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Lightning Imaging Sensor Launched
Folklore has it that rain follows lightning. Scientists think there might be more than a little truth to that saying. Soon, a new spaceborne instrument - the Lightning Imaging Sensor (LIS) - will help us understand more about the role of lightning in weather and climate. (1997-12-01)

Israeli Startup Delivers Fast 3D Graphics Through The Web
Web users will soon be able to interact with dynamic 3D virtual worlds that are unlimited in size and complexity from a PC. Until now, people could develop and use rich 3D scenes on high-end computers but this content was too large to be used on PCs or sent over the Internet. The new product allows anyone from architects to game players to create and interact with complex 3D scenes over the Internet. (1997-11-14)

UF Researchers Build A Runway As A Landing Zone For Lightning Bolts
After designing and building their own runway, equipped with typical lighting, signs and surface area, University of Florida engineers now plan to wreak electrical havoc on their new creation by causing lightning to strike it. The provoked electrical bolts will help researchers study lightning damaage to existing runway lighting systems and develop new protective measures. (1997-08-19)

PAL-2 Computer Promises Dramatic Improvements In Image Processing
A pizza-box size desktop computer as fast as 9,000 Pentium processors soon will dramatically speed and improve everything from airport luggage checks to mammograms, using a mathematical computer shorthand developed at the University of Florida. (1997-08-15)

Colors Composed By Brain, Not Eyes
A Cornell University psychology experiment with moving shapes and colored strobe light shows that color composition occurs in the visual cortex of the brain, not in the eye, as was previously thought. The experiment may confirm, once and for all, the (1997-04-08)

Ultrasound Creates Metal Powders With Potentially Wide Application
Loud sounds can break things -- a fact University of Illinois chemists are using to their advantage. They're making extremely fine metal powders through a technique called sonochemistry -- the chemical application of high-intensity ultrasound. The powders have potential uses in data storage, audio reproduction and magnetic sealing (1997-02-11)

The Value Of Real-Time Lightning Detection
Future space-based lightning detection and reporting of lightning flashes in real-time will provide valuable additional information to existing weather sensing systems. This capability will give weather forecasters the ability to more readily evaluate threats due to lightning, thunderstorm intensity and growth, as well as storm dissipation throughout the United States. (1997-02-05)

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)

Thunderstorms Have Flickering, High-Altitude Halos
Stanford researchers report the first measurements of the shape and dynamics of (1996-12-16)

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)

Ocean Sediments Contain Record of Past Vegetation Fires in Africa
Ocean sediments contain a record of past vegetation fires, called biomass burning by scientists -- and this record shows much more past burning, at least in Africa during the Pleistocene era, than researchers expected (1996-09-03)

Severe Storms: Three New Research Angles At NCAR
What makes the difference between a stormy spring day and a sunny one? How can a computer program help warn aviators of imminent storminess? What are the chemical and electrical exchanges between thunderstorms and surrounding air? These questions are being researched at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. (1996-05-17)

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