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Alaska thunderstorms may triple with climate change
Warming temperatures will potentially alter the climate in Alaska so profoundly later this century that the number of thunderstorms will triple, increasing the risks of widespread flash flooding, landslides, and lightning-induced wildfires, new research finds. (2021-02-23)

Why lightning often strikes twice
An international research team led by the University of Groningen has used the LOFAR radio telescope to study the development of lightning flashes in unprecedented detail. Their work reveals that the negative charges inside a thundercloud are not discharged all in a single flash, but are in part stored alongside the leader channel at Interruptions, inside structures which the researchers have called needles. This may cause a repeated discharge to the ground. (2019-04-17)

Evading in-flight lightning strikes
A new MIT study shows that electrically charging airplanes may reduce their risk of being struck by lightning. (2018-03-09)

Scientists observe a new quantum particle with properties of ball lightning
Scientists at Amherst College and Aalto University have created, for the first time a three-dimensional skyrmion in a quantum gas. The skyrmion was predicted theoretically over 40 years ago, but only now has it been observed experimentally. (2018-03-02)

Ship exhaust makes oceanic thunderstorms more intense
Thunderstorms directly above two of the world's busiest shipping lanes are significantly more powerful than storms in areas of the ocean where ships don't travel, according to new research. (2017-09-07)

Researchers develop graphene nano 'tweezers' that can grab individual biomolecules
Researchers from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering have found yet another remarkable use for the wonder material graphene -- tiny electronic 'tweezers' that can grab biomolecules floating in water with incredible efficiency. This capability could lead to a revolutionary handheld disease diagnostic system that could be run on a smart phone. (2017-12-01)

Controlling electrons in time and space
A new method has been developed to control electrons being emitted from metal tips. Using two different lasers, the electrons can be controlled on a time scale of femtoseconds. This could lead to new kinds of high-precision X-ray sources. (2016-11-15)

Lightning, with a chance of antimatter
Researchers find that lightning strikes causes photonuclear reactions in the atmosphere, creating antimatter. (2017-11-22)

Lightning in the eyewall of a hurricane beamed antimatter toward the ground
Hurricane Patricia, which battered the west coast of Mexico in 2015, was the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere. Amid the extreme violence of the storm, scientists observed something new: a downward beam of positrons, the antimatter counterpart of electrons, creating a burst of powerful gamma-rays and x-rays. (2018-05-21)

The flash before the flood
Tel Aviv University research uses lightning strikes to predict flash floods. (2008-11-20)

A bolt of insight
The Telescope Array detected 10 bursts of downward terrestrial gamma-ray flashes (TGFs) between 2014 and 2016, more events than have been observed in rest of the world combined. They are the first to detect downward TGFs at the beginning of cloud-to-ground lightning, and to show where they originated inside thunderstorms. The array is by far the only facility capable of documenting the full TGF 'footprint' on the ground. (2018-05-17)

Climate change increasing risks of lightning-ignited fires, study finds
Fires ignited by lightning have and will likely continue to increase across the Mediterranean and temperate regions in the Southern Hemisphere under a warmer climate, according to a new study co-led by a Portland State University researcher. (2018-05-31)

A lightning-based nowcast-warning approach to predict short-duration rainfall
Scientists have noticed and taken advantage of lightning to predict approaching rainstorms, but there are few potent prediction or warning methods available for the rainfall caused by short duration rainfalls(SDR) events. After studying the relationship between lightning and precipitation over Beijing during the warm seasons of 2006 and 2007, scientists developed a lightning-based nowcast-warning approach for SDR events, and then tested its performance over the Beijing Metropolitan Region . (2018-02-08)

Fires overwhelming British Columbia; smoke choking the skies
British Columbia is on fire. In this Canadian province 56 wildfires 'of note' are active and continuing to blow smoke into the skies overhead. (2018-08-23)

This week from AGU: Scientists counter threat of flooding on coral reef coasts
This week from AGU: Scientists counter threat of flooding on coral reef coasts, and more. (2017-11-22)

Lightning's electromagnetic fields may have protective properties
Extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields associated with lightning may have played an evolutionary role in living organisms, Tel Aviv University research has found. (2019-02-08)

Using Big Data to understand immune system responses
An enzyme found in many bacteria, including the bacterium that gives us strep throat, has given mankind a cheap and effective tool with which to edit our own genes. This technology, called CRISPR, is also being used to understand many biological processes, including how the immune system responds to a viral attack. (2017-01-25)

Increasing tree mortality in a warming world
A mix of factors is contributing to an increasing mortality rate of trees in the moist tropics, where trees in some areas are dying at about twice the rate that they were 35 years ago. (2018-03-09)

NASA-NOAA satellite analyzes Typhoon Wutip
Typhoon Wutip was impacting the Federated States of Micronesia in the Southern Pacific Ocean when NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite passed overhead and analyzed the storm in infrared light. (2019-02-22)

How the world's fastest muscle created four unique bird species
When the male bearded manakin snaps its wings at lightning speed, it's more than part of an elaborate, acrobatic mating ritual. The tiny muscle doing the heavy lifting is also the reason this exotic bird has evolved into four distinct species, according to new research published in the journal eLife by Wake Forest University biologist Matthew Fuxjager. (2018-10-30)

Energy Burst From An X-Ray Star Disturbed Earth's Environment
An intense gamma-ray burst that reached earth on the night of August 27th had a significant effect on Earth's ionosphere, report Stanford researchers. It is the first time that a significant change in Earth's environment has been traced to energy from a distant star. (1998-09-29)

