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2017 hurricanes and aerosols

Currents in the atmosphere and 2017 Atlantic hurricanes

Tracking the aerosols carried on the winds let scientists see the currents in our atmosphere. This visualization follows sea salt, dust, and smoke from July 31 to November 1, 2017, to reveal how these particles are transported across the map. The first thing that is...

November 15, 2017

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Intergalactic plasma filaments confirmed?

On the Space News series, a clear picture of cosmic scale phenomena has emerged: networks of filaments pervade space and are closely linked to the formation and evolution of stars and galaxies. The electric universe and plasma cosmology have always predicted that...

November 03, 2017

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Scientists determine source of world's largest mud eruption

On May 29, 2006, mud started erupting from several sites on the Indonesian island of Java. Boiling mud, water, rocks and gas poured from newly-created vents in the ground, burying entire towns and compelling many Indonesians to flee. By September 2006, the largest...

October 17, 2017

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Catastrophic flooding affects thousands of families in conflict-ridden Pibor, South Sudan

Thousands of families already struggling because of ongoing violence in Pibor are in desperate need of further assistance after severe flooding washed away houses, livestock, and farmland in the Jonglei region of South Sudan. Torrential rain has caused major damage...

October 14, 2017

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Volcanic activity at Ambrym continues at minor levels, alert level remains at 3

The volcanic activity at Ambrym is continuing at the level of minor eruption state and its Volcanic Alert Level remains at Level 3, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geohazards Department (VMGD) reported on October 13, 2017. The volcanic activity is highly likely to go...

October 13, 2017

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Large solar storm sparks global aurora and doubles radiation levels on Martian surface

When charged particles from a solar storm reached Mars this month, they set off an aurora 25 times brighter and surface level radiation readings twice as high as any previous measurements. An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by...

September 29, 2017

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Amazing aurora borealis over Iceland

Because sometimes you just need to see it... "On September 27, 2017, a G3 class solar storm sparked beautiful auroras but I was way too far north to get a very good show. Instead, Lady Aurora decided to show her best colors the next night on September 28th,...

September 29, 2017

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The strange structures of the Saturn Nebula

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues. This colorful image was captured by the powerful MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope...

September 28, 2017

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Winter is coming to Urals and Siberia with record daily lows

The winter of 2017/18 announced itself in Urals and Siberia, Russia this week with abnormally cold temperatures, between 3 - 10 °C (5.4 - 18 °F) below average. Anomalously cold weather is affecting the Urals and southern Siberia over the past couple of days...

September 27, 2017

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The anomaly in the Earth’s magnetic field which has geophysicists abuzz

In this interview, EGU's Laura Roberts Artal speaks with Jay Shah, a Ph.D. student at Imperial College London, who is investigating the South Atlantic Anomaly, a patch over the South Atlantic where the Earth’s magnetic field is weaker than elsewhere on the...

September 25, 2017

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OSIRIS-REx slingshots past Earth toward Asteroid Bennu

OSIRIS-REx, NASA’s asteroid sample return spacecraft successfully used Earth’s gravity on Friday, September 22, 2017 to slingshot itself on a path toward the Asteroid Bennu, for a rendezvous next August. The spacecraft came within 17 237 km (10 711...

September 24, 2017

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Jupiter's auroras present a powerful mystery

Scientists on NASA's Juno mission have observed massive amounts of energy swirling over Jupiter's polar regions that contribute to the giant planet's powerful auroras - only not in ways the researchers expected. Examining data collected by the...

September 15, 2017

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Tectonic plates weaker than previously thought

Experiments carried out at Oxford University have revealed that tectonic plates are weaker than previously thought. The finding explains an ambiguity in lab work that led scientists to believe these rocks were much stronger than they appeared to be in the natural...

September 14, 2017

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Plane dodges tornadoes in hair-raising landing in Sochi, Russia

A plane was filmed landing in the Russian city of Sochi with three large tornadic waterspouts right behind it on August 29, 2017. Up to twelve tornadoes were spotted off the coast on the same day, and it is the second week in a row that the columns have ripped...

August 31, 2017

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Electric comets: The most dramatic displays

In our previous episode, we began a commemoration of the 5-year anniversary of Space News from the EU with a comprehensive summary of the most significant findings to date from comet missions. Today, we continue our commemoration with a review of the some of the...

August 24, 2017

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Dino-killing asteroid strike could have thrust Earth into two years of darkness

Tremendous amounts of soot, lofted into the air from global wildfires following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago, would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, new research finds. This would have shut down photosynthesis, drastically...

August 23, 2017

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Floods affect 16 million, kill 500 in Nepal, India and Bangladesh

More than 16 million people in Nepal, India and Bangladesh are affected by monsoon floods in one of the most serious crises the region has seen in many years, IFRC reports. So far, floods in those three countries are thought to have killed about 500 people....

