Research


Researchers Create The Most Accurate Map of Antarctica Researchers Create The Most Accurate Map of Antarctica
- September 12, 2018

The 150-terabyte data set is the first that will allow researchers to watch the fracturing of ice shells within a three-week time span, almost tracking changes on the ice in real time. A supercomputer assembled the massive amounts of data, including the elevation of the land over time, and created REMA, an immensely detailed topographical map, with a file size over 150 terabytes . (more...)
South Carolina National Guard in Position, Ready to Respond to Hurricane Florence South Carolina National Guard in Position, Ready to Respond to Hurricane Florence
- September 12, 2018

In a statement the centre said: "Further strengthening is anticipated, and Florence is expected to be an extremely risky major hurricane through Thursday". On the forecast track, Isaac is anticipated to move near or over the central Lesser Antilles on Thursday and move into the eastern Caribbean Sea Thursday night. (more...)
'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days 'Monster' Hurricane Florence to pummel U.S. Southeast for days
- September 12, 2018

The storm led to disastrous flooding in Honduras. The governors of North Carolina and Virginia have announced mandatory evacuations of hundreds of thousands more in their states. A lot of people hearing this are remembering Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hurricane Florence is poised to hit the mid-Atlantic coast and the Carolinas this week, and satellite images of the storm are nothing short of terrifying. (more...)
South Carolina Shuts Down and Evacuates as Hurricane Florence Expands
- September 12, 2018

Thousands of residents in North and SC have fled their homes as Hurricane Florence , the biggest of the extreme weather conditions on the map, looks set to tear its way through the eastern seaboard. Flooding caused 50 of the 56 USA deaths attributed to Floyd and much of the damage , which was estimated at up to $6 billion. The flooding might be similar to what the Carolinas experienced during Hurricane Matthew in 2016. (more...)
Artificial intelligence helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts Artificial intelligence helps track down mysterious cosmic radio bursts
- September 12, 2018

The blasts, which last just a fraction of a second each, are impossible to forecast, but because this particular spot in the sky has produced so many in the past it's easy for astronomers to assume that more might be coming. These puzzling fast radio bursts emanated from 121102, and are supposed to originate from a galaxy three billion light-years away from the Earth. (more...)
FLORENCE: Charlotte shelters take in animals from Hurricane
- September 12, 2018

Storm -surge warning: South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina and Albemarle and Pamlico sounds, including the Neuse and Pamlico rivers as of 2 a.m. While many coastal residents heeded mandatory evacuation orders, others boarded up homes and businesses and chose to courageous the storm, which is forecast to trigger severe flash flooding as it dumps as many as three feet (almost a meter) of rain in some areas. (more...)
People flee USA coast as Hurricane Florence nears Carolinas
- September 12, 2018

Many forecasters are comparing the rainfall potential from Florence to Hurricane Harvey , which caused historic flooding in the Houston area. ABC reported that Boeing has stopped its operations in SC because of the threat. In addition to flooding the coast with wind-driven storm surges of seawater as high as 12 feet (3.7 m), Florence could drop 20 inches to as much as 30 inches (51-76 cm) of rain in places, posing the risk of deadly flooding miles inland, forecasters said. (more...)
Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence Millions on US East Coast brace for 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Florence
- September 12, 2018

Meanwhile, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's GOES weather satellites are providing some spectacular views of the group storms from space. Boeing suspended operations Tuesday at plants in North Charleston, South Carolina, to give employees and their families time to evacuate ahead of Florence's making landfall . (more...)
Hurricane historian says Florence similar to Hazel, Fran, Floyd
- September 12, 2018

The Category 4 storm poses a unsafe threat to coastal regions of the Carolinas and Virgina, where it's expected to make landfall early Friday morning. While impacts across western North Carolina, including Charlotte, remain uncertain, the potential for heavy rain, inland flooding, and gusty winds still exists. (more...)
Map of North Carolina Showing Latest GFS, European Models
- September 12, 2018

National Hurricane Centre director Ken Graham warned: "It's not just the coast". "Due to impacts from Hurricane Florence, an evacuation order has been issued for coastal SC, including Charleston, Dorchester, and Berkeley counties, beginning at noon Tuesday, Sept. (more...)
These airlines are waiving fees before Hurricane Florence These airlines are waiving fees before Hurricane Florence
- September 12, 2018

