Plastics and nanoparticles are the perfect combination
These days, plastic components are vital to many fields of industry - lightweight construction, automobile manufacturing and electrical engineering, to name but a few. Now researchers have found ingenious ...
Earth, Venus lightnings produced by similar mechanisms
Despite the great differences between the atmospheres of Venus and Earth, scientists have discovered that very similar mechanisms produce lightning on the two planets. The rates of discharge, the intensity ...
Image: Twitchell canyon fire
The Expedition 24 crew aboard the International Space Station photographed the Twitchell Canyon Fire in central Utah on Sept. 20.
Firefly Satellite to study lightning
Satellites are big. They cost a lot of money. At least that's the impression a couple of University of Maryland-College Park students had when they applied for an internship to help construct a satellite instrument ...
Fires and floods key to dinosaur island secrets
Fires and floods which raged across the Isle of Wight some 130 million years ago made the island the richest source of pick ’n’ mix dinosaur remains of this age anywhere in the world.
NASA Lightning Research Happens in a Flash
(PhysOrg.com) -- Lightning's connection to hurricane intensification has eluded researchers for decades, and for a riveting 40 days this summer, NASA lightning researchers will peer inside storms in a way ...
Unpredictable Monsoon Season Almost Under Way?
(PhysOrg.com) -- The monsoon is coming. Perhaps this weekend. Maybe. It's always a guessing game when and where and to what extent the annual summer thunderstorms will appear. This year is no different.
Where Lightning Strikes More Than Twice
Lightning is one of Mother Nature's double-edged swords; it is beautiful to watch as it lights up the sky, but it is dangerous when it hits the ground at a scorching 50,000 degrees F and brings with it a jolt ...
Ball lightning may sometimes be explained as hallucinations
Giant natural particle accelerator discovered above thunderclouds
(PhysOrg.com) -- A lightning researcher at the University of Bath has discovered that during thunderstorms, giant natural particle accelerators can form 40 km above the surface of the Earth.
Cassini Sees Lightening on Saturn
(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Cassini spacecraft has captured images of lightning on Saturn. The images have allowed scientists to create the first movie showing lightning flashing on another planet.
Lightning really does make mushrooms multiply
US military developing geolocation system for underground
Firefly Mission to Study Terrestrial Gamma-ray Flashes
High-energy bursts of gamma rays typically occur far out in space, perhaps near black holes or other high-energy cosmic phenomena. So imagine scientists' surprise in the mid-1990s when they found these powerful ...