August 19, 2017

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Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish -- the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who...

August 15, 2017

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Plutonium and americium detected in air near Highway 240 at Hanford site

Radioactive plutonium and americium were detected in air samples collected on Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Hanford nuclear reservation in Washington, US, state officials said Tuesday, August 8. According to Hanford officials, State of Washington's Department of...

August 10, 2017

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Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body....

August 08, 2017

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Study explains anomaly in Earth's atmosphere over the Weddell Sea

A new study finds that the ionospheric anomaly over the Weddell Sea, near the tip of South America in the southeast Pacific Ocean, is likely influenced by proximity to auroral energy input, rather than by tilting magnetic fields. The anomaly was discovered in the...

August 08, 2017

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Unusual wildfire burning in western Greenland

Satellites have detected a sizable wildfire burning in western Greenland, about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Sismut, the second largest town in Greenland (population 5 500). Satellites first detected evidence of the fire on July 31, 2017 and kept collecting the...

August 08, 2017

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Scientists improve forecast of increasing hazard on Cotopaxi volcano

An international team of scientists showed an increasing volcanic danger on Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador using a powerful technique known as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). The Andes region in which Cotopaxi volcano is located is known to contain...

August 08, 2017

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Electrical planetary scarring

In Part 1 of this presentation, co-founder and CTO at Thrival Tech, Garrett Hill, introduced his experimental research into the electrical scarring of planets and moons. Within a growing community of investigators, a conceptual foundation has been laid for an...

August 08, 2017

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Peter Mungo Jupp: Electric transmutation

In Part 1 of this presentation, Australian archaeologist Peter Jupp begin outlining his case for the sudden fossilization of organisms on Earth. As Peter explained, many examples exist of lifeforms that were not fossilized over geologic ages but rather through the...

July 31, 2017

failure is not an option

Huge drop in men’s sperm levels confirmed by new study

Sperm count in men from North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand declined by 50-60% between 1973 and 2011, according to a new study from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Surprisingly, the study, which analyzed data on the sperm counts of 42 935 men, found...

July 30, 2017

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New study shows the Amazon makes its own rainy season

A new study gives the first observational evidence that the southern Amazon rainforest triggers its own rainy season using water vapor from plant leaves. The finding helps explain why deforestation in this region is linked with reduced rainfall. The study analyzed...

July 28, 2017

new breakthrough discovery every quantum particle travels backwards

Breakthrough discovery: Every quantum particle travels backwards

Mathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical particles – they can move in the opposite way to the direction in which they are being pushed. In everyday life, objects travel in the same...

July 28, 2017

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Indian monsoons have strengthened over past 15 years

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come. An MIT study published today in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years...

July 28, 2017

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Sea cave preserves 5 000-year snapshot of tsunamis

An international team of scientists digging in a sea cave in Indonesia has discovered the world's most pristine record of tsunamis, a 5 000-year-old sedimentary snapshot that reveals for the first time how little is known about when earthquakes trigger massive...

July 28, 2017

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Saturn's 'weird' magnetic field perplexes scientists

The Cassini probe's first results from inside Saturn's rings make scientists question the conventional wisdom on how planets form magnetic fields. As NASA's Cassini spacecraft makes its unprecedented series of weekly dives between Saturn and its rings,...

July 27, 2017

electric fossilization

Peter Mungo Jupp: Electric fossilization

Standard geology tells us that the Earth and the life that inhabits it has changed incrementally over eons of time for many millions of years. The processes thought to have shaped our planet’s landscape are wind and water erosion, volcanism, earthquakes, and...

July 27, 2017

gamma ray telescopes reveal a high energy trap in our galaxys center

Gamma-ray telescopes reveal a high-energy trap in our galaxy's center

A combined analysis of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope and the High Energy Stereoscopic System (H.E.S.S.), a ground-based observatory in Namibia, suggests the center of our Milky Way contains a "trap" that concentrates some of the...

July 27, 2017

large distant comets more common than thought

Large, distant comets more common than previously thought

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study. Because they spend most of their time far from our area of the solar system, many "long-period comets" will never approach the Sun in a...

July 26, 2017

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A new multi-dimensional view of Hurricane "Matthew"

NASA researchers now can use a combination of satellite observations to re-create multi-dimensional pictures of hurricanes and other major storms in order to study complex atmospheric interactions. In this video, they applied those techniques to Hurricane Matthew....

July 25, 2017

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Winter storm delivers wettest day on record, New Zealand

The latest atmospheric river over New Zealand delivered one town’s wettest day on record, and broke several other long-held rainfall statistics, according to NIWA data. Lower pressure than normal has fuelled several high impact weather events during July....

July 25, 2017

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

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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