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Is lightning the reason that life exists on Earth?

March 17th, 2021

Based on what we know about the history of Earth, life is thought to have taken root here somewhere around 4 billion years ago, give it take a few hundred million years. That’s an extremely large window of time when the very first single-celled organisms may have emerged, and scientists still aren’t sure exactly how …

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This photo shows two stunning light phenomena at the same time

February 26th, 2021

Lightning strikes that we see here on the surface are only one kind of storm phenomenon, and others happen in places we can’t see from the ground.  Lightning also produces incredible sights in the space above the clouds, extending into the atmosphere in colors that we never see from a cloud-to-ground lightning bolt.  A new …

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We finally unlocked one of the most puzzling secrets about lightning

February 10th, 2021

Researchers have long studied how lightning works in the hopes of better understanding why it acts the way it does and why it hits some things but not others. A new paper published in Geophysical Research Letters is accompanied by a high-speed camera video that reveals something incredibly interesting about lightning strikes.  When a lightning …

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Deaths from lightning strikes may be the lowest ever in 2020

October 7th, 2020

The death toll from lightning strikes in the United States is at a record low. Fewer people are dying from being struck by lightning than in years past, due to a variety of factors. Less intense thunderstorms may be temporarily skewing the numbers down. The coronavirus pandemic has cost well over 200,000 lives in the …

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Lightning strike leaves gaping hole in parking lot

October 31st, 2019

When severe thunderstorms roll through your neck of the woods one of the biggest concerns is always the risk of a tornado. A swirling vortex of high-speed wind and debris can cause incredible damage, but as residents of Fort Worth, Texas, were recently reminded, lightning can wreak havoc, too. A ridiculously powerful bolt of lightning …

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Report details how fake Apple products end up sold by Amazon

September 20th, 2018

Apple sees nothing wrong with charging $19 for a single Lightning-to-USB cable and $9 for the privilege of using your headphones with your $1,000 phone, so it’s no real surprise that the trade in fake Apple accessories is rampant. If you’ve ever spent any time on Aliexpress — or in your local bodega — you’ve …

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Adding a Lightning port to a battery pack makes it $40 more expensive

July 5th, 2018

Earlier today, Belkin “finally” launched the world’s first battery pack that charges off a Lightning port. This is a great achievement, if you consider the world’s most valuable company bullying the rest of the world into accepting a proprietary standard for commonplace electronics an achievement, but I digress. There’s another, much more sensible reason to …

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Watch lightning roll across the US in a gorgeous time-lapse video from space

May 22nd, 2018

Thunderstorms can produce some pretty impressive light shows for us here on Earth, but spotting it from space can prove a tricky task. Determining exactly where lightning is striking the surface can give weather forecasters and scientists important insights into how storms behave, and that information is crucial to advanced warning systems. The National Oceanic …