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Asteroid's Record-Breaking Brush with Earth Changed It Forever

A tiny asteroid that zipped by Earth this month made the closest-ever approach to our planet without hitting it, an encounter that changed its place in our solar system forever, NASA scientists say. The asteroid, called 2011 CQ1, came within 3,400 miles (5,471

February 26, 2011

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67 Dead Dolphins Wash Ashore Gulf Coast

This week, 24 baby dolphins washed ashore in Alabama and Mississippi along with at least 6 adults. So far, scientists have tallied a total of 67 dead dolphins along the coast. The number of dolphin carcasses appears to be growing hourly.The majority of dolphin

February 26, 2011

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36 tons of fish killed by pollution in Dong Nai river, VietNam

Pollution in the Dong Nai river has killed 36 tons of fish in Thong Nhat Ward of southern Bien Hoa city, the farmers association said in a report sent to authorities Monday. The association said 33 families practicing fish cage culture had claimed to have lost

February 26, 2011

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The beautiness of solar flare

M3.6 solar flare occurred on February 24 near the solar esatern limb and blew out a gorgeous CME plasma waves that swirled and twisted over a 90-minute period. Some of the material blew out into space and other portions fell back to the surface. This event was

February 26, 2011

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Cracks opening in South America

Ancient fault reactivated moves 20 Hectares of ground in BoliviaA total of 21 homes that house more than 34 families were damaged in Urb Los Alamos and La Florida, La Paz area of Alpacoma, where there was a geodynamic movement of land, 20 hectares, due to recent rains

February 26, 2011

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More birds death worldwide

Virus Threatens Birds in the Juarez, Mexico There's virus spreading in Juarez, Mexico that killed hundreds of birds. Birds have dropped dead across the city and now people are hoping the outbreak does not spread to all poultry. The virus spreads through the air,

February 26, 2011

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Two planets found sharing one orbit!

Buried in the flood of data from the Kepler telescope is a planetary system unlike any seen before. Two of its apparent planets share the same orbit around their star. If the discovery is confirmed, it would bolster a theory that Earth once shared its orbit with a

February 25, 2011

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After M3 flare, active sunspots turned to Earth-side

New sunspot 1163 doesn't look very impressive, but the M3-class flare it unleashed yesterday was absolutely spectacular. Click Eastern Blast to download a movie recorded by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory. When the eruption occurred, sunspot 1163 was...

February 25, 2011

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Climate change halves Peru glacier

A glacier on Peru's Huaytapallana Moutain shed half its surface ice in just 23 years, officials said Wednesday, reinforcing concerns of climate change's growing threat to fresh water resources."Recent scientific studies indicate that between June 1983 and August

February 25, 2011

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Supernova-creating particle accelerators will make the biggest bangs we have ever known

Two new experimental facilities, billed as the successors to the Large Hadron Collider, will recreate the supernova explosions that produced most of the elements that make up our world Every inch of your body – as well as the screen you are reading, the chair

February 25, 2011

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Sidoarjo Mudflow: Javanese mud volcano not "retired" yet

Since it roared to life in May 2006, a mud volcano near Indonesia's coastal city of Sidoarjo has swallowed homes, rice paddies, factories, and roads, killing 15 people, displacing 40 000, and harming the livelihoods of many more. As the ongoing eruption nears...

February 25, 2011

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Christchurch torn by entirely new fault

A new threat of landslides has emerged near to the epicentre of the quake, where boulders loosened by the tremor have already killed two and crushed homes. An aerial survey by scientists found no surface trace of the fault, which is centred southeast of

February 24, 2011

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Earthquakes and double volcanic eruption on Kamchatka

In a double volcanic eruption in Russia’s Far Eastern Kamchatka peninsula the volcanoes Shiveluch and Karmysky are spewing ash kilometers up into the sky endangering air traffic but posing no immediate threat to nearby settlements. Mt. Shiveluch has been active

February 24, 2011

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Creatures of the 'Aerosphere' Are No Longer Under the Radar

Using cutting-edge technology such as radar that can spot a bee dozens of miles away, scientists are exploring a vast frontier that may look like mostly empty space but is teeming with life: the "aerosphere."The aerosphere is the layer of the atmosphere closest to

February 24, 2011

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Approaching active sunspot region aiming Earth

A significant active region is set to emerge over the sun's northeastern limb. The underlying sunspots are not yet visible from Earth, but the region's towering magnetic canopy is already in view. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) took this picture...

February 24, 2011

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Three theories of planet formation busted

The more new planets we find, the less we seem to know about how planetary systems are born, according to a leading planet hunter. With the tally of confirmed planets orbiting other stars now more than 500, planet hunters are heading for a golden age of discovery,...

