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Breakthrough computer model to provide better space weather forecasts

NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) has transitioned a new computer model into operations to increase its understanding of space weather events and improve space weather forecasting capabilities. These advances will help forecasters provide better...

July 22, 2021

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WorldFloods - AI pioneered at Oxford for global flood mapping launches into space

An artificial intelligence system developed by Oxford researchers and ESA's Φ-lab called Worldfloods, which will pioneer the detection of global flood events from space, has launched from Cape Canaveral in Florida, U.S., at 19:00 UTC on June 30, 2021. The...

July 11, 2021

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Using smartphones to create distributed space weather observatory

A study by NASA astronomer Sten Odenwald found that magnetometers in smartphones can detect small disturbances of the Earth's magnetic field, allowing such devices to be used to form a distributed space weather observatory. The 3-axis Hall-effect magnetometer...

June 13, 2021

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Researchers develop first space-based system that can monitor earthquakes and tsunamis

Researchers have developed the first-of-its-kind space-based monitoring system that uses the Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) to measure crustal deformation, which can provide seismic monitoring for natural disasters like large earthquakes and tsunamis....

May 16, 2021

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DeepShake spatiotemporal neural network improves early earthquake warnings

DeepShake, a spatiotemporal neural network trained on more than 36 000 earthquakes, provides a new way of forecasting ground shaking intensity prior to an earthquake, researchers reported at the Seismological Society of America's 2021 Annual Meeting. The...

May 05, 2021

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Lasers detect space debris in daylight for the first time

For the first time, scientists have used lasers to detect space debris in broad daylight. Prior to this, lasers could only be used to measure the distance to space debris during a few twilights hours. A new study proved that it is possible to use lasers in full...

August 10, 2020

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How drones help monitor explosive volcanoes

Drones can help in monitoring explosive volcanoes and prove necessary in a crisis situation, researchers from the GFX German Research Center said. The team presented results of a series of repeated flights with visual and thermal imaging cameras at the Santa Maria...

May 31, 2020

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China launches first AI earthquake monitoring system

After six years of study, researchers from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) have developed the world's first artificial intelligence seismic monitoring system. This AI earthquake tracking system can report all source parameters within two...

February 27, 2020

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Scientists entangle quantum memories over 50 km (31 miles), bringing super-secure quantum internet closer to reality

Scientists were able to get two quantum memories entangled over 50 km (31 miles) of fiber optic cables-- over 40 times the past record-- bringing the idea of faster and super-secure quantum internet more possible. Quantum communication depends on quantum...

February 17, 2020

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World's largest telescope takes most detailed image of Sun

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (DKIST)-- the world's largest solar telescope built on Haleakala, Hawaii-- took its first image of the Sun with the highest-resolution to date, revealing small magnetic structures in astonishing detail. Scientists are hopeful...

January 30, 2020

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UAE: Research underway to help make artificial clouds

Research is now underway to help make artificial clouds as a new method of generating rainfall in the UAE, said National Center of Meteorology (NCM) director Dr. Omar Al Yazeedi on January 19, 2020. Speaking at the International Rain Enhancement Forum in Abu Dhabi...

January 22, 2020

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Google 'nowcast' artificial intelligence enables almost instant weather forecasts

A team of researchers working at Google's Mountain View research center has developed a new weather forecasting model that allows for near 'instantaneous' forecast, as shared by Google in a blog post on January 13, 2020. The firm says...

January 17, 2020

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Jakarta officials warn more extreme rainfall expected -- announce the use of Weather Modification Technology to combat floods

A day after massive floods hit Jakarta, claiming the lives of at least 23 people, city officials warned residents and tourists more extreme rainfall is expected through the rest of the month and up to at least mid-February 2020. At least 23 people were killed since...

January 02, 2020

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China unveils digital courts with AI judges and verdicts via apps

China has developed mobile courts with artificial-intelligence judges and verdicts delivered through chat apps aiming to deal with backlogs in cases. Litigants appear by video chats as AI judge with avatar hears the cases. The country is urging digitization to...

December 25, 2019

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California's earthquake early warning system sends first public alert

California's new statewide earthquake early warning system-- the MyShake app-- has sent out its first public alert on Tuesday, December 17, 2019. The warning was sent for M4.3 tremor that took place in Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties, along the San Andreas...

December 19, 2019

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World Magnetic Model (WMM) 2020 released

A new World Magnetic Model (WMM) was officially released on December 10, 2019. WMM is a representation of the planet’s magnetic field that gives compasses dependable accuracy and one of the key tools developed to model the change in Earth's magnetic field....

December 10, 2019

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Using artificial intelligence to provide space weather alerts in real-time

A new study suggests that computers can learn to detect solar flares and other occurrences in vast streams of solar images, helping NOAA forecasters issue space weather alerts more in real-time. The machine-learning technique was improved by scientists at CIRES and...

December 07, 2019