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Strong and shallow M 5.9 earthquake struck Azores Islands, Portugal

A strong and shallow earthquake magnitude M 5.9 struck Azores Islands, Portugal on April 30, 2013 at 06:25 UTC.  Epicenter was located in between Sao Miguel and Santa Maria islands; 29 km (18 miles) ESE of Furnas, Portugal and 58 km (36 miles) E

April 30, 2013


Pars Aerial rescue robot - rescuing drowning individuals close to coastlines

Pars is an aerial rescue robot designed and built for saving human lives. According to RTS Lab, which designed it, Pars uses new technologies that help guide and navigate it, including sound and image processing, autopilot, artificial intelligence and an

April 27, 2013


Solar Dynamics Observatory: Three Years of Sun in Three Minutes

In the three years since it first provided images of the sun in the spring of 2010, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has had virtually unbroken coverage of the sun's rise toward solar maximum, the peak of solar activity in its regular 11-year cycle. This video

April 22, 2013


Earth could enter into dusty meteor shower from Comet ISON's tail

Excitement and anticipation are rising as comet ISON approaches its close encounter with the Sun in November 2013. An observation of the comet in January 2013 by NASA's Swift spacecraft, when ISON was still near the orbit of Jupiter, showed that it was already...

April 20, 2013

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Kepler mission finds 2 most Earth-like planets

Continuing its hunt for habitable planets, Kepler mission has discovered 3 new planets in "habitable zones" of their solar system, NASA revealed on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Two of the newly discovered planets are most Earth-like planets found to date. They belong to

April 18, 2013


Jupiter's moon Io - new discoveries about the most volcanically active world in the Solar System

Jupiter's moon Io is the most volcanically active world in the Solar System. It has hundreds of volcanoes and volcanic activity 25 times that of Earth. However, according to NASA and European Space Agency researchers, the concentrations of volcanic activity are

April 17, 2013

April 16 2013 Iran M7.8 shake map revised 2

Extremely dangerous earthquake M 7.8 struck Iran-Pakistan border region

A very strong earthquake magnitude 7.8 (USGS) struck Iran-Pakistan border region on Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at 10:44 UTC. By latest reports USGS calculated depth at 82 km, their initial report measured 15.2 km which placed it as extremely dangerous earthquake because

April 16, 2013


M6.5 solar flare erupted from Earth facing Region 1719 - CME produced

A moderate, yet strongest this year so far, solar flare measuring M6.51 erupted on April 11, 2013 at 07:16 UTC. The source of this event is Active Region 1719 located almost in the center of the disk and with Beta-Gamma magnetic field capable of producing strong solar

April 11, 2013


California sea lion stranding crisis escalates to 'epic proportions'

The mass stranding of sea lions at Californian shores doesn't seem stopping anytime soon and condition has deteriorated even more. The stranding(s) spiked in January and have intensified in recent weeks, the numbers have already surpassed total number of an average

April 07, 2013

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Louisiana sinkhole swallowed 25 more trees and well pad access ramp

According to the Assumption Parish Police Jury, giant Louisiana sinkhole swallowed 25 trees and a well pad access ramp, so now the collapsed area grew to 13 acres in size. The Office of Conservation, in consultation with Assumption Parish Police

April 02, 2013


Active volcanoes in the world: March 20 – March 26, 2013

This week, 3 volcanoes were noticed to have new activity, whereas ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. This report covers active volcanoes in the world recorded from March 20 – March 26, 2013 based on Smithsonian/USGS criteria.New activity/unrest:

March 28, 2013

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Electricity problem at Fukushima Daiichi suspends cooling of spent fuel pools

Kyodo News reported on March 18, 2013 that a problem with electric power has occurred at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. This caused spent fuel pool units 1, 3 and 4 to be without fresh water which is necessary for cooling. According to the Nuclear

March 18, 2013


Giant sinkhole swallows nearly an acre of land overnight, Louisiana

Officials monitoring the giant sinkhole in Louisiana reported that massive slurry burped on Sunday morning, March 17, 2013. Last "burp" event was reported on January 19, 2013. Assumption Parish Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness

March 18, 2013

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Large fractures observed in the Arctic sea ice

Large fractures in the sea ice were observed off the north coast of Alaska and Canada, from near Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic to Barrow in Alaska, during the end of February and continuing into early March.According to the National Snow and Ice Data

March 15, 2013


Tigris and Euphrates rivers losing water reserves at a rapid pace

A large portion of the Middle East lost freshwater reserves rapidly during the past decade. New data revealed already an arid region of Tigris-Euphrates Basin, which grows even drier due to human consumption of water for drinking and agriculture. The research team

March 13, 2013

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Researchers discovered source of solar wind energy

Researchers have found signs of an energy source in the solar wind, a hot and fast flow of magnetized gas that streams away from the sun's upper atmosphere. Solar wind is made of hydrogen and helium ions with a sprinkling of heavier elements. Solar wind is

March 10, 2013


Graphene: Bio-degradable substance with potential of revolutionizing technology

Graphene is a biodegradable substance composed of pure carbon, a honeycomb structured one atom thick sheet packed with stupendous opportunities. Recent studies explored its potential and its amazing properties may soon help revolutionize the day-to-day technology. For

March 09, 2013