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violent landslide strucks busy road china july 2017

Video shows violent landslide burying cars in south China's Guangxi Zhuang

Dashcam footage captured the moment a violent landslide suddenly struck a busy road in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. The slide left eight vehicles buried in the mud and three injured. In total, sixteen drivers and...

July 20, 2017

abandoned farm

Severe drought devastating southern European crops

One of the worst droughts in recent decades is devastating southern European crops. Just this year, the damage is estimated to more than 1 billion euros. In Italy, around 30% less rain has fallen this year, compared with last year. Grains have been particularly...

July 20, 2017

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Dust deposits give new insights into the history of the Sahara

The Sahara is the world's largest desert and dust source with significant impacts on trans-Atlantic terrestrial and large-scale marine ecosystems. Remote Saharan dust influences the Earth's radiation budget and tropical North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere...

July 20, 2017

plastic waste

Over 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been produced and most of it thrown away

More than 9.1 billion tons of plastic have been manufactured since the material was initially mass-produced in the 1950s, according to "the first global analysis of all mass-produced plastics," which reports the majority has ended up in landfills or...

July 20, 2017

electricity of life

Bioelectricity, morphology and electroceuticals - Electricity of Life

What if there is a "bioelectric code" along with the genetic code? Thanks to determined work at the Levin Lab, some ideas in biology that were culturally disbelieved are now beginning to dawn on the mainstream consciousness in academia… with...

July 20, 2017

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Very rare ball lightning recorded in Bergamo, Italy

Ball lightning, a very rare and one of the most fascinating types of lightning, has been recorded in Bergamo, Italy around 01:30 CET on July 14, 2017 during severe storms. Immediately after the strong pulsing glow came a very strong smell of sulfur, a common trait...

July 17, 2017

bangladesh floods july 2017

Flooding affects more than 1 million people in Bangladesh

Continued rainfall and swelling rivers such as the Brahmaputra, Jamuna and Padma have further worsened the flood situation in northern districts of Bangladesh, ECHO reports. According to the Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre, the 12 major rivers were flowing over...

July 15, 2017

yemen cholera outbreak

Yemen: world's largest humanitarian crisis and largest cholera outbreak

Yemen currently holds a double grim world record: the largest humanitarian crisis (20.7 million Yemenis in need of humanitarian assistance, 17 million severely food insecure, at least 462 000 severely malnourished children) and the largest cholera outbreak (with...

July 15, 2017

significant flooding in the us midwest july 2017

Significant flooding in the US Midwest

Heavy rain resulted in significant flooding in the U.S. Midwest over the week of July 7 to 14, 2017. Using satellite data, NASA estimated the amount of rain that fell over those areas and used satellite data to create 3-D imagery of severe storms. NASA's...

July 15, 2017

mahantango creek watershed pennsylvania

Pennsylvania watershed contaminated with radioactive material and endocrine-disrupting chemicals

Hydraulic fracturing has enabled a domestic oil and gas boom in the U.S., but its rapid growth has raised questions about what to do with the billions of gallons of wastewater that result. Researchers now report that treating the wastewater and releasing it into...

July 12, 2017

larsen c ice shelf breaks off july 2017

Huge Antarctic iceberg finally breaks free

After months of ‘hanging by a thread’, a vast iceberg the size of Norfolk has finally broken off Antarctica’s Larsen C Ice Shelf. Around 30 m (98 feet) of this 190 m (623 feet) thick block of ice sits above the sea surface. Scientists now have...

July 12, 2017

jupiter

What's inside Jupiter?

In Part 1 of this presentation, physicist Wal Thornhill began his analysis of the extraordinary revelations from NASA's Juno Mission to the gas giant Jupiter. Like every other recent space mission, what scientists are finding is not what they expected. In the...

July 08, 2017

noctilucent clouds adrien mauduit

Breathtaking structure of noctilucent clouds

As the PoSSUM noctilucent cloud airborne campaign unfolds in High Level, Alberta, Canada, the PoSSUM team gets valuable scientific data using PMC-turbo cameras. As part of the science communication and outreach effort, photographer Adrien Mauduit is helping the...

