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Krakatoa Volcano ready to unleash after a gap of 126 years

August 13, 2009 / No Comments

The world must have forgotten the name, but the Krakatoa Volcano needs to be reminded as of one of the most deadliest volcanoes in the world. It killed 36,000 people when it erupted in 1883. However, the stark reality is that the remaining part of the Volcano has started to spew lava again and thousands of farmers who stay close ...

Bhuvan Earth, Bhuvan Download, Bhuvan Isro

August 13, 2009 / 140 Comments

ISRO , Indian space & research organization has launched Bhuvan, a satellite mapping tool similar to Google Earth and Wikimapia. Bhuvan was launched on 12th August 2009. Bhuvan offers resolution up to 5 metres and is said to be a competitor to Google Earth. “Bhuvan will be able to give you an image from only 10 meters away”, isro spokesman said. Check the ...

Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a good show. The best time to watch

August 11, 2009 / No Comments

The Perseid meteor shower is happening tonight between midnight to 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12. It will be visible in most of North America. Late Tuesday night is an option as well. The Perseids are bits of debris from the Comet Swift-Tuttle. Every year around August the Earth passes through these debris streams. "They are typically fast, bright and occasionally leave ...

Dust Cloud from China Circles the Globe More Than Once

July 29, 2009 / No Comments

Clouds caused by a colossal dust storm in Taklimakan desert in China in 2007 completed more than one full circle around the globe in 13 days.  The dust cloud – measuring about 1.9 miles vertically and about 1,242 miles horizontally – was formed in Xinjiang, in north-western China. Interestingly, the cloud remained in that formation all through its journey around ...

Tuvalu, the Fourth Smallest Country in the World Aims to Become First Zero-Carbon Country

July 29, 2009 / 4 Comments

If the larger and medium economies of the world have to be motivated to cut down immensely on the carbon footprints, it might be the smaller nations which have to set an example stating that it can be done in a manner easier than anticipated. Tuvalu, the fourth smallest nation in the world with a population of 12,000 people intends to ...

The truth – tap water is better than bottled water and better for the environment

July 22, 2009 / 1 Comment

Eat This, Not That! took a look at what is found in bottled water. I don't know about the rest of the world, but for Americans and Japanese, what comes out of the tap is just as good if not better for you than what comes in the plastic bottles, and better for the environment, too! No recycling, no plastic, no ...

Giant ‘scar’ on Jupiter spotted by amateur stargazer evidence of incompetent scientists?

July 21, 2009 / No Comments

Scientists get a lot of respect. Well deserved for the most part. There are lots of people around me who are. Extremely knowledgeable folk. You can't swing a dead cat at my church without hitting a PhD and we have less than 50 people in the building. My son is going to be a scientist - grad school, physiology and so on. Even ...

How and where to watch the full solar eclipse on July 22nd, 2009

July 20, 2009 / 2 Comments

Everybody knows you can't just stare at the sun. Well, if you didn't know that you do now. Do not stare at the sun. Repeat after me, do not stare at the sun. Still, lots of folk will be looking to the heavens on July 22nd to watch the full solar eclipse. I remember doing this some 30+ years ago...okay make ...

G8 deal on global warming limit will pave way for post-Kyoto Protocol treaty

July 13, 2009 / No Comments

The agreement reached at the recent summit of the Group of Eight industrial nations (the G8) held in Italy to limit global warming to no more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) could help a post-Kyoto Protocol treaty materialize in December 2009. According to Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission (EC), an agreement on the global temperature target, ...

El Nino conditions are back and world weather must answer to it

July 9, 2009 / 1 Comment

El Nino is back. US government scientists are saying that the periodic warming of water in the tropical Pacific Ocean, otherwise known as El Nino, which can affect weather all over the world, is back! The Pacific was in a neutral state, however, forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the sea surface temps are up about 1 degree C ...