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Chillymanjaro

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SkyWatchers: Great Morning Planet Show!

The Great Morning Planet Show of May 2011 is underway. Every morning for the rest of this month, you can see a beautiful gathering of four planets in the eastern sky. They are Mars, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, shown here on May 1st over Magnetic Island in east

May 03, 2011

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Record wildlife die-offs reported in Northern Rockies

A record number of big-game animals perished this winter in parts of Montana, Idaho and Wyoming from a harsh season of unusually heavy snows and sustained cold in the Northern Rockies, state wildlife managers say."Elk, deer and moose -- those animals are having a

May 03, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm in progress

The geomagnetic field was unsettled to active at mid latitudes. Minor to major storm conditions occurred at high latitudes due to Coronal Hole (CH) high-speed stream (HSS) effects. Solar winds speeds were sustained above 620 km/s during the period. The greater than 2

May 02, 2011

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama tornado damage satellite imagery

Following photos are before and after imagery showing tornado damage in various neighborhoods of Tuscaloosa, AL. The before imagery is credited to Google, the after imagery was taken from an altitude of 1,500m (5,000 feet) by a NOAA aircraft on April 29, 2011:The

May 02, 2011

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Sky watchers be ready for meteor shower from Halley's Comet on May 6th

Get up in the wee hours of the morning May 6th and head out into the country, far from the city lights so you can observe eta Aquarid meteor shower. The eta Aquarids are best viewed from the southern hemisphere, but there's something special about them no matter...

April 28, 2011

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Solar winds blowing earthward from Sun's new coronal hole

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory is monitoring a hole in the sun's atmosphere - a "coronal hole." It is the dark region circled in this extreme ultraviolet image taken during the early hours of April 28th: Coronal holes are places where the sun's magnetic field

April 28, 2011

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141 violent tornadoes devastate few US states

The tornadoes and severe thunderstorms have killed at least 72 people across the South on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press, and the death toll will continue to rise. Tornadoes remain a threat from the mid-Atlantic to southern Alabama. Out of those

April 27, 2011

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Eruption of Tungurahua sends ash up to 7 km into the air, Ecuador

Ashes from Tungurahua, 140 km south of Quito, Ecuador, rose more than 7 kilometers (4 miles) into the air on Tuesday. Schools are closed and residents evacuated in areas near volcano.Six eruptions and significant ash cloud were detected  and authorities issued

April 27, 2011

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Fear of Juan de Fuca megathrust earthquake

The north-west coast of the U.S. could be devastated by a huge movement of undersea plates known as a ‘megathrust’ earthquake, scientists say. A review of the dangers posed by the Juan de Fuca plate released in the wake of the Japanese quake has raised fears that

April 26, 2011

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Amazing B-class solar flare

B-class eruptions are weak and generally not considered spectacular, but the one recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) on April 23rd was quite different:The blast hurled hundreds of thousands of tons of plasma above the stellar surface with a powe

April 24, 2011

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Envisat view of Earth pt.1 (Video)

Recently lost ENVISAT still shows no signs of "life". While satellite observing community wait for some news lets take a look at breathtaking imagery of land and oceans by Envisat's optical and radar instruments. The satellite is orbiting 497 miles above the

April 24, 2011

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Sky watchers - The Lyrid meteors passing by Earth!

 Every year in late April Earth passes through the dusty tail of Comet Thatcher (C/1861 G1), and the encounter causes a meteor shower--the Lyrids. This year the shower peaks on Friday morning, April 22nd. The best time to look, no matter where you live, is

April 22, 2011

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Dead fish found on dam bank at Big Warrambool, Australia

An amount of European Carp fish in a dam at Big Warrambool alarmed the residents in Tuesday morning. There were thousands and thousands of dead fish on the water and line the banks metres deep.It is a mystery why they have all died, but a Lightning Ridge local

April 22, 2011

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Impact of polar ozone depletion on subtropical precipitation

The ozone hole over Antarctica has been rearranging rainfall patterns throughout the Southern Hemisphere for decades, a new modeling analysis shows. The idea that losing ozone in the cold stratosphere over the South Pole could affect weather in the lower atmosphere...

