

The Summer without a Summer - dramatic waterspout/tornado caught on tape, Croatia

Believe what you want... global warming, global cooling, pole shift, natural cycles of climate change... but, when it comes to weather, whatever is happening around the globe is pretty much real. There is basically no country in the world that didn't experience

July 30, 2014

Neuroscience vs. Philosophy: Explaining the secrets of the mind

From the existence of the self to the nature of free will, many philosophers have dedicated their lives to the problems of the mind.But now some neuroscientists claim to have settled these raging debates. Is it possible we have discovered a science to replace philosophy

July 30, 2014

"The Greatest Science Challenge in the History of Civilization" - a video by Rolf A. F. Witzsche

The challenge is, to respond in the most efficient manner to the largest, impending, physical event in the history of civilization, in the form of the start of the next Ice Age with the Sun going inactive sometime in the 2050s timeframe. The challenge is so great that i

July 30, 2014

Fog of low-energy X-rays over the entire sky puzzle resolved

A decades-old puzzle about a fog of low-energy X-rays observed over the entire sky was recently resolved. Thanks to refurbished detectors first flown on a NASA sounding rocket in the 1970s, astronomers have now confirmed the long-held suspicion that much of this glow st

July 30, 2014