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Apple Kills Kickstarter Charging Station Project
2012-12-21 12:17:55

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Apple isn´t the only company that wants their customers to buy and use their own, branded accessories. They might be, however, one of very few companies that go out of their way to make sure their customers have only one choice when it comes to these accessories. Apple´s new Lightning connector made waves when it was released in September alongside the new iPhone 5. Since its first unveiling, Apple has been keeping...

NASA Gives Fermi Space Telescope Better Vision
2012-12-06 15:31:34

[Watch Video: Fermi Finds Radio Bursts From Terrestrial Gamma-Ray Flashes] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope is new and improved, and ready to start sending back some images of high-energy light mysteriously produced above thunderstorms. The space agency updated the telescope with improved data analysis techniques and a new operating mode to the Gamma-ray Burst Monitor (GBM) aboard Fermi. This will enable the...

Scientist Claims To Have Theory On Mysterious Balls Of Lightning
2012-10-19 19:35:24

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online CSIRO scientist John Lowke thinks he has the mysterious balls of lightning thing figured out, despite himself never witnessing one. Lowke has written a new scientific paper, and has also given the first mathematical solution explaining the birth of ball lightning and how it is capable of passing through glass. Documented sightings of ball lightning have been made across the world for centuries, but no explanation of how it...

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2012-10-18 12:33:41

redOrbit Meteorologist Joshua Kelly A potent weather system has been impacting regions from the Great Lakes to the Atlantic Seaboard. Where did this thing start and why was it so strong? The first thing we will look at is the 300mb level upper level wind flow chart analysis which shows us the winds associated with the Polar Front Jet. The reason it is important to look at this chart is because we need to evaluate the strength of the cold air being pushed southward. (Image...

2012-09-25 23:00:44

Companies Benefit From Clearly Labeling Domestically Manufactured Products 'Made in the USA' Denver, CO (PRWEB) September 25, 2012 Lightning Labels, a custom label and sticker printing leader, is focused on promoting and supporting the U.S. economy by using materials and supplies manufactured in the United States. Drawing from recent research and analyses of economic trends and consumer preferences, Lightning Labels affirms its ongoing commitment to U.S. production. "With the unemployment...

Important New Practice Guidelines For Prevention And Treatment Of Lightning Injuries Issued By WMS
2012-08-28 10:36:13

About 24,000 people are killed by lightning every year, with about 10 times as many people injured. The Wilderness Medical Society has issued important new practice guidelines for precautions that can lower the likelihood of being killed or injured and recommendations for effective medical treatments post-strike. These guidelines appear in the September issue of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine. Updating the 2006 guidelines, a panel of experts chosen for their clinical or research...

Spotting Sprites
2012-08-15 06:19:08

[ Watch the Video: Sprites on Film ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fifty miles above the Earth, dancing high above the clouds during thunderstorms, a different kind of lightning flashes.  Bursts of red and blue light, known as sprites, flash for one thousandth of a second. Unless you happen to be looking directly at the flash, flying high over the clouds during a thunderstorm, you probably won't even see the sprite. One of the best places to get a good...


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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