The GOES-East weather satellite, which keeps a constant eye on the East Coast and the Atlantic, has captured some breathtaking images of Hurricane Florence , Tropical Storm Isaac and Hurricane Helene approaching the Americas (in that order). (more...)
Hurricane Florence: US southeast braces for direct hit from 'monster' storm Hurricane Florence: US southeast braces for direct hit from 'monster' storm
- September 12, 2018

Meanwhile, two other storms were also spinning in the Atlantic. Florence is expected to strengthen to a hurricane Saturday night or Sunday morning. North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told a news conference his state was in "the bull's eye". (more...)
Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike Southeast U.S. Intensifying Hurricane Florence could strike Southeast U.S.
- September 12, 2018

Hurricane Florence is predicted to slam into the US East Coast as a "major" storm. "On the forecast track, the center of Florence will move over the southwestern Atlantic Ocean between Bermuda and the Bahamas Tuesday and Wednesday, and approach the coast of SC or North Carolina on Thursday". (more...)
Artificial intelligence detects 72 mysterious radio signals from deep in space Artificial intelligence detects 72 mysterious radio signals from deep in space
- September 12, 2018

It probably isn't aliens (and if it was, they'd nearly certainly be very long dead), but that doesn't make the mystery any less fascinating. The FRBs are coming from galaxy FRB 121102 . The researchers developed the new, powerful machine-learning algorithm and reanalysed the 2017 data, finding an additional 72 bursts not detected originally. (more...)
Hurricane Florence: Why has North Carolina declared STATE OF EMERGENCY? Hurricane Florence: Why has North Carolina declared STATE OF EMERGENCY?
- September 11, 2018

Rivers are high, and the storm will be moving slowly when it arrives, exacerbating the danger, Rossi told USA TODAY. The Miami-based center said that it was still too early to predict the hurricane's exact path but that a huge coastal area from SC to the mid-Atlantic region should prepare for a major strike late in the week. (more...)
SpaceX Launches New Communications Satellite, Sticks Rocket Landing
- September 11, 2018

Elon Musk may have had a rocky summer , but that didn't stop SpaceX from another successful launch at Cape Canaveral early Monday morning. The live stream will officially kick off at 11:13pm, 15 minutes before takeoff, and will run roughly four hours. (more...)
One million asked to evacuate as Hurricane Florence closes in One million asked to evacuate as Hurricane Florence closes in
- September 11, 2018

Large swells are already affecting Bermuda and parts of the U.S. East Coast, according to the NHC . Hurricane Florence as seen from the International Space Station on Monday, September 10, 2018. Residents as far north as Virginia were warned that Florence could bring a life-threatening coastal storm surge, as well as inland flooding from "prolonged and exceptionally heavy rainfall", the NHC said. (more...)
Carolinas brace for potentially devastating Hurricane Florence Carolinas brace for potentially devastating Hurricane Florence
- September 11, 2018

Models show the storm reaching Category 4 intensity within 48 hours, with winds of 130 mph to 156 mph, hurricane specialist Eric Blake said in a forecast discussion. For many people, the challenge could be finding a safe refuge: If Florence slows to a crawl just off the coast, it could bring torrential rains to the Appalachian mountains and as far away as West Virginia, causing flash floods, mudslides and other risky conditions. (more...)
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Law BANNING Fossil Fuels by 2045
- September 11, 2018

Hawaii is the only other US state to set a similar goal. The law sends a message that California supports the global Paris agreement to fight climate change, he said. The legislation also marks the latest conflict between California and President Trump, with the state repeatedly defying the administration's policies on everything from energy to civil rights to immigration. (more...)
More rain expected this weekend More rain expected this weekend
- September 11, 2018

ET Saturday . NASCAR's entire Saturday schedule at Indianapolis Motor Speedway will likely be washed out by the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon , and Sunday's Cup race is in jeopardy. A few isolated showers are possible Saturday morning, before conditions dry out for the rest of the day! With the clouds and wet weather, high temperatures will back off into the weekend as highs on Sunday will struggle to reach 70°. (more...)
Here are 3 more hurricanes that aren't named Florence Here are 3 more hurricanes that aren't named Florence
- September 11, 2018