February 23, 2011

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Cyclone Atu becomes Category 3

The outer bands of Tropical Cyclone Atu continuing to push high cloud over the upper North Island this morning reports WeatherWatch.The latest oceanic warning by the crown forecaster says that Atu remains a cyclone with the air pressure at 945hPa. The cyclone is as

February 23, 2011

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Building volcanic activities seen worldwide

Increased seismicity and higher temperatures at the summit crater of smaller Lokon-Empung volcano in Indonesia was followed by a stream-driven explosion that shattered old rock at the summit of the volcano. There was also 16 quakes recorded after the ash

February 23, 2011

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Baby dolphins are washing up dead along US Golf Coast at 10 times the normal rate

Researchers agreed that baby dolphins are washing up dead along the oil-soaked US Gulf Coast at more than 10 times the normal rate in the first birthing season since the BP oil spill disaster. 17 baby dolphin corpses have been found along the shorelines of

February 23, 2011

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Earth's core is rotating much slower than previously believed

Scientists believe they have achieved the first accurate estimate of how much faster Earth's core is rotating compared to the rest of the planet. University of Cambridge study has discovered that earlier estimates of one degree quicker each year were wrong. The

February 23, 2011

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Christchurch earthquake was predicted a week before (transcript)

Here is a transcript of article called Earthquakes again in Christchurch? by pblished Feb 14. @ predictweather.comSolar activity is picking up in pace right now, with coronal holes appearing close to where they appeared before the 4 September earthquake in Christchurch.

February 22, 2011

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Experts warn: We must take space storms seriously!

Space weather could pose serious problems here on Earth in the coming years, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned today. NOAA administrator Jane Lubchenco warned at the annual meeting of the American Association for the

February 20, 2011

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Coronal holes on the farside of the Sun

For the past week, all eyes have been on the Earth-side of the sun, where sunspots 1158 and 1161-1162 have unleashed some of the strongest flares in years. Meanwhile, the farside of the Sun has been busy, too. Here is the movie from NASA's STEREO-B probe...

February 20, 2011

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Mt. Etna erupts - Spectacular night video footage

The ancient Greeks believed Mount Etna to be the home of Vulcan, the god of fire. To them, Mount Etna erupting merely meant Vulcan was forging weapons for Mars, the god of war.Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologialive webcam live

February 19, 2011

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Lava lake rising in Kongo!

Alarm at Nyiragongo volcano: in his tremendous lava lake swells to a boiler, at any time could be 1200 degrees mass rush to the valley hot and Congolese city of Goma, the flood. Volcanologists present on  from the summit.The researchers had left the summit of

February 19, 2011

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Mt.Etna and Stromboli erupted

The week buzzed by … and we actually end with a bang (albeit a cloudy one). Dr. Boris Behncke brings us news that Etna seemed to have another eruption, however unlike the events of January 12-13 of this year (top left), these events have been obscured by clouds on

February 19, 2011

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Six dead, 15 000 homeless in Madagascar cyclone

The Bingiza Cyclone which hit northern Madagascar earlier this week has claimed six lives and left one person missing, with more than 15 000 people homeless and 8 530 buildings ruined. The Indian Ocean island's emergency office said the dead included

February 17, 2011

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Work at global seed vault accelerates - Concerned farmers from Australia will deposit 301 new samples

Farmers from Australia are the latest donors to a polar bear-patrolled Arctic doomsday vault that stores seeds as insurance against an international food emergency. The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a converted mine, is located about 800 miles from the North Pole in

February 17, 2011

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Plasma cloud from major X-class solar flare reached Earth

The CME from strongest solar flare in four years disrupted radio communications in southern China, according to the China Meteorological Administration. The US space administration NASA confirmed that Monday’s solar flare was the largest in four years,

February 17, 2011

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End of days in May?

Marie Exley is part of a movement of Christians loosely organized by radio broadcasts and websites, independent of churches and convinced by their reading of the Bible that the end of the world will begin May 21, 2011. To get the word out, they're using

February 17, 2011

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Cyclone Carlos lashes Australia

Torrential rain and high winds lashed Darwin on Wednesday as a new tropical cyclone bore down on Australia's north, just two weeks after a top-strength storm caused massive destruction. Schools and a major airport were closed as Tropical Cyclone Carlos

February 16, 2011

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Plasma cloud from X2.3 solar flare headed our way

Plasma cloud from the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 (X2.3 on February 15, 2011) is headed our way. It is expected to arrive around February 17. 2011/02/15, at 07:07 UTC - PRESTO-alert: NOAA AR 1158 has produced an X2.3 flare peaking at 01:56 UTC,...

February 15, 2011

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First X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24 - X2.3 on February 14, 2011

Earth-orbiting satellites detected an X2.3 solar flare at 01:56 UTC on February 14, 2011. This is the most powerful solar flare in nearly five years, and the first X-class solar flare of Solar Cycle 24. The source was behemoth sunspot 1158. Solar

February 15, 2011

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Cyclone Bingiza hits Madgascar

The U.S. Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reported that, as of about noon Madagascar time on Feb. 14, Bingiza had maximum sustained winds of 98 mph (155 kilometers per hour) and gusts up to 120 mph (195 kph). Image credit: NASA Terra/MODIS

February 14, 2011

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Universal Cycle - Co-Creation period, February 10 and October 28, 2011

February 10, 2011 brings in the last of nine levels on the Mayan Calendar - Universal cycle or the conscious co-creation period. The Mayan Calendar will herald in some key dates in mere weeks and it really starts rolling later in 2011. Here we read two key

February 09, 2011