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2010-01-30 07:30:00

High-energy bursts of gamma rays typically occur far out in space, perhaps near black holes or other high-energy cosmic phenomena - so imagine scientists' surprise in the mid-1990s when they found these powerful gamma ray flashes happening right here on Earth, in the skies overhead.

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2009-12-07 15:51:44

New information about lightning-emitted X-rays, gamma rays and high-energy electrons during thunderstorms is prompting scientists to raise concerns about the potential for airline passengers and crews to be exposed to harmful levels of radiation.

2009-11-25 02:01:00

VANCOUVER, Nov. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Adam DreamHealer's Global Intention Heals Project proved that sending healing intentions changes the physiology of someone at a distance. Over 10,000 participants sent healing intentions at a time unknown to a volunteer who was monitored by a quantitative-EEG.

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2009-11-22 07:52:19

Authorities are asking residents in some parts of south Australia to evacuate their homes as an impending heat wave prompted the nation to issue its first "catastrophic" brush fire warning.

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2009-11-11 14:50:00

Sunspots, which rotate around the sun's surface, tell us a great deal about our own planet.

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2009-10-30 11:25:00

Every year, scientists learn something new about the inner workings of lightning.

2009-10-01 13:21:00

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thomas & Betts is proud to announce that all Current Technology® surge protective devices have been evaluated and approved under the new UL® standards going into effect on September 29, 2009.

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2009-09-15 05:35:00

A powerful lightning storm in Saturn’s atmosphere that began in mid-January 2009 has become the Solar System’s longest continuously observed thunderstorm.

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2009-09-10 15:45:00

A freak bolt of lightning struck a 56-year-old cyclist in Englewood, Colo, even though no electrical storms were reported in the area, authorities say.

2009-08-31 02:00:00

GENEVA, August 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The dataset will provide lightning information throughout the globe to serve the world's meteorological institutions and other weather-dependent users. Consisting of lightning sensors distributed throughout the globe, the coverage and performance of Vaisala's Global Lightning Dataset (GLD360) is unique, global, and real-time.


Latest Lightning Reference Libraries

Weather Reference Library
2012-05-10 10:05:27

When we think of thunderstorms we have to remember the deadliest part of those storms and that is the lightning that occurs with them. Lightning is found in many forms. The first type of lightning is known as cloud to cloud meaning that the electric charge travels from one cloud to the other. The second type of lightning is the Cloud to Air meaning the lighting moves from the cloud and enters the clear air of the sky. A third type of lightning is the cloud to ground. This is the most...

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2010-10-21 17:15:50

A lightning rod is a metal conductor mounted on the top of a building and connected through a wire to the ground to protect the building from lightning. The rod should conduct the electricity from a lightning strike down through the wire instead of passing through the building. The rod is just a single component in the lightning protections system along with rooftop conductors and multiple conductive paths. Benjamin Franklin invented the lightning rod in 1749. The taller the building the...

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2009-07-21 16:27:18

Heat Lightning is actually faint flashes of lightning reflecting outward from distant thunderstorms. These flashes usually do not produce thunder as the storm is sometimes too far away to be heard. The term heat lightning got its name because it often occurs on hot summer nights and does not produce audible thunder. One reason heat lightning can be seen so far away is due to the reflection of the light bouncing off water particles in moist, humid air and as light is scattered throughout the...

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