July 08, 2017

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New mysteries surround MU69, New Horizons' next flyby target

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft doesn't zoom past its next science target until New Year's Day 2019, but the Kuiper Belt object, known as 2014 MU69, is already revealing surprises. Scientists have been sifting through data gathered from observing the...

July 08, 2017

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CERN's LHCb experiment announces observation of a new particle

At the EPS Conference on High Energy Physics held this week in Venice, the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider has reported the observation of Ξcc++ (Xicc++) a new particle containing two charm quarks and one up quark. The existence of this...

July 08, 2017

strike slip

How strike-slip faults form, the origin of earthquakes

Structural geologist Michele Cooke calls it the "million-dollar question" that underlies all work in her laboratory at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: what goes on deep in the earth as strike-slip faults form in the crust? This is the fault type...

July 08, 2017

earth magnetic field study

Study finds Earth’s magnetic field ‘simpler than we thought’

Scientists have identified patterns in the Earth’s magnetic field that evolve on the order of 1 000 years, providing new insight into how the field works and adding a measure of predictability to changes in the field not previously known. The discovery also...

July 08, 2017

cern large hadron collider

CERN: Unprecedented number of particles reached in record time at LHC

CERN reports that an unprecedented number of particles has been reached in record time at their Large Hadron Collider (LHC). Just five weeks after physics resumed, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is already running at full throttle, their report said. On Wednesday,...

June 30, 2017

fires in africa may 2017

Steep drop in natural and human-caused fires worldwide

Researchers using NASA satellites to detect fires and burn scars from space have found that an ongoing transition from nomadic cultures to settled lifestyles and intensifying agriculture has led to a steep drop in the use of fire for land clearing and an overall...

June 30, 2017

fossils from pliocene marine megafauna extinction

Previously unknown extinction of marine megafauna discovered

Over two million years ago, a third of the largest marine animals like sharks, whales, sea birds and sea turtles disappeared. This previously unknown extinction event not only had a considerable impact on the Earth’s historical biodiversity but also on the...

June 28, 2017

self assembling particles

Sound waves direct particles to self-assemble, self-heal

An elegantly simple experiment with floating particles self-assembling in response to sound waves has provided a new framework for studying how seemingly lifelike behaviors emerge in response to external forces. Scientists at the Department of Energy’s...

June 28, 2017

orbiting black holes

Groundbreaking discovery confirms existence of orbiting supermassive black holes

For the first time ever, astronomers at The University of New Mexico say they've been able to observe and measure the orbital motion between two supermassive black holes hundreds of millions of light years from Earth - a discovery more than a decade in the...

June 28, 2017

distant earthquakes can cause underwater landslides

Distant earthquakes can cause underwater landslides

New research finds large earthquakes can trigger underwater landslides thousands of miles away, weeks or months after the quake occurs. Researchers analyzing data from ocean bottom seismometers off the Washington-Oregon coast tied a series of underwater landslides...

June 28, 2017

planet 10 new planet kuiper belt

Study suggests another large planetary body exists in Solar System

A new study from the University of Arizona suggests that an unknown, and currently unseen planetary body exists in the outer reaches of our solar system. The planet is located far beyond Pluto and has a mass somewhere between that of Mars and Earth. This object is...

June 23, 2017

incecisive weather by sheila sund

How large-scale water cycles influence quake activity in California

A new study shows how seasonal changes in large-scale water cycles in California influence small-scale quake activity. It confirms that the annual hydrological loading cycle modulates microseismicity in California. The results of the study reveal how snow, rain,...

June 16, 2017

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China breaks quantum physics record, transmits entangled photons over 1 200 km

For the first time, scientists have realized the satellite-based distribution of entangled photon pairs over a distance of 1 200 km (745 miles). The photon pairs were demonstrated to be still entangled after traveling long distances and Bell's inequality was...

June 16, 2017

electric jupiter and its many surprises

Electric Jupiter and its many surprises

Scientists working on NASA’s historic Juno mission to the gas giant Jupiter have recently presented their early findings for the first time. Like so many other recent space missions, what they have discovered is not what they expected. As reported by New...