Humans sparked 84 percent of US wildfires, increased fire season over 2 decades
Humans have dramatically increased the spatial and seasonal extent of wildfires across the US in recent decades and ignited more than 840,000 blazes in the spring, fall and winter seasons over a 21-year period, according to new research. (2017-02-27)

Nature: When lightning strikes -- the LOFAR radio telescope is watching closely
It is still unclear what exactly happens when lightning develops. Based on high-resolution data of the LOFAR radio telescope, an international team of researchers has now discovered needle-shaped structures. They might help to explain why lightning does not always discharge at once, as was thought for a long time, but can strike several times within seconds. Essential foundations for measuring lightning with the world's largest antenna array were laid at KIT. (2019-04-18)

Lightning carries potential danger to people with deep brain stimulators
Patients receiving deep brain stimulation are warned that their neurostimulators may dysfunction when confronted by electromagnetic fields generated by particular electrical devices found at work, home, and in the hospital. A new and potentially dangerous source of dysfunction has been identified: nearby lightening. (2018-05-01)

May 2008 earthquake in China could be followed by another significant rupture
Researchers analyzing the May 2008 Wenchuan earthquake in China's Sichuan province have found that geological stress has significantly increased on three major fault systems in the region. The magnitude 7.9 quake on May 12 has brought several nearby faults closer to failure and could trigger another major earthquake in the region. (2008-09-10)

Revealing the remarkable nanostructure of human bone
Using advanced 3D nanoscale imaging of the mineral in human bone, research teams from the University of York and Imperial College London have shown that the mineral crystals of bone have a hierarchical structure integrated into the larger-scale make-up of the skeleton. (2018-05-03)

Flashy first images arrive from NOAA's GOES-16 lightning mapper
Detecting and predicting lightning just got a lot easier. The first images from a new instrument onboard NOAA's GOES-16 satellite are giving NOAA National Weather Service forecasters richer information about lightning that will help them alert the public to dangerous weather. (2017-03-06)

Lightning strikes: Thunderstorms spread mercury pollution
In a new study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology, Assistant Professor of Meteorology Christopher Holmes writes that thunderstorms have 50 percent higher concentrations of mercury than other rain events. (2016-08-31)

Upgrading the immune system to fight cancer
New research has opened the door to reducing serious side effects of CAR-T therapy while enhancing its effectiveness. (2018-04-26)

MIT: 'Nanostitching' could strengthen airplane skins, more
MIT engineers are using carbon nanotubes only billionths of a meter thick to stitch together aerospace materials in work that could make airplane skins and other products some 10 times stronger at a nominal increase in cost. (2009-03-04)

NASA helps highlight lightning safety awareness week
Summertime arrives officially today in the northern hemisphere, and with it comes thunderstorms. As a result, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration named the week of June 19-25 National Lightning Safety Awareness Week. (2005-06-21)

Lightning storms less likely in a warming planet, study suggests
Lightning storms may become less frequent in future as the world warms. (2018-02-12)

Computer scientists predict lightning and thunder with the help of artificial intelligence
Together with Germany's National Meteorological Service, the Deutscher Wetterdienst, computer science professor Jens Dittrich and his doctoral student Christian Schön from Saarland University are working on a system that is supposed to predict local thunderstorms more precisely than before. (2019-06-26)

Researchers wonder if ancient supernovae prompted human ancestors to walk upright
Supernovae bombarded Earth with cosmic energy starting as many as 8 million years ago, with a peak some 2.6 million years ago, initiating an avalanche of electrons in the lower atmosphere and setting off a chain of events that feasibly ended with bipedal hominins. (2019-05-28)

Are parking garages safe during hurricanes?
Recently, Dr. Thomas Schmidlin, meteorologist and professor of geography at Kent State University, completed research determining the safety of using parking garages for the general public as a (2007-06-28)

Electricity collected from the air could become the newest alternative energy source
Imagine devices that capture electricity from the air -- much like solar cells capture sunlight -- and using them to light a house or recharge an electric car. Imagine using similar panels on the rooftops of buildings to prevent lightning before it forms. Strange as it may sound, scientists already are in the early stages of developing such devices, according to a report at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society. (2010-09-22)

Fires ravaging Washington, Oregon, and California
Wildfires have been ravaging large parcels of land in the West and there seems to be no end in sight for the weary Westerners. (2015-08-21)

NASA's terra satellite sees fire and smoke from devastating bushfires in Australia
The state of New South Wales (NSW) in south eastern Australia is continuing to experience devastating bushfires due to the dry tinder-like atmosphere in the territory: high winds, dry lightning and continuing heat. Approximately 69 fires are still raging in NSW according to its Facebook page and more than 70 are burning to the south in Queensland. And the summer has just begun in the region. (2019-11-13)

New wildfire models to predict how wildfires will burn in next 20 minutes
While it's impossible to predict just where the next wildfire will start, new Department of Defense-sponsored research from BYU's Fire Research Lab is getting into the microscopic details of how fires initiate to provide more insight into how wildfires burn through wildland fuels. 'We're aiming towards giving answers on how a fire might propagate in the next 20 minutes instead of the next two weeks,' said fire expert Thomas H. Fletcher, BYU professor of chemical engineering. (2019-09-06)

Illinois researchers develop method to cancel noise without ear-blocking headphones
Disruptive noise is almost everywhere, from people talking in the office corridor to road construction down the street to the neighbor's lawn mower. Research being conducted at the University of Illinois' Coordinated Science Laboratory is looking to improve this noisy frustration. (2018-08-24)

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