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February 27, 2013

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February 24, 2013

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February 24, 2013NEW ZEALAND — White Island is stirring again but volcanologists say activity within the crater is only minor. GNS has monitoring cameras in place at the volcano which take photos of the crater every 15 minutes and scientists noticed an increased level of activity between 11.30am and 1.30pm today. Duty volcanologist Arthur Jolly said the ash was confined to within the crater and would not affect aviation in the area. He was unsure as to what the rest of the weekend had to hold. “In certain volcanic systems you can see an evolution in the pattern and we know from many volcanoes worldwide that some volcanoes follow a pattern that leads to an eruption,” Jolly said. “But in this case, this volcano doesn’t follow this kind of set script.” By the end of last month the hot crater lake on White Island completely dried up as…

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February 22, 2013

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The Extinction Protocol

February 22, 2013SPACE– A colossal sunspot on the surface of the sun is large enough to swallow six Earths whole, and could trigger solar flares this week, NASA scientists say. The giant sunspot was captured on camera by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory as it swelled to enormous proportions over the 48 hours spanning Tuesday and Wednesday (Feb. 19 and 20). SDO is one of several spacecraft that constantly monitor the sun’s space weather environment. “It has grown to over six Earth diameters across, but its full extent is hard to judge since the spot lies on a sphere, not a flat disk,” wrote NASA spokeswoman Karen Fox, of the agency’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., in an image description. The sunspot region is actually a collection of dark blemishes on the surface of the sun that evolved rapidly over the last two days. Sunspots form…

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February 21, 2013

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The Extinction Protocol

February 21, 2013CHINAEight people were injured in an earthquake near the border area of China’s southwestern Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, local authorities said today. The 4.9-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at 10:46 a.m. yesterday with an epicenter 6 km deep, toppled 72 houses and damaged 949 others in Yunnan’s Qiaojia County, the county government said. The injured, including two people in serious condition, have been sent to local hospitals, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. “Many people ran out of buildings when the quake came, but there was no falling debris. The shopping mall resumed business shortly after,” a mall shopper in the county said. Rescue work is underway and local civil affairs authorities have dispatched relief materials such as tents and quilts to the area, the county government said. The quake was followed by two more in Sichuan Province that both registered above magnitude 4. A…

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February 20, 2013

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February 19, 2013

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The Extinction Protocol

February 18, 2013FLORIDAFlorida residents reported seeing a flickering light falling off the state’s eastern coast last Tuesday night, raising curiosity over whether Earth has played host to yet another meteor. Crowd-sourced reports on the American Meteor Society’s website generally stated the falling light happened sometime after 6:30 p.m. local time, with sightings from Cocoa, Fla., all the way down to Miami. NBC-6 in Miami showed witness video of a falling, flickering light, burning brighter and moving slower than most small shooting stars. Local media reported that the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Coast Guard said they received calls about a flashing light, with the Coast Guard reporting that they couldn’t find a flare or a boat in distress. The Florida sighting joins another sighting off the West Coast on Friday night and, of course, the huge meteor that flashed over Russia’s Ural Mountains on…

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February 18, 2013

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