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Catastrophic California drought causing infestation wave of rodents looking for water

As California's climate fades to desert, rats are coming out of their hiding places in search of water. They are coming out to parks to steal water from dog bowls and attacking horse troughs in desperate need of something to drink. They are finding new ways into hom

May 04, 2015

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NIWA studies spectacular seabed methane gas flares off the coast of Gisborne, New Zealand

A team of scientists aboard NIWA’s deepwater research vessel Tangaroa returned to Wellington on May 1, 2015 with new knowledge about methane ‘leaking’ into the atmosphere.The 11-strong science team led by marine geologist Dr Joshu Mountjoy has been

May 04, 2015

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Large ocean swell hits Pacific coast of Central and South America

Strong waves are lashing the Pacific coast from Mexico to Chile since May 2, 2015. According to media reports, at least three people were killed, one is missing and hundreds had to evacuate from the coastline.One person was swept away in Panama by strong waves that prom

May 04, 2015

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Tropical Storm "Noul" nears Yap, Western Pacific Ocean

Tropical Storm "Noul" formed in the Western Pacific Ocean on May 4, 2015 and is heading toward Yap Island, Micronesia. The system is expected to significantly intensify over the coming days.According to JTWC's warning issued 03:00 UTC today, Tropical Storm

May 04, 2015

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Shallow M5.8 earthquake hits South Island, New Zealand

A shallow earthquake registered by New Zealand's GEONET as M5.8 at a depth of 4 km (2.8 miles) hit South Island, New Zealand at 02:29 UTC on May 4, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M5.6 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles).Epicenter was located about 30 km (19 miles

May 04, 2015

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Is the universe a hologram?

Describing the universe requires fewer dimensions than we might think. New calculations show that this may not just be a mathematical trick, but a fundamental feature of space itself. At first glance, there is not the slightest doubt: to us, the universe looks three dim

May 03, 2015

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Fusion power can save the planet

An open letter to researchers of nuclear fusion I would like to inform you that according to my understanding nuclear fusion power cannot be achieved based on the current theory. I have no doubt, none whatsoever, that the current solar theory is wrong. Therefore, no mat

May 03, 2015

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The end of peak oil? Audi invents way to create crude fossil fuels from mixture of air and water

German automaker Audi says it has developed a process for making diesel fuel out of nothing but water and carbon dioxide, laying the groundwork for a green, carbon-neutral fuel.Audi calls the diesel produced by the new process "e-diesel" and is trumpeting it a

May 03, 2015

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Deadly floods hit Queensland - 277 mm of rain in 3 hours, Australia

Queensland felt the full force of the East Coast low on Friday afternoon (local time), May 1, 2015 as the system moved south over the NSW Northern Rivers and Mid North Coasts. Five people have died after being swept away by flood waters. All of them were in vehicles at

May 02, 2015

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Bulusan volcano produces steam and ash explosion, Philippines

Bulusan volcano produced a steam and ash explosion at 00:09 UTC today (08:09 local time) which lasted for 5 minutes based on seismic records,​ Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) reports. The last eruptive phase of this volcano started on

May 01, 2015

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Night sky guide for May 2015

If not for the nearly full moon spoiling the party, southern hemisphere observers would be in for a special treat when above average meteor shower - Eta Aquarids - peaks on the night of May 5 and the morning of May 6. This meteor shower is capable of producing up to 60

May 01, 2015

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Second very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea within 24 hours

A very strong and shallow earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 19 km (11.8 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 08:06 UTC on May 1, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 (lowered from initial M7.1) at a depth of 57.0 km (35.4 mil

May 01, 2015

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Another strong explosive eruption of Calbuco volcano, Chile

After last week's major eruption of Chile's Calbuco volcano and a gradual decrease in activity, another strong eruption occured around 16:10 UTC today. This is a third eruption of this volcano since it came back to life on April 22, 2015, after 43 years of

April 30, 2015

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MESSENGER mission ends with planned impact on Mercury's surface

NASA's Mercury exploration mission "MESSENGER" ended on Thursday, April 30, 2015 with a planned impact into Mercury's surface at 19:26 UTC. MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft impacted "Shakespeare&

April 30, 2015

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Satellite imagery shows Nepal earthquake displacement

A devastating earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, 2015 claiming over 5 500 lives and affecting millions of people. China Earthquake Networks Center, the closest advanced seismic network, recorded it as M8.1 at a shallow depth of 20 km while USGS recorded it as M7.8 at a d

April 30, 2015

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Discovered deep under Antarctic surface: Extensive, salty aquifer and potentially vast microbial habitat

Using a novel, helicopter-borne sensor to penetrate the surface of large swathes of terrain, a team of researchers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has gathered compelling evidence that beneath Antarctica's ice-free McMurdo Dry Valleys lies a salty

April 30, 2015

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Very strong M7.1 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

A very strong earthquake recorded by Geoscience Australia as M7.1 at a depth of 50 km (31 miles) hit New Britain, Papua New Guinea at 10:45 UTC on April 30, 2015. USGS is reporting this quake as M6.8 at a depth of 60.1 km (37.4 miles).According to the USGS, epicenter wa

April 30, 2015