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how little ice age displaced tropical rain belt

How Little Ice Age displaced the tropical rain belt

In the most comprehensive reconstruction of rainfall patterns within the Intertropical Convergence Zone for the past 2000 years, a team of researchers led by ETH Zurich describe how even small changes in global temperature can trigger a migration of the tropical...

April 25, 2017

new data shows heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data show heliosphere is nearly round and symmetrical

New data covering an entire 11-year solar activity cycle suggest that Sun and planets in our solar system are surrounded by a giant, spherical system of magnetic field from the Sun, calling into question the current view of the solar magnetic fields trailing behind...

April 24, 2017

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From drought to deluge, preparing for weeks of Katrina-style flooding

California has spectacularly emerged from one of its driest periods on record and ended its five-year drought by enduring one of its wettest periods on record. Its reservoirs, lakes, and mountainsides are now brimming with water and snow, though scientists caution...

April 21, 2017

new feature discovered in the night sky steve

New phenomenon discovered in the night sky

A new phenomenon seen as a giant purple streak of light in the night sky has been recently discovered and, for lack of a better word, named Steve. Steve was discovered thanks to scientists, citizen scientists, ground-based imagers and ESA's magnetic field Swarm...

April 21, 2017

a year of sea surface temperatures 2016

Significant sea surface temperature events in 2016 explained

Anne O'Carroll, Remote Sensing Scientist at EUMETSAT, talks us through this mesmerizing animation describing a year of sea surface temperature (SST) in 2016. The animation combines satellite data from both the geostationary ring of satellites and polar orbiting...

April 20, 2017

higher state of consciousness found

Scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness found

Authors of a new study led by the University of Sussex claim they have found scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness. Neuroscientists observed a sustained increase in neural signal diversity - a measure of the complexity of brain activity -...

April 19, 2017

slims river changes course disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

Slims River disappears in 4 days as glacier retreats

A retreat of the massive Kaskawulsh Glacier in northern Canada has caused the Slims River to change its course and join the Kaskawulsh River on its way toward to the Gulf of Alaska. It is the first known case of what is known as 'river piracy' in modern...

April 18, 2017

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Coming soon: daily, high-definition views of Earth at night

Scientists are on the verge of providing daily, high-definition views of Earth at night. The announcement was made today during official release of the new, global composite map of night lights as observed in 2016, the clearest yet composite view of the patterns of...

April 12, 2017

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Stars: Electrically connected and externally powered

In Part One of this presentation, Dr. Michael Clarage began his analysis of a recent landmark discovery which shows a "surprising" relationship between sunspots and solar flares. As Dr. Clarage explained, the discovery that solar flares seem to have a...

April 12, 2017

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Florida wildfire outbreak: Governor declares a state of emergency

Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency today, April 11, 2017, following the recent wildfires across the state and the high potential for increased wildfires to continue this year. 2017 is already the most active season since 2011. In a statement...

April 11, 2017

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Dealing with space debris, preventing chain reaction

During April 18 - 21, experts from around the world will meet at ESA’s European Space Operations Centre, Darmstadt, Germany for the 7th European Conference on Space Debris discussing the extent of the space debris problem and what can be done to ensure that...

April 11, 2017

drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at volcan de fuego guatemala

Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala

A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During a ten-day research trip, the team...

April 11, 2017

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The world’s five deadliest volcanoes… and why they’re so dangerous

Since 1600, 278 880 people have been killed by volcanic activity, with many of these deaths attributed to secondary hazards associated with the main eruption. Starvation killed 92 000 following the 1815 Tambora eruption in Indonesia, for example, and a volcanic...

April 10, 2017

ancient texts provide insight into past solar events

Ancient texts provide insight into past solar storms

In a collaborative effort between the arts and sciences, researchers at Kyoto University and Japan's National Institute of Polar Research (NIPR) and National Institute of Japanese Literature (NIJL) have used historical documents to garner better insight into the...

