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Scientists Discover Evidence Of Dark Lightning
Popular Science ^ | 04.09.2013 at 4:00 pm | By Francie Diep

Posted on 04/10/2013 9:41:20 AM PDT by Red Badger

Though its name sounds better suited to fantasy or sci-fi, researchers have recently gathered evidence that something called dark lightning exists, the Washington Post reported.

Like any evil twin, dark lightning appears to "compete" with the ordinary lightning during thunderstorms.

A person could be struck by dark lightning and not even know it.

Like ordinary lightning, dark lightning brews inside thunderclouds. In fact, it may be a competing way for the clouds to release their energy, says Joseph Dwyer, a lightning researcher at the Florida Institute of Technology. Dwyer has come up with a model explaining how dark lightning arises. His idea awaits further measurements for confirmation.

Scientists first began seeing hints of dark lightning from gamma ray measurements from satellites since at least the 1990s, according to this NASA video. Gamma rays, the most energetic wave in the electromagnetic spectrum, are typically associated with radioactive decay, nuclear detonations and supernova explosions. Dark lightning appears to be made of X-rays and gamma rays.

Although no one knows for sure, humans may have been struck by dark lightning before, most likely during an airplane ride, Dwyer told the Washington Post. Even that is unlikely: Pilots usually stay away from storms, and dark lightning flashes are rare compared to ordinary lightning bolts. If hit, however, plane passengers probably wouldn't hear or feel the strike, but they would absorb what Dwyer estimated to be an entire lifetime's worth of safe radiation.

Dark Lightning Flash Above Earth In this visualization of dark lightning, which is actually invisible, gamma rays are shown in pink. Highlighted in yellow are subatomic particles called positrons that the Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope detected from this dark lightning flash. The Earth is below and the moon appears behind the pink gamma rays. Screenshot from "ScienceCasts: Dark Lightning" by Science@NASA on YouTube


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Technical
KEYWORDS: darklightning; electricity; energy; radiation; weather

1 posted on 04/10/2013 9:41:20 AM PDT by Red Badger
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To: Red Badger

Paging Ken Hamblin.


2 posted on 04/10/2013 9:43:02 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: Red Badger

“A person could be struck by dark lightning and not even know it. “

Most low info voters have been struck....


3 posted on 04/10/2013 9:43:05 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: Red Badger
If hit, however, plane passengers probably wouldn't hear or feel the strike, but they would absorb what Dwyer estimated to be an entire lifetime's worth of safe radiation.

I feel sure that I am being struck by dark lighning at this very instance. Of course, I feel nothing at all -- but that doesn't mean I'm not being subjected to multiple bolts of the stuff.
My only real question is that if this is safe radiation, what amount constitutes "an entire lifetime's worth"? Would absorbing 10,000 lifetimes' worth be a problem? Is there any actual meaning this type of language at all, or did it just sound good to the writer?

4 posted on 04/10/2013 9:52:13 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The ballot box is a sham. Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: Red Badger

Moochelle’s SS code name?


5 posted on 04/10/2013 9:52:25 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Red Badger

Dark lightning, dark matter, the God Particle......

Keep in mind, this is science that develops hypothesis based on “holes” in research. When things don’t add up, “something is missing.” What would explain the peice of the puzzle?

I’m not saying the science is not legit. It’s a start. But you’d think there would be more proof or evidence beyond an explanation or absence of proof. The extent of the explanation is somthing satalights have recorded.

Science continues to get more and more sloppy. I guess this tidbit will get them some more funding to find the “dark lightning”.


6 posted on 04/10/2013 9:53:00 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: ClearCase_guy

He full of Dark Matter......Dark Brown Matter................


7 posted on 04/10/2013 9:53:10 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: illiac

Does this stuff cluster around urban centers perhaps?


8 posted on 04/10/2013 9:53:22 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Tenacious 1

Now we’ll have to start putting lead shields on aircraft........


9 posted on 04/10/2013 9:54:37 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Red Badger
LOL

Now we’ll have to start putting lead shields on aircraft........

Well, that would certainly use more fuel. Burning more fuel would increase the rate of apocalyptic global warming. People might all have to move to an Island near Guam. Then the islands would start to tip over. But that's ok because wellfare and foodstamps helps the economy by giving people jobs.

Wait!..... Would a plane still fly if it were completely clad in lead?

(sarcasm....as if it isn't obvious)

10 posted on 04/10/2013 9:59:07 AM PDT by Tenacious 1 ("The British are Coming (to confiscate weapons)" - Paul Revere (We know how that ended))
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To: Red Badger

I see a gigantic government grant in the offing.

We need a crash study on a phenomenon that you can’t see, can’t feel, does no damage.


11 posted on 04/10/2013 9:59:24 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: Red Badger
Dwyer has come up with a model explaining how dark lightning arises.


12 posted on 04/10/2013 10:00:27 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Red Badger

Every day, I do not know that I’m struck by lightning. Good to have an explanation.


13 posted on 04/10/2013 10:04:28 AM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: Red Badger

Dark lightning. Dark energy. Dark matter.
All ideas that come from dark genius!

What a bunch of row boats!!!

;-)


14 posted on 04/10/2013 10:06:28 AM PDT by djf (Rich widows: My Bitcoin address is... 1ETDmR4GDjwmc9rUEQnfB1gAnk6WLmd3n6)
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To: Red Badger

Gripping the wheel, his knuckles Went white with desire!
The wheels Of his Mustang exploding on the Highway like aslug from a .45.

True death: 400 horsepower of Maximum performance piercing the
Night... This is black sunshine.


15 posted on 04/10/2013 10:06:47 AM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Red Badger

OK, I’ll say it... THIS IS A STUPID NAME

It is not “lightning” in any form, light or dark.


