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Kamchatka Volcano Waking Up

Gorely Volcano
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Gorely Volcano.
In the Russian Far East, Kamchatka's Gorely volcano is spewing steam and ash again after decades in dormancy.

The plume has stretched to over a hundred kilometers, compromising regional air travel and threatening disruption at a local geothermal power plant. Volcanologists say that population centres are not under threat.

Mount Gorely rises to about two kilometres above sea level. There are 11 craters on it, one with a lake. The volcano's average dormancy interval is close to 20 years.

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Magnitude 7.5 - Nicobar Islands, India Region

Saturday, June 12, 2010 at 19:26:50 UTC

Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 01:26:50 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

7.702°N, 91.975°E

35 km (21.7 miles) set by location program


150 km (95 miles) W of Mohean, Nicobar Islands, India

440 km (275 miles) WNW of Banda Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia

1155 km (710 miles) SW of BANGKOK, Thailand

2790 km (1730 miles) SE of NEW DELHI, Delhi, India


The Real Reason Behind the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico - 2010

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US: Updated: Police Say 16 Dead, Dozens Missing in Arkansas Floods

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Map locates campground in Arkansas where deadly flash flooding struck Friday
Caddo Gap - Flash floods swamped valley campgrounds along a pair of southwestern Arkansas rivers early Friday, killing 16 and leaving anguished families pleading with emergency workers for help in finding dozens of missing people.

More than 40 people were unaccounted for after the Caddo and Little Missouri rivers rose quickly overnight - at times faster than 8 feet per hour, said Gary Fox, a retired emergency medical technician who was coordinating with families to determine who had died and who had yet to be found.

"This is not a one- or two-day thing," Fox said outside a command post near Langley next to the Little Missouri. "This is going to be a week or two- or three-week recovery."

The Albert Pike Recreation Area, a 54-unit campground in the Ouachita National Forest, was packed with vacationing families, many of them from Louisiana and Texas, Fox said. Two dozen people were hospitalized and another 60 were rescued from the steep Ouachita Mountains valley.

"It's a lot of tragedy. I cannot even imagine what the families are going through," Fox said.

It was unlikely that many of the missing could have left the area on their own after the flood. Fox said nearly everyone lost their vehicles when the floodwaters swept through the recreation area.

The heavily wooded region hosts a mix of campgrounds, hunting grounds and private homes. Wilderness buffs can stay at sites with modern facilities or hike and camp off the beaten path.


US: Foxes Attack Residents in North Carolina

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Talon Thomas
An 11-year-old boy and a 22-year-old man say they were attacked this week by foxes in southern Moore County.

The attacks happened near the intersection of Sycamore Street and Midway Road in Aberdeen.

Talon Thomas, 11, said he was bitten and scratched by the fox while walking home from school Tuesday.

"He bit me on my leg, and then I just picked him up, and I just hit his head against the road and he started kicking me in my head," he said.

Talon said he kept the fox pinned down and tried to keep him quiet so he wouldn't alert other foxes.


US: Dead Baby Whale Washes Up on New York Beach

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Whale Washes Ashore On Long Island
Long Island Humpback Whale

A necropsy- or an autopsy performed on an animal- will be done on a massive whale that washed ashore in Jones Beach. Results from the necropsy should help biologists determine what caused the whale's death.

The young, humpback whale was likely dead for a week when it came ashore on Thursday morning at Jones Beach State Park, east of field six.

SkyFoxHD was overhead at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday as the whale lay motionless and partially buried in the sand.

Animal rescue crews could be seen surrounding the 2-5 year old, dead whale which was approximately 30 feeet long. The Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation was on the scene.


US: Man Dies After Being Strangled by Pet Snake in Nebraska

A suburban Omaha man has died after being strangled by his 9-foot, 25-pound pet boa constrictor, authorities said Thursday. Cory Byrne, 34, of Papillion died Wednesday night at a local hospital, just hours after police and paramedics pried the snake from around his neck, police said.

Byrne had been showing the snake to a friend when it wrapped around his shoulders and neck and squeezed, Sarpy County Attorney Lee Polikov said.

An officer was called to Byrne's apartment near downtown Papillion around 5:40 p.m. The officer found Byrne on the ground with the snake still around his neck.

Paramedics soon arrived and helped get the snake off Byrne and into a cage.


Tiny Insect Brains Capable of Huge Feats

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A male hoverfly, Eristalis, attempting to woo a female (feeding from the flower) with his impressively controlled hovering flight.
Insects may have tiny brains the size of a pinhead, but the latest research from the University of Adelaide shows just how clever they really are.

For the first time, researchers from the University's Discipline of Physiology have worked out how insects judge the speed of moving objects.

It appears that insect brain cells have additional mechanisms which can calculate how to make a controlled landing on a flower or reach a food source. This ability only works in a natural setting.

In a paper published in the international journal Current Biology, lead author David O'Carroll says insects have well identified brain cells dedicated to analysing visual motion, which are very similar to humans.


Dingoes, Like Wolves, Are Smarter Than Pet Dogs

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Studies in the past have shown that wolves are smarter than domesticated dogs when it comes to solving spatial problems, and now new research has shown that dingoes also solve the problems well.

The dingo is considered a "pure" prehistoric dog, which was brought to Australia tens of thousands of years ago by the Aborigines. While they have in the past been associated with humans, they have adapted to surviving "wild" in the Australian outback. The dingo lies somewhere between the wolf, its ancient ancestor, and the domestic or pet dog, and has cognitive differences between the two. There has been little research done on dingoes, even though studies would aid in the understanding of the evolution of dogs, and it was unknown whether the dingo was more "wolf-like" or "dog-like".

Researchers in South Australia have now subjected the Australian dingo (Canis dingo) to the classic "detour task," which has been used by previous researchers to assess the abilities of wolves (Canis lupus) and domestic dogs (Canis familiaris) to solve non-social, spatial problems.

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US: Lightning Hits Teen Girl, Horse at Connecticut Farm

A teenage girl is apparently in fair condition Thursday afternoon after being struck by lightning while horseback riding at a Goshen farm.

The girl was riding a horse at Pie Hill Farm when she was struck during a thunderstorm that swept the region, and is reportedly "okay," said Marcy Grambo, owner of the 28-acre horseback riding and boarding facility.

"I received a text message from her mother that she's going to be fine," Grambo said. "I'm glad she's okay."

Grambo said the girl is a minor, and, as such, declined to give her name or state where she was from. She boards her horse at the farm, Grambo said.