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10/13/2017 1:39:30 AM

A mysterious 'hole' larger than Maryland has reappeared in Antarctica after 42 years





  • A mysterious 'hole' larger than Maryland has reappeared in the middle of Antarctica after 42 years. Scientists aren't sure how it got there.

  • But this isn't the first time it's appeared.

    The hole is a type of polynya. Polynyas are a region of open water surrounded by sea ice. But the Weddell polynya is unlike any other.

    While most polynyas form near the shore, this polynya is located hundreds of kilometers from the coast.

    Scientists first saw it in 1974. Back then, the opening was as large as Oregon. But in 1976, the opening closed up seemingly for good.

    Then, in 2016, a NASA satellite spotted a small opening. It was the first sighting of the polynya in over 40 years.

    Since then, the opening has grown considerably larger. Now, it's large enough to fitMaryland. It's still5X smaller than it was in the '70s. But this polynya's reappearance is a mystery to scientists.

    One expert said it was like someone had punched a hole in the ice. Many questions remain:

    Did it exist before the '70s?

    Will it close up again for another 40 years?

    Is climate change the cause?

    Scientists are currently collecting as much data as they can. Perhaps we'll have the answers before the hole fills in again.


  • (businessinsider.com)


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10/13/2017 2:02:05 AM
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SOTT Earth Changes Summary - September 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs

September was yet another extremely violent month from an 'earth changes' point of view.

A series of class X solar flares seem to have been the harbingers of unprecedented natural phenomena, in both quantity and intensity.

Two historic earthquakes hit Mexico causing more than 300 deaths, destroying hundreds of buildings and damaging thousands more.

The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is among the top 10 most active in history, and it's not over yet. So far, the real shocker was three hurricanes at the same time, two of which, Irma & Maria, tore a swath of destruction through the Caribbean and into central Florida.

Unseasonable snow and cold temperatures also hit Northern Europe and the US northern States this September, while oversized hail, heavy rains and flooding also pounded Europe, South Asia and Africa.

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10/13/2017 10:52:49 AM

Experts: North Korea Targeted U.S. Electric Power Companies


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WASHINGTON — The cybersecurity company FireEye says in a new report to private clients, obtained exclusively by NBC News, that hackers linked to North Korea recently targeted U.S. electric power companies with spearphishing emails.

The emails used fake invitations to a fundraiser to target victims, FireEye said. A victim who downloaded the invitation attached to the email would also be downloading malware into his or her computer network, according to the FireEye report. The company did not dispute NBC's characterization of the report, but declined to comment.

There is no evidence that the hacking attempts were successful, but FireEye assessed that the targeting of electric utilities could be related to increasing tensions between the U.S. and North Korea, potentially foreshadowing a disruptive cyberattack.


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"This is a signal that North Korea is a player in the cyber-intrusion field and it is growing in its ability to hurt us," said C. Frank Figliuzzi, a former chief of counterintelligence at the FBI.

The FireEye report comes on the heels of an NBCNews.com report in August that U.S. intelligence officials are increasingly worried that North Korea will lash out against enhanced U.S. pressure by using its fearsome cyber capabilities to attack U.S. infrastructure.

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"We've been worried for some time that one of the ways that North Korea can retaliate against further escalation of tensions is via cyber, and particularly attacks against our financial sector," Dmitri Alperovitch, co-founder of Crowdstrike, a cybersecurity firm, told NBC News in August. "This is something they have really perfected as an art against South Korea."

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) waving as he inspects the headquarters of Large Combined Unit 966 of the KPA at an undisclosed location on March 1, 2017. KCNA via KNS / AFP/Getty Images

Scott Aaronson, a top security official at the Edison Electric Institute, an industry trade group, said in a statement: "Phishing attacks are something that electric companies prepare for and deal with on a regular basis, often in coordination with security experts and industry stakeholders. In this case, the delivery of safe and reliable energy has not been affected, and there has been no operational impact to facilities or to the systems controlling the North American energy grid."

