Category Archives: Earth

Sun erupts with a CME toward Earth and Mercury

On July 9, 2013, at 11:09 a.m. EDT, the sun erupted with an Earth-directed coronal mass ejection or CME, a solar phenomenon that can send billions of tons of particles into space that can reach Earth one to three days later. These particles cannot travel through the atmosphere to harm humans on Earth, but they… Read More »

Antarctica’s hidden Lake Vostok found to teem with life

Lake Vostok, Antarctica’s biggest and deepest subsurface lake, might contain thousands of different kinds of tiny organisms — and perhaps bigger fish as well, researchers report. The lake, buried under more than 2 miles (3.7 kilometers) of Antarctic ice, has been seen as an earthly analog for ice-covered seas on such worlds as Europa and… Read More »

Antarctic flood produces ‘ice crater’

Scientists have seen evidence for a colossal flood under Antarctica that drained six billion tonnes of water, quite possibly straight to the ocean. The cause is thought to be a deeply buried lake that suddenly over-topped. Satellites were used to map the crater that developed as the 2.7km-thick overlying ice sheet slumped to fill the… Read More »

Two-mile-wide tornado slams Oklahoma City area, killing at least 10

At least 10 people were killed Monday when a powerful tornado blasted an area outside of Oklahoma City, ripping roofs off buildings, leveling homes, and cutting a wide path of destruction the scale of which is just starting to be made clear. The victims’ bodies were being sent to Oklahoma’s office of the chief medical… Read More »

Ring of fire annular eclipse May 9-10, 2013

Never peer directly at the sun – even through clouds – at any time. The sun is so blindingly bright that, unless it’s completely blocked by the moon during a total solar eclipse, it can permanently damage your eyes. The eclipse happening today (May 9 for those east of the International Date Line; May 10… Read More »

5 killed as Philippine volcano spews rocks “as big as a living room”

One of the Philippines’ most active volcanoes rumbled to life Tuesday, spewing room-sized rocks toward nearly 30 surprised climbers, killing five and injuring others who had to be fetched with rescue helicopters and rope. The climbers and their Filipino guides had spent the night camping in two groups before setting out at daybreak for the… Read More »

Fracking Waste: Too Toxic, Even For A Hazardous Waste Site

On April 19, a truck delivering waste from a fracking operation in Greene County, Pennsylvania, was quarantined after being rejected by a hazardous waste landfill as too dangerous. The truck was carrying highly radioactiveradium-226 in concentrations 86 times higher than allowed per EPA limits.After being quarantined at a the landfill, the truck was sent back… Read More »

Yellowstone’s Volcano Bigger Than Thought

Yellowstone’s underground volcanic plumbing is bigger and better connected than scientists thought, researchers reported here today (April 17) at the Seismological Society of America’s annual meeting. “We are getting a much better understanding of the volcanic system of Yellowstone,” said Jamie Farrell, a seismology graduate student at the University of Utah. “The magma reservoir is… Read More »

Massive amounts of charcoal enter the worlds’ oceans

Wild fires turn millions of hectares of vegetation into charcoal each year. An international team of researchers led by Thorsten Dittgar from the Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology in Bremen and Rudolf Jaffé from Florida International University’s Southeast Environmental Research Center in Miami has now shown that this charcoal does not remain in the… Read More »

Cutting specific atmospheric pollutants would slow sea level rise

Image: black carbon, a short-lived pollutant (shown in purple), shrouds the globe. With coastal areas bracing for rising sea levels, new research indicates that cutting emissions of certain pollutants can greatly slow sea level rise this century.Scientists found that reductions in four pollutants that cycle comparatively quickly through the atmosphere could temporarily   forestall the… Read More »

Iran Earthquake Leaves Scores Dead

A powerful earthquake occurred near the Iran-Pakistan border on Tuesday, and some are expecting it may cause hundreds of deaths. At least 40 people are dead in Iran and seven more people in Pakistan, but those numbers are thought to be on the rise, according to multiple outlets. “It was the biggest earthquake in Iran… Read More »

Scientists discover dark lightning

… scientists recently discovered something mind-bending about lightning: Sometimes its flashes are invisible, just sudden pulses of unexpectedly powerful radiation. It’s what Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology, has termed dark lightning. Unknown to Franklin but now clear to a growing roster of lightning researchers and astronomers is that along… Read More »

Japan Nuclear Plant Leaks Radioactive Water

About 120 tons, or almost 32,000 gallons, of highly contaminated water appeared to have breached the inner protective lining of the pool at the Fukushima Daiichi plant, said the operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company. It was unclear how much of the water had made it through two additional layers of lining to reach soil, but… Read More »

Air Pollution Linked to 1.2 Million Deaths in China

Outdoor air pollution contributed to 1.2 million premature deaths in China in 2010, nearly 40 percent of the global total, according to a new summary of data from a scientific study on leading causes of death worldwide. Figured another way, the researchers said, China’s toll from pollution was the loss of 25 million healthy years… Read More »

Longest thunder rumble

This morning in the Sacramento, CA area I recorded a thunder rumble that lasted over 1 minute. I was wondering about the longest ever and found this post on a forum (30 minutes!) It’s bucketing down here in Granada. The thunder is just one continuous rumble. It’s been non-stop for about 30 minutes now! No… Read More »

Millions to switch off for ‘Earth Hour’

Earth Hour has played a part in drawing attention to energy use around the world [EPA] Hundreds of millions of people across the globe will turn off their lights for 60 minutes on Saturday night starting at 8:30pm local time in a symbolic show of support for “Earth Hour” campaign against climate change. Many of… Read More »

