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hywind_wind_farm_feat

World’s largest floating wind farms to power UK homes in few years

The construction of the world's largest floating wind farm has been approved off the coast of Peterhead in Scotland, Scottish Government announced on November 2, 2015. The UK's first floating wind development, Hywind, will be built about 25 km (15.5 miles)...

November 05, 2015

halloween_asteroid_feat

New radar images of the 'spooky' 2015 TB145 asteroid

The 'spooky' 2015 TB145 asteroid has made a safe pass trough Earth's neigborhood on October 31, 2015, and scientist were able to obtain new high resolution radar images of its surface, quite distinct to the first images provided by the Arecibo radar on...

November 05, 2015

csz_google_earth_usgs_tect_ly_f

Evidence of large ancient earthquakes of the Cascadia fault

The coastal salt marshes of the Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) preserve evidence from several large earthquakes, between 8 and 9 in magnitude, according to paleoseismologists. So far, the scientists have been using only the stratigraphic data records to gain insight...

November 03, 2015

The_ozone_layer_from_two_perspectives_f

The 2015 ozone hole over Antarctic larger than usual and late

The annual Antarctic ozone hole was larger than usual this year and formed later than in recent years, according to the scientists from NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The ozone hole reached its maximum on October 2, 2015,...

October 31, 2015

crater_feat

3D imaging enables scientists to make more accurate forecasts of volcanic unrest

New, highly precise and high-resolution 3D imaging technique has been employed on the magma chambers and volcanic "plumbing" below the Mono Craters volcanic basin, Eastern California, US. Results have provided valuable information on the size of the...

October 31, 2015

enceladus_raw_feat

First raw image from Enceladus' October 28 flyby now available

First image of Saturn's moon Enceladus has been received from the Cassini spacecraft, NASA reported on October 30, 2015. NASA's Cassini spacecraft was scheduled to perform its deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October...

October 31, 2015

model_santorini_f

New method for predicting volcanic eruptions yields promising results

A group of UK scientists from the Royal Holloway, University of London, has developed a new method to determine which conditions are needed to facilitate a volcano eruption. Researchers have used the data collected during eruptions of the Santorini volcano to...

October 29, 2015

milkyway_feat2

The first age map of the Milky Way's halo produced

An international team of scientists, lead by Galactic Archaeology group of the University of Notre Dame, France, has managed to produce the first chronographic age map of the Milky Way's halo using a sample of stars from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. Scientists...

October 29, 2015

sand_avalacnhe

Science behind "booming" and "burping" sand dunes explained

Research team from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of Cambridge has explained the science behind the loud, rumbling "booming" or short "burping" sounds produced by sand avalanches from dune faces in Death Valley...

October 29, 2015

milkyway_new_region_feat

Evidence of continuous supply of newly formed stars into the central Milky Way region

A previously unknown part of the Milky Way galaxy has been uncovered by using the VISTA telescope of European Southern Observatory's (ESO) Paranal Observatory. The newly discovered component contains a disk of young stars lurking behind a thick cloud of dust in...

October 29, 2015

solar_flare_feat

Solar storms can be much more powerful than previously assumed

An international team of scientists discovered that solar storms can be much more powerful and devastating than we know. By analyzing traces of solar storms in ice cores from Greenland and Antarctica, researchers concluded that Earth was hit by two extreme solar...

October 28, 2015

WTF_object_feat

Space debris expected to provide spectacular show on November 13

An unusual object discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey in 2013 is expected to enter the Earth's atmosphere on November 13, 2015. The object, suspected to be of man-made origin, most likely a rocket body, will put on a spectacular show while passing through the...

October 28, 2015

enceladus_flyby_feat

Cassini to perform the deepest-ever dive through the plume of Enceladus

NASA's Cassini spacecraft is scheduled to perform the deepest-ever dive through the icy plume of Saturn's moon Enceladus on October 28, 2015. The scientists involved in the project are hoping this dive will provide new insights into the moon's ocean...