16 posted on 04/10/2013 10:07:49 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: ClearCase_guy

The phrase was poorly written, but the idea is that the effect of radiation on the body is cumulative, and the “safe” level is one that is low enough for our cells to repair the damage. The most practical application is with the rules that apply to nuclear workers; if their total exposure reaches a certain level they are not allowed near any source of radiation. So the article is suggesting that the dose from a lightning strike is 10,000 times the “safe” level for a lifetime. I find this claim dubious because that kind of exposure would almost certainly cause symptoms of radiation sickness and would likely be fatal.


17 posted on 04/10/2013 10:08:30 AM PDT by Squawk 8888 (True North- Strong Leader, Strong Dollar, Strong and Free!)
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To: Red Badger; SunkenCiv; null and void; Lakeshark; Borax Queen; fanfan; derllak; sweetliberty; ...

Not.
My.
Fault.


18 posted on 04/10/2013 10:13:05 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Red Badger

So much gloom and doom these days. Dark lightning, EMP, atomic North Korea, atomic Iran, Israel on the brink, will we survive? Is this another crisis to distract us while the government picks our pockets?


19 posted on 04/10/2013 10:15:40 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: Red Badger

Speaking of Dave Barry, “Dark Lightening” would be a great name for a band.


20 posted on 04/10/2013 10:18:01 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: muir_redwoods

Back in my teenage years (late 60’s early 70’s) I knew a musician who played in a band called ‘Dark Entry’..........


21 posted on 04/10/2013 10:19:20 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: Squawk 8888

But would being struck by darkning be fatal?


22 posted on 04/10/2013 10:19:26 AM PDT by bgill
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To: Red Badger
I prefer BLACK Lightning.


23 posted on 04/10/2013 10:19:46 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Red Badger

If it’s invisible that explains why its dark.

Is this another scientist in desperate need of a grant?


24 posted on 04/10/2013 10:20:47 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Pi$$ed off yet?)
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To: Red Badger
Scientists Discover Evidence Of Dark Lightning

Grandpappy spilled some dye in the moonshine, just don't report it to the feds...

25 posted on 04/10/2013 10:22:41 AM PDT by apillar
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To: ClearCase_guy
My only real question is that if this is safe radiation, what amount constitutes "an entire lifetime's worth"?

If you are speaking of legal matters the Nuclear Regulatory Agency says this is safe for occupational exposure.

5 times your age minus 18 REM per year.

So if you are 20 that would be 2 times 5 which would equal 10 REM (Rad Equivalent Man).

Then the NRC defines the Lethal dose (LD) as:

The dose of radiation expected to cause death to 50 percent of an exposed population within 30 days (LD 50/30). Typically, the LD 50/30 is in the range from 400 to 450 rem (4 to 5 sieverts) received over a very short period.

So safe is probably somewhere in between.

26 posted on 04/10/2013 10:30:21 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: Red Badger

Can I just call it lightning?


27 posted on 04/10/2013 10:30:30 AM PDT by inkfarmer
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To: Red Badger

Another discovery that that has been tossed around the innernuts for a while.

http://tristan.ethereal.net/humor/dark-suckers.html

snip>>

For years it has been believed that electric bulbs emitted light. However, recent information from Bell Labs has proven otherwise. Electric bulbs don’t emit light; they suck dark. Thus they now call these bulbs dark suckers. The dark sucker theory, according to a spokesman from the Labs, proves the existence of dark, that dark has mass heavier than that of light, and that dark is faster than light.


28 posted on 04/10/2013 10:39:02 AM PDT by fudimo
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To: djf

Not to mention Black Holes!


29 posted on 04/10/2013 10:53:34 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Squawk 8888

Thanks for the Explanation, I was worried if I got hit by dark lighten I would turn into the hulk...


30 posted on 04/10/2013 10:56:08 AM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Mr. K
Yup... Stupid name for a very interesting phenomena.

Though I think “White-lightning” is already taken ... :-)

Just another excellent reason not to fly through, over or under a thunderstorm.

31 posted on 04/10/2013 11:09:45 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: Pontiac

Does that mean that if you get old enough you’re immune to radiation?


32 posted on 04/10/2013 11:12:43 AM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Darksheare; Borax Queen
Is.

Hint: look at poster name.......

33 posted on 04/10/2013 11:17:38 AM PDT by Lakeshark (!)
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To: Red Badger

dark lightning


34 posted on 04/10/2013 11:18:23 AM PDT by quintr
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To: Mr. K

Maybe we should call it “darkning”.


35 posted on 04/10/2013 11:19:55 AM PDT by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: Darksheare
It's his fault!
36 posted on 04/10/2013 11:22:25 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: DuncanWaring
Does that mean that if you get old enough you’re immune to radiation?

Well the current theory is that children (those still in their growing years) are more sensitive to the effects of radiation.

The theory is that cells are most sensitive to radiation during cell division. Growing children have more cells in the process of division.

All living humans have cells that divide frequently such as the blood producing cells in the bone marrow. So no the old are still sensitive to radiation but less so than younger people.

37 posted on 04/10/2013 11:27:09 AM PDT by Pontiac (The welfare state must fail because it is contrary to human nature and diminishes the human spirit.)
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To: EEGator; Borax Queen; Lakeshark

Ack!
They know!


38 posted on 04/10/2013 11:35:44 AM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free.....)
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To: Darksheare

Of course not.

It’s Bush’s fault.


39 posted on 04/10/2013 12:21:39 PM PDT by DuncanWaring (The Lord uses the good ones; the bad ones use the Lord.)
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To: Lakeshark; Darksheare

Hahaha, totally!


40 posted on 04/10/2013 4:50:32 PM PDT by Borax Queen
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