Hurricane Florence is on the brink of becoming a major storm, strengthening rapidly as it rolls across the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast. "Isaac is a small hurricane and uncertainty in the forecast is greater than normal", the National Hurricane Center reported Monday at 11 a.m. "NOAA Hurricane Hunter plane investigating Florence found that its winds had increased to 130 miles per hour late Monday morning", said The Weather Channel . (more...)
Hurricane Florence's path: Track the storm here
- September 11, 2018

A warm ocean is the fuel that powers hurricanes , and Florence will be moving over waters where temperatures are peaking near 85 degrees (30 Celsius), Blake wrote. - Gov. Roy Cooper urged North Carolina residents on Monday to prepare for Hurricane Florence, which forecasters expect to hit the state's southern coast later this week. (more...)
Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash Massive boom hopes to corral Pacific Ocean’s plastic trash
- September 10, 2018

The system is being launched in the Pacific off the coast of California on Saturday. Boyan Slat added, "Today's launch is an important milestone, but the real celebration will come once the first plastic returns to shore". "We expect to remove half of the area of the Pacific garbage patch every five years". However, the foundation estimates that it will collect 90% of the plastic garbage within two decades, That is because the concentration of the waste diminishes with time and with it the ... (more...)
SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket with Telstar Communications Satellite SpaceX Successfully Launches Falcon 9 Rocket with Telstar Communications Satellite
- September 10, 2018

The rocket's first stage went smoothly and dropped into the Atlantic Ocean via the " Of Course I Still Love You " drone ship about 10 minutes later. The satellite will operate from 138 degrees east in GEO, replacing the existing Telstar 18. An artist's rendering of Telstar 18 VANTAGE. SpaceX's launch director gave the go-ahead to begin fueling the rocket at about T-minus 38 minutes before the 12:45 a.m. (more...)
Hurricane Florence takes aim at East Coast Hurricane Florence takes aim at East Coast
- September 10, 2018

Tropical storm force winds (above 39 mph) could begin in North Carolina by Thursday if the storms continues on its current path. Florence became a hurricane again once winds reached 74 miles per hour. The storm was producing large swells expected to reach from the northern Caribbean to the southern coasts of Canada's Maritime provinces. Florence's predicted path, as of early Monday morning. (more...)
Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane Tropical Storm Florence turns into a hurricane
- September 09, 2018

The National Hurricane Center forecasts Florence to intensify rapidly into a major hurricane by Monday. Florence right now appears to be making a beeline for the Carolinas later this week. Large swells were already expected to hit the British island territory in the north Atlantic Ocean Saturday. The NHC says that Helene is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2 to 4 inches over the southern Cabo Verde Islands through Sunday. (more...)
Hurricane Olivia weakens as it tracks toward Hawaii Hurricane Olivia weakens as it tracks toward Hawaii
- September 09, 2018

The storm's expected to continue tracking west-northwest through Saturday and enter the Central Pacific basin, which is where Hawaii is located, around that time, forecasters said. Olivia is forecast to remain a hurricane for the next couple of days. "Although it is too early to pinpoint any details with regard to specifics related to potential impacts to the islands, forecast confidence is increasing each day as the guidance remains in very good agreement", the National Weather Service in ... (more...)
Clean energy could make the Sahara green Clean energy could make the Sahara green
- September 09, 2018

Yan Li University of Illinois, USA. Not only does such solar and wind farms reduce our dependency on coal, they also have effects on the heat and humidity of localized regions. "The rainfall increase is a effect of complex land-atmosphere interactions that occur because solar panels and wind turbines create rougher and darker land surfaces". (more...)
Large-Scale Wind & Solar Development Could Reshape The Sahara
- September 09, 2018

The presence of wind turbines and solar panels in the region, however, could change local climate, but the researchers think that it will be for the good. Precipitation also increased as much as 0.25 mm per day on average. Thus, installation of solar and wind farms on the Sahara could not only increase rainfall and vegetation but could also reduce dependency on coal and provide the economy with clean energy. (more...)
Meet the First Known Omnivorous Shark Meet the First Known Omnivorous Shark
- September 09, 2018

Scientists have learned that the bonnethead shark enjoys supplementing its diet of meat with greens, making it the first known omnivorous shark . But that wasn't evidence enough, so the researchers ran a series of tests to see how much of the plant matter was digested and how much of it was excreted. (more...)