Sunday, 24 February 2008
Feb 24, 2008 - 10:10:05 AM
JAKARTA, Indonesia - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.6 rattled Indonesia's Sumatra island Sunday night, the U.S. Geological Survey said, sending frightened residents running from their homes.
Feb 24, 2008 - 9:58:06 AM
SAN FRANCISCO - Gale-force winds lashed the coastline and ice pellets pelted the mountains, but the much-feared storm that finally blustered into Northern California on Saturday appeared to be packing less destructive power than expected.
Feb 24, 2008 - 9:45:47 AM
Primordial black holes (PBHs) are getting mischievous again. These artefacts from the Big Bang could be responsible for hiding inside planets or stars, they may even punch a neat, radioactive hole through the Earth. Now, they might start playing interplanetary billiards with asteroids in our solar system.
Feb 23, 2008 - 11:54:00 PM
Astronomers from Australia have calculated that the Milky Way is actually twice as thick as previously believed - doubling from the originally estimated 6,000 light-years to 12,000 light-years.
Feb 23, 2008 - 11:27:22 AM
MANILA, Philippines: Floods and landslides killed at least 32 people, while 10 remained missing and hundreds of thousands were left homeless in the eastern and southern Philippines, the government's disaster agency said Saturday.
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:54:04 AM
An enormous plume of dust and water spurts violently into space from the south pole of Enceladus, Saturn's sixth-largest moon. This raging eruption has intrigued scientists ever since the Cassini spacecraft provided dramatic images of the phenomenon.
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:44:05 AM
STOCKHOLM, Sweden: An overnight storm battered southern Sweden with hurricane-strength winds, knocking out power to tens of thousands and causing flooding in the coastal city of Goteborg, officials said Saturday.
Feb 23, 2008 - 10:27:04 AM
Magnitude: 5.5 Mb. Depth: 35 km. Universal Time (UTC): 23 Feb 2008 07:17:11. Time near the Epicenter: 23 Feb 2008 07:17:11. Local standard time in your area: 23 Feb 2008 07:17:11. Location with respect to nearby cities:. 618 km (384 miles) S (177 degrees) of ACCRA, Ghana.
Feb 23, 2008 - 6:56:16 AM
ALASKA PENINSULA -- The seismic alert level for Mount Veniaminof was raised from green to yellow by the Alaska Volcano Observatory on Friday after several minor bursts of ash were recorded.
Feb 23, 2008 - 6:50:28 AM
Pulsars are fast-spinning, highly radiating neutron stars. Most pulsars emit radio, X-ray and gamma radiation at regular intervals (usually periods of a few milliseconds to a few seconds), in fact many pulses keep the accuracy of the most accurate atomic clocks on Earth.
Feb 22, 2008 - 9:16:59 AM
QUITO, Ecuador — Twelve people have died and thousands have been displaced as severe rains and floods batter this small Andean nation, officials said Thursday.
Feb 22, 2008 - 9:03:33 AM
Phivolcs Surveys Mayon, Bulusan for ‘Abnormal’ Activities
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) on Friday started surveying two major volcanoes in Bicol for possible seismic activities. In a recent interview with, Eduardo Laguerta, Phivolcs’ resident volcanologist in Bicol, said the team seeks to check Mayon Volcano in Albay and Mount Bulusan in Sorsogon for signs of abnormal activity.
Feb 22, 2008 - 8:53:09 AM
NEVADA - Geographic coordinates: 41.053N, 114.923W. Magnitude: 4.6 Ml. Depth: 10 km. Universal Time (UTC): 21 Feb 2008 23:57:52. Time near the Epicenter: 21 Feb 2008 15:57:52. Local standard time in your area: 21 Feb 2008 23:57:52. Location with respect to nearby cities: 7 km (5 miles) SSE (149 degrees) of Wells, NV.
Feb 21, 2008 - 4:19:01
UPDATE : Satellite Debris Deemed Unhazardous
Debris from an obliterated U.S. spy satellite is being tracked over the Pacific and Atlantic oceans but appears to be too small to cause any damage on Earth, a senior military officer said Thursday, just hours after a Navy missile scored a direct hit on the failing satellite.
Feb 21, 2008 - 10:06:05 AM
NORWAY - The Norwegian Arctic archipelago of Svalbard was hit by a major earthquake in the early hours of Thursday morning. The quake measured 6.2 on the Richter scale. The quake is said to be the strongest in Norway in modern times.
Feb 21, 2008 - 9:40:43 AM
Area 51-Fact or Fiction?
Area 51 is a military base, and a remote detachment of Edwards Air Force Base. It is located in the southern portion of Nevada in the western United States, 83 miles (133 km) north-northwest of downtown Las Vegas. Situated at its center, on the southern shore of Groom Lake, is a large secretive military airfield. The base's primary purpose is to support development and testing of experimental aircraft and weapons systems.
The base lies within the United States Air Force's vast Nevada Test and Training Range. Although the facilities at the range are managed by the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base, the Groom facility appears to be run as an adjunct of the Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert, around 186 miles (300 km) southwest of Groom, and as such the base is known as Air Force Flight Test Center (Detachment 3).
Though the name Area 51 is used in official CIA documentation, other names used for the facility include Dreamland, Paradise Ranch, Home Base, Watertown Strip, Groom Lake, and most recently Homey Airport. The area is part of the Nellis Military Operations Area, and the restricted airspace around the field is referred to as (R-4808N), known by the military pilots in the area as "The Box" or "the Container".
The intense secrecy surrounding the base, the very existence of which the U.S. government barely acknowledges, has made it the frequent subject of conspiracy theories and a central component to unidentified flying object (UFO) folklore.