News tagged with lightning

Lightning really does make mushrooms multiply

(PhysOrg.com) -- Japanese farming folklore has it that lightning makes mushrooms multiply, and new research supports the idea. Mushrooms form a staple part of the diet in Japan, and the fungi are in such high ...

Apr 13, 2010 report
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X-rays from lightning photographed

Using a custom-built camera the size of a refrigerator, Florida researchers have made the world's first crude pictures of X-rays streaming from a stroke of lightning.

Dec 14, 2010
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Study explains the mystery of ball lightning

(Phys.org)—Sightings of ball lightning have been made for centuries around the world – usually the size of a grapefruit and lasting up to twenty seconds – but no explanation of how it occurs has been ...

Oct 12, 2012
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A New Kind Of Lightning Discovered

When volcano seismologist Stephen McNutt at the University of Alaska Fairbanks's Geophysical Institute saw strange spikes in the seismic data from the Mount Spurr eruption in 1992, he had no idea that his ...

Jan 28, 2010
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