Lightning’s Mirror Image … Only Much Bigger

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Trees form a horizon from which a gigantic jet emerges; the thunderstorm is 200 miles away.

With a very lucky shot, scientists have captured a one-second image and the electrical fingerprint of huge lightning that flowed 40 miles upward from the top of a storm.

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The US Lags Behind World In Understanding Climate Change

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Dire forecasts of the damage climate change will do keep rolling in. Scientists keep warning anyone who’ll listen, sometimes at the top of their lungs. Bloggers keep on blogging. But evidently, the message just isn’t getting through to Americans. In a recent poll, Americans find climate change to be the lowest priority out of any country in the entire world. That’s right; every country polled, including the UK, France, India, China, Chile, Mexico–even Iraq and Palestine–believe climate change is more of an urgent issue than we do.

 

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Bill Gates Has A Plan For Hurricane Calming Technology

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Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina fill the streets of New Orleans Aug. 30, 2005.

Good news, folks. Microsoft founder Bill Gates has turned his attention to controlling the weather. Five U.S. Patent and Trade Office patent applications, made public on July 9, propose slowing hurricanes by pumping cold, deep-ocean water in their paths from barges. If issued, the patents offer 18 years of legal rights to the idea for Gates and co-inventors, including climate scientist Ken Caldeira of the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

 

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New Study Suggests Scientists Predictions On Global Warming Might Be Wrong

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Scientists’ best predictions about global warming might be incorrect

No one knows exactly how much Earth’s climate will warm due to carbon emissions, but a new study this week suggests scientists’ best predictions about global warming might be incorrect.

 

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Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sunspot

Scientists Create First Accurate Computer Model Of A Sun Spot

The interface between a sunspot’s central and outer regions shows a complex structure.

In a breakthrough that will help scientists unlock mysteries of the sun and its impacts on Earth, scientists have created the first-ever comprehensive computer model of sunspots. The resulting visuals capture both scientific detail and remarkable beauty. The results are published this week in a paper in Science Express. The research was supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Super-computer Provides First Glimpse Of Earth’s Early Magma Interior

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By using a super-computer to virtually squeeze and heat iron-bearing minerals under conditions that would have existed when the Earth crystallized from an ocean of magma to its solid form 4.5 billion years ago, two UC Davis geochemists have produced the first picture of how different isotopes of iron were initially distributed in the solid Earth.

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Earth Could Be Habitable An Extra 1 Billion Years

Earth’s Life Extended An Extra 1 Billion Years 

Earth Gets 1 Billion Year Life Extension

The Earth could be habitable for another 2.3 billion years, extending previous estimates of life’s horizon by more than 1 billion years.

King Fai Li and his colleagues at Caltech hypothesize that Earth’s atmospheric pressure has always varied, and that it could fall in the distant future, keeping Earth from frying for far longer than previous research had shown.

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