Category Archives: Earth

A hunk of sea ice bigger than India has vanished

00 Sea ice off the coast of Antarctica and the Arctic hit record lows in November, and scientists are now reporting that, as of December 4, we’ve lost 3.76 million square kilometres of the stuff – more than the total area of India. As startling as that is, at this point, we shouldn’t really be… Read More »

Eerie otherworldly blue clouds descend over Antarctica

00 Each year, an eerie mass of bright blue clouds descends over Antarctica, as sunlight is reflected though dense layers of ice crystals to create a brilliant, glowing haze that can be seen from space. But according to new images recorded by NASA, those otherworldly clouds made their annual appearance way earlier than expected this… Read More »

Video: The True Size of Alaska Revealed!

00 To draw shapes from a globe on a flat surface, you have to distort things. One of the trade offs with the Mercator projection maps we are most familiar with is that land masses at the top and bottom of the map appear larger than they are. In this map, the actual size of… Read More »

Video: Enormous sink holes discovered in China

00 Natural sinkholes are rare, but researchers in China have just uncovered the largest cluster in the world, 49 of them covering an area of more than 231 square miles. Government officials in the Shaanxi province in northwest China report the collection of sinkholes was found during a recent survey of land around Hanzhong City.… Read More »

Video: Survival using artificial glaciers

00 … Scientist, engineer and teacher Sonam Wangchuk, born in the northern, arid highland region of Ladakh located in India, is proposing the building of “artificial glacial ice towers” that will help locals adapt to these unpredictable changes brought on by a warming climate. Built using vertically placed pipes that shoot out glacial meltwater during… Read More »

Invention eats air pollution

00 Is there a room sized version ? U-Earth Biotechnologies, is one of a handful of companies worldwide seeking to combat smog by, essentially, digesting it. The 10-foot tall cylinder, part of a demonstration project in Turin, contains a strain of bacteria that can consume car exhaust, sulfur dioxide from coal plants and other airborne… Read More »

Thunderstorm Asthma is real, and a killer

00 You’d think that rain cleans the air, but not always. Two Australians have died and more than 2,000 others experienced breathing difficulties after a rare outbreak of ‘thunderstorm asthma’ on Monday – a phenomenon where weather changes brought on by storms can trigger widespread asthma attacks and breathing problems. The condition is incredibly rare,… Read More »

Researchers: Ten Percent of Ozone Pollution in California is from Asia

00 Approximately 10 percent of ozone pollution in California’s San Joaquin Valley is estimated to be coming from outside of the state’s borders, particularly from Asia, according to preliminary research presented today, March 31, by the University of California, Davis. Secondhand smog from Asia and other international sources is finding its way into one of… Read More »

Warming Arctic May Be Causing Jet Stream To Lose Its Way

00 Mark Twain once said: “If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes.” He was making an unknowing reference to the , which drives the weather over North America and Europe like a high-altitude conveyor belt. But increasingly, the jet stream is taking a more circuitous route over… Read More »

Drilling surprise opens door to magma-powered electricity

00 … Can enormous heat deep in the Earth be harnessed to provide energy for us on the surface? A promising report from a geothermal borehole project that accidentally struck magma–the same fiery, molten rock that spews from volcanoes–suggests it could. The Icelandic Deep Drilling Project, IDDP, has been drilling shafts up to 5km deep… Read More »

Fukushima cleanup brainstorming

00 Image from FukushimaBlog Fukushima. Everyone should be working in some way to fix this deadly problem, and I don’t mean just sending money to relief workers , although that’s nice. There are three different big problems at Fukushima: missing reactor cores, waste water, and fuel rods. Any one of these is a global threat… Read More »

Japanese government seeks approval to dump Fukushima groundwater into sea

00 The government on Monday sought approval of a nationwide fisheries federation to dump groundwater at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear complex into the sea on condition that the water’s contamination level is far below the legal limit. During talks with the head of the National Federation of Fisheries Co-operative Associations, industry ministry officials explained… Read More »

Severe Drought Has U.S. West Fearing Worst

00 The punishing drought that has swept California is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. With no sign of rain, 17 rural communities providing water to 40,000 people are in danger of running out within 60 to 120 days. State officials said that the number was likely to rise in the months ahead after… Read More »

Blue Diamond ‘Worth Tens Of Millions’ Discovered

00 A massive diamond with a possible price tag of more than £36m has been discovered at a mine in South Africa. The 29.6 carat blue diamond, described as being “exceptional”, was dug up at the Cullinan mine near Pretoria – owned by Petra Diamonds. Chief executive Johan Dippenaar said: “The stones in the last… Read More »

Giant Underwater Ice Balls in Lake Michigan

00 Visitors to the shores of Lake Michigan were greeted by an interesting sight this week, as waves lapped against hundreds of massive ice balls. The balls, or boulders, as some have called them, are formed when water from the lake begins to freeze and is pushed ashore by wave action, according to AccuWeather.com Meteorologist… Read More »