April 22, 2011

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February solar flare was sparked by five spinning sunspots

The giant solar flare unleashed in February was caused by five rotating sunspots working in concert, the UK's National Astronomy Meeting has heard.Images released from the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) clearly show the sunspots, which are centres of magnetic

April 21, 2011

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Toxic caterpillars invasion in UK

The Forestry Commission has issued a caution not to touch the caterpillars of the oak processionary moth. Residents in Pangbourne and parts of west London have been warned to steer clear of a toxic caterpillar. Their hairs contain a toxin that can cause itchy skin

April 21, 2011

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Geomagnetic storm in progress (April 20, 2011)

Geomagnetic storm is in progress. K index showing level 5. Solar windspeed: 548.7 km/secdensity: 1.9 protons/cm3Planetary K-indexNow: Kp= 5 storm24-hr max: Kp= 5 stormThe K-index is a code that is related to the maximum fluctuations of horizontal

April 20, 2011

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Earth tremor in Sri Lanka damaged seven houses

Sri Lanka's Disaster Management Center (DMC) has reported that a minor earth tremor had occurred in the Kirinda area in the Hambantota District last night. The DMC said the tremor has occurred at around 10 pm on Monday night and that further investigations are being

April 20, 2011

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Caterpillars swarm over parts of Indonesia

Most renowned Indonesia's island Bali is under caterpillar attack in the past week. As a result, the local administration announced a state of emergency.Bali’s capital Denpasar, as well as six other regencies (districts) of Buleleng, Jembrana, Gianyar,

April 19, 2011

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World is "one shock away from a full-blown crisis"

Driven in part by higher fuel costs connected to events in the Middle East and North Africa, global food prices are 36 percent above their levels a year ago and remain  volatile, pushing people deeper into poverty. According to the latest edition of the World

April 18, 2011

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Landslide in East Java

Ten people died in a landslide at Pandansari village in Malang district, East Java on Sunday.The total number of casualties is at 10. The last victim died at Saiful Anwar Hospital after receiving treatments for his injuries, seven people remained hospitalized.The

April 18, 2011

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Milky Way through a Saharan sandstorm

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.This was filmed between 4th and 11th April 2011 by Terje Sorgjerd. He has the pleasure of visiting El Teide.Spain´s highest mountain (@3715m@Canary Island) is one of the best places in the world to photograph the stars and

April 18, 2011

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Earthquake 6,6 hit volcanic arc south of Kermadec Islands

6.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the South Pacific on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The epicenter was south of the Kermadec Islands, about 340 miles (550 kilometers) east-northeast of Auckland, New Zealand, the survey said.The earthquake had a

April 18, 2011

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Al-Sarrayat season start to bother Kuwait

A severe dust storm paralyzed Kuwait Wednesday, suspending air traffic and oil exports.The Kuwait Petroleum Corp. also advised incoming ships to hold off on docking, the official Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported. A top oil official, Sheik Talal al-Khaled, said some

April 14, 2011

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Giant ocean whirlpools puzzle scientists

US scientists discovered two giant whirlpools in the Atlantic Ocean, off the coast of Guyana and Suriname. It became a sensational discovery because this part of the ocean has been studied thoroughly, and no one expected anything like that to appear in the area. More

April 13, 2011

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Massive landslides and floods hit Colombia

As many as 200 people may have been buried in a landslide that swept over houses near Medellin, Colombia's second largest city. The landslide struck the La Gabriela district of the town of Bello near Medellin, 250 miles northwest of the capital Bogota. The landslide

April 13, 2011

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Tornado outbreak in Wisconsin sets record

