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Issue 535 In This Issue August 20th, 2017

Editor's Corner

Did you know that the solar eclipse on August 21st is the first total solar eclipse that can be observed on the mainland United States since 1979? Apparently this will break the longest total-solar-eclipse drought in U.S. history. Click here

Speaking of drought, or rather a short term lack of water, have you heard about the strange receding ocean in parts of Brazil and Uruguay? Apparently it receded more then 30 feet in about 15 minutes leaving boats and some marine life stranded for a few days before returning to normal. Click here

Another odd thing that happened in Brazil was the appearance of a strange cloud over a Brazilian town. The cloud apparently looked like "a meteorite trail or tornado, frozen in time, seconds before the impending doom". Click here

That's it from me for this week. Enjoy this newsletter and the solar eclipse, and have a wonderful week.

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Space Watch

HAVE YOU EVER witnessed a total solar eclipse? Usually when I give a lecture, only a couple of people in an audience of several hundred people raise their hands when I ask that question. A few others respond tentatively, saying, “I think I saw one.” That’s like a woman saying, “I think I once gave birth.” What these people are remembering is some long-ago partial solar eclipse. These are quite common. They occur every few years in various places across the globe. But believe me, if you’ve seen a total solar eclipse—when the moon passes directly between the sun and the earth—you’ll never forget it. Part of what makes a total eclipse so breathtaking has to do with invisible light. During the “moment of totality”—the minutes when sun is completely blocked—observers experience the exquisitely odd and wondrous sensation of solar emissions, both visible and invisible, vanishing right in the middle of the day.

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Here are the paths of the next 15 total solar eclipses

August's total solar eclipse won’t be the last time the moon cloaks the sun’s light. From now to 2040, for example, skywatchers around the globe can witness 15 such events.   Their predicted paths aren’t random scribbles. Solar eclipses occur in what’s called a Saros cycle — a period that lasts about 18 years, 11 days and eight hours, and is governed by the moon’s orbit. (Lunar eclipses follow a Saros cycle, too, which the Chaldeans first noticed probably around 500 B.C.)

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Weather Watch

Violent storm hits southern Germany and Austria, 2 dead, more than 130 injured
A violent thunderstorm swept over parts of southern Germany and Austria late Friday into Saturday, August 18 and 19, 2017. At least 2 people were killed and more than 130 injured. The storm was expected, but the southeastern Oberbayern, one of the seven administrative districts of Bavaria, Germany, was overrun by a much more violent storm than forecast by the weather service, the police said during the night, as reported by the Sueddeutsche. At least 10 people were injured. According to the German weather service, a considerable rainfall was reported the throughout the region in a short time, particularly in southern Bavaria. Heavy rain was accompanied by hurricane-force winds, far more than 100 km/h (62 mph), it said. At least 2 people were killed and 120 injured after attending a tent festival in a forest area in Frauschereck, a municipality of Sankt Johann am Walde in Austria. There are rumors that there should be two more deaths, but neither the Red Cross nor the prosecutor's office could confirm that by 13:45 CET, August 19, the Nachrichten reported.

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Critical flood situation in Assam, 2.3 million affected, death toll mounts to 104
The flood situation in India's state of Assam drastically worsened on Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13, 2017, after heavy monsoon rains engulfed the region on Friday. At least 5 people died on Saturday and another 15 on Sunday, bringing the death toll in the state to 104 since the start of the monsoon season. Across the country, heavy rains killed least 70 people within just 48 hours. Heavy rains are also affecting neighboring Nepal, where at least 47 people died since Friday, and Bangladesh. Assam state officials called in army to rescue marooned people in Nagaon and Kokrajhar districts and IAF has been put on standby as Assam reels under one of the worst flood furies.  "On Assam government's request, IAF has also put its men on standby, their choppers can be deployed in minimum time for air dropping of relief and rescue operations," state project coordinator of disaster management Rajib Prakash Baruah said, as reported by the India Blooms.

