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We took a look at the photo said to show the body of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi (right) and found it was really an ethnic Albanian militant killed in 2013 (left)  -- with Al-Baghdadi's head and watch added. See a news report on the death of Sami Hafez Al-Abdullah here: http://hournews.net/news.php?id=21302.
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Watching storms cross the river into west Tennessee, then back up in front of the plateau ... now they're leaking into middle Tenn. #radarfun  Before that, serious damage in Jonesboro, Arkansas, and surroundings 

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We're seeing some chatter about this image, spotted a few days ago by Tomnod users. So far, it doesn't appear to have picked up much steam on official channels -- it is significantly south of the search area. Here's a link to the actual Tomnod map http://www.tomnod.com/nod/challenge/mh370_indian_ocean/map/1311720, and from what I've been able to learn, this appears to be the spot on the map: -43.931728,96.122728. Anybody else heard anything about this image?
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Scientists are noting that the Jakobshavn Glacier is picking up speed, pushing ice into the ocean from Greenland's ice sheet at an increasingly fast rate. The rate in summer 2012 was nearly four times faster than summers in the 1990s, and the average annual speed is up three times. More ice means sea levels go up. While an extra millimeter to global sea levels over the first decade of the 2000s doesn't sound like a lot, the scientists say to expect more increase this decade as the glacier's front retreats further inland. They also believe Jakobshavn's 46 meters per day during the summer of 2012 is the fastest yet by a glacier or ice sheet in either Greenland or the Antarctic. It's not "The Day After Tomorrow", but it's something to think about.

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From Vilayat Dagestan, here's the video claiming responsibility for Volgograd and threatening Sochi. It's long ... but we'd welcome at least some translation.

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Here's what a sudden Arctic temperature drop can do to body of cold water -- make it steam. Compared to the air temperature, Lake Michigan is warm. When the dry Arctic air moves over the warmer water, the air humidifies, causing the visible steam. The warmer air rises, drawing the steam, and because a vortex is involved, it can swirl, although quite slowly and often barely visibly. They are not related to waterspouts or tornadoes. The phenomena were first studied on Lake Michigan in the 1970s, when researchers dubbed them "steam devils". A second video -- #Chiberia Leaves River Steaming & Wacker Drive Desolute During AM Rush Hour -- shows the effect on the Chicago River.

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I've been watching a swarm of earthquakes along the Scotia/Antarctic plate in the last week -- 46 at current count. An earthquake couldn't be more remote than this spot, but this excessive activity is interesting. Earthquake activity here opened the Drake Passage, separating South America and Antarctica in the Eocene, contributing to the southern continent's frozen isolation. Would be interested in any research/thoughts/observations of the phenomena here.
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FYI -- lots of scrapes of this video going around in wake of heavy flooding in India's Kerala state, but the video is from June.

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A little local to global move here
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