A powerful storm system that moved through the nation's midsection over the weekend caused what may be a record-breaking seven tornadoes in Wisconsin, officials said Monday."It's one of the most significant tornado outbreaks in April," said Rich Mamrosh,

April 12, 2011

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Japan raises threat level on nuclear plant to highest level

Japan finally raised the nuclear threat level of its Fukushima Daiichi power plant from a level 5 to the highest level 7, putting it on a par with the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986.Japanese government’s Nuclear Safety Commission had earlier revealed that

April 12, 2011

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Yellowstone volcanic plume much larger than expected

Yellowstone National Park hosts a variety of hot springs and geysers, all powered by a plume of molten rock under its surface. At times in the past, that plume has powered activity that was quite a bit less scenic: massive eruptions that have been capable of covering

April 12, 2011

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New eruptions reported at Etna volcano in Italy

Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV) reports about the third paroxysmal eruptive episode of the year 2011 from the pit crater on the east flank of the Southeast Crater cone occurred on 10 April, 51 days after the previous paroxysm on 18 February. The

April 11, 2011

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Global mangrove forest destroyed rapidly

New research shows that mangroves store exceptionally more carbon than most tropical forests, but they are being destroyed from coastlines at a rapid rate, causing significant emissions of greenhouse gases.Findings by scientists from the Center for International

April 08, 2011

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"Epidemiological" Study Demonstrates Climate Change Effects On Forests

An 18-year study of 27,000 individual trees by National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists finds that tree growth and fecundity - the ability to produce viable seeds - are more sensitive to climate change than previously thought. The results, published Global

April 07, 2011

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Oklahoma experiencing worst drought conditions since 1921

Wildfires have burned thousands of acres in the past month as the state of Oklahoma and its farmers struggle with a severe drought. Oklahoma was drier in the four months following Thanksgiving than it has been in any similar period since 1921.Drought and high

April 07, 2011

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Two asteroids to make close pass near Earth

It's notable when an asteroid flies past Earth closer than the Moon. Today, April 6th, two asteroids will do this.Newly-discovered space rocks 2011 GW9 and 2011 GP28 will zip through the Earth-Moon system at Earth-distances of 77,000 km and 192,000 km, respectively.

April 06, 2011

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Libya warns of disaster if 'Great Man-Made River' hit

Libya warned on Sunday that NATO-led air strikes could cause a "human and environmental disaster" if they damaged the country's massive Great Man-Made River (GMMR) project.Built at a cost of 33 billion dollars, the GMMR extracts water from deep beneath the Sahara

April 06, 2011

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Ruapehu's Crater Lake heating up

Mount Ruapehu's Crater Lake is heating up, but there are no signs an eruption is imminent. GNS Science volcanologists said today high water temperatures, currently about 38 °C - 39 °C, were being experienced in the lake. GeoNet reports about changes that...

April 05, 2011

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Is Vesta an ordinary asteroid or something much more interesting?

On March 29, 1807, German astronomer Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers spotted Vesta as a pinprick of light in the sky. Two hundred and four years later, as NASA's Dawn spacecraft prepares to begin orbiting this intriguing world, scientists now know how special this world is,

April 05, 2011

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Organic farmers sue Monsanto over GMO seeds

A landmark lawsuit filed on March 29 in US federal court seeks to invalidate Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seeds and to prohibit the company from suing those whose crops become genetically contaminated.The Public Patent Foundation filed suit on

April 05, 2011

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Plant disease raises questions on modified crops

Sudden death syndrome (SDS) of soybean was first discovered in 1971 in Arkansas and since then has been confirmed throughout most soybean-growing areas of the U.S. SDS is a fungal disease that also occurs in a disease complex with the soybean cyst nematode (SCN,

April 04, 2011

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Concern over Mt. Baekdu eruption growing

A slew of the latest environmental changes revealed by North Korean officials during a meeting with their South Korean counterparts in Munsan, north of Seoul, has put greater weight that the dormant volcano on Mt. Baekdu could erupt. It last erupted in

April 03, 2011