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Study shows lightning adds to ozone level
Lightning may be Mother Nature's greatest show on Earth, but scientists now know it can produce significant amounts of ozone and other gases that affect air chemistry.It can be responsible for as much as 90 percent of the nitrogen oxides in the summer and at the same time increase ozone levels as much as 30 percent in the free troposphere, the area that extends 3-8 miles above the Earth's surface. (2003-03-19)

New NASA technology helps forecasters in severe weather season
NASA is providing new technology and satellite data to help forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) create the best possible forecasts of severe springtime weather. (2004-04-28)

Black and white to high-def: GOES-R to change weather forecasting
Scheduled for launch from Cape Canaveral Nov. 19, the nation's newest weather satellite, GOES-R, promises to revolutionize how researchers and forecasters see the Earth from space. Scientists at Colorado State University are at the forefront of developing new tools and products in support of the upcoming mission. (2016-11-17)

Scientists close in on source of X-rays in lightning
University of Florida and Florida Institute of Technology engineering researchers have narrowed the search for the source of X-rays emitted by lightning, a feat that could one day help predict where lightning will strike. (2008-07-15)

Study provides a new method to measure the energy of a lightning strike
By investigating 'fossilized' sand cylinders made by lightning strikes, sometimes thousands of years old, a University of South Florida geology professor's study provides a unique history of lightning and a new method to measure the energy contained in a single strike. (2016-08-03)

NASA's Firestation on way to the International Space Station
An experiment to study the effects of lightning flashes on Earth's atmosphere hitched a ride to the International Space Station on Aug. 3, 2013. The Firestation experiment launched aboard a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's transfer vehicle called Kounotori-4. Firestation will be installed robotically to the outside of the space station, a process that will take about three weeks. (2013-08-05)

New insights into the origin of life
A famous experiment in 1953 showed that amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, could have formed spontaneously under the atmospheric conditions of early Earth. However, just because molecules could form doesn't mean that the process was likely. Now, researchers reporting in ACS Central Science have demonstrated that energetically feasible interactions between just two small molecules -- hydrogen cyanide and water -- could give rise to most of the important precursors of RNA and proteins. (2019-08-07)

Discovery lays blame on supernova for extinction event nearly 360 million years ago
Between a decline in biodiversity and a series of extinction events, the Late Devonian period was not the most hospitable time on Earth. And then came one or more supernovae explosions whose resulting ionizing radiation was the final push that spelled the end for armored fish, most trilobites and other life. (2020-08-20)

Impact of WWII bombing raids felt at edge of space
Bombing raids by Allied forces during the WWII not only caused devastation on the ground but also sent shockwaves through Earth's atmosphere which were detected at the edge of space. University of Reading researchers have revealed the shockwaves produced by huge bombs dropped by Allied planes on European cities were big enough to weaken the electrified upper atmosphere -- the ionosphere -- above the UK, 1,000 km away. The results are published today in Annales Geophysicae. (2018-09-25)

Compute at the speed of light
A new way to achieve integrated photonics--a new device has been developed at the University of Delaware that could have applications in imaging, sensing and quantum information processing, such as on-chip transformation optics, mathematical operations and spectrometers. (2019-09-26)

2.4 percent faster swimming with the dolphin kick
Professor Hideki Takagi, at the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences at the University of Tsukuba and his colleagues, through joint research with Descente Ltd., have succeeded in developing a new high-performance swimsuit with a 'kick assist system' that improves the power of the dolphin kick. (2015-11-18)

Scientists Report Rainfall Measuring Mission, Including Marshall-Managed Lightning Sensor, Exceeding Expectations
Weather and climate researchers are gaining unprecedented insights into rainfall-producing cloud systems over the tropical land masses and oceans from instruments flying aboard the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission -- a joint NASA and Japanese Space Agency spacecraft. Initial information received from the rainfall-measuring observatory is exceeding expectations for accuracy and resolution, scientists say. (1998-05-19)

