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Hurricane Kenneth became a major category 4 storm

Hurricane Kenneth became a major category4 storm off the Pacific coast of Mexico early Tuesday but posed no immediate threat to land. Hurricane Kenneth, which gained monster Category 4 status, is the strongest hurricane ever so late in the season for the basin. No

November 23, 2011

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Contact established with Phobos-Grunt spacecraft!

A tracking station at Perth, Australia established contact with the Russian "lost" spacecraft Phobos-Grunt on November 22 at 20:25 UT. This was the first signal received on Earth since the mission to Mars’ Phobos moon was launched on November 8, 2011. Roscosmos

November 23, 2011

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Concerned UK citizen warns: false black widow spiders are everywhere

We have just had false black widow spiders confimed in our home but I have also found them in the shed, outbuildings and even polytunnel, a concerned citizen from South Wales, UK, warns her fellow citizens and continues our local authority have said due to climate

November 23, 2011

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New study: Probiotics help protect gut from radiation damage

Cancer patients undergoing radiation treatments or individuals looking to protect themselves against general radiation damage can look to probiotics for help, according to a new study. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo.,

November 22, 2011

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Texas drought causes water shortages

Latest projections indicates that state's population will double to 46 million over the next half-century. It means that the days of cheap and abundant water are coming to an end, and where the additional supply will come from is not clear.Sixty years after the

November 21, 2011


Bird flu virus can be modified into bioweapon?

Scientists and security specialists are in the midst of a fierce debate over recent experiments on a strain of bird flu virus that made it more contagious. The H5N1 virus has been circulating among birds and other animals in recent years. It's also infected about

November 20, 2011

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Phobos-Grunt and Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment or "LIFE"

Phobos-Grunt is the first Russian-led interplanetary mission since the failed Mars 96. The spacecraft is also carrying the Chinese Mars orbiter Yinghuo-1 and the tiny Living Interplanetary Flight Experiment funded by the Planetary Society.Lift-off occurred

November 18, 2011

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El Hierro on red alert - additional beaches closed

The earthquakes are increasing gradually in number at El Hierro submarine volcano area. Since midnight IGN has listed 37 earthquakes. The strongest one was at 15:32 UTC a 3.7 earthquake was listed by IGN and felt by the Herreños. The  epicenter was close to the

November 18, 2011


Heavy flooding still battering SouthEast Asia

Unusually heavy monsoon rains have caused devastation across South-East Asia. Floods continued to menace Southeast Asia in mid-November 2011. More and more land stay submerged for weeks, even months.  with authorities reporting that more than 250 people have been

November 18, 2011

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Phobos-Grunt uncontrolled reentry

Phobos-Grunt, the Russian interplanetary mission is coming back little to early. Following a successful launch from Russia’s Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and the subsequent separation of the Phobos-Grunt probe from its booster rocket on Wednesday morning, its

November 15, 2011


New study focused on Nazca Plate shows a link between the shape of plate boundaries and the forces they exchange

A new study of tectonic plate boundaries may help scientists understand how earthquakes happen. The work by researchers including Dr Giampiero Iaffaldano from the Australian National University focused on the Nazca plate, which plunges beneath the continental South

November 13, 2011


Warning of major earthquake in Canada

Canada could expect a major earthquake at any time and a top geophysicist says it should prepare itself if it is to avoid the kind of disasters that befell Japan, Italy and China in recent years.The most vulnerable region is the West Coast, which has been hit with

November 11, 2011


No bright future for Thailand's capital - Bangkok is sinking

The Thai capital, built on swampland, is slowly sinking and the floods currently besieging Bangkok could be merely a foretaste of a grim future as climate change makes its impact felt, experts say. Bangkok is sinking! The low-lying metropolis lies just 30 kilometres

November 09, 2011


2005 YU55 flyby - "The Day the Earth Stood Still"

The asteroid 2005 YU55, which is about 400 meters (1,300 feet) in diameter, will make its closest approach to Earth at 23:28 UTC (23:28 GMT, 6:28 p.m. EST, 3:28 PST) today. At that point, the space rock will be traveling at about 46,671 km (29,000 mph) with distance

November 08, 2011


Asteroid 2005 YU55, The Moon, Taurids and drills

Discovered nearly six years ago by Robert McMillan at Steward Observatory's Spacewatch Telescope in Arizona, 2005 YU55 has been this way before. In April 2010 it passed close enough for detailed radar probing by the giant radio dish at Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It

November 06, 2011

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A Guide for Solar Watchers - Part 1

A Guide for Solar Watchers pt.1 - Sun basics For all those who don't quit understand what is happening with our Sun and what is space weather we decided to make A Guide for Solar Watchers. We will start with solar basics - structure, characteristics, solar

November 05, 2011

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Earthquakes killed 780 000 in past decade

More than 780 000 lives were lost as a result of earthquakes over the past 10 years. This is nearly 60% of all disaster-related deaths, according to a study published in The Lancet on Friday. The study was conducted by Susan Bartels of the Beth Israel Deaconess...

November 05, 2011