Technology 

Newly spotted asteroid slips by Earth and nearby satellites – CNET

Space rock block party! ESA Lots of overheated headlines in tabloids and other publications this week have been screaming about a large, “potentially hazardous” asteroid set to pass close by Earth.  Meanwhile, a newly discovered car-size asteroid passed over 100 times closer to us on Thursday — coming near the altitude where many man-made satellites orbit — and hardly anyone noticed.  Asteroid 2018 BD flew by our planet at a distance of about 22,000 miles (35,406 km) at 7:43 a.m. PT, just seven hours after being discovered via the Catalina Sky…

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Mayon volcano legend: From Panganoron and Magayon myth to latest eruption

Mount Mayon, the Philippines’ most active volcano, erupted twice at the weekend as experts from the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) warned another “potentially hazardous” explosion could occur within days. Incredible images from the mountain in the Albay region of the Philippines, on the island of Luzon, showed as bright red lava gushed from the mountains crater while thick ash clouds descended down its slopes. And one particular photograph of the ash clouds around the Mayon Volcano in Albay, Bicol, has sparked an online frenzy with locals comparing…

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Space 

Getting the cloud above the clouds (and surviving a dry spell)

This article originally appeared in the Dec. 4, 2017 issue of SpaceNews magazine. Sending data to and from different spots on Earth is big business for satellite operators, but Cloud Constellation sees a lucrative opportunity to offer satellites as the ultimate cloud storage solution for sensitive data. The Los Angeles-based startup, now approaching the third anniversary of its founding, has a way to go to fulfill that dream. In September, Cloud Constellation signed a launch agreement with Virgin Orbit for 12 LauncherOne missions, and has a memorandum of understanding with…

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Science 

Thousands Flee As Lava Flows Down Philippines Volcano

Scientists warn the eruption could turn explosive More (LEGAZPI, Philippines) — Nearly 15,000 people have fled from villages around the Philippines’ most active volcano as lava flowed down its crater Monday in a gentle eruption that scientists warned could turn explosive. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology increased the alert level for Mount Mayon late Sunday to three on a scale of five, indicating an increased prospect of a hazardous eruption “within weeks or even days.” Lava flowed at least half a kilometer (less than half a mile) down…

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Iran oil tanker causes worst spill in DECADES after ship carrying 1 MILLION barrels sinks

The stricken vessel had been ablaze for a whole week after colliding with another ship, but sunk yesterday after its already weakened hull was destroyed by a series of large explosions. Rescue ships have already recovered three bodies and Iranian officials now say the remaining 29 crew and passengers are presumed dead.  The Sanchi was carrying almost 136,000 tonnes – equivalent to nearly one million barrels – of condensate, an ultra-light and extremely flammable type of crude oil. Its highly toxic cargo has now spread out in a massive slick…

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Dozens of People Have Escaped a Florida Casino Shuttle Boat After it Burst into Flames

(TAMPA, Fla.) — Fire swiftly engulfed a shuttle boat Sunday afternoon used to ferry patrons to a casino ship off Florida’s Gulf Coast, forcing the crew and dozens of passengers to jump into chilly waters close to shore, authorities said. Fifteen people complaining of chest pain, smoke inhalation and other minor injuries were taken to the hospital to be checked, authorities said, adding no injuries were life-threatening after the huge fire consumed the boat close to a residential neighborhood. Port Richey Chief of Police Gerard DeCanio said all 50 passengers…

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BREAKING: Papua New Guinea volcano Mount Kadovar spews ‘dome of lava’ amid mass evacuation

The country’s Red Cross Secretary General, Uvenama Rova, stated that locals “rushed immediately to escape” and are in “immediate need of food” as the volcano continues to plague the region. The dome of lava could reportedly be seen in the sea at the base of steam clouds that are rising to 600meters above sea level. Chris Firth, a vulcanologist at Macquarie University, detailed that this is the first confirmed eruption report to come from Kadovar. More to follow…

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Philippines Mayon VOLCANO causes public EVACUATION from risk of ‘magmatic explosions’

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) raised the warning to level two, meaning the current activity displayed by the Mayon Volcano is “probably of magmatic origin, which could lead to more phreatic eruptions or eventually to hazardous magmatic eruptions.” The institute added: “The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the six kilometre (3.7mile) radius Permanent Danger Zone to minimise risks from sudden explosions, rockfall and landslides.” A phreatic eruption, also known as a phreatic explosion, occurs when magma heats ground or surface water,…

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Science 

REVEALED: Scientists find ‘KEY CLUE to Alien life’ in meteorites that SMASHED into earth

GETTY Chance of alien life after scientists find water in meteorites In 1998, two meteorites smashed into the earth, with one landing near a basketball court in Texas and the second crashing into Morocco. Now 20 years later, it is believed that they contained chemical components. The meteorites are filled with both liquid water and a mix of complex organic compounds, including hydrocarbons and amino acids it is believed. A study released on January 10 by the journal Science Advances, showed the first chemical study of organic matter and water…

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‘Supermassive’ black hole lets out ‘TWO BURPS’ in space binge that moves like ’shockwaves’

The Hubble and Chandra space telescopes detected the burp 800million light-years away. Julie Comerford, from the University of Colorado, said: “Black holes are voracious eaters, but it turns out they don’t have very good table manners. “There are a lot of examples of black holes with single burps emanating out, but we discovered a galaxy with a supermassive black hole that has not one but two burps.” Ms Comerford announced the discovery at the 231st American Astronomical Society meeting in Washington DC. The expert added that “black holes are voracious…

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