Yellowstone earthquake swarm continues, causing panic

Posted in 2017 with tags , on June 20, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


An energetic earthquake swarm that started on June 12, 2017 on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park continues, leading many people into panic mode.

However, there is no indication that this supervolcano will experience a catastrophic eruption in the foreseeable future which makes panicking about it a perfect waste of time and energy. 

Earthquake swarms are common in Yellowstone and, on average, comprise about 50% of the total seismicity in the Yellowstone region.

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations (UUSS) is monitoring an earthquake swarm which is currently active on the western edge of Yellowstone National Park.

The swarm began on June 12, 2017 and, as of 19:30 UTC (13:30 MDT on June 19) is composed of 464 events with the largest magnitude of ML 4.4 (MW 4.4), UUSS said.

Yellowstone National Park earthquake swarm June 2017

Credit: UUSS


Mystery of the Missing Noctilucent Clouds: There’s been a “heat wave” in the polar mesosphere…

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Extreme Weather, Galaxy, Uncategorized with tags , , , on June 17, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


June 15, 2017:

In late May 2017, observers in Europe began seeing electric-blue tendrils snaking over the western horizon at sunset.

The summer season for noctilucent clouds (NLCs) was apparently beginning. Normally, the strange-looking clouds surge in visibility in the weeks immediately after their first sighting.

This year, however, something mysterious happened. Instead of surging, the clouds vanished. During the first two weeks of June 2017, received ZERO images of NLCs — something that hasn’t happened in nearly 20 years.

Where did they go? Researchers have just figured it out: There’s been a “heat wave” in the polar mesosphere, a region in Earth’s upper atmosphere where NLCs form. Relatively warm temperatures have wiped out the clouds.




Father’s Day story : How Wallace the lion broke all the laws of the jungle to raise his son alone after Mummy passed away

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , , on June 17, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Khari the lion was taken under the wing of his father, Wallace, after his mother Rachel died just before Christmas 

Male lions are usually not exactly hands-on dads. They leave all the hard work to the womenfolk: both childcare and hunting. 

That said, they do actually stick around, which is more than can be said for most male cats, who clear off once the mating is over.

Cubs are born blind and unable to walk for the first few weeks. 

And while lionesses are the main teachers, allowing growing cubs to pounce and chase their tails in preparation for real life, lion dads will also allow their offspring to jump on them and stalk them.

However, they tend to have a much shorter fuse than the mums — often swatting mischievous youngsters away with their giant paws, or snarling at them when their patience wears thin.


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A Hole in the Sun’s Atmosphere is Spewing a stream of solar wind as fast as 700 km/s (1.6 million mph)

Posted in 2017, astronomy, Extreme Weather, Galaxy with tags , , , , , , on June 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


Spewing a stream of solar wind as fast as 700 km/s (1.6 million mph), a hole in the sun’s atmosphere is turning toward Earth.

Forecasters expect the stream to reach our planet on June 15th or 16th with a 40% chance of minor G1-class geomagnetic storms when it arrives. 

High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras in the nights ahead, especially in the southern hemisphere where deepening autumn darkness favors visibility.

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Watch Explorers Track Struggling Polar Bears Across Russian Arctic

Posted in 2017, animals with tags , , , , on June 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


The Russian biologists were already on their third round of vodka shots over a dinner of canned reindeer meat, buckwheat, and pickles when a neighbor ran in and shouted, “bear!”


Old Soviet forks clattered against plates as the group of scientists all stood at the same time and rushed out of the tiny kitchen in the Sea View, a grandly named hotel in the almost completely abandoned town of Amderma on the shore of the Kara Sea. “The polar bear is by the school!” the young woman yelled again, as the men got dressed in a chaotic jumble of boots, gloves, coats, and hats.


Sergey Naidenko and Yevgeny Ivanov ran into their room and grabbed a lightweight German gas rifle. Yevgeny tucked a number of tranquilizer darts into his down jacket—then everyone ran out into the gloom of a spring evening in the Russian Arctic.


Outside, Sergey grabbed the darts from Yevgeny, jumped on a snowmobile behind a local Nenets hunter with a rifle slung over his shoulder, and went tearing off across the hardened snow in the direction the bear had run. The rest of the group navigated down to the frozen seashore through deep snow hiding mountains of rusted junk left by the Soviet Union’s second largest Arctic air base.


Acrobatic amphibians perform a frog PYRAMID

Posted in 2017, animals, Uncategorized with tags , , on June 14, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


The photographer Tanto Yensen who owns the animals as pets said the mother and her two children slowly worked their way into formation. 

The mother acted as the base while the two young frogs climbed on top of her. 

Yensen said: ‘I like to give my pets some fresh air and so took the three frogs out into the garden and placed them on a log that I have out there.

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Indonesia: This “Walking” Fish Has Scientists Stumped

Posted in 2017, animals with tags on June 9, 2017 by theboldcorsicanflame


June 2, 2017 – Video captured off the coast of Bali, Indonesia, shows a “walking” fish scampering on the seafloor. Fish experts, known as ichthyologists, agree that it’s a member of the genus Minous, more commonly known as stingfish. But what they don’t agree on is its species. The video shows the stingfish using its lowermost pectoral fins as “feet” to move about and probe the seafloor for food. This mystery creature could be a striped stingfish, a white goblin or possibly an undescribed species. Accurately identifying this aquatic pedestrian may not be possible by watching the video alone. The experts all agree that the best way to examine this fish is to hold the specimen in your hands.

Read “Watch a Strange ‘Walking Fish’ That Has Experts Stumped.”

Video of the bizarre creature

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