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Decadal variation of relationship between East Asian monsoon and El Nino

East Asian summer monsoon (EASM) is one of the most dominant climate systems in East Asia. The anomalous EASM can cause extremely high temperatures, floods or drought. And the El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), the dominating mode in the tropical Pacific,...

November 11, 2017

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Detection of Ruthenium 106 in Europe: IRSN investigation results

Several networks monitoring atmospheric radioactive contamination in Europe have detected Ruthenium 106, a radionuclide of artificial origin, at levels of a few milliBecquerels per cubic meter of air late September 2017. The news was widely reported by MSM across...

November 10, 2017

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Cooling in high and mid-latitudes led to aridification in Northern Africa

Researchers from several European institutions found that northern high-latitude cooling played a role in triggering the rapid termination of the African Humid Period 5500 years ago. It is one of the driest regions of the Earth, yet, in a cave in the Egyptian...

November 10, 2017

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World Risk Report 2017: marked increase in extreme weather events, but people more prepared

The vulnerability of countries worldwide to extreme natural events has declined this year, according to this year's World Risk Report, an alliance of German aid agencies. However, there has been a marked increase in extreme weather events such as storms and...

November 08, 2017

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The Kilogram doesn’t weigh a kilogram any more

The Kilogram doesn’t weigh a kilogram anymore. This sad news was announced during a seminar at CERN on Thursday, October 26 by Professor Klaus von Klitzing, who was awarded the 1985 Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the quantized Hall effect....

November 05, 2017

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Saturn's radiation belts: A stranger to the solar wind

The high energy proton population in the environment of Saturn develops independently of the solar wind - and thus in a considerably different way from the one on Earth. The radiation belts of Earth and Saturn differ more strongly than previously assumed. In these...

November 01, 2017

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ESO: Merging neutron stars scatter gold and platinum into space

ESO’s fleet of telescopes in Chile have detected the first visible counterpart to a gravitational wave source. These historic observations suggest that this unique object is the result of the merger of two neutron stars. The cataclysmic aftermaths of this kind...

October 16, 2017

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Sudden onset disasters to make 14 million people homeless every year

Research findings released October 13 on International Day for Disaster Reduction forecast a continued rise in homelessness among people in the world’s most disaster-prone countries unless significant progress is made in managing disaster risk. A unique...

October 14, 2017

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The strange structures of the Saturn Nebula

The spectacular planetary nebula NGC 7009, or the Saturn Nebula, emerges from the darkness like a series of oddly-shaped bubbles, lit up in glorious pinks and blues. This colorful image was captured by the powerful MUSE instrument on ESO’s Very Large Telescope...

September 28, 2017

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Mercury is altering gene expression

The mercury found at very low concentrations in water is concentrated along the entire food chain, from algae via zooplankton to small fish and on to the largest fish -- the ones we eat. Mercury causes severe and irreversible neurological disorders in people who...

August 15, 2017

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Breakthrough device heals organs with a single touch

Researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Ohio State's College of Engineering have developed a new technology, Tissue Nanotransfection (TNT), that can generate any cell type of interest for treatment within the patient's own body....

August 08, 2017

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Scientists improve forecast of increasing hazard on Cotopaxi volcano

An international team of scientists showed an increasing volcanic danger on Cotopaxi volcano in Ecuador using a powerful technique known as Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR). The Andes region in which Cotopaxi volcano is located is known to contain...

August 08, 2017

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Study provides evidence for externally powered Sun

A new study published in the International Journal of Current Research provides evidence for externally powered Sun, challenging the concepts of the Standard Solar Model (SSM). The study suggests our star is not an isolated celestial body, but rather it is linked...

August 01, 2017

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Breakthrough discovery: Every quantum particle travels backwards

Mathematicians at the Universities of York, Munich and Cardiff have identified a unique property of quantum mechanical particles – they can move in the opposite way to the direction in which they are being pushed. In everyday life, objects travel in the same...

July 28, 2017

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Indian monsoons have strengthened over past 15 years

A 50-year dry spell has reversed, with more rain to come. An MIT study published today in Nature Climate Change finds that the Indian summer monsoons, which bring rainfall to the country each year between June and September, have strengthened in the last 15 years...

July 28, 2017

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UK Met Office: High risk of unprecedented rainfall in the UK

New innovative research has found that for England and Wales there is a 1 in 3 chance of a new monthly rainfall record in at least one region each winter (October - March). In the last few years, several rainfall events have caused widespread flooding in the UK. In...

July 25, 2017

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Dust deposits give new insights into the history of the Sahara

The Sahara is the world's largest desert and dust source with significant impacts on trans-Atlantic terrestrial and large-scale marine ecosystems. Remote Saharan dust influences the Earth's radiation budget and tropical North Atlantic ocean-atmosphere...

July 20, 2017