Our Skyscrapers Are Causing Bizarre "Thundersnow" 

Your typical thunderstorm strikes in summer, when the atmosphere is full of warm, moist air. So when lightning strikes in the middle of a winter blizzard, there is something strange going on. Thundersnow involves an entirely different type of lightning, and our skyscrapers are a key part of it. » 3/26/15 8:10pm Thursday 8:10pm

GM Is Developing Smarter Headlights That Will Follow a Driver's Gaze

There are already cars on the road with intelligent headlights that can sweep left or right to improve visibility as a vehicle steers into a turn. But Opel/Vauxhall, a European subsidiary of GM, are developing next-generation headlight systems that can keep track of where a driver's looking, and automatically… » 3/25/15 2:30pm Wednesday 2:30pm

Rare video captures volcanic lightning from an exploding volcano

Volcanic lightning is one of those crazy, Old Testament-type phenomenons that makes you think that maybe hell is hidden under Earth. We've seen crazy photos before but here it's captured on video by Marc Szeglat. He was chasing down the Sakurajima volcano as it was erupting in Japan and got this awesome footage. » 3/16/15 2:11pm 3/16/15 2:11pm

This Tiny Multi-Function Cube Can Save a Dying Smartphone

There is no shortage of tiny USB charging and sync cables available for your smartphone, but the makers of the aptly-named WonderCube have managed to squeeze a surprising amount of functionality into a tiny one-inch cube you'll never want to leave home without. » 3/11/15 8:00am 3/11/15 8:00am

Spectacular scenes like this, viewed from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, on February 8th, always make me want to join the Navy. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, the military intervention against ISIL, and now transits the Persian Gulf. [Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip… » 2/16/15 6:00am 2/16/15 6:00am

Seek's Smartphone Thermal Camera Can Now Focus On Targets Far, Far Away

Just a few weeks ago at CES FLIR announced an updated version of its FLIR ONE thermal camera for smartphones with a compact new form factor similar to the Seek Thermal. And to keep the smartphone thermal camera arms race going, Seek Thermal has now returned fire with its new Seek XR that introduces an optical focusing… » 1/20/15 9:00am 1/20/15 9:00am

A Smaller Ceiling Light-Fan Combo Can Squeeze Into the Tiniest of Rooms

Because you don't necessarily want to put up with the droning sound of your air conditioner all summer long, a ceiling fan can be almost as effective at cooling your home by keeping air circulating. But for those rooms where the blades of a ceiling fan just won't fit, or where you think they just look downright… » 1/14/15 8:44am 1/14/15 8:44am

This Curvy Flash Drive Hides Behind Your iPhone So It's Less Intrusive

If you're regretting your decision to save a few hundred bucks on your iPhone or iPad by opting for the smaller 16GB model, there are ways to boost your smartphone's storage capacity. But because swapping in a larger microSD card just isn't an option in the Apple world, you'll have to settle for an external storage… » 1/05/15 12:01am 1/05/15 12:01am

Gamma-Ray Bursts Are More Common on Earth Than We Thought

Gamma ray bursts—powerful burst of electromagnetic radiation—are more common on Earth than previously realized. Scientists have discovered that they're generated as many as 1,100 times a day in the storms that occur on the surface of our planet. » 12/18/14 5:15am 12/18/14 5:15am

Climate Change Could Mean We See a Lot More Lightning Strikes 

Add lightning to the list of dangers climate change will likely magnify. A new study projects that a warmer climate could mean 50 percent more lightning strikes in the U.S. in the coming decades. » 11/13/14 4:33pm 11/13/14 4:33pm

​I Wish This iPhone Flash Drive Worked Better

I have no idea why Apple still sells iPhones and iPads that have only 16GB of storage. But wouldn't it be great if you could just plug in a flash drive that added more? The SanDisk iXpand wants to be that drive. Sadly, it's not. » 11/13/14 9:00am 11/13/14 9:00am

Did these crazy Russians catch a lightning bolt, make one, or wtf?

Not having enough with hanging from buildings and just driving through their Mad Max roads, the crazy Russians now spend their days playing with high voltage electricity. I think here they are trying to emulate Benjamin Franklin catching a lightning with a kite, but I'm not sure what the hell is going on. » 11/12/14 1:46pm 11/12/14 1:46pm

Smartphone Charging Cables Don't Get Much More Portable Than This

Thin smartphones also mean thin batteries, and carrying a charging cable so your phone can last the day is basically a fact of life now. To make the situation a little more convenient there have been countless keychain-friendly solutions for charging your smartphone, but none as perfectly tiny as the inCharge. » 11/11/14 10:03am 11/11/14 10:03am

That Charging Cable With a Built-in Alarm Just Got Even More Useful

Remember the ChargerLeash? It was a replacement USB charging cable for your smartphone that featured a built-in audible alarm so that when it was unplugged, there was little chance you'd forget it and leave it behind. Now there's a new 'Pro' version with a simple silencer so you can also use the cable at home, without… » 11/03/14 5:00pm 11/03/14 5:00pm

Just Add Water and This Tiny Emergency Flashlight Glows For 72 Hours

Because batteries have a limited shelf life, that flashlight you've been saving for an emergency might not actually work when you need it to. So instead of stocking up on candles, grab a couple of these tiny emergency lights from Eton that simply need you to add water to keep them lit for three full days. » 10/02/14 10:46am 10/02/14 10:46am

A Festive Lightning Charging Cable With Built-in Christmas Lights

Deck the halls, deck your desk, and charge your iPhone or iPad this holiday season with a USB Lightning cable featuring festive LED bulbs along its length—even if Christmas is months away. It's the easiest and most useful way to bring holiday cheer wherever you go, even if those ten power-sipping LEDs mean your device… » 9/16/14 5:00pm 9/16/14 5:00pm

Philips' New Headphones Connect Digitally To an iPhone's Lightning Port

It was widely assumed that when Apple bought Beats a few months ago we'd soon see a set of Apple-branded headphones that connected directly to the iPhone or iPad's digital Lightning port, instead of the analog headphone jack. But it seems like Philips has actually beaten Apple to the punch with its new … » 9/10/14 9:20am 9/10/14 9:20am

Amazing photo shows lightning striking an airliner flying in a rainbow

Stunning photo of a lightning striking an Boeing 777 that seems to be in the middle of a perfect rainbow, taken by German photographer Birk Möbius. The image was captured yesterday from an aerodrome in Taucha, Germany. Check out the zoomed image to see the plane being hit by the lightning. » 8/28/14 9:15pm 8/28/14 9:15pm

The beauty and scary power of Mother Nature in one GIF

Aw look, it's a rainbow. Maybe that means the rain is going to stop. Maybe that means the dark clouds are going away. Maybe it means we should go outdoors soon... NOPE. Maybe not. As these people were filming a rainbow, Mother Nature decided to blast out a lightning bolt right in their face. » 8/27/14 10:01pm 8/27/14 10:01pm

A Small Danish Suburb Is a Lab for the World's Smartest Streetlights

If you happen to drive through Albertslund, Denmark starting next month, you could become part of a massive experiment on the future of street lighting. The Copenhagen suburb is getting hundreds of smart lamps connected to all sorts of sensors. It makes sense this would happen in Albertlunds—a suburb already known for… » 8/11/14 4:29pm 8/11/14 4:29pm