April 09, 2017

violent hailstorm batters guiyang southwest china

Violent hailstorm hits Guiyang, southwest China

Heavy rain accompanied with violent hailstorm hit the city of Guiyang in southwest China's Guizhou Province, flooding the town and bringing traffic to a standstill on Wednesday night, April 5, 2017. According to CCTV, the downtown was seriously flooded after 23...

April 08, 2017

telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Stellar explosions are most often associated with supernovae, the spectacular deaths of stars. But new ALMA observations provide insights into explosions at the other end of the stellar life cycle, star birth. Astronomers captured these dramatic images as they...

April 08, 2017

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Unusually strong storm takes aim at California, Oregon and Washington

An unusually strong spring storm will move into California and spread across the rest of the western states through the weekend as the region enters a period of unsettled weather with a couple of strong cyclones. Heavy rains are expected and localized flash flooding...

April 07, 2017

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California droughts and floods linked to distinctive atmospheric waves

In a recent study, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that the persistent high-pressure ridge off the west coast of North America that blocked storms from coming onshore during the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 was associated...

April 06, 2017

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Gigantic jets over Pilbara, Australia on March 28, 2017

Photographer Jeff Miles from Australia has captured several amazing images of very elusive gigantic jets, otherwise known as ionospheric lightning. Miles witnessed 6 jets on the night of March 28 near a small town in the Pilbara part of Western Australia and you can...

March 31, 2017

i 85 in atlanta closed for foreseeable future after overpass collapse

I-85 in Atlanta closed for foreseeable future after bridge collapse

A massive fire collapsed an Interstate 85 northbound overpass in Atlanta Thursday evening, March 30, 2017, one of the Southeast's major north-south arteries. At this time, authorities still don't know what exactly caused the fire that produced a serious...

March 31, 2017

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Discovery offers a way to predict solar flares

A new study led by a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has found that the same kind of large-scale planetary waves that meander through Earth's atmosphere driving our weather may also exist on our star and drive space weather. The...

March 30, 2017

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Earthquake swarm near Turangi continues, New Zealand

A swarm of small earthquakes west of Turangi-Waihi-Pukawa-Omori area in New Zealand (Taupo Volcanic Zone) is shaking the region since Monday, February 13, 2017, and the number of earthquakes has increased on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. To date, GeoNet has recorded...

March 29, 2017

spring night time phenomena

Spring night sky phenomena in 4K (UHD)

This amazing time-lapse was produced by Adrien Maudit from Denmark. In less than 3 minutes, Adrien shows us spring night sky phenomena as seen this month through his lens. From northern lights to Milky Way core, meteorites, iridium flares, zodiacal lights and...

March 26, 2017

tornado damage near cato arkansas march 24 2017

EF-2 tornado struck Cato, destroying 4 homes and injuring 6, Arkansas

An EF-2 tornado touched down near Cato, Arkansas at 23:20 CDT on Friday, March 24, 2017 (04:20 UTC, March 25), destroying 4 homes and damaging other. At least 6 people were injured, one of them was trapped under a house. The National Weather Service said the tornado...

March 25, 2017

seasonal asymmetry birkeland currents

Birkeland currents stronger in the northern hemisphere, vary with the season

ESA’s Swarm mission has discovered that this seasonal variation of Birkeland currents, strong electric currents in the upper atmosphere, is not the same in the north and south polar regions. Named after Kristian Birkeland, the scientist a century ago who first...

March 23, 2017

new clouds added to international cloud atlas

After 30 years, new cloud types added to Cloud Atlas

Celebrating the World Meteorological Day on March 23, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has released its new, long-awaited, digitized International Cloud Atlas. The atlas is global reference for observing and identifying clouds, which are an essential part...

March 23, 2017

Atmospheric supersonic plasma jets discovered

Supersonic plasma jets discovered

Scientists analyzing data obtained by Swarm trio of satellites have discovered supersonic plasma jets high up in our atmosphere that can push temperatures up to almost 10 000 °C (18 000 °F). The discovery was presented at this week’s Swarm Science...

