Hubble spots Mars-bound comet Siding Spring sprout multiple jets

NASA released a new image of a comet C/2013 A1 – Siding Spring today. With relative speed of 56 km/s this comet will pass extraordinarily close to Mars on October 19, 2014. It is expected to fly by Mars within 135 185 km (84 000 miles), which is less than half the distance between Earth and our moon.

As the comet encounters Mars, gas and particles from its coma and tail will probably envelop the planet and everything on and around it.

Image credit: NASA, ESA, and J.-Y. Li (Planetary Science Institute)

The image on the left, captured March 11 by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, shows the comet at a distance of 539 million km (353 million miles) from Earth. Hubble can’t see Siding Spring’s icy nucleus…

For Developers: Important News

If you use the HIW web services, you may have noticed the recent availability of an API key. Currently the use of the key is optional, but recommended. Effective April 30th, 2014, the API key will be required to use the HIW web services. We will also begin to deprecate older versions of our web services. Effective April 30, 2014, we will require use of v5 of the services and deprecate v3 and v4. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at healthindicators@cdc.gov.

Source: US Diseases

For Developers: Important News

If you use the HIW web services, you may have noticed the recent availability of an API key. Currently the use of the key is optional, but recommended. Effective April 30th, 2014, the API key will be required to use the HIW web services. We will also begin to deprecate older versions of our web services. Effective April 30, 2014, we will require use of v5 of the services and deprecate v3 and v4. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at healthindicators@cdc.gov.

Source: US Diseases

Reventador entered new eruptive phase, Ecuador

A new eruptive phase has started at Reventador volcano in Ecuador, IGP reported. Increasing tremor was registered and steady ash emissions were observed on March 25, 2014. At night, incandescent blocks could be seen and heard rolling down from the crater where probably a new lava dome has started to appear.

Small pyroclastic flows descended on the eastern, southeastern and southern flanks of the volcano, probably as a result of re-mobilization of fresh lava and tephra deposits. These so-called secondary pyroclastic flows reached lengths of 500 m below the summit.

IGP assumes the most likely scenario for the evolution of the new eruptive episode is that activity continues at similar levels for a while. So far, lava avalanches and pyroclastic flows have been…

[100m3 overflow] No information obtained about a potential suspect / Tepco practically give up investigation

Following up this article.. [100m3 overflow] Tritium density in groundwater spiking up 60m east from the overflowed tank [URL]

Tepco ended up obtaining no useful information to identify someone who can have operated the valves for malicious purpose.

They have been investigating 124 workers including 16 Tepco employees. They held 169 interrogations, which last 72 hours in total. They also investigated the recordings of surveillance camera, however, they concluded they couldn’t find any information.

On 3/26/2014, they announced they are practically going to give up the investigation. They will only accept contributed information.

http://www.tepco.co.jp/nu/fukushima-np/handouts/2014/images/handouts_140326_07-j.pdf

Downplay it in the beginning, and quietly add more information so nobody notices it. All for not letting the cattle escape. This is their strategy.

Source: Fukushima