This week from AGU: Greenland's summer ocean bloom likely fueled by iron
This week from AGU: Greenland's summer ocean bloom likely fueled by iron, new technique could help scientists track nitrous oxide sources, and more. (2017-07-12)

Thunderquakes make underground fiber optic telecommunications cables hum (audio available)
Telecommunications lines designed for carrying internet and phone service can pick up the rumble of thunder underground, potentially providing scientists with a new way of detecting environmental hazards and imaging deep inside the Earth, according to new research being presented today at AGU's Fall Meeting and published in AGU's Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. (2019-12-11)

Martian mountains, manmade earthquake detection and more from the U at AGU
University of Utah researchers will be among the approximately 24,000 scientists convening in San Francisco for the annual Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union Dec. 12-16. Below are summaries of select presentations at the meeting, along with the time and date of the presentation and primary contact information. All times are in Pacific Standard Time. (2016-12-09)

Storm elves and sprites recorded on video
A team of Spanish researchers has made a high-speed recording of elves and sprites in storms, fleeting and luminous electric phenomena produced in the upper layers of the atmosphere. Their analysis of these observations has been published in the Journal of Geophysical Research. (2010-06-10)

Fires in Western Australia April 2015
Bushfires are inevitable in the fire-prone landscapes of Western Australia. Long dry summers, vegetation and undergrowth, and ignition from lightning or human causes mean that bushfires can and do occur every summer. (2015-04-09)

2 wildfires in Idaho
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Idaho's two large fires on Aug. 10, 2013. (2013-08-12)

Keeping soft fruit 'fur-free' for longer
A new way of improving the shelf life of soft fruit like strawberries and raspberries is being pioneered by researchers at the University of Nottingham. Millions of tons of soft fruit go to waste each year through mold developing on the fragile produce which deteriorates rapidly after picking. (2011-03-03)

An electrifying breakthrough by the team headed up by professor Roberto Morandotti
The use of lasers to guide an electrical discharge around obstacles: this breakthrough by Professor Roberto Morandotti and his team made Qu├ębec Science magazine's list of the ten biggest discoveries in 2015. In fact, the physicist who has tamed short-lived lightening bolts is featured on the front page of the January/February issue. (2016-01-07)

NASA to study lightning storms using high-flying uninhabited vehicle
To better understand both the causes of an electrical storm's fury and its effects on our home planet, NASA and university research scientists will use a tool no atmospheric scientist has ever used to study lightning -- an uninhabited aerial vehicle. (2002-07-23)

Lightning strikes more than 100 million times per year in the tropics
Tropical storms often begin with an impressive display of pyrotechnics, but researchers have largely overlooked the role of lightning strikes in tropical ecosystems. (2020-07-23)

Research increases distance at which supernova would spark mass extinctions on Earth
KU researcher Adrian Melott examines the effects of a supernova on Earth's biology in new research to appear in Astrophysical Journal. The KU researcher and colleagues argue the estimated distance of the supernova thought to have occurred roughly 2.6 million years ago should be cut in half. (2017-05-11)

Earliest life may have arisen in ponds, not oceans
Primitive ponds may have provided a suitable environment for brewing up Earth's first life forms, more so than oceans, a new MIT study finds. Researchers report that shallow bodies of water, on the order of 10 centimeters deep, could have held high concentrations of what many scientists believe to be a key ingredient for jump-starting life on Earth: nitrogen. (2019-04-12)

How lightning strikes can improve storm forecasts
Observations of lightning strikes could improve forecasts of large thunderstorms, especially in places with few ground stations. (2016-11-14)

Columbia crew catches a mysterious TIGER in the Indian Ocean
An unprecedented flash observed by the space shuttle Columbia crew in 2003 over the Indian Ocean may be a new type of transient luminous event, like lightning sprites, but one that is not necessarily caused by a thunderstorm. The authors describe the discharge as a Transient Ionospheric Glow Emission in Red, or TIGER, event. The authors analyzed the video and found what visually looks like a bright flash. They report that the emission did not resemble any known class of luminous events. (2005-01-17)