Winnipeg deep freeze as cold as uninhabited planet

00 In terms of astonishing weather facts, it doesn’t get much more impressive than being as cold as a distant planet for a day.The Manitoba Museum is reporting Winnipeg’s temperatures on Tuesday were actually as cold as the surface of Mars. According to the Curiosity Rover, Mars reached a maximum temperature of -29 C on… Read More »

Vast Freshwater Reserves Discovered Under Ocean Floor

00 Massive reserves of “freshwater” are buried beneath the seabed on continental shelves around the world, including off Australia, China, North America and South Africa. This is the conclusion of a new study by a team of Australian scientists that appears in this week’s issue of the journal, Nature. Based on an analysis of seafloor… Read More »

Video: Fjord of the Rings, A Large Spinning Circle of Ice in Sheyenne River, North Dakota

00   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g6PKVsOZoI4 A rare and mysterious ice circle was discovered by retired engineer George Loegering, who spotted the ‘cool’ phenomena floating in the Sheyenne River in North Dakota this past weekend while vacationing with family. He estimates that the ice ring — rotating in the river “like a record turntable” — measured about 10… Read More »

Mount Etna: volcano blows rings

00 These incredible pictures taken over Mount Etna show an unusual sequence of what appear to be smoke rings. Also known as vortex rings, they are actually an emission of steam and gas   via Mount Etna: volcano blows rings – in pictures | World news | theguardian.com.

Streams Below Fracking Wastewater Treatment Show Elevated Salts, Metals, Radioactivity

00 “Radium levels were about 200 times greater in sediment samples collected where the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility discharges its treated wastewater into Blacklick Creek than in sediment samples collected just upstream of the plant,” said Avner Vengosh, professor of geochemistry and water quality at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. The new Duke… Read More »

The $1 billion mission to reach the Earth’s mantle

00 Humans have reached the moon and are planning to return samples from Mars, but when it comes to exploring the land deep beneath our feet, we have only scratched the surface of our planet. This may be about to change with a $1 billion mission to drill 6 km (3.7 miles) beneath the seafloor… Read More »

Awesome giant hand/whale cloud over Lake Tahoe

00 There have been some awesome clouds up here at Lake Tahoe on this windy day. This one only lasted for about 2 minutes. I may be the only one who saw it, but I have proof… Giant hands that turn into whale shaped clouds are real! 😉 Great planet.

Earth to end in 1.7bn years

00 We’ve got 1.75 billion years before the planet becomes uninhabitable for humans, say scientists. That will give our descendants plenty of time to work on the real-life Star Trek technology — and relocate humanity to another planet. It may mean that moving to Mars will be our best chance of survival, according to a… Read More »

How Leon Foucault taught us to watch the world spin

00 Leon Foucault and his pendulum demonstrated the turning of the Earth. Google honored the French physicist with an interactive doodle. It’s easy to forget that while you read this article, you and your computer screen are racing through space at a nearly unimaginable speed. The earth constantly rotates on its axis at 1,037 miles… Read More »

Rare, menacing roll cloud moves across northern Virginia

00 On the leading edge of a cold front gliding through the D.C. metro region this morning, a scary-looking tube-shaped cloud stretched across the skies in northern Virginia. It ended up signaling mostly benign weather, in the form of some showers that followed its passage. This cloud type is known as a roll cloud or… Read More »

US Navy Triples Funding For Clean Energy In Hawaii

00 The US Navy has just pumped $30 million into the Energy Excelerator, a funding agency for renewable energy start-ups in Hawaii. That triples the agency’s operating funding over the past three years, and it gives the ol’ Bronx cheer to certain legislators in Congress who have tried to cut funding for the Navy’s ambitious… Read More »

NASA used satellite to follow plume left by exploding meteor

00 … NASA says sensitive instruments on a satellite allowed them to track the dust plume created by the meteorite that exploded over Russia in February for months. NASA atmospheric physicist Nick Gorkavyi and his colleagues in Greenbelt, Md., were able to use the satellite data to record a never-before-seen view of the atmospheric aftermath… Read More »

Easy genetic screening could save your life

00 Here’s a crowd funding project for your donations. The idea is to help identify your individual genetic differences and tell you about medications that could be dangerous or even deadly for you. The time for individualized care is now. (Dr Jeffrey Rosenfeld) recently started a company named Genome Liberty that will use genetic information… Read More »

Magnitude 6.0 quake shakes northeastern Japan

00 A strong earthquake shook northeastern Japan on Sunday in the same region devastated by a giant tsunami and temblor 2 1/2 years ago, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The quake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.0 struck shortly after midday, and was centered off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture,… Read More »

Video: Mars was Robbed of Atmosphere

00 Mars lost its primitive atmosphere in a catastrophic event. We are wasting time. We should focus all human efforts on our survival before the next massive impact destroys the Earth. Could we divert a truly massive planet killing asteroid or comet? No. Terraforming Mars is a start, but just as there are planet killing… Read More »

Sun erupts with a CME toward Earth and Mercury

00 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… Read More »

Antarctica’s hidden Lake Vostok found to teem with life

00 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… Read More »

Antarctic flood produces ‘ice crater’

00 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… Read More »