June 15, 2017

kobe earthquake japan

Japan's earthquakes and tectonic setting

Japan has more measurable earthquakes than any other country and has over 100 active volcanoes. These both result from Japan being wedged among four major tectonic plates. The tectonics are complicated, but in this animation, IRIS attempted to look at the basic...

June 15, 2017

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Death toll from Bangladesh landslides rises to over 150

Numerous landslides caused by heavy monsoon rains have buried thousands of homes and claimed lives of at least 152 people in Bangladesh since Monday, June 12, 2017. Police say many of the dead are from poor tribal communities living in traditional homes in the...

June 15, 2017

all stars born in pairs

Our sun had a twin when it was born, study

According to a new analysis by a theoretical physicist from UC Berkley and a radio astronomer from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory at Harvard University, our sun, as well as every other sunlike star in the universe, had a twin when it was born. Astronomers...

June 14, 2017

massive galaxies alignment

Massive galaxies aligned for at least 10 billion years. Whatever caused it, acted quickly

A new study led by Michael West of Lowell Observatory and Roberto De Propris of the University of Turku reveals that the most massive galaxies in the universe have been aligned with their surroundings for at least ten billion years. This discovery shows that...

June 14, 2017

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Winter-like storm sets new records across Nevada

An unusually strong and cold low pressure system caused several daily low temperatures and precipitation records to be set on Monday, June 12, 2017 across central and northern Nevada. On the same day, state's mountainous regions received an estimated 6 - 12...

June 14, 2017

sri lanka floods

1.3 million children need humanitarian assistance after storms in Bay of Bengal

Devastating effects of Cyclone "Mora" in Myanmar and Bangladesh and unusually heavy monsoon rains across Sri Lanka have left at least 1.3 million children in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, UNICEF warns. "Children who have had their lives...

June 02, 2017

metamorphosis adrien mauduit

Metamorphosis by Adrien Mauduit

In nature, there is nothing more spectacular than the Spring. Funny enough, animals and plants are way quicker to get back to being active than to fall into dormancy in the Fall. It sometimes takes months for deciduous plants to lose all their leaves, whereas they...

June 01, 2017

Theewaterskloof Dam South Africa

Severe water crisis in Cape Town caused by worst drought in over a century

Cape Town, South Africa's seat of Parliament and the legislative capital, is enduring its worst drought in over a century and severe water crisis. This forced officials to impose strict Level 4 water restrictions, effective as of Thursday, June 1, 2017. While...

June 01, 2017

enceladus spin axis tilted due to asteroid impact

Enceladus' spin axis may have tilted due to asteroid impact

Cassini mission scientists found evidence that Saturn's icy, ocean-bearing moon Enceladus may have tipped over in the distant past. Its spin axis, the line through the north and south poles, has reoriented, possibly due to a collision with a smaller body such as...

May 31, 2017

izmir flood turkey may 29 2017

Severe flash floods hit Turkey's Izmir, turning streets into raging rivers

Heavy rainfall caused severe flash floods in western Turkey on May 29, 2017, especially in the city of Izmir in Izmir Province whose streets quickly turned into raging rivers. Floodwaters flooded numerous houses, destroyed city's infrastructure and swept away a...

May 31, 2017

chihuahua tornado may 30 2017

Tornadoes hit Mexican states of Chihuahua and Puebla

An impressive tornado hit the Mexican state of Chihuahua on Tuesday, May 30, 2017, and was witnessed and recorded by numerous people. On the same day, another tornado hit the state of Puebla, knocking down 27 trees and damaging several cars. Meanwhile, a low...

May 31, 2017

henderson bay site of new zealands largest tsunami

New Zealand's biggest tsunami reached 32 m (105 ft) a.s.l. and 1 km (0.62 mi) inland

New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) has released a new database and interactive map that enables users to search through scientific records of paleotsunamis that affected New Zealand shores. Records date back to pre-historic...

May 31, 2017

juno results

Juno mission rewrites what we know about Jupiter

NASA’s Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft...

May 26, 2017