Natural Phenomena

  • Southern Lights Shimmer in Antarctica's Night Sky (Photo)

    A dark, moonless sky is awash in light radiating from an aurora over Antarctica in a new image released by NASA. The satellite photo captures the aurora australis, or "southern lights," in the early morning hours of June 24. Solar flares, or intense radiation bursts from the sun, release a torrent…
  • Early start to Northwest wildfire season; more danger ahead

    SEATTLE (AP) — Predictions of an early wildfire season have come true in the Northwest as low snowpack levels, record warm temperatures and very dry conditions have helped fuel blazes weeks earlier than usual.

    Associated Press
  • When the Sheep Are Watching Over Your Mind

    Definition: Sheeping is mindlessly following the others when you actually know the right actions and behaviors but don't want to assume responsibility for them. On June 1st 1999, American Airlines Flight 1420 was coming in for landing at Little Rock airport in Arkansas amidst raging thunderstorms…

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  • Quake in rural China kills three, damages thousands of homes

    A strong earthquake hit a rural part of China's far western Xinjiang region on Friday, killing three people, injuring dozens and destroying or damaging thousands of homes, the government and state media said. The dead included a father and son, the government-run China National Emergency…

  • Scientists convinced European heat waves boosted by climate change

    By Laurie Goering LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - As Germany and Spain sweated and London sweltered through its hottest July day on record this week, scientists said it is "virtually certain" that climate change is increasing the likelihood of such heat waves in Europe. In real-time data…

  • European temps climb, pope gives thanks for some rain

    PARIS (AP) — Europeans struggled Friday to find relief from unusually high temperatures, but the U.N. weather agency said the continent is better prepared than ever to avoid major heat casualties.

    Associated Press
  • Climate Change Sparks Turbulence in Aviation Industry (Op-Ed)

    Dan Upham, writer and editor at Environmental Defense Fund contributed this article to Live Science's Expert Voices: Op-Ed & Insights. This summer, some 222 million Americans will take to the skies, according to industry trade group Airlines for America — a record high, to say nothing of how many…
  • 6.4 magnitude quake kills three in China's Xinjiang

    A shallow 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck China's far western region of Xinjiang on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, with three people killed according to Chinese officials. It was 20 kilometres deep according to USGS, which initially gave the magnitude as 6.1 while Chinese seismologists…

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    5,000 Evacuated After Toxic Train Fire in Tennessee

    Hazmat teams are on the scene after a train car carrying highly flammable and toxic liquid catches fire.

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