Lightning on early Earth.
Lightning strikes may have helped spark life on Earth, and may be continuing to help life start on other Earth-like planets.
The method, using satellite data and other information, could reduce the work of fire forensics teams after bushfires.
Extreme wildfires can fuel tornadoes, creating erratic and dangerous conditions for firefighters.
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Persistent heat waves and dry lightning are part of the problem. For firefighters, the erratic behavior gets dangerous quickly.
‘Unknown Pleasures’ as you’ve never seen it before…
When you look at the squiggly lines on Joy Division’s famous album cover, you’re seeing a record of lightning in outer space.
Smoke billows from a massive bushfire in southern Tasmania.
Climate change is making Tasmania more vulnerable to brutal fire conditions.
There are many reasons to be careful when there’s a big storm. But there are also ways you can protect yourself to avoid lightning.
One one thousand, two one thousand….
When you see a bolt of lightning, do you immediately start counting to see how far off a storm is? An atmospheric scientist parses the practice.
Watch out for that cloud, Rey!
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In Star Wars, ‘force lightning’ is a lethal weapon that can only be tackled with a lightsaber. But would it work in real life?
Scientists have finally been able to prove that thunder and lightning drive nuclear reactions.
Very powerful, try to avoid.
Lightning strikes are powerful – but we haven’t had solid estimates of their energy until now. Researchers turned to the hollow stone tubes they create by vaporizing sand for more precise calculations.
When Facebook goes down it’s an irritation. But as the world moves its data and processing to the cloud, the potential for major loss grows ever greater.
Hurricane Arthur photographed by ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst.
Astronauts living on the ISS get to experience the wonders of the universe’s natural phenomena like no one else.
Nowcasting is a system using satellite images to obtain real-time information before bad weather arrives.
Being able to predict the weather can save lives. Using new technology forecasters are able to provide realtime warning of bad weather ahead.
Lightning kills…safer to stay indoors during a thunderstorm.
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Lightning can kill if one does not heed the safety measures.
Energetic particles from the sun may contribute to the frequency and volume of lightning strikes, researchers from the University…
Optical scientists have developed a new laser technology that could one day be used to guide lightning away from buildings…
You’d probably get a bit of a fright if ball lightning started moving through your house.
Ball lightning is one of the strangest phenomena on our planet. It’s usually seen during thunderstorms as a ball of light about the size of a grapefruit, with the intensity of roughly a 40W light bulb…