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  • Four kākāpō make epic journey

    10 July 2017 9:40 PM 10

    Four critically endangered kākāpō have been moved to predator-free Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, in the Hauraki Gulf as part of a programme to secure the survival of the flightless native parrot. There are only 153 kākāpō in the world and Hauturu plays a key role in the work the Department of Conservation(DOC) is doing, in partnership with national

  • Volcanic activity worldwide 5 Jul 2017: Klyuchevskoy volcano, Popocatépetl, Cleveland, Sabancaya, Bogoslof

    5 July 2017 10:12 PM 4

    Bogoslof (United States, Aleutian Islands): Two significant explosive eruptions occurred at the volcano yesterday afternoon / evening: the first at 16:51 local time (00:51 July 5 UTC), followed by another one at 19:07 AKDT (03:07). Ash plumes from the explosions reached up to 32,000 ft (10 km) altitude and drifted southeast. The Aviation Color Code/Alert

  • Satellites reveal melting of rocks under volcanic zone, deep in Earth’s mantle

    5 July 2017 5:02 PM 6

    Volcanoes erupt when magma rises through cracks in the Earth’s crust, but the exact processes that lead to the melting of rocks in the Earth’s mantle below are difficult to study. In our paper, published today in the journal Nature, we show how it is possible to use satellite measurements of movements of the Earth’s surface to observe the melting process

  • Fastest stars in the Milky Way are 'runaways' from another galaxy

    4 July 2017 11:00 PM 8

    A group of astronomers have shown that the fastest-moving stars in our galaxy - which are travelling so fast that they can escape the Milky Way - are in fact runaways from a much smaller galaxy in orbit around our own. The researchers, from the University of Cambridge, used data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and computer simulations to demonstrate

  • Something awful is happening at the Great Barrier Reef

    28 June 2017 3:07 PM 15

    Scientists have just stumbled upon an alarming new discovery at one of the greatest natural resources on Planet Earth. You can’t put a price on one of the most incredible natural resources on our planet, the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. Well, you can actually, and a group of Australian economists have done just that to draw attention

  • Volcano Activity Update: June 23, 2017

    23 June 2017 9:59 PM 5

    This past week, Kīlauea Volcano’s summit lava lake fluctuated in concert with summit inflation and deflation, with levels ranging 72 to 130 feet below the vent rim. On the East Rift Zone, the 61g flow remained active, with lava entering the ocean near Kamokuna. The new lava delta is approximately 3.2 acres in size, extending about 328 feet from the sea cliff

  • How Isro is safeguarding India’s space assets in orbit

    22 June 2017 11:15 PM 28

    Though Isro’s main objective is to make satellites functional once placed in orbit, protecting them from space debris is also the top priority of the agency. NEW DELHI: With Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) set to launch another bunch of satellites — Cartosat along with 30 nano satellites — from the Sriharikota launchpad on Friday, the number

  • MOM completes first 1,000 Earth days in orbit

    21 June 2017 5:50 AM 31

    Bengaluru, June: The Indian Mars Orbiter Mission, also known as Mangalyaan, has completed 1,000 earth days in orbit around the Red Planet, exceeding all expectations of the low-cost mission, which was originally designed to last only six months. "The Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) completes 1,000 earth days in its orbit well beyond its designed mission life of six months

  • Painting from Scott expedition discovered in Antarctica

    12 June 2017 11:01 PM 33

    The mystery of a beautifully painted watercolour of a dead bird that was found in Antarctica's oldest building has been solved. The painting of a Tree Creeper was in a hut built by Norwegian explorers and later used by the Scott expedition. The image was found in a pile of papers covered in mould and penguin excrement. It is believed to be by British

  • Live: Earth From Space

    5 June 2017 10:22 PM 12

    Live from the International Space Station, it's an astronaut's view of our home planet. The NASA livestream is shot on HDEV cameras on board the ISS, circling the Earth almost 400 kilometres above the planet, on the edge of space in low earth orbit. The station is crewed by NASA, Japanese, Canadian and European astronauts as well as Russian Cosmonauts