EEI referred questions to Robert Lee, a cybersecurity expert who consults with the industry.

Lee told NBC News that "any targeting of infrastructure by a foreign power is a concerning thing," but that North Korea and other adversaries "are far from being able to disrupt the electric grid."

"This activity represents initial targeting, and if disruptions are even possible they would be very minor," he said.

Lee added: "The North American power grid is considerably better off than people give it credit for. Our threats are growing, and this activity comes at a concerning geopolitically tense time, but if the North Koreans tried to disrupt the electric grid, they would be disappointed with what they were able to achieve."

But not every part of the electric grid is equally well defended. Some under-funded public utilities rely on antiquated equipment and outdated cybersecurity strategies, experts have long said, and Figliuzzi said there's also great disparity among private utility companies.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a farm in this September 29, 2017 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang. KCNA / Reuters file

"North Korea and any other hacking state will start looking for the weakest link, where's the weakest part of that defense," he said. "And when they find it, they'll exploit it. So there's a need to step up security in that regard."

American intelligence officials rank North Korea behind Russia, China and Iran among U.S. adversaries in ability to inflict damage via cyberattacks.

Related: U.S. Spy Agencies Agree North Korea Can Fit Nuke on Missile

In 2014, U.S. intelligence officials say, North Korean hackers attacked Sony Pictures, destroying corporate computers and disclosing sensitive company data. The U.S. accused North Korea of carrying it out in response to a film lampooning North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Experts worry that North Korea could deploy the same techniques to inflict harm not just on one company, but on the American economy.


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10/13/2017 11:23:19 AM
US sends SECOND nuclear warship and 7,500 marines within strike range of North Korea

A NUCLEAR-powered US aircraft carrier with 7,500 seamen on board is expected to join the build-up of warships amassing near North Korea.

By Joshua Nevett /

The USS Theodore Roosevelt, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, is en route to the western Pacific after leaving San Diego port last week.

The Roosevelt will focus on maritime security operations in the Pacific and Middle East, the US military announced.

But the £3.4billion ($4.5billion) warship, known as “the Big Stick”, has been sent to boost US defence on the Korean peninsula, according to South Korean media.

It is expected to arrive in region in the coming weeks amid fears North Korea is about to test another missile or nuclear weapon.

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REINFORCEMENTS: Donald Trump has dispatched the USS Theodore Roosevelt to the Pacific

Admiral Steve Koehler, a strike group commander on the ship, said the 7,500 sailors and marines on the vessel are “ready as a war fighting force”.

“The US Navy carrier strike group is the most versatile, capable force at sea,” he said in a statement before the ship’s launch.

“After nearly a year of training and integration exercises, the entire team is ready as a warfighting force and ready to carry out the nation’s tasking.”

U.S. warships conduct dual aircraft carrier strike group operations


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10/13/2017 4:06:55 PM

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The first ‘negative emissions’ carbon-capture plant is up and running.

On Wednesday, Iceland flipped the switch on the first project that will remove more CO2 than it produces. The plant is operated by Climeworks, which also opened the first commercial carbon-capture plant in Switzerland earlier this year.

Here’s how direct-air carbon capture works: Giant turbines pull in huge quantities of air, hoovering up molecules of carbon dioxide so we can store it somewhere that’s NOT the atmosphere.

The Icelandic pilot program can remove an estimated 50 metric tons of CO2 from the air in a year. It pumps the collected gas deep into the island’s volcanic bedrock, where it reacts with basalt and essentially turns into limestone. Voilà! No massive reservoirs to manage for millennia — just a lot of rock.

If all this sounds too good to be true, there’s a reason. Ambitious “clean coal” plants have been engaged in a very public struggle with the economic reality of carbon capture in recent years, and direct-air capture is an even tougher sell.

But it’s getting more affordable. Today, companies estimate it would cost between $50 and $100 to capture a single metric ton of carbon. Iceland’s plant has already achieved $30 per metric ton. It will never work as a substitute for action to reduce emissions, but carbon capture could be a crucial part of keeping global temperatures in check this century.

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