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Christchurch hit by swarm of earthquakes - liquefaction and potholes seen again

The largest earthquake, a 6.0, struck at about 2.20pm near Darfield, but the remaining quakes have all been centred to the east of the city. The first shake hit at 1pm and was a magnitude 5.5 quake, but there have been four other minor earthquakes over the

June 13, 2011

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New NASA research points to possible HAARP connection in Japan earthquake, tsunami

Recent data released by Dimitar Ouzounov and colleagues from the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland highlights some strange atmospheric anomalies over Japan just days before the massive earthquake and tsunami struck on March 11. Seemingly inexplicable and

June 10, 2011

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Frequent tornadoes a symptom of jet stream change

The unusually large number of severe tornadoes this year may be a sign of large-scale changes in the jet stream. When the events happen frequently such as the destruction of Joplin, Mo., the outbreak of multiple tornadoes in Alabama, and the northeast outbreak in...

June 05, 2011

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Chilean Puyehue-Cordón Caulle erupts, prompts evacuation of 3 500 people

There are reports from Chile that Puyehue-Cordón Caulle has erupted and produced a large plume. ‘Just after 14:40,′ reports soychile.cl, ‘a huge plume began to be visible from the district of Entre Lagos, which corresponds to the beginning...

June 05, 2011

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BGI sequences genome of the deadly E. Coli in Germany and reveals new super-toxic strain

The recent outbreak of an E. coli infection in Germany has resulted in serious concerns about the potential appearance of a new deadly strain of bacteria. In response to this situation, and immediately after the reports of deaths, the University Medical Centre

June 02, 2011

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Volcano expert fears we’ll see a super eruption in this century

Examining geological, historical and archeological records, the expert took the audience on a journey back to three volcanic eruptions that have shaken the world – the 1815 Tambora volcano in Indonesia that killed 100,000 people, the 1783 eruption of Kaki in Iceland

June 01, 2011

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Kyoto deal loses four big nations

Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.The future of the Kyoto Protocol

May 29, 2011

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New Greenland ice loss study emerges

 In the last decade, two of the three largest glaciers in Greenland have lost enough ice that, if melted, could have filled Lake Erie.This startling picture of Greenland's ice loss comes from a new study that refines measurements of such ice loss and is

May 28, 2011

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BGI devoted to resolve Epidemic Intestinal Hemorrhage E. Coli bacterium (EHEC)

An outbreak of Enterohemorrhagic E. Coli, also known as resistant E.Coli bacteria, is spreading in Germany and Europe. The Medical College of Hamburg University, that threats many of the infected patients, has taken the lead in the developing of a new antibiotic

May 27, 2011

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Deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased almost sixfold

Satellite images show deforestation increased from 103 sq km in March and April 2010 to 593 sq km (229 sq miles) in the same period of 2011, Brazil's space research institute says. Much of the destruction has been in Mato Grosso state, the centre of soya farming in

May 23, 2011

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Japan's 11 March mega-quake shifted the ocean floor sideways by more than 20m

Japan's 11 March mega-quake shifted the ocean floor sideways by more than 20m (65ft), according one instrument placed on the seabed off the nation's coast. This direct measurement exceeds the displacement suggested by some models built only from data gathered on

May 22, 2011

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Brittish Secretary of Defence: Solar flares storm could paralyse UK

British Defence Secretary Liam Fox will next week attend a summit of scientists and security advisers who believe the infrastructure that underpins modern life in Western economies is potentially vulnerable to electromagnetic disruption.Blogger’s and scientists

May 22, 2011

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This hurricane season may see 12 to 18 named storms and 6 to 10 hurricanes

The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane Season Outlook could be an above-normal year for activity, according to the forecast from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.This hurricane season may see 12 to 18 named storms and six to 10 hurricanes, according to

May 22, 2011

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There may be a Rapture, but it won't be this Saturday

You've probably heard the news that the Biblical Rapture is supposed to happen tomorrow (Saturday), May 21, 2011. A minister from the group Family Radio Worldwide has raised a lot of attention lately, campaigning from city to city with the message that the Rapture is

May 20, 2011

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El Nino will get more extreme

El Niño and La Niña are the warm and cold phases, respectively, of the pattern known as the El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in the eastern half of the tropical Pacific. Forecasting how this pattern will behave a few months in advance is now...

May 18, 2011

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Alarming study - Cell phones are killing bees

Scientists may have found the cause of the world's sudden dwindling population of bees - and cell phones may be to blame. Research conducted in Lausanne, Switzerland has shown that the signal from cell phones not only confuses bees, but also may lead to their

May 16, 2011

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Severe drought closes Yangtze river to shipping

Drought on China's Yangtze river has led to historically low water levels that have forced authorities to halt shipping on the nation's longest waterway. The water level along the lower reaches of the river near the city of Wuhan was just above three metres (10

May 15, 2011