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Heat Lightning Does Not Exist

One of the best ways to spend a summer evening is to stand outside and watch a distant storm, the soft rumbles of thunder distracting you from the mosquitoes eating you alive. The most well-known part of these summertime thunderstorms is a phenomenon known as “heat lightning,” which doesn’t really exist. » 7/28/15 4:42pm Tuesday 4:42pm

A lightning storm captured in slow motion is like an electric ballet

Even as a little kid who wanted lightning to strike me so I could get superpowers, I’ve always loved seeing the electric bolts get speared down from the clouds. Seeing lightning was always cool, it was the lagging and crackling thunder that was the scary part of any storm. That’s why this video of slow motion… » 7/24/15 12:47am 7/24/15 12:47am

This Tiny iPhone Charger Has 128GB of Extra Storage Built Right In

Leaving home without your smartphone’s charging cable is as disastrous as forgetting the device itself. That’s why ultra-compact charging cables are suddenly so popular, and with 128GB of extra storage onboard, PhotoFast’s new MemoriesCable might be the only one iPhone users will want to consider. » 7/21/15 10:40am 7/21/15 10:40am

Ford's New Headlights Spot and Turn to Illuminate Hazards at Night

Self-driving smart cars might still be years away, but the technology that makes them so smart is already benefitting drivers. Ford is currently perfecting a headlight system that uses infra-red cameras to illuminate unexpected curves and hazards on the road ahead that might be invisible to drivers otherwise. » 7/20/15 10:50am 7/20/15 10:50am

Spectacular lightning strike hits while fireworks explode

Not to be outdone by fireworks on the 4th of July, Mother Nature threw down a rather impressive lightning strike to light up the sky and remind everyone who’s boss. Matthew Pennington took slow motion footage of the fireworks show in Brandon, Florida and you can see the electric spike of lightning spread all across… » 7/10/15 11:01am 7/10/15 11:01am

Planes Get Struck By Lightning Once a Year on Average

There’s a moment in the Truman Show, when Jim Carrey tries to travel to Fiji (and escape his creep-o TV show island) and this poster pops up at a travel agency. It’s funny because lightning strikes are such rare occurrences it couldn’t happen that often. Surely, not often enough to necessitate a poster. » 5/15/15 1:57pm 5/15/15 1:57pm

An Absolutely Massive Volcano Is Exploding In Chile Right Now

Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting yesterday at 7pm local time. First spewing massive ash clouds then, at 10pm, erupting explosively as its fragile structure collapsed inwards. Here’s all the stunning imagery and video; we’ll keep it updated as this develops. You can see it from space! » 4/23/15 1:22pm 4/23/15 1:22pm

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 3/25/15 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. » 3/17/15 12:41am 3/17/15 12:41am

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