March 23, 2017

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K-Cor promises earlier space weather warnings

A new research instrument located on the Mauna Loa volcano in Hawaii - K-Coronagraph - showed the technique it uses to observe Sun's corona can be used to provide earlier warnings to astronauts when dangerous high-energy particles are blasted out of the...

March 23, 2017

sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles

Sea ice extent sinks to record lows at both poles

Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. This is the lowest maximum in the 38-year satellite record. On the opposite side of the planet, on March 3 sea ice around Antarctica hit its lowest extent ever recorded by...

March 23, 2017

mapping space dust in 3d

3-D map of space dust

A new study led by Edward F. Schlafly is providing a detailed, 3-D look at dust on a scale spanning thousands of light-years in our Milky Way galaxy. This dust map is of critical importance for the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument (DESI), a Berkeley Lab-led...

March 22, 2017

first steps toward high speed space internet

First steps toward high-speed space internet

NASA scientists are developing a trailblazing, long-term technology demonstration of what could become the high-speed internet of the sky. The Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD) will help NASA understand the best ways to operate laser communications...

March 22, 2017

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Lessons learned from the 2003 France heatwave

In the summer of 2003, France was coping with worst heatwave since 1950s, when measurements began. The relentless heat killed more than 15 000 people, mostly elderly residents of Paris. Since the 2003 disaster, France has fully integrated disaster risk reduction...

March 22, 2017

collision with another planetary body created earths iron

New theories about nature of Earth’s iron

In a study published March 20, 2017 in Nature Communications, an international team of scientists challenges the prevailing theory that the unique nature of Earth’s iron was the result of how its core was formed billions of years ago. The study opens the door...

March 20, 2017

discovery of runaway star yields clues to breakup of multiple star system

Discovery of runaway star yields clues to breakup of multiple-star system

As British royal families fought the War of the Roses in the 1400s for control of England's throne, a grouping of stars was waging its own contentious skirmish — a star war far away in the Orion Nebula. The stars were battling each other in a gravitational...

March 19, 2017

neutron star

Another "impossible" neutron star

What is a so-called neutron star? Scientists tell us that the material left over from a supernova explosion of a massive star collapses gravitationally, forming an incredibly small yet massively dense star mostly composed of tightly packed neutrons. A rotating...

March 18, 2017

4night sky guide 2017 march

Night sky guide for March 2017

The Sun will shine directly on the equator and there will be nearly equal amounts of day and night throughout the world - March equinox - on March 20. This is the first day of spring (vernal equinox) in the northern hemisphere and the first day of fall (autumnal...

March 01, 2017

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Large and deadly tornadoes rip through US Midwest

At least three people have been killed on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, as severe weather outbreak, including heavy rain, strong winds, and at least 7 tornadoes, rip through the US Midwest. As of March 1 at 07:00 UTC, the NWS has issued Flash Flood, Flood, Severe...

March 01, 2017

recurrent ch hss sparks g1 geomagnetic storm

Negative polarity CH HSS sparks G1 geomagnetic storm

Earth is under the influence of a recurrent, polar-connected coronal hole which has sparked G1 (Minor) geomagnetic storming today. Unsettled to active conditions, with G1 storming likely, are expected to continue through March 2. Geomagnetic K-index of 5 (G1 - Minor...

March 01, 2017

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SpaceX to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon

SpaceX will fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon in the second quarter of 2018 using the Crew Dragon spacecraft, the company announced. The privately held company has been approached to fly two private citizens on a trip around the Moon late next year...

February 28, 2017

humans sparked 84 percent of us wildfires

Humans sparked 84% of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades

A new study found that human-ignited wildfires in the United States accounted for 84% of all wildfires, tripling the length of the average fire season and accounting for nearly half of the total acreage burned. In total, humans have ignited over 840 000 blazes in...

February 28, 2017