Nasa Confirms Meteor After ‘Fireball’ Reports

  “Judging from the brightness, we’re dealing with something as bright as the full moon,” said Bill Cooke, who works for Nasa’s Meteoroid Environmental Office. “We basically had a boulder enter the atmosphere over the northeast.” Mr Cooke said the meteor had been widely seen, with hundreds of reports on social media like Twitter as… Read More »

Mariana Trench: Deepest ocean ‘teems with microbes’

An international team of scientists found that the very bottom of the Mariana Trench, which lies almost 11km (7 miles) down in the Pacific Ocean, had high levels of microbial activity. The research is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The underwater canyon was once thought to be too hostile an environment for life to… Read More »

Pennsylvania Sinkhole: Doris Jenkins’ Home Evacuated

A little more than a week after a sinkhole claimed the life of Florida homeowner Jeff Bush, another gaping hole in the Earth has opened up in Pennsylvania. Doris Jenkins of Bethlehem Township left her house early Sunday morning to walk her dog when her driveway crumbled into a hole which ultimately grew to be… Read More »

Daylight savings: Spring forward.

Daylight Saving Time (United States) 2013 begins at 2:00 AM on Sunday, March 10 and ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, November 3 At 2:00 AM turn your clocks forward to 3 AM. Sorry to steal an hour, but you can have it back in the Fall.

Long-lost continent found under the Indian Ocean

The drowned remnants of an ancient microcontinent may lie scattered beneath the waters between Madagascar and India, a new study suggests. Evidence for the long-lost land comes from Mauritius, a volcanic island about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar. The oldest basalts on the island date to about 8.9 million years ago, says Bjørn Jamtveit, a… Read More »

Massive Asteroid Crashed Into Ancient Australia

A massive asteroid that crashed into Earth left behind a large impact crater in Australia and changed the entire landscape of the planet, scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) and University of Queensland claim in a recently-published study. According to Stuart Gary of ABC News in Australia, the impact zone is centered in the… Read More »

Lightning May Cause Headaches

… according to new research, headaches may have more to do with electrical storms than anyone imagined. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati have found that lightning may in fact contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines. (Explore an interactive of the human body.) Lightning has been linked to headaches. Photograph by Shireen Nadir,… Read More »

Common pesticides ‘can kill frogs within an hour’

Widely used pesticides can kill frogs within an hour, new research has revealed, suggesting the chemicals are playing a significant and previously unknown role in the catastrophic global decline of amphibians. The scientists behind the study said it was both “astonishing” and “alarming” that common pesticides could be so toxic at the doses approved by… Read More »

Australian 177 oz gold nugget worth more than its weight in gold

The Y-shaped nugget, weighing 5.5kg (177 ounces), was buried 60cm beneath the ground near the town of Ballarat in Victoria. Local experts said they could not recall any nugget even approaching that size being discovered in the area previously. Michael Cooper believes it is likely to attract the attention of aficionados of the precious metal.… Read More »

Aliens found living in clouds may control Earth weather

On a lazy summer day, you might look for animal shapes in the clouds, but you know they’re not real. There’s nothing alive up there but the occasional flock of airline passengers, right? Well, if you’ve ever had a microbiologist friend remark that a cloud reminded them of a bacterium, they were more right than… Read More »

Global warming may have severe consequences for rare Haleakalā silverswords

While the iconic Haleakalā silversword plant made a strong recovery from early 20th-century threats, it has now entered a period of substantial climate-related decline. New research published this week warns that global warming may have severe consequences for the silversword in its native habitat.Known for its striking rosette, the silversword grows for 20-90 years before… Read More »

Centralia Mine Fire, at 50, Still Burns With Meaning

Hours after plunging into the Earth, Todd Domboski stares at the abyss that briefly swallowed him—a hole swirling with toxic gases from an underground mine fire. On February 14, 1981, 12-year-old Domboski sank into a cave-in that ruptured the soil in his grandmother’s backyard in Centralia, Pennsylvania, where an abandoned coal mine had smoldered for… Read More »

Is the end of the world really nigh? Authorities reassure Russians over Mayan Armageddon prophecy amid reports of ‘unusual behaviour’

As the 21st of December nears, Russian authorities are attempting to quell fears that the world will come to end amid panic over what some experts claim are the predictions of the Mayan Calendar. According to the New York Times, there have been scattered reports of unusual behaviour from across Russia, reportedly prompted by predictions… Read More »

Will Aliens Give us a One World Government?

By now many have considered the possibility that fake aliens could be used, as perhaps fake terrorists have been, by a group seeking to rule the world. See theupliftingcrane Dr. Carol Rosin the former spokesperson for the late Wernher Von Braun an ex-Nazi who played an instrumental role in the NASA space program, says a… Read More »

Polar Ice Sheets Shrinking Worldwide, Study Confirms

Image: National Snow and Ice Data Center, Sea Ice Index The polar ice sheets are indeed shrinking—and fast, according to a comprehensive new study on climate change. And the effects, according to an international team, are equally clear—sea levels are rising faster than predicted, which could bring about disastrous effects for people and wildlife. Rising… Read More »

Solar eclipse of November 13, 2012

A total solar eclipse will take place on 13–14 November 2012 (UTC), beginning in local time on November 14 west of theInternational Date Line over northern Australia, and ending on November 13 east of the date line off the western South American coast. Its greatest magnitude is 1.0500, occurring only 12 hours beforeperigee, with greatest… Read More »