October 27, 2015

asteroid_feat

Halloween treat: Asteroid 2015 TB145 to flyby Earth at 1.3 LD on October 31

The newly discovered asteroid 2015 TB145 will flyby our planet at the closest approach distance of about 1.3 lunar distances at 17:05 UTC on October 31, 2015. NASA's scientists are closely monitoring the asteroid, dubbed the 'Halloween asteroid', with...

October 27, 2015

earthquakes_feat

Triggered earthquakes shed new light on behavior of the Earth's crust

Scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Los Alamos National Laboratory and University of Tokyo have demonstrated that when an earthquake in one part of the world triggers another over 1 000 km away, widespread changes occur below the...

October 23, 2015

milkyway_feat

A treat for astronomers: Largest collage map of Milky Way now online

A team of astronomers from Germany have compiled the largest astronomical image of the Milky Way galaxy so far, the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) announced on October 21, 2015. ​Small region of Milky Way showing the Eta Carinae star. Image credit: Lehrstuhl...

October 22, 2015

double_star_feat

The 'hottest pair' of stars racing to a dramatic ending discovered

The hottest and most massive system of double stars that play a crucial role in the evolution of galaxies has been discovered, European Southern Observatory (ESO) announced on October 21, 2015. This very rare and strange occurrence has been observed by ESO's...

October 22, 2015

Featured_ELNINO

NASA ready to observe 2015/16 El Niño in unprecedented details

The periodical El Niño weather phenomena, known to affect the climate of our planet every few years, causing and enhancing extreme weather patterns, has already received a lot of attention this year, and will be better observed from space than any other El...

October 21, 2015

asteroid_night_sky

Halloween 2015 for skywatchers: Newly discovered asteroid makes close approach to Earth

NASA's scientists discovered a new asteroid on October 10, 2015, using the Panoramic Survey Telescope and Rapid Response System (Pan-STARRS) mounted on Mount Haleakala, Hawai'i. Asteroid was named 2015 TB145, and is expected to make the closest approach to...

October 20, 2015

NASA_landslide_2014_feat

Video animation showing 2007 - 2015 rainfall triggered landslides

Landslides present one of the most dangerous environmental hazards on the globe. To illustrate this it is sufficient to say that over 25 000 deaths have resulted from landslides triggered by torrential rainfalls around the planet, in the period between 2007 and...

October 17, 2015

sea_ice_maximum_cover_2015

2015 maximum sea ice cover lowest recorded since 2008

The sea ice cover of the Southern Ocean reached its yearly maximum extent on October 6, 2015. Sea ice cover at its maximum has spread across the area of 18.83 million square kilometers (7.27 million square miles), which puts it both on the 22nd lowest and 16th...

October 16, 2015

deep_sea_coral

New mathematical model maps undiscovered deep water coral reefs

Marine scientists have discovered four new deep-water coral reefs in the Atlantic Ocean, west of Ireland, by using a new mathematical modeling system which predicted their locations, the Plymouth University announced on October 12, 2015. The modeling system that...

October 16, 2015

jupiter_feat

New maps of Jupiter reveal the Great Red Spot continues to shrink

NASA's scientists have produced new maps of Jupiter from images collected by the Hubble Space Telescope. Newly composed maps are the first in a series of yearly images of the Solar System's outer planets, designed to keep track of how these giant worlds...

October 15, 2015

coral_bleaching_feat

Major coral bleaching phenomena now spreads globally, NOAA reports

A third global coral bleaching event was announced by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on October 8, 2015. The event is expected to be enhanced by the strong El Nino, and will impact about 38% of the world's coral reefs by the end...

October 13, 2015

africa_excavation_feat

4 500 years old skeleton provides first human genome sequence from Africa

A team of researchers from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, Ventura College and UCLA Extension have provided the first ancient human genome sequence from Africa. The discovery holds the potential to provide new information about how ancient African...

October 10, 2015

bellandur_lake_fire

Toxic foams and fire bursting out of Bellandur lake, India

Bellandur Lake, the largest lake in the city of Bangalore, India, is extremely polluted by a high amount of ammonia and phosphate while a very low amount of dissolved oxygen and refuse waters from across the city make the situation even worse. To an observer, the...

