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Machine learning helps predict if storms will cause blackouts
Summer thunderstorms that knock out power grids are common around the world, and can be a problem in Finland. A collaboration between computer scientists at Aalto University and the Finnish Meteorological Institute applies machine learning to predict how damaging a storm will be. (2019-08-02)

NASA-NOAA satellite sees smoke from multiple fires in New Mexico
The USFo rest Service's Gila National Forest reported four naturally caused fires on July 4, 2019, and three of them generated enough smoke to be seen from space by satellite. (2019-07-05)

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)

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)

Thunderbolt of lightning, gamma rays exciting
University of Tokyo graduate student Yuuki Wada with colleagues from Japan discover a connection between lightning strikes and two kinds of gamma-ray phenomena in thunderclouds. The research suggests that in certain conditions, weak gamma-ray glows from thunderclouds may precede lightning bolts and their accompanying gamma-ray flashes. (2019-06-25)

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)

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)

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)

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)

UNH researchers find unusual phenomenon in clouds triggers lightning flash
In a first-of-its-kind observation, researchers from the University of New Hampshire Space Science Center have documented a unique event that occurs in clouds before a lightning flash happens. Their observation, called 'fast negative breakdown,' documents a new possible way for lightning to form and is the opposite of the current scientific view of how air carries electricity in thunderstorms. (2019-04-10)

Signals from distant lightning could help secure electric substations
Side channel signals and bolts of lightning from distant storms could one day help prevent hackers from sabotaging electric power substations and other critical infrastructure, a new study suggests. (2019-02-26)

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)

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)

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)

Hurricane Oscar on satellite imagery: A one-eyed little monster with a tail
Of course, tropical cyclones have one eye and with Halloween on the horizon, false-colored infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite brought out that eye in this small tropical monster with a tail of thunderstorms. (2018-10-30)

Research supports the ump, distance to a close play is critical in making the right call
New research from Arizona State University is showing that when it comes to the bang-bang plays in baseball viewing distance from the play is critical for judging what actually happened. In other words, the umpire being much closer to the action is in a better position to make the right call compared to a fan in the stands 100 or 200 feet away. (2018-10-23)

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)

Scientists locate parent lightning strokes of sprites
A research team from the Institute of Atmospheric Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported the location results for the parent lightning strokes of more than 30 red sprites observed over an asymmetric mesoscale convective system (MCS) on July 30, 2015 in Shandong Province, China. This is probably the most productive sprite-producing thunderstorm system ever reported in China. (2018-09-17)

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)

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)

Oregon has its share of fire storms
Oregon, one state above California, is also having its share of fire storms and weather concerns. Five large fires/complexes are alight in the southwest corner of the state and all started on the same day with a region-wide lightning storm. (2018-08-07)

How does the sun's rotational cycle influence lightning activity on earth?
A collaborative research team in Japan has taken the first steps to understanding how the sun's rotational cycle influences lightning activity. They found answers in an unusual source -- diaries dating back to the 1700s. (2018-07-17)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

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

Training course for chronic fatigue syndrome or ME is effective for children alongside specialist care
A training course that aims to ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome is effective and probably cost-effective when provided alongside specialist care for children with mild to moderate illness, finds a trial published by the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2017-09-20)

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)

NASA looks at compact Tropical Storm Don in infrared light
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over newly formed Tropical Storm Don gathering temperature data from the compact storm's clouds. (2017-07-18)

NASA listens in as electrons whistle while they work
NASA's Van Allen Probes have observed a new population of space sound waves, called plasmaspheric hiss, which are important in removing high-energy particles from around Earth that can damage satellites. (2017-07-17)

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