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True News 4 U — Earth News — 08/19/2020

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Bacteria that "eat" only air found in cold deserts around the world

August 19, 2020

A few years ago researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) discovered bacteria in Antarctica that could survive on nothing but air. Now the team has found that this handy ability might not be limited to the South Pole, with evidence turning up in other cold desert locations. The finding could have implications for life beyond Earth, too.

Every living thing needs to get energy from somewhere. For animals that’s food, whether plants or meat or both. For plants, energy comes from sunlight. And for bacteria, it can be a mix of these things, or through “fixing” inorganic compounds in soil.

In 2017, the UNSW researchers discovered bacteria in Antarctica that gained their energy from a new source – the air itself. In low-nutrient soil, these bugs instead pull hydrogen, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide out of the air around them, allowing them to thrive in environments where there’s very little other life. This phenomenon is known as atmospheric chemosynthesis.

And now in a follow-up study, the team has found that this ability may not be limited to Antarctica. The researchers found that the two genes previously linked to atmospheric chemosynthesis are abundant in soil in two other similar environments – the Arctic and the Tibetan Plateau.


The Pacific Ring Of Fire continues to shake. Two more major quakes (Mag 6 or higher) have rattled Indonesia this morning. A magnitude 6.9 aftershock rocked Southern Sumatra just minutes after a magnitude 6.8 shook the same area. 77th major quake of 2020

August 19, 2020

The Pacific Ring Of Fire continues to shake. Two more major quakes (Mag 6 or higher) have rattled Indonesia this morning. A magnitude 6.9 aftershock rocked Southern Sumatra just minutes after a magnitude 6.8 shook the same area. Both of the powerful quakes were extremely shallow at 10 km.

No tsunami warning has been issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysical agency said the quake was felt in cities in the area including Bengkulu, which was the nearest to the epicentre, and Padang. 19, 2020


Tuesday, August 18, 2020

  1. Huge fireball turns midnight sky into day over China, Shakes buildings

  2. DEVELOPING: The Sun is Developing a Coronal Mass Ejection That May Strike Earth on Thursday

  3. America Has Never Experienced A Heatwave Quite Like This

Astronomers spot closest Earth-buzzing asteroid ever recorded

August 18, 2020

Astronomers have identified an asteroid that’s just made the closest pass to Earth ever recorded – and it was only spotted after it had passed. The object skimmed Earth’s atmosphere over the weekend, close enough to have its orbit changed by the planet's gravity.

On August 16, an asteroid designated 2020 QG whizzed past our planet at a distance of only 2,950 km (1,830 mi) above the surface. That’s well within the altitude of many satellites, and almost twice as close as the previous record-holder, an asteroid called 2011 CQ1. Of course, this record is about the closest pass to Earth, and doesn’t include objects that have impacted the planet.

That said, even if it had hit, asteroid 2020 QG wouldn’t have caused any damage. It measures about 3 to 6 m (10 to 20 ft) wide, meaning it would have just burned up in the atmosphere. Still, it is a little concerning that astronomers only noticed it hours after the fact, and highlights how important it is for telescopes to keep watching the skies for any bigger rocks that might be on a collision course.


NASA Tracking Growing “Anomaly” in Earth’s Magnetic Field

August 18, 2020

(ETH) – A strange and growing “anomaly” in the Earth’s magnetic field has caught the attention of NASA, who is reportedly closely monitoring the mysterious occurrence. According to the report a giant region of lower magnetic intensity in the skies above the planet, stretching out between South America and southwest Africa is what is being brought to light.

The strange anomaly has been deemed the South Atlantic Anomaly, and has intrigued and concerned scientists for many years now, and perhaps none more so than NASA researchers. The recent report is warning that the space agency’s satellites and spacecraft are especially vulnerable to the weakened magnetic field strength within the anomaly and the resulting exposure to charged particles from the Sun.

Science Alert went on further to state: “The South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA) – likened by NASA to a ‘dent’ in Earth’s magnetic field, or a kind of ‘pothole in space’ – generally doesn’t affect life on Earth, but the same can’t be said for orbital spacecraft (including the International Space Station), which pass directly through the anomaly as they loop around the planet at low-Earth orbit altitudes.

During these encounters, the reduced magnetic field strength inside the anomaly means technological systems onboard satellites can short-circuit and malfunction if they become struck by high-energy protons emanating from the Sun.”

The Pacific Ring Of Fire shook back to life last night when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocked San Pedro, in the Philippines. Last nights quake was the 6th major quake (magnitude 6 or higher) of August 2020 and the 75th major quake of this year

August 18, 2020

The Pacific Ring Of Fire shook back to life last night when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocked San Pedro, in the Philippines. The powerful quake was shallow, 10km deep, however, The Philippines’ seismology agency said there was no risk of a tsunami from the earthquake but warned of the risk of aftershocks. There are no immediate reports of casualties.

