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Hurricane Irene makes landfall

Irene is a category 1 Hurricane with sustained winds of 85 m.p.h. Its effects so far have included 4 deaths in North Carolina, hundreds of trees uprooted, power outages, and structural damage. Structural damage, though minor so far in most places, has also been of a

August 27, 2011

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M5.5 earthquake hits Trinidad area, Colorado, the largest in almost 40 years

The largest earthquake to strike Colorado in almost 40 years has shaken hundreds of people near the New Mexico border. The magnitude 5.5 (later downgraded to 5.3) earthquake was recorded at 05:46 UTC on August 23, 2011, 15 km (9 miles) WSW of Trinidad, Colorado and...

August 23, 2011

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Report: Exxon fights US over major oil discovery

Exxon Mobil Corp. and the federal government are fighting over one of the largest oil discoveries in the Gulf of Mexico that could yield billions of dollars of crude in coming years, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.The Julia oil field, about 250

August 20, 2011

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Space junk cleanup poses grand challenge for 21st century

Scientist warn about threat to spacecraft and the enviroment that posses space debris orbiting the Earth. According to J.-C. Liou of the Orbital Debris Program Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center, the space junk trend no longer can be reversed by full compliance with

August 16, 2011

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Texas governor orders questionable vaccine for all girls

According to article by MSNBC, bypassing the Legislature altogether, Republican Gov. Rick Perry issued an order Friday making Texas the first state to require that schoolgirls get vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer. By

August 14, 2011

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Axial Seamount: Undersea volcano eruption off the coast of Oregon, US

An undersea volcano has erupted off the coast of Oregon, spewing forth a layer of lava more than 12 feet (4 meters) thick in some places, and opening up deep vents that belch forth a cloudy stew of hot water and microbes from deep inside the Earth.Scientists uncovered e

August 10, 2011

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Antiproton ring found around Earth

Antiprotons appear to ring the Earth, confined by the planet's magnetic field lines. The antimatter, which may persist for minutes or hours before annihilating with normal matter, could in theory be used to fuel ultra-efficient rockets of the future.Charged particle

August 09, 2011

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Pollutants found at US base in S.Korea - possible Agent Orange

Traces of toxic chemicals have been found at a US military camp but there is no evidence yet to support claims that Agent Orange was buried there in 1978, South Korean and American investigators said.Dangerous levels of trichloroethylene and tetrachloroethylene were

August 08, 2011

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Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size

Behemoth sunspot 1263 has almost doubled in size this weekend. A 28-hour movie from NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory shows the spot developing a tail that has added some 50,000 km of length to the active region.This development may increase the likelihood of a stro

August 08, 2011

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Mystery of the orange substance in Alaska

A massive patch of bright orange material washed up on the Alaskan coast, and has scientists baffled. The substance, which experts don't believe is man-made, could possibly be algae, but a kind no one has seen before.A strange orange substance raining down from the

August 07, 2011

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18 Indonesian volcanoes on alert status

Eighteen Indonesian volcanoes are on “alert” status, two of which are at Alert Level 3, which is called “Siaga”, the Volcanology and Geology Disaster Mitigation Center says. Center head Surono said Sunday in Jakarta the erupting Mount Lokon in North Sulawesi

August 07, 2011

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Major geomagnetic storm in progress!!!

A major geomagnetic storm is in progress following the impact of a CME on August 5th around 1800 UT. Sky watchers at all latitudes should be alert for auroras after nightfall. Tip: the best hours for aurora sightings are usually around local midnight.Analysts at the

August 05, 2011

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Massive double Sunspot 1263 - wider than the Earth - harbors energy for powerful X-class solar flares!

Double sunspot 1263 is a whopper. Its two dark cores are each wider than Earth, and the entire region stretches more than 65,000 km from end to end. The clarity of  image is impressive. Note the granulation of the stellar surface surrounding the main dark cores.

August 02, 2011

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Wild beasts expiriencing famine - close encounters and attacks more often

The mountains over Grenoble were once an ideal grazing ground for his 900 sheep. But now, after long banishment, the wolves are back - bolder and hungrier than ever. Wolves were eradicated in France in the 1930s, but made a comeback in the southern Alps in 1992,

August 02, 2011

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Climate Research Unit released climate dataset - Facts and figures for anyone

Temperature records going back 150 years from 5113 weather stations around the world were released to the public by the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, UK. The only records missing are from 19 stations in Poland, which refused

July 31, 2011

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New mud volcano discovered on Cheleken peninsula in Turkmenistan

A new mud volcano was discovered on the Cheleken peninsula in Turkmenistan, the Neytralniy Turkmenistan newspaper reported with reference to local scientists Anatoly Bushmakin and Aman Nigarov. Mud volcanoes are not uncommon in Turkmenistan.The presence of a large

July 30, 2011

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Severe drought hits SW China

Some 50,000 people are suffering from a severe drought that has plagued parts of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local flood control and drought relief authorities said Sunday. Several counties in the cities of Baise and Hezhou have received little

July 30, 2011