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Elena Ugrin

Elena is a geophysicist currently working as a research engineer for a company developing underwater lasers, cameras and other equipment. She loves whiskey and Irish stouts.

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New insight into Earth's magnetic field

NASA's new observations of the Earth's magnetic field indicate that its foreshock region is capable of accelerating electrons to almost the speed of light. Earth's magnetic field deflects the incoming charged particles from the Sun. In regions outside...

November 15, 2016

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Severe wildfires spreading across the Southeast US

Persistent drought conditions in the Southeast US have caused wildfires across the states. Numerous people were forced to evacuate their homes throughout the affected regions. Kentucky and Tennessee reported the highest wildfire numbers. According to the national...

November 15, 2016

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Bright fireball observed over Spain

A very bright fireball swept across the sky over southern Spain at 02:55 UTC on November 15, 2016, and was captured by several meteor observing cameras. The event took place during the Supermoon. The bolide was a part of the Taurid meteor shower and was a remnant...

November 15, 2016

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UAE meteor detecting stations now in operation

Three stations for detecting meteors in the United Arab Emirates are now operational, the UAE Space Agency announced on November 13, 2016. A network of cameras has been established to contribute to the monitoring of meteor showers and discover the potential new...

November 15, 2016

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Quick clay landslide kills three people in Norway

A deadly quick clay landslide occurred in Asakveien, Sørum in Norway on November 10, 2016. Three people who were reported missing on the occasion are currently presumed dead. The slide happened in the afternoon hours (local time). Three forestry workers were...

November 14, 2016

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Intense blizzard strands 542 passengers in Xinjiang, China

An intense blizzard hit the northwest Xinjiang, China on November 11, 2016, causing reduced visibility and major traffic disruptions in the region. The blizzard reportedly caused between 0.6 and 1 m (1.96 and 3.28 feet) deep snow drifts and low visibility conditions...

November 14, 2016

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Major snowstorm disrupts traffic in Romania and Ukraine

A major snowstorm blanketed parts of Romania and Ukraine on November 13, 2016, causing traffic disruptions across the affected areas. The worst of the storm affected northern Romania and western Ukraine as over 20 cm (8 inches) of snowfall was reported to fall on...

November 14, 2016

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Impressive quick clay landslide in St-Luc-de-Vincennes, Canada

An impressive quick clay landslide occurred in St-Luc-de-Vincennes, Quebec, Canada on November 10, 2016. Several homes were evacuated, although, luckily, no injuries were reported. A massive portion of land fell into a stream that flows into the St. Lawrence River....

November 11, 2016

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Intense hailstorm hits Adelaide, South Australia

An intense thunderstorm accompanied with large hail hit Adelaide, South Australia on November 11, 2016. At the time of the event, the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) reported four thunderstorms tracking southeasterly across Adelaide, the Barossa, and the Fleurieu...

November 11, 2016

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Huge sinkhole swallows gardens in Ripon, England

A 20-meter (66 feet) wide sinkhole appeared in the gardens of Ripon, North Yorkshire, England on November 9, 2016, prompting emergency evacuations of seven houses in the area. The sinkhole formed at the rear of two properties in Ripon, swallowing the houses'...

November 11, 2016

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Huge magmatic lake lurking under dormant Bolivian volcano

An international team of scientists discovered a massive magmatic lake, lying 15 km (9.32 miles) below the Cerro Uturuncu dormant volcano in Bolivia. According to Jon Blundy, a professor from the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol, despite no...

November 09, 2016

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Super full moon of November 14, the closest since 1948

A super full moon event will take place on November 14, 2016, at 13:53 UTC. The moon will be the largest and closest to our planet since January 26, 1948. This month's full moon is taking place unusually close to the time of the month when it also makes it...

November 09, 2016

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Severe flooding in Balkans forces hundreds to evacuate

Intense rainfall hit Albania, Serbia, and Montenegro two days ago, causing flooding and landslides across the affected regions. About 400 people were forced to leave their homes in Serbia and Montenegro alone while three deaths were reported in Albania due to...

