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Japan: Venus Climate Orbiter Launched into Space

Venus Climate Orbiter: "Akatsuki / Planet-C"

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the Venus Climate Orbiter “AKATSUKI” aboard H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 17 (H-IIA F17) at 6:58:22 a.m. on 21st May 2010 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The launch vehicle flew smoothly, and, at about 27 minutes and 29 seconds after lift-off, the separation of the ... Read More »

Sri Lanka & India: Cyclone Laila Displaces over 100,000

Image courtesy of India Meteorological Department

Eighty lakhs of rupees have been released by the Sri Lankan President for the provision of flood relief in Gampaha, Kalutara, Colombo, Ratnapura, Kegalle, Galle and Matara districts as Cyclone Laila passes through the Bay of Bengal. Pre-monsoon rain has affected more than 100,000 people in Sri Lanka and India. Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa was attending the G-15 summit ... Read More »

Mongolia: UN Calls for Help in Dzud Disaster

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Mongolia is suffering from the effects of a natural phenomenon, termed locally as a “Dzud”. This describes harsh conditions which make it impossible for cattle to graze such as; drought, thick snow cover or ice covering grass. 17% of the country’s livestock has died as a result and the UN is calling for $18 million to help 800,000 rural people ... Read More »

Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in Iceland: Ash Plume 7km High

Eyjafjallajökull from Gigjökull, 4th May 2010, 4pm. Photo: Ólafur Sigurjónsson, courtesy of Icelandic Met Office

The latest status report from the Icelandic Meteorological Office and the Institute of Earth Sciences at the University of Iceland notes that the current ash plume at Eyjafjallajökull is 7km high and earthquakes are continuing at a depth of 5-13km. There are no signs that the eruption is ending. Ash is predicted to head towards Britain over the weekend with ... Read More »

Science: Herschel Reveals What Happens When a Star is Born

The Galactic bubble RCW 120

The European Space Agency (ESA) have this week unveiled the first results from their infrared space observatory, known as Herschel, providing the above collection of images which go some way to explaining what happens during star formation. The new images, some of which are shown above, challenge several ideas about star birth and suggest new avenues for scientific research, which ... Read More »

US: BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill “Could Take Months” to Stem

The US Coast Guard is currently considering whether or not to begin burning off the oil which is currently collecting in the Gulf of Mexico following the breakdown of the BP controlled Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”. Coast Guard Rear Adm Mary Landry, who is responsible for the American cleanup operation, told reporters today that the robotic submarines – widely reported ... Read More »

Volcano in Iceland Sees Flights Cancelled Across Europe

A volcano in Iceland, which has been erupting for a number of days, is now causing disruption to air travel across Europe as a cloud of ash makes flying impossible in and out of many airports. Flights have been cancelled in and out of many airports in North West Europe, including Britain and France, which has seen disruption to passenger ... Read More »

Australia: Earthquake in Adelaide

Reports are coming in of a small earthquake which was felt in Adelaide and the surrounding region of South Australia just after 11.30pm CST on Friday 16th April 2010 (2pm GMT). “I thought the house was going to slide down the hill” said Carly Hannaford, an equestrian trainer from the Adelaide Hills region. The police have received multiple calls to ... Read More »