Last nights quake was the 6th major quake (magnitude 6 or higher) of August 2020 and the 75th major quake of this year to date. At the same date in 2019, 95 major quakes had been recorded and in 2018, 63 major quakes had been reported. 

Monday, August 17, 2020

  1. As the Westcoast of America suffers an almost unbearable heatwave which is likely to last at least another 10 days, the highest temperature ever recorded here on Earth may have been beaten yesterday. 130F (54.4C) was recorded in Death Valley National Park on Sunday

  2. Melting Greenland ice sheet has already passed major tipping point

8/17/2020 -- Large M6.8 Earthquake strikes central Philippines -- Located warned LAST NIGHT

August 17, 2020

August 17, 2020 .. A large M6.8 earthquake has struck the area which was warned.

The warning for Philippines was issued on August 16, 2020 at around 11pm central US time.. video of the live event here: starting at about 7 minutes into this update



24/7 Live earthquake stream here:


Two dust storms collide into a massive haboob impacting Phoenix area and briefly closing Interstate 10

August 17, 2020

(ETH) – Two dust storms reportedly converged over the greater Phoenix area on Sunday closing down interstate 10 for a brief time and only hours after the city broke another record as a deadly heatwave continues to grip the West, In fact, The National Weather Service (NWS) announced that the Phoenix office stated that the city beat the previous record-high temperature of 113 degrees Fahrenheit on Sunday, topping out at 115 degrees.

This is the view on I-10 WB right now near Picacho Peak. #PullAsideStayAlive when a dust storm comes into an area. Get tips here: https://t.co/X2sLfWwAV5#azwx #aztraffic #I10 pic.twitter.com/TBJfm0oXFK — Arizona DOT (@ArizonaDOT) August 17, 2020

Thunderstorms developed later in the day triggering dust storms across parts of the area. Just before 6 p.m., the NWS issued a dust advisory for “a wall of dust” moving south across parts of the area at 40 mph, before issuing a dust storm warning for Maricopa and Pinal Counties and causing visibility to fall to zero miles at Sky Harbor International Airport.

When the dust storms collided it produced a massive wall of dust that forced drivers throughout the area to pull their vehicles over to stay safe from roads with low visibility. A semi-truck on Interstate 10 near Picacho Peak was blown over by its side during the storm, resulting in the roadway being closed for a short period.

DEVELOPING: Series of Quakes Rattle Baja California; shaking reported in San Diego and Yuma

August 17, 2020

DEVELOPING (ETH) – A series of earthquakes have occurred in Baja California on Monday morning and have been felt by residents in the Yuma area.

According to reports from the USGS, a magnitude 4.4 and two magnitude 5.1 earthquakes struck east of Maneadero, Baja California.

The seismic activity was widely reported in San Diego and near Yuma with currently no reports of any injuries or severe damage at this time.

US defense department creates a taskforce to investigate UFOs

August 17, 2020

(ETH) – Meanwhile, The US Department of Defense has reportedly created a new taskforce designated to investigate what it calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAPs) to monitor reported sightings of what most people call UFOs.

The Guardian claims that this recent move will likely spark a large interest in alien hunters worldwide looking for signs that humanity is not alone in the universe, although the dry language of the Pentagon’s announcement of the new group belied its intent as watchers of the sky for potential first contact.

According to the report, The Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) was created by the US deputy defense secretary, David Norquist, on 4 August, strengthening an already existing effort that since 2018 has been under the purview of the Office of Naval Intelligence.

“The Department of Defense established the UAPTF to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to US national security,” the Pentagon said in a statement. This latest move comes as the latest from the Pentagon when it comes to UFOs.

Radiation at “safe levels” near Fukushima, but experts raise concerns over contaminated storage tanks

August 17, 2020

(Natural News) In 2011, the Tohoku-oki earthquake and tsunami destroyed the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. The event then released an alarming amount of radioactive waste into the ocean.

Now, local officials report that radiation levels have fallen to safe levels, except in the waters closest to the shuttered power plant.

However, in an article published in the journal Science, experts have expressed their concerns over some of the many radioactive elements in storage tanks in Fukushima, and how they can affect the ocean and marine life near the area.

Is the danger truly over?

Remnants of 2011

To date, research suggests that fish and other seafood caught in waters near Fukushima – except a limited region – were well within Japan’s strict limits for radioactive contamination. But scientists are worried about a new hazard, particularly the many tanks on land near the power plant used to store the contaminated Fukushima wastewater.

