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The search for extra-solar planets has turned up some very interesting discoveries. Aside from planets that are more-massive versions of their Solar counterparts (aka. Super-Jupiters and Super-Earths), there have been plenty of planets that straddle the line between classifications.   And then there were times when follow-up observations have led to the discovery of multiple
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A team of researchers has joined forces to investigate and find solutions to tackle one of the most devastating forms of seismic phenomena – liquefaction. Liquefaction occurs in loosely-compacted sandy soils which are fully saturated with water. Seismic vibrations caused by an earthquake apply stress to the soil particles and this transfers pressure to the
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Scientists have long known earthquakes can cause the Earth to vibrate for extended periods of time. However, in 1998 a research team found the Earth also constantly generates a low-frequency vibrational signal in the absence of earthquakes. Since then, seismologists have proposed different theories to explain the existence of this continuous vibration, from atmospheric disturbances
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Japanese researchers find predictive potential in underground changes associated with 2016 Kumamoto earthquake and subsequent volcanic eruptions. Most of what we know about earthquakes and volcanoes is based on what we can observe at the Earth’s surface. However, most of the action – especially early activity that could help with disaster prediction and preparedness –
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On November 17, 2017, a pilot flying over Öræfajökull volcano in Iceland noticed a new ice-caldron within the volcano’s caldera. Now, volcanologists say the situation is far from normal. Volcanologist Ármann Höskuldsson says that the situation at Öræfajökull volcano is far from normal. The caldera has deepened by 20 meters (65 feet) and crevasses have become
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The witness has reported the seemingly bizarre incident to the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) for its expert opinion. US-based MUFON is the world’s largest organisation dedicated to UFO and alien research and investigation. The witness, who has not been named in a report released by MUFON, said they attempted a “contact 5 Protocol” technique used
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YouTube NEW WITNESS: The man claims to have heard a USAF man talk of ‘little people’. The 62-year-old, who asked Express.co.uk not to name him, claims to have heard US Air Force (USAF) personal discussing “lights” and “little people” just days after the notorious Rendlesham UFO sightings in Suffolk in December 1980. The Rendlesham legend,
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The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has raised its ENSO Outlook to La Niña, indicating that the tropical Pacific has reached La Niña levels. Climate models suggest this La Niña will be weak and short-lived, persisting until early southern autumn 2018. Signs of La Niña in the equatorial Pacific have increased during spring, BOM reported December
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Scientists have also predicted that there are 47 million people already at risk of developing the condition as they show signs of neuropathological changes that could eventually lead to Alzheimer’s dementia.  Ron Brookmeyer, professor of biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and the study’s lead author, called for “improved methods” to identify
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Researchers reviewed 120 years worth of information on the evolution of human characteristics – including height, lifespan and physical performance – and concluded that there may be a maximum threshold which humanity cannot exceed. The scientists claim humanity has plateaued as less sporting records are broken and more people reach but don’t exceed the present
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New activity/unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between November 29 – December 5, 2017. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 11 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Agung, Bali (Indonesia) | Great Sitkin, Andreanof Islands (USA) | Klyuchevskoy, Central Kamchatka (Russia) | Pacaya, Guatemala | Villarrica, Chile. Ongoing activity: Aira, Kyushu (Japan) | Cleveland, Chuginadak Island (USA) | Dukono, Halmahera (Indonesia) |
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Due to increased seismic and infrasound activity recorded over the past few weeks at Shishaldin volcano, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) raised the Aviation Color Code for the volcano to Yellow and the Alert Level to Advisory on Wednesday, December 6, 2017. The last eruptive episode of this volcano started on January 28, 2014 and ended
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A very bright fireball was recorded streaking through the night sky over Florida around 23:35 UTC on December 5, 2017 (18:35 EST). The event lasted up to 7 seconds. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 57 reports by 19:00 UTC on December 6. The fireball was observed primarily from Florida’s western coast. One observer reported