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Technology Watch

Scientists 3D-print ‘high-resolution’ living tissue
Oxford University scientists have found a ground-breaking way of 3D-printing living tissue that could pave the way for regenerative medicine. The new way to 3D-print stem cells to recreate complex living tissues was devised by Oxford scientists in collaboration with Bristol’s School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine. The discovery could revolutionize regenerative medicine as it allows for the reproduction of complex tissue that could replace or repair damaged or severed areas of the body. “The versatility and robust nature of our approach provides a new set of tools for bottom-up tissue engineering at a low cost,” researchers claim in their paper, published in Scientific Reports. One of the main hurdles of 3D-printing organic matter has been that cells move within the printed structures, and the soft scaffoldings supporting them tend to collapse on themselves. The new method could see the production of tissue in self-contained cells that support the structures and could help them keep their shape.

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YouTube’s ‘extremist-tackling’ technology misses mark by removing wrong content
YouTube and parent company Google’s efforts to crack down on extremist content has resulted in embarrassment after its technology targeted videos from monitors, journalists and Syrian opposition, amongst others. A number of accounts, such as those of Airwars, Bellingcat, Middle East Eye and Orient News have had videos removed or suspended as a result of past videos deemed ‘extreme’ by YouTube’s machine learning. Earlier this month, YouTube shared an update on its “commitment to fight terror [sic] content online,” boasting of “better detection and faster removal” thanks to “cutting edge” machine learning. The post reported more than 75 percent of videos removed for “violent extremism” over the last month were taken down “before receiving a single human flag.” However, a lack of human flagging has resulted in inaccurate results.

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Earth Watch

Karakoram Anomaly Defies Climate Change – Vortex Of Air Responsible For Anomalous Cooling
Researchers have identified a large vortex centered over the Karakoram, a large mountain range spanning the borders of Pakistan, India, and China. Nicknamed the Karakoram Anomaly, this vortex defies climate change. It’s responsible for anomalous cooling. In winter, the vortex affects the temperature over the whole 2,000 kilometer mountain range, but in the summer the vortex contracts and has an effect only over the Karakoram and western Pamir. This induces an anomalous cooling in summer which is different to the warming seen over the rest of the Himalaya. Scientists from the Newcastle University, UK have been able to confirm that the Karakoram anomaly is causing the glaciers in the region to grow in spite of global warming. According to Professor Hayley Fowler of Climate Change Impacts at Newcastle University, the Karakoram vortex sheds new light on why the glaciers in this region are behaving differently to those in most other parts of the world.

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Strong and deep M6.4 earthquake hits Fiji
August 19th, 2017
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British Columbia is having its worst wildfire season in recorded history
August 18th, 2017
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Strong and shallow M6.6 earthquake north of Ascension Island
August 18th, 2017
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The world’s largest volcanic region was just discovered in Antarctica
August 17th, 2017
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Landslide hits a village in Congo, killing at least 200 people
August 17th, 2017
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More than 300 killed as landslides and flash flooding hit Freetown, Sierra Leone
August 14th, 2017
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In The News

Apocalyptic cloud haunts Brazilian town (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Residents of a Brazilian town were stunned by the appearance of a strange, menacing-looking cloud Thursday evening, leading some to wonder if it spelled the beginning of something far more sinister. At first look the obscure cloud resembles a meteorite trail or tornado, frozen in time, seconds before the impending doom. At second glance,it looks more like a freaky cloud formation.

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Historic ocean receding in parts of Brazil and Uruguay
A historic ocean receding caused by strong northerly winds occurred in several coastal cities of Uruguay and Brazil on August 11 and 12, 2017. In Punta del Este, Uruguay, the ocean receded more than 10 meters (32.8 feet) in about 15 minutes on August 11, leaving yachts, fishing boats and sea lions stranded. Meteorologists said the phenomenon was caused by strong winds coming from the north. However, due to its severity, many people thought it was a sign of a tsunami.  Earlier in the day, Uruguayan Meteorological Institute (INUMET) issued orange wind warnings for the departments of Montevideo, Canelones, Maldonado, Rocha and Lavalleja. The same phenomenon occurred along country's southern and southeastern coasts on August 8 and in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, especially in Guaiba, near capital Porto Alegre and Tramandai, on Saturday, August 12.

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