October 10, 2015

greenland_feat

Water flow paths from Greenland's subglacial lake revealed

A research team led by Dr. Steven Palmer from the University of Exeter has studied the water flow paths from a subglacial lake under the Greenland ice, and discovered that water was drained from the lake through a subglacial tunnel. The study also revealed that a...

October 09, 2015

pluto_blue_feat

Blue hazes and small regions of water ice found on Pluto

The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, provided last week by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft show the hazes scatter blue light, NASA announced on October 8, 2015. New Horizons has also detected small, exposed regions of water ice on Pluto, using...

October 09, 2015

siphonophores_feat

Jellyfish-like creature holds secrets of oceanic "jet propulsion"

A team of scientists from the Providence College, Roger Williams University, the University of South Florida, Stanford University and the University of Oregon have studied sophisticated, multi-jet propulsion system of marine animals known as siphonophores. The...

October 08, 2015

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Tectonic earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest

Scientists from University of Portland and US Geological Survey have joined the forces with Earth Sciences Animated and Mount Tabor Middle School Portland to create an animated video explaining tectonic earthquakes of the Pacific Northwest. The video describes the...

October 08, 2015

3hubble_nearby_star

Mysterious wave-like features of unknown origin discovered in nearby star's disc

Astronomers have discovered unique and unusual features within the dusty disc of the AU Microscopii star on images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope and ESO's Very Large Telescope. Curious features are moving with an unusually fast speed, and are unlike...

October 07, 2015

holodec

Holographic imaging provides new insight into turbulent mixing within clouds

A new research conducted by scientists from Michigan Technological University, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and Mainz University, has analyzed the mixing of particles of dry and water-saturated air within the clouds. The experiment was...

October 06, 2015

alga_plant1

Scientists unravel the mystery of first plant on Earth

A research team from the John Innes Centre at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, in cooperation with an international team of scientists, has solved a mystery about how the plant life on Earth evolved from ancient alga. The research center announced the...

October 05, 2015

megatsunami_feat

Megatsunamis: sudden giant collapses present a realistic hazard around volcanic islands today

A team of international scientists have found evidence that the sudden collapse of a volcano in the Cabo Verde Islands, off west Africa, generated a giant, 244 m (800 feet) tsunami that swallowed an island over 48 km (30 miles) away. The study was published in the...

October 03, 2015

rosseta_feat

Rosetta gathers data from the south pole of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko

Several months after the arrival at Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P/C-G) in August 2014, the Rosetta spacecraft has finally managed to observe and characterize comet's southern polar regions. The only instrument that was able to study this dark region of...

October 02, 2015

monsoon

Manmade aerosols significantly affecting South Asian summer monsoon winds

A new study conducted by a team of scientists from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) shows the South Asian summer monsoon wind complex has changed considerably, due to the presence of manmade aerosols in atmosphere. A widespread burning of firewood,...

October 02, 2015

ceres3_occator

New maps uncover amazing geological features on Ceres

A series of new images of Ceres have been provided by NASA's Dawn spacecraft, showing the geological features of the dwarf planet in amazing, unprecedented details. A new colored topographic map shows numerous recently approved names for various geological...

October 01, 2015

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Glider data shows the warm Gulf Stream water intrusions up to 100 meters (328 feet) deep

A process in which the warm Gulf Stream water and colder water of the continental shelf exchange has been studied in previously unknown details by examining data gathered by ocean robots installed off the coast of Massachusetts. Scientists from Woods Hole...

October 01, 2015

smos_feat

SMOS radio telescope to gather information on surface winds evolvement in hurricane systems

ESA’s Soil Moisture Ocean Salinity (SMOS) Earth Explorer radio telescope and two other satellites are gathering data focused on answering the questions about how surface winds evolve under tropical storm clouds in the Pacific Ocean. New information could prove...

September 30, 2015

mars_water_feat

NASA confirms liquid water flows on Mars

The strongest evidence so far, provided by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) confirms that liquid water flows intermittently on Mars, NASA stated in their public announcement on September 28, 2015. NASA's MRO has provided new data, proving the existence o

September 28, 2015