Watch a lightning bolt strike a car (Updated)

Boom. I remember hearing that being inside a car when it gets struck by lightning is a pretty safe place to be (as long as you don’t touch anything). Something about the bolt dissipating into the ground (the rubber tires thing is a myth). I’m not so sure about that now because the force of nature striking down on this… »11/20/15 11:40am11/20/15 11:40am


Monoprice is Practically Giving Away Lightning Cables This Weekend

Go ahead and shut it down, because I don’t know if we’ll ever see a better Lightning cable deal. Monoprice is selling 3’ cables for $2, and 6’ cables for $3 right now, with $2 flat rate shipping for your entire order, no matter how many you buy. Stock up! [Lightning Cable Sale] »10/30/15 6:15pm10/30/15 6:15pm

5 Incredibly Dangerous Weather Myths That People Actually Believe

Myths are fascinating. It’s incredible what kind of stuff people will believe if you make it sound authoritative enough (see: chemtrails), but some of those myths are downright dangerous. Here are five popular weather myths that could kill you one day if you actually believe in them. »10/12/15 7:30pm10/12/15 7:30pm

Stunning footage of lightning in a volcanic ash cloud in Patagonia

BBC posted this truly stunning footage of a volcanic ash cloud just bursting with lightning and it’s totally staggering to see. It’s a violent phenomenon but in the picturesque setting of Patagonia, it almost looks like a painting that’s been animated. The burst of bolts almost looks fake. »9/30/15 7:10pm9/30/15 7:10pm

This Is Just Too Much: Lightning Illuminates the ISS With the Milky Way As a Backdrop

What could be more majestic than seeing a flash of lightning on Earth reflecting on the solar panels of the International Space Station, soaring at 17,150 miles per hour 250 miles above us? How about all of that, with the expanse of the Milky Way twinkling in the background. I can’t imagine a view better that this… »9/03/15 11:00am9/03/15 11:00am

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 12:47am7/24/15 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 10:40am7/21/15 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 10:50am7/20/15 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 11:01am7/10/15 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 1:57pm5/15/15 1:57pm