Now is not the time to be complacent, as further study is necessary to fully understand the potential risks of releasing the wastewater from the power plant’s storage tanks into the ocean, the study warns.

Ken Buesseler, author of the paper and a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), explained that in the last decade or so, he and his fellow WHOI researchers have kept an eye on radioactive cesium levels, saying that these “have declined in seawater and in marine life in the Pacific.”

Yet despite their vigilance, experts are worried about the remaining radioactive contaminants in the tanks near Fukushima. After all, some of these contaminants haven’t been seen since the incident in 2011.


Sunday, August 16, 2020

  1. Worst Heatwave in 70 years grips California, 2nd round of blackouts

  2. The National Weather Service issues a first ever “Fire Tornado” warning for California

  3. Los Angeles facing extreme heat, two wildfires, potential mudslide risks and Coronavirus

NASA and SpaceX set date for Crew Dragon's first routine ISS trip

August 16, 2020

The dust has barely settled on SpaceX’s history-making Demo-2 mission, in which a commercial spacecraft carried NASA astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) for the first time, but already plans are underway for the vehicle's next outing. An October target date has been set for the next launch of the Crew Dragon spacecraft, which, if all goes to plan, will be the first of many routine SpaceX crew transportation missions to the orbiting laboratory.

Following years of development and testing of various aspects of the spacecraft, SpaceX’s Crew Dragon finally made its first crewed spaceflight in May this year. That Demo-2 mission carried NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley to the ISS, where they remained for a 62-day stay before safely returning to Earth earlier this month.



August 16, 2020

Recently, the National Weather Service issued its first-ever warning for a tornado caused by fire. A wind vortex generated by a wildfire in Northern California created a pyrocumulonimbus cloud.

One hour time lapse from the @AlertWildfire Babbit Peak webcam of the #LoyaltonFire and it’s rotating pyrocumulus plume which resulted in a tornado warning being issued for the possibility of a fire induced tornado. @NWSReno @USTornadoes @Weather_West #CAwx #severeweather pic.twitter.com/XikyZU5uZt — US StormWatch (@GreatWinter2017) August 15, 2020

Such clouds generated by extreme heat like that found in a wildfire or volcanic eruption can be accompanied by tornados of fire, hail, and lightning. Dubbed firenadoes, the combined effects of these phenomena can cause greatly increased fire-spread and cause direct dangers on the ground in addition to ‘normal’ fires.

“A pyrocumulonimbus from the Loyalton Fire is capable of producing a fire-induced tornado and outflow winds in excess of 60 mph,” the weather service warned. “It was located south of Chilcoot and is nearly stationary. This is extremely dangerous for firefighters.”


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Advanced galaxy far, far away raises questions about cosmic evolution

August 13, 2020

Astronomers have spotted a galaxy with a structure similar to the Milky Way. That’s not particularly surprising in itself – our home galaxy is quite run-of-the-mill – but the weird thing is that this one is 12 billion light-years away, meaning it’s very well developed for its age.

While we don’t fully understand how galaxies form, it’s generally believed that those in the early days of the universe were turbulent and chaotic. It took many billions of years before they settled down into structures like the Milky Way, with a rotating disc, a bulge in the center, and spiral arms on the outskirts.


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

China's BeiDou global satellite navigation system is fully operational

August 12, 2020

More than 30 years of planning and development have borne fruit six months ahead of schedule, as China's complete BeiDou-3 global satellite positioning system was formally commissioned this month.

The 55th and final BeiDou satellite was launched on June 23rd, and has now completed testing and gone into full service. BeiDou is one of four global sat-nav positioning networks, alongside America's GPS, Russia's GLONASS and Europe's Galileo system.

Originally conceived in the 1980s, the network represents a colossal business opportunity for China, which is projecting revenues approaching US$60 billion in 2020. More than this, though, it's a huge military and strategic landmark for a country that has seen first-hand what it means to use a satellite positioning system owned by a rival nation.


Tuesday, August 11, 2020

  1. Android phones to become the world's biggest earthquake detection grid

NASA hails primary mission of planet-hunting TESS a "roaring success"

August 11, 2020

Launched in 2018 as the successor to the Kepler Space Telescope, NASA had high hopes for its Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) when it comes to finding other worlds that resemble our own. The space telescope has now wrapped up the primary phase of its mission, completing an extensive survey of the starry sky that revealed 66 new exoplanets and thousands more candidates.

TESS uses a set of four low-power and low-noise digital cameras to study stars up to 30,000 light years away, and up to 100 times brighter than those studied by Kepler. It searches for planets around these stars through what is known as the transit method, monitoring those stars for dips in light that could be indicative of a body passing in front of them.


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