November 09, 2016

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Physicists calculate the mass of dark matter

A team of scientists from Germany and Hungary used a supercomputer simulation to predict the mass of axions particles, promising candidates for dark matter. The dark matter is an invisible matter, the existence of which has so far manifested only through its...

November 09, 2016

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Troposphere ozone pollution highest near the equator

A new research, conducted by the University of North Carolina (UNC), shows the pollution emissions are increasing in the area close to the equator where they produce a much greater impact on the ozone formation. The air pollution across the globe has increased since...

November 08, 2016

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Mysterious paralysis cases reported in the US again

Three cases of the paralysis have occurred in Oregon since August 2016. The episodes are the first since series of such events were reported in 2014 across the US. The disease, named acute flaccid myelitis, has affected two children and one adult, from the eastern...

November 08, 2016

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Large meteorite uncovered from the Texas ground

A large meteorite, named Clarendon (c), was discovered by a local Texas resident, by accident on April 6, 2015. At first, it appeared as a boulder, immersed in the sandy soil, but the experts soon classified it as a stony meteorite. This is the biggest individual...

November 08, 2016

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New mud volcano forms in Italy after recent earthquakes

A new mud volcano has formed this week in a field in Italian municipality of Santa Vittoria in Matenano, following a recent increase in seismic activity. The volcano is located about 30 km (18.4 miles) east of the M6.5 earthquake of October 30, in the Province of...

November 05, 2016

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Kolkata sees above average monthly rainfall in only 24 hours

Strong thunderstorms and heavy rainfalls hit Kolkata, West Bengal, on November 3, 2016. The showers started to lash the city around 14:00 and lasted until 17:00 (local time). However, the strongest outburst occurred during the first hour. In a 24 hour period, from...

November 04, 2016

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Unseasonal dust storm sweeps through Phoenix

An intense dust storm accompanied by heavy rainfall, strong winds and lightning swept through Phoenix, Arizona on Thursday, November 3, 2016. The storm spread over Phoenix during the late afternoon hours (local time), surprising the residents and causing traffic...

November 04, 2016

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Hazardous smog wraps Delhi, the worst in last 17 years

A thick layer of hazardous smog blanketed New Delhi, India four days ago and shows no sign of loosening the grip. On November 3, 2016, between 07:00 and 09:00 (local time), Palam Observatory reported the dense smog layer has dropped the visibility to only 50 m (164...

November 04, 2016

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Mysterious humming sound coming from the seaflor, northern Canada

The humming sound, apparently coming from the seafloor is alarming local hunters in Nunavut, northern Canada, as it seems to be scaring the marine mammals. The mysterious pinging sound, described also as a "hum" and a "beep" has been reported in...

November 03, 2016

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Heavy dust storm blankets northern Afghanistan

An intense dust storm has been reported in northern Afghanistan on November 3, 2016. According to media reports, the storm developed over the northern Balkh province and spread into other regions. Areas of Mazar-e-Sharif and Pul-Khumri have witnessed a day turning...

November 03, 2016

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Two tropical systems lurking northwest of the Philippines

Two tropical systems are currently lurking in the Northwest Pacific, north of Yap. One of them, now known as the Tropical Storm "Meari" will continue intensifying over the next three days and may threaten the Phillippines over the coming weekend, while the...

November 03, 2016

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Study claims new 'Little Ice Age' already underway

The Head of Space Research Laboratory at the Pulkovo Observatory of the Russian Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg, Dr. Habibullo Abdussamatov, announced the new Little Ice Age started at the end of 2015. According to the new research, our Sun has been in the...

November 02, 2016

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Another strong earthquake likely to occur in Italy over the coming years

Recent series of strong earthquakes in central Italy has prompted the scientists to examine whether the seismicity of the region has increased. Several studies, conducted over the last couple of years, indicate the active parts of the fault may still trigger strong...

November 02, 2016

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Mount Sinabung enters a period of heightened activity

Indonesian Sinabung volcano entered a phase of increased activity several days ago. The volcano has reportedly generated frequent small to moderate pyroclastic flows accompanied with strong vertical explosions. The pyroclastic flows at the southeastern and eastern...

