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The new powerful explosions at Sakurajima volcano, Japan

Sakurajima volcano continues to be particularly active. The volcano has been having more than usual frequent and stronger explosions during the past months according to Volcano Discovery.The new powerful explosion occurred on July 24  from  the less frequ

July 25, 2012

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"Passing Through" Timelapse

Amazing timelapse video by Kristian Ulrich Larsen and Olafur Haraldsson combines beautiful landscape of Iceland, the words of Nicola Tesla, and great computer graphics.The text used for the narration of “Passing Through” is part of a speech scientist and

July 25, 2012

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Typhoon Vicente slams South China

Typhoon Vicente made landfall on July 23, 2012 UTC about 131 km south-west of Hong Kong as a Category 3 typhoon in Taishan, Guangdong, China, with maximum sustained winds of about 120 mph. Vicente missed the Hong Kong and Macau, the two populous cities in South China.

July 25, 2012

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97% of the Greenland's ice sheet surface melted in mid-July

Greenland's surface ice cover melted over a larger area than at any time in more than 30 years of satellite observations in period of merely few days this month. Nearly the entire ice cover of Greenland, from its thin, low-lying coastal edges to its two-mile-thick

July 24, 2012

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Powerful Typhoon Vicente making landfall in Guangdong, China

Powerful Typhoon Vicente is making landfall in Guangdong, China, just to the southwest of Hong Kong. Vicente strengthened rapidly over the past 12 hours and now is moving in near Macau and Pinghsa, China with maximum sustained winds equivalent to a Category 3 to 4

July 24, 2012

Solar maximum a year away

"Polar regions of our planet lit up like a Christmas tree" - NASA analysis of recent solar activity

Experts say solar maximum is due in the year 2013.  When it arrives, the peak of 11-year sunspot cycle will bring more solar flares, more coronal mass ejections, more geomagnetic storms and more auroras than we have experienced in quite some time.The source of the

July 21, 2012

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Global seismic unrest - Two moderate earthquakes offshore Northern California

According to USGS a 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit offshore Northern California on July 21, 2012 at 1:52 UTC. Recorded depth was 10 km and epicenter located 108 km (67 miles) W (274°) from Petrolia, CA at 40.382°N,

July 21, 2012

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New satellite captures highest-resolution images of the Sun's corona

First images from High Resolution Coronal Imager or Hi-C launched last week just started coming in.Hi-C telescope was launched on July 11, 2012 aboard a NASA sounding rocket and has captured the highest-resolution images ever taken of the sun's million-degree

July 20, 2012

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NASA going Electric Universe: exploring plasma in Van Allen Radiation Belts (RBSP)

The concept of Electric Universe and its main ingredient - Plasma is not new but it looks like now it might get better attention finally. Let's go back in history for just a moment then come back to where we are now and introduce new NASA space mission RBSP - Radiation

July 18, 2012

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Are we facing an end of Antarctic as we know it?

Regional warming, over-fishing, pollution, invasive species creeping into the area, ocean acidification and loss of sea ice around South Pole region are the most immediate threats for waters around Antarctic. And all those threats are linked to global levels of carbon

July 17, 2012

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Archeologists discovered the largest ancient dam built by Maya and knowledge we can use today

During recent excavations, sediment coring and mapping at the Mayan city of Tikal a multi-university team led by the University of Cincinnati have identified new landscaping and engineering feats, including the largest ancient dam built by the Maya of Central

July 17, 2012

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The Mount Lituya landslide in Alaska from June could be one of the biggest ever seen in North America

A massive landslide, one of the biggest ever seen in North America, has covered a more than 9 km run of the Johns Hopkins Glacier in Glacier Bay National Park in Alaska. A huge chunk of the slope of Lituya Mountain sloughed off June 11 and cascaded into the valley

July 16, 2012

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Wave of destructive tornadoes hit northern Poland

Powerful wave of tornadoes ripped through the north-western part of Poland on Saturday evening leaving more than 100 houses destroyed and about 400 hectares of woodlands in Bory Tucholskie forest flattened. Tornadoes hit the Kujawy-Pomerania and Wielkopolska

July 16, 2012

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Swarm of strong earthquakes - Kuril Islands

For the seventh day in a row a swarm of earthquakes continues near Kuril Islands, Russia/Japan. The latest one was measured with magnitude 5.5 according to EMSC - July 15, 2012, 14:34 UTC. Recorded depth was 80km. USGS recorded magnitude 5.3 for the same earthquake and

July 15, 2012

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Comet 96P/Maccholz is passing by the Sun, now visible at STEREO and LASCO coronographs

Comet 96P/Machholz is passing by the Sun today deep inside the orbit of Mercury. At closest approach, it will be less than 0.13 AU from the solar surface. Comet 96P/Machholz is a short-period comet, completing an orbit around the Sun every 5.24-years. Comet

July 15, 2012

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Minor geomagnetic storm in progress (Kp5) as CME impacts Earth

The CME cloud, generated by an X1.4 Solar Flare on Thursday around Sunspot 1520,  hit Earth's magnetic field on July 14th at approximately 18:11 UTC. 43 minutes earlier, at 17:28 UTC, measurements made by the ACE spacecraft indicated a shock arrival. Solar wind

July 15, 2012

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Astronomers discovered fifth moon orbiting Pluto

A team of astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has discovered a fifth moon orbiting the icy dwarf planet Pluto. This news comes just a couple of weeks shy of the one-year anniversary of the announcement of Pluto’s 4th known moon, still currently

July 11, 2012