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heavy monsoon rains hit sri lanka may 26 2017

200 people dead or missing after extreme rainfall hits Sri Lanka

Nearly 200 people are dead or missing after very heavy monsoon rains caused severe floods and mudslides in several southern and western areas of drought-stricken Sri Lanka. Some areas reportedly received 12 months worth of rain within just 24 hours on Thursday, May...

May 27, 2017

juno results

Juno mission rewrites what we know about Jupiter

NASA’s Juno mission, led by Southwest Research Institute’s Dr. Scott Bolton, is rewriting what scientists thought they knew about Jupiter specifically, and gas giants in general, according to a pair of Science papers released today. The Juno spacecraft...

May 26, 2017

ancient dna evidence shows hunter gatherers and farmers were intimately linked

Ancient DNA evidence shows hunter-gatherers and farmers were intimately linked

In human history, the transition from hunting and gathering to farming is a significant one. As such, hunter-gatherers and farmers are usually thought about as two entirely different sets of people. But researchers reporting new ancient DNA evidence in Current...

May 26, 2017

controling light with electric fields

Researchers discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields

Researchers from North Carolina State University have discovered a technique for controlling light with electric fields. “Our method is similar to the technique used to provide the computing capabilities of computers,” says Linyou Cao, an assistant...

May 26, 2017

california highway 1 landslide from space

Massive California Highway 1 landslide seen from space

On the night of May 20, 2017, more than a million tons of rocks and dirt spilled over California's iconic Highway 1. The slide was so large it can be seen from space. The slide covered roughly 530 m (0.3 miles) of the scenic route in 10 to 12 m (35 to 40 feet)...

May 26, 2017

4active volcanoes world

Active volcanoes in the world: May 17 - 23, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 4 volcanoes between May 17 and 23, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Manam, Papua New Guinea | Nishinoshima, Japan | Poas, Costa Rica | Sheveluch, Central Kamchatka...

May 25, 2017

cme impact model may 26 2017

CME headed toward Earth, impact expected around 12:00 UTC on May 26

An eruption near the center of Earth-facing side of the Sun produced a partial HALO CME (coronal mass ejection) during the early UTC hours of May 23, 2017. The CME is weak, but it has an Earth-directed component. Arrival at Earth is expected around 12:00 UTC on May...

May 24, 2017

a new approach to forecasting solar flares 3

A new approach to forecasting solar flares

The emerging discipline of space meteorology aims to reliably predict solar flares so that we may better guard against their effects. Using 3D numerical models1, an international team headed by Etienne Pariat, a researcher at LESIA (Observatoire de Paris / CNRS /...

May 23, 2017

human induced barrier around earth against natural high energy particle radiation

Human-induced barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation

Very low frequency, or VLF, radio communications have been found to interact with particles in space, affecting how and where they move. At times, these interactions can create a barrier around Earth against natural high energy particle radiation in space. VLF...

May 23, 2017

nuevo laredo mexico storm damage may 21 2017

Severe storm closes international border bridge in Laredo, US-Mexico

A severe thunderstorm brought damaging winds and heavy rain to US - Mexico border region late May 21, 2017, forcing authorities to close the Laredo - Nuevo Laredo bridge, one of the busiest commercial crossings between the two countries. The traffic is being...

May 22, 2017

toluca tornado mexico may 17 2017

Tornado rips through Toluca, Mexico, damaging at least 25 homes

A damaging tornado ripped through northern parts of the city of Toluca, Mexico during the afternoon hours of Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Toluca Mayor, Fernando Zamora Morales, toured the area and reported at least 25 damaged houses. Morales added there were no...

May 20, 2017

unseasonably heavy rain queensland may 2017

Good news from above: Unseasonably heavy rain hits Queensland, Australia

Unseasonably heavy rain is drenching Queensland, Australia this week, with some regions experiencing nearly four times their monthly average for the month of May in just one day. After a dry start to the year, this heavy and widespread rain is proving to be...

May 19, 2017

acadian peninsula storm may 18 2017

Major thunderstorm hits Acadian Peninsula, Canada

A violent thunderstorm ripped through the Acadian Peninsula, northeastern corner of New Brunswick, Canada on Thursday night, May 18, 2017, leaving close to 7 000 people without power. Earlier in the day, severe thunderstorms swept through Ontario, leaving more than...

May 19, 2017

winter storm valerie colorado may 18 2017

Strong late-spring snowstorm hits the Rockies

An unusually strong late-spring snowstorm, named Valerie by The Weather Channel, dumped heavy snow on the Rockies, closing roads, damaging trees and causing power outages on Wednesday and Thursday, May 18, 2017. Valerie dumped more than 3 feet (91.4 cm) of snow and...

May 19, 2017

bright green fireball new zealand may 18 2017

Bright green fireball streaks across the New Zealand night sky

A bright green fireball streaked across the night sky over North Island, New Zealand on May 18, 2017. The event took place around 07:15 UTC (19:15 NZST) and lasted up to 7 seconds. According to witness reports, the event lasted a few seconds before it disintegrated...

May 19, 2017

8active volcanoes world

Active volcanoes in the world: May 10 - 16, 2017

New activity/unrest was reported for 6 volcanoes between May 10 and 16, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 18 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Fuego, Guatemala | Manam, Papua New Guinea | Masaya, Nicaragua | Poas,...

May 18, 2017

major outbreak of severe thunderstorms thursday and thursday night in the plains

Major severe weather outbreak across parts of the southern and central Plains

An outbreak of severe thunderstorms is expected across parts of the southern and central Plains Thursday afternoon (local time, May 18, 2017) and Thursday evening through the overnight hours. An outbreak of severe thunderstorms with tornadoes, very large hail and...

May 18, 2017