November 02, 2016

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Russian metal giant fined for turning river red with pollution

Norilsk Nickel from Russia, the world's largest producer of nickel and palladium, was fined over a spillage near the Nadhezda metallurgical factory. The spillage occurred in early September 2016 and turned the Daldykan river red. After the images showing the...

November 02, 2016

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Lightning bolt sets a car on fire, Israel

Intense thunderstorm, accompanied by heavy rainfall swept Eilat, Israel on October 27, 2016. Severe flooding forced the officials to shut down the roads as several weather-related incidents occurred. Luckily, no serious injuries or deaths were reported. The National...

November 01, 2016

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Tornado hits Akita city, Japan

An apparent tornado swept the Akita city in northern Japan on October 31, 2016. Several locals reported funnel-like winds which appeared as a tornado while other eyewitnesses describe a twister which appeared suddenly and out of nowhere near the city center. ...

November 01, 2016

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Rare tropical storm forms in the Mediterranean Sea

A rare tropical storm - medicane - named Invest 90M, formed in the Mediterranean Sea on October 31, 2016. The phenomenon started as a low pressure system located east of Malta on October 29 and strengthened afterward. In a meteorological setting, a low-pressure...

November 01, 2016

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Risky glacial lake near Mount Everest drained

Because Himalayan glaciers are undergoing an incredibly fast melting process, to minimize the risk of devastating floods, Nepal has drained portion of a large glacial lake near the Mount Everest. According to researchers, the climate change has caused the glaciers...

November 01, 2016

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Thousands homeless after devastating quakes hit central Italy

Another strong earthquake, the strongest in 36 years, hit central Italy on Sunday, October 30, 2016, and was followed by a series of dangerous aftershocks. Between 18:21 UTC on October 30 and 11:23 UTC on October 31, 63 aftershocks were reported, the strongest of...

October 31, 2016

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1.4 million people in Haiti need humanitarian assistance

Hurricane "Matthew" hit Haiti on October 4, 2016, causing widespread flooding and landslides, major damage to roads, buildings and infrastructure, and power and water shortages. So far 546 deaths and 438 injured people were confirmed, according to the...

October 31, 2016

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More bursts of frigid air as Arctic polar vortex shifts

A new research suggests that North America will experience more outbursts of frigid air in February and March as the wintertime Arctic stratospheric polar vortex continues its persistent shift toward the Eurasian continent. For parts of Europe and Asia, it would...

October 29, 2016

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Severe flash flooding hits Egypt, at least 17 dead

Heavy rainfall since October 26 has caused severe flash flooding in parts of Egypt, claiming lives of at least 17 people by October 28. There were almost 50 reported injuries so far. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed. In a 24-hour period between October 27 and...

October 29, 2016

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Series of destructive earthquakes hit Italy, over 220 aftershocks

Two strong earthquakes which rattled central Italy on October 26, 2016, were not aftershocks of the devastating M6.2 August tremor, but rather the product of a new earthquake, Italian experts announced. EMSC registered more than 220 aftershocks over the next 48...

October 28, 2016

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Himalayas produce major quakes along its entire arc

The main fault responsible for the creation of Himalayan mountains is capable of producing major, highly destructive earthquakes along its entire arc, a new geological research shows after analysis of the previously unstudied portion of the fault in the country...

October 28, 2016

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Over 200 people suffering from earthquake sickness, Japan

More than 200 people in Kyushu, southern Japan are suffering from earthquake sickness, a state linked to a loss of balance that can cause nausea and panic. The state was reported over two months after Japan was hit by two major earthquakes, only several days apart....

October 27, 2016

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Saturn's hexagon has mysteriously changed color

Saturn's famous hexagon, a structure on the planet's north pole has changed its color from blue to gold over the last four years. The cause is still unknown, and researchers are working to figure it out. The hexagon, a six-sided jet stream, is about 32 000...

October 27, 2016