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drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at volcan de fuego guatemala

Drones collect measurements from a volcanic plume at Volcán de Fuego, Guatemala

A team of volcanologists and engineers from the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge have collected measurements from directly within volcanic clouds, together with visual and thermal images of inaccessible volcano peaks. During a ten-day research trip, the team...

April 11, 2017

telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Telescope image shows star formation can be a violent and explosive process

Stellar explosions are most often associated with supernovae, the spectacular deaths of stars. But new ALMA observations provide insights into explosions at the other end of the stellar life cycle, star birth. Astronomers captured these dramatic images as they...

April 08, 2017

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California droughts and floods linked to distinctive atmospheric waves

In a recent study, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that the persistent high-pressure ridge off the west coast of North America that blocked storms from coming onshore during the winters of 2013-14 and 2014-15 was associated...

April 06, 2017

Massive mudslides in Kaikoura Canyon destroyed all seabed life

Massive mudslides in Kaikōura Canyon destroyed all seabed life

Huge mudslides from November’s earthquakes in New Zealand have wiped out all organisms living in the seabed of the Kaikōura Canyon, NIWA reports. New bathymetric data shows that the earthquake resulted in a huge slipping event. Almost every part of the upper...

February 28, 2017

Visualizing spills data from unconventional oil and gas activity

Study finds 6 600 spills from fracking in just four US states

Each year, 2 to 16 percent of hydraulically fractured oil and gas wells spill hydrocarbons, chemical-laden water, hydraulic fracturing fluids and other substances, according to a study published yesterday in Environmental Science & Technology. The analysis,...

February 22, 2017

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New data about two distant asteroids give a clue to the possible “Planet Nine”

The dynamical properties of these asteroids, observed spectroscopically the first time using the Gran Telescopio CANARIAS, suggest a possible common origin and give a clue to the existence of a planet beyond Pluto, the so-called “Planet Nine”. In the...

February 22, 2017

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Study finds unsafe levels of toxic chemicals in drinking water for 6 million Americans

Levels of a widely used class of industrial chemicals linked with cancer and other health problems - polyfluoroalkyl and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) - exceed federally recommended safety levels in public drinking water supplies for six million people in the...

August 09, 2016

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WMO's ENSO Update: Weak La Niña may develop

A La Niña event may develop in the third quarter of this year, but it is likely to be weak, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) reported in its ENSO Update published July 28, 2016. The event is not expected to match up to the moderate to strong La...

July 28, 2016

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65.3 million displaced in 2015

Global forced displacement has escalated sharply in 2015, reaching the highest level ever recorded and representing immense human suffering. By the end of the year, 65.3 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict,...

June 20, 2016

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Moon playing a major role in maintaining Earth's magnetic field

The Earth's magnetic field permanently protects us from the charged particles and radiation that originate in the Sun. This shield is produced by the geodynamo, the rapid motion of huge quantities of liquid iron alloy in the Earth's outer core. To maintain...

March 31, 2016

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1.4 billion people face severe risks in South Asia

According to research released this week by risk analysis and research company Verisk Maplecroft, 1.4 billion people in South Asia, 81% of the region’s population, are acutely exposed to at least one type of natural hazard and live in areas considered to have...

March 26, 2016

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Air pollution causing over 5.5 million deaths every year

New research shows that more than 5.5 million people die prematurely every year due to household and outdoor air pollution. More than half of deaths occur in two of the world’s fastest growing economies, China, and India. Power plants, industrial...

February 17, 2016

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Why Europe will soon be cold?

Russian scientists regained solar activity over the past thousand years and made the forecast to the year 3200. What is the climate waiting for Russia and Europe in 15 - 20 years? Will be there weather abnormalities in the coming decades? Will some areas experience...

December 02, 2015

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Earthquake swarm in far northwest Nevada continues

The earthquake activity that began in July 2014 in the Sheldon Wildlife Refuge in far northwest Nevada is continuing to shake residents, University of Nevada, Reno reports. Their seismologists are monitoring the on-going activity that includes three earthquakes larger t

August 12, 2015

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California 'rain debt' equal to average full year of precipitation

A new NASA study has concluded California accumulated a debt of about 508 mm (20 inches) of precipitation between 2012 and 2015 - the average amount expected to fall in the state in a single year. The deficit was driven primarily by a lack of air currents moving inland

July 31, 2015

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New source of lead in drinking water identified: Galvanized steel pipe coatings

When unsafe levels of lead are found in drinking water, the culprit has typically been lead pipes or lead-containing brass and bronze fittings, but in a new study researchers clearly show that lead present in the zinc coating of galvanized steel pipes can be a very sign

July 23, 2015

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STEREO-A spacecraft returns data from the far side of the Sun

On July 11, 2015 we received our first images in over three months from NASA's Solar TErrestrial RElations Observatory Ahead spacecraft, or STEREO-A. Since March 24, 2015, STEREO-A has been on the far side of the sun, where it has had to operate in safe mode, collec

July 16, 2015