Study of wildfire trends in Northwestern California shows no increase in severity over time
Even though wildfires have increased in size over time, they haven't necessarily grown in severity nor had corresponding negative impacts to the ecosystem, according to a recently published study appearing in the journal Ecological Applications. (2012-02-29)

Telescopes and spacecraft join forces to probe deep into Jupiter's atmosphere
NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the ground-based Gemini Observatory in Hawaii have teamed up with the Juno spacecraft to probe the mightiest storms in the solar system, taking place more than 500 million miles away on the giant planet Jupiter. (2020-05-07)

It's like a party in the atmosphere!
The Space Test Program-Houston 4-FireStation investigation, also simply known as FireStation, will orbit the Earth for a year attached to the outside of the space station. This instrument collects data as it flies over thunderstorms, taking aim at the exciting energy exhibit to help scientists answer burning questions involving the relationship between lightning and gamma rays. (2013-11-06)

Skyrmion dynamics and traverse mobility
In a study published in EPJ B authors N.P. Vizarim and C.J.O. Reichhardt from the Theoretical Division and Center for Nonlinear Studies, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA and their colleagues aim to understand how skyrmions behave in a substrate under dc and ac drives. (2020-06-19)

Lightning Research Is Charged With Finding A Rain Gauge In Space
The solution to monitoring the climate in remote areas of the globe where there are no weather stations may be lighting up the sky. New research at the University of Washington in Seattle indicates a clear connection between lightning and precipitation.Researchers believe that lightning frequency could become an important tool in climate studies. (1996-12-09)

NASA presents at American Meteorological Society annual meeting
NASA researchers will present findings on a variety of Earth science topics at the American Meteorological Society 86th Annual Meeting Jan. 29 - Feb. 3 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta. (2006-01-25)

Four-billion-year-old chemistry in cells today
Parts of the primordial soup in which life arose have been maintained in our cells today according to scientists at the University of East Anglia. Research published today in the Journal of Biological Chemistry reveals how cells in plants, yeast and very likely also in animals still perform ancient reactions thought to have been responsible for the origin of life -- some four billion years ago. (2014-07-24)

Electrical activity in living organisms mirrors electrical fields in atmosphere
A new Tel Aviv University study provides evidence for a direct link between electrical fields in the atmosphere and those found in living organisms, including humans. (2020-05-05)

Arizona's Whiting Knoll fire seen by NASA-NOAA satellite
The Whiting Knoll fire burning in east central Arizona is generating enough smoke to be seen from space. (2019-07-05)

Cross-arms could speed up connection of new electricity supplies
A revolutionary device developed by engineers at the University of Manchester and EPL Composite Solutions Ltd. could dramatically increase the capacity of the UK's electricity network, enabling rapid increases in renewable generation and lower bills for consumers. (2013-01-22)

A sprightly explanation for UFO sightings?
In legend, sprites are trolls, elves and other spirits that dance high above our ozone layer. But scientists at Tel Aviv University have discovered that some very real (2009-02-23)

Oregon experiments find that electrical sparks are possible on Mars
Friction caused by dry Martian dust particles making contact with each other may produce electrical discharge at the surface and in the planet's atmosphere, according University of Oregon researchers. However, such sparks are likely to be small and pose little danger to robotic or human missions to the red planet, they report in the journal Icarus. (2021-02-19)

Capturing Sprites And Elves From Afar
A Penn State graduate student, sitting in a field in central Pennsylvania, is capturing a record of sprites and elves that were seen over northern Texas. Not the mythical creatures from a storybook, but these sprites and elves are optical phenomena that occur during some thunderstorms. (1996-12-17)

Study: Commercial air travel is safer than ever
It has never been safer to fly on commercial airlines, according to a new study by an MIT professor that tracks the continued decrease in passenger fatalities around the globe. (2020-01-24)

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