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  • Bears vs. Lightning: Which is more Deadly?

    06/03/2018 7:31:16 AM PDT · by marktwain · 77 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 30 May, 2018 | Dean Weingarten
    In online discussions of bear attacks, it is not unusual for people to claim that a person is more likely to be killed by lightning than to be killed by a bear. That is true, in a gross sense. You are also more likely to die of a heart attack or to be murdered than to be killed by a bear when you use the entire United States population as a measure.This comparison is disingenuous. It is easy to avoid being killed by a bear, simply by staying out of areas where there are bears. Lightning strikes occur all...
  • F-35 completes comprehensive flight tests without a single loss or fatality

    04/18/2018 10:11:34 AM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 23 replies
    New Atlas ^ | April 14th, 2018 | David Szondy
    Lockheed Martin's three F-35 Lightning II strike fighter variants have completed what the company called the most comprehensive flight test program in aviation history. On April 11 at US Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, Navy test aircraft CF-2 carrying external 2,000-lb (907-kg) GBU-31 Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAM) and AIM-9X Sidewinder heat-seeking missiles completed the final developmental test flight of the System Development and Demonstration (SDD) phase of the program. According to Lockheed, a team of over a thousand SDD flight test engineers, maintainers, pilots, and support personnel completed full flight-envelope tests on all three variants of the F-35,...
  • Teacher on bus duty struck by lightning during ‘thundersnow’

    03/07/2018 5:23:52 PM PST · by BBell · 17 replies
    https://nypost.com/ ^ | 3/7/18 | Chris Perez
    A teacher in New Jersey who was standing outside on bus duty was reportedly struck by lightning on Wednesday during a severe spat of “thundersnow.”The woman was on patrol at Manchester Township Middle School in Manchester Township when the rare weather phenomenon broke out in the region around 2:30 p.m., according to NBC 10. She had to be hospitalized, but was said to be in stable condition.
  • Lightning, with a chance of antimatter

    11/29/2017 11:01:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 20 replies
    Kyoto University ^ | 27 November | Kyoto University
    Japanese netizens help scan lightning for gamma rays Japan -- A storm system approaches: the sky darkens, and the low rumble of thunder echoes from the horizon. Then without warning... Flash! Crash! -- lightning has struck. This scene, while familiar to anyone and repeated constantly across the planet, is not without a feeling of mystery. But now that mystery has deepened, with the discovery that lightning can result in matter-antimatter annihilation. In a collaborative study appearing in Nature, researchers from Japan describe how gamma rays from lightning react with the air to produce radioisotopes and even positrons -- the antimatter...
  • Lightning Can Produce Carbon-14

    11/29/2017 10:41:38 AM PST · by fishtank · 27 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | November 29, 2017 | David F. Coppedge
    Lightning Can Produce Carbon-14 November 29, 2017 | David F. Coppedge In a surprise announcement, Japanese researchers found that lightning bolts can be powerful enough to cause nuclear fission, leading to new isotopes— including carbon-14. For decades, we have been told that carbon-14 is generated only by high-energy cosmic rays striking the atmosphere, hitting nitrogen atoms. Carbon-14 (14C) is one of the leading dating methods for organic remains up to a maximum of 100,000 years. Now, researches from the Kyoto University watched lightning bolts generate gamma rays and positrons, indicating that nuclear fission was occurring. One of the products, they...
  • Flash, bang, and blood: Hiker tells harrowing lightning tale

    08/25/2017 10:51:47 PM PDT · by Enchante · 27 replies
    Associated Press via AZFamily.com ^ | August 25, 2017 | OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ and JONATHAN J. COOPER
    The 31-year-old Austrian teacher, an avid hiker, had just reached the 9,000-foot summit of a Northern California mountain range ahead of his companions when he raised his arms for a picture and was struck in the back of the head. The electricity shot through his body and exited through his foot, and he was too stunned to know what had happened.
  • A New Explanation for One of the Strangest Occurrences in Nature—Ball Lightning

    08/01/2017 8:28:43 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 60 replies
    Nautilus ^ | 1 Aug, 2017 | CHRIS DRUDGE
    Every so often, given the proper conditions, a small and roughly spherical piece of the atmosphere around us will briefly catch fire. As they are best viewed late into the night and have no obvious natural explanation, it’s perhaps no wonder they’ve inspired a rich mythology. Names for balls of fire include ignis fatuus, will-o’-the-wisp, ghost lights, and ball lightning. They’ve been said to hover above graves, dance along the banks of rivers, signal the imminent arrival of an earthquake, and stalk the aisles of airplanes. Even today, we don’t have a crystal-clear understanding of how they form and do...
  • Do Giraffes Get Struck by Lightning More Than Other Animals?

    06/23/2017 7:41:58 AM PDT · by MtnClimber · 30 replies
    Real Clear Science ^ | 23 Jun, 2017 | Ross Pomeroy
    Two months ago, Reddit user infernograve woke from a vivid dream. As wakefulness crept back, the dream did not recede, rather, it stuck in his mind, piquing his curiosity and prompting a burning question. He subsequently logged into Reddit's popular AskScience subreddit to share it: "Do giraffes get struck by lightning more often than other animals?" The question is now the most popular ever asked on the forum. So do giraffes get struck by lightning at higher rates? Intuitively, the obvious answer is "yes." Standing between fourteen and nineteen feet tall when fully grown, giraffes tower above the savannah and...
  • This is what it’s like to be struck by lightning

    05/27/2017 12:13:33 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 61 replies
    Mosaic ^ | 23 May, 2017
    If you’re hit by lightning, there’s a nine in ten chance you’ll survive. But what are the lasting effects of being exposed to hundreds of millions of volts? Charlotte Huff investigates. Sometimes they’ll keep the clothing, the strips of shirt or trousers that weren’t cut away and discarded by the doctors and nurses. They’ll tell and retell their story at family gatherings and online, sharing pictures and news reports of survivals like their own or far bigger tragedies. The video of a tourist hit on a Brazilian beach or the Texan struck dead while out running. The 65 people killed...
  • Lightning roars through the rainbow: Two years late, the RAF's first £100m F-35 stealth jets

    06/29/2016 8:54:44 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    THE DAILY MAIL ^ | 30 June 2016 | Larisa Brown
    The RAF's state-of-the art new fighter jet touched down in the UK for the first time tonight. The world’s most advanced stealth aircraft landed at RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, after flying from the US with a Briton at the controls. Its arrival came two years after it pulled out of air shows because of an engine fire. As if the sky had been choreographed, a spectacular rainbow broke out on the arrrival of the new jets The £100million British F-35B Lightning II jet - joined by two more owned by the US Marine Corps - will take part in a series...
  • 64 Killed by Lightning Across Bangladesh, Reports Say

    05/15/2016 12:50:09 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 15 replies
    abc news ^ | 5/15/16
    More than 60 people have been killed by lightning over the past two days during tropical storms across Bangladesh, local media said Saturday. Most of the 64 lightning deaths since Thursday have occurred in rural Bangladesh, where farmers are busy with the current harvesting season, leading Bengali-language newspapers Prothom Alo and Samakal reported. The reports of casualties could not be verified independently, with lightning deaths not usually monitored by government agencies. Experts say increased deforestation and people's exposure to metal equipment like cellphones are the reasons behind lightning deaths in Bangladesh.
  • SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE PHOTOS (lightning-related phenomenon)

    08/20/2015 6:27:15 PM PDT · by ETL · 16 replies
    SpaceWeather.com ^ | Aug 20, 2015
    SPRITES AND TROLLS AT THE EDGE OF SPACE: We all know what comes out of the bottom of thunderclouds: lightning. But rarely do we see what comes out of the top. On August 10th, astronauts onboard the International Space Station were perfectly positioned to observe red sprites dancing atop a cluster of storms in Mexico. They snapped this incredible photo: This shows just how high sprites can go. The photo shows their red forms reaching all the way from the thunderstorm below to a layer of green airglow some 100 km above Earth's surface. This means sprites touch the edge...
  • Lightning Strikes 44 Soldiers and Instructors at Army Ranger School

    08/14/2015 11:22:50 AM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 62 replies
    Military dot com ^ | Aug 13, 2015 | Matthew Cox
    Forty students and four Ranger instructors in the swamp phase of Ranger School were struck by lightning Wednesday afternoon. All 44 were evacuated to a local hospital, but many were discharged, according to a press release from Fort Benning, Georgia, home of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade. Eleven soldiers remained hospitalized Thursday evening, according to a news report. “At the time of the incident, they were conducting lightning-protection protocols when lightning struck nearby,” the release states.
  • Six predominately black Southern churches burn within a week; arson suspected in at least three

    06/30/2015 12:10:16 AM PDT · by knarf · 65 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 29, 2015 | Lindsey Bevar
    In the week after nine people were shot dead at Emanuel AME Church in South Carolina, six churches with predominately black congregations in five Southern states have burned. Three of the fires are being investigated as arson.(excerpt)
  • Blackhawks Rally to Stun Tampa Bay 2-1 in Final Opener

    06/04/2015 12:03:21 AM PDT · by dr_lew · 3 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 4, 2015 | GREG BEACHAM
    Teravainen and Antoine Vermette scored 1:58 apart late in the third period, and the Blackhawks rallied to stun the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-1 on Wednesday night.
  • Lightning in Cup Final, to play Ducks or Blackhawks

    05/29/2015 8