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NASA sees remnants of Nilofar go to cyclone graveyard
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Wind shear has caused the demise of former Tropical Cyclone Nilofar in the northern Arabian Sea. NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Nilofar on Oct. 31 and captured an image that shows strong wind shear has pushed the bulk of clouds and showers away from Nilofar's center, basically sending the storm to its grave.

Tropical Depression Nuri now haunting the western Pacific Ocean
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression Nuri formed on Halloween morning, Oct. 31, and is haunting the waters of the western North Pacific Ocean. NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a ghostly-white image of the storm.

Tropical Storm Vance's center looks like a pumpkin to NASA's Terra satellite
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Depression 21E strengthened overnight on Oct. 30 and by Halloween morning, Tropical Storm Vance was haunting the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean. In a false-colored infrared image from NASA's Terra satellite on Oct. 31, the strong thunderstorms around the center resemble a pumpkin.

Twenty-first Eastern Pacific tropical depression born on Oct. 30
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NOAA's GOES-West satellite captured an image of the birth of the Eastern Pacific Ocean's twenty-first tropical depression, located far south of Acapulco, Mexico.

NASA sees Cyclone Nilofar looking more like a comet than a tropical cyclone
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Tropical Cyclone Nilofar was closing in on the border between Pakistan and northwestern India on Oct. 30 when NASA's Terra satellite passed overhead from space. Wind shear continued to affect the storm making it appear more like a comet with a tail, than a tropical cyclone.

Reef-builders with a sense of harmony
(Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR)) Cold-water corals of the species Lophelia pertusa are able to fuse skeletons of genetically distinct individuals. On dives with JAGO, a research submersible stationed at GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, scientists from Scotland and Germany made the first-ever discovery of branches of different colors that had flawlessly merged. The ability to fuse supports the reef stability and thus contributes to the success of corals as reef-builders of the deep sea.

New study finds oceans arrived early to Earth
(Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) Earth is known as the Blue Planet because of its oceans, which cover more than 70 percent of the planet's surface and are home to the world's greatest diversity of life. While water is essential for life on the planet, the answers to two key questions have eluded us: where did Earth's water come from and when?

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Nilofar being affected by wind shear
(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) Wind shear has kicked in and has been pushing clouds and showers away from Tropical Cyclone Nilofar's center. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image that showed the effects of the shear on Oct. 29.

New study shows 3 abrupt pulse of CO2 during last deglaciation
(Oregon State University) A new study shows that the rise of atmospheric carbon dioxide that contributed to the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago did not occur gradually, but was characterized by three 'pulses' in which C02 rose abruptly.

Urban seismic network detects human sounds
(Acoustical Society of America) When listening to the Earth, what clues can seismic data reveal about the impact of urban life? Although naturally occurring vibrations have proven useful to seismologists, until now the vibrations caused by humans haven't been explored in any real depth. Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers Nima Riahi and Peter Gerstoft will describe their efforts to tap into an urban seismic network to monitor the traffic of trains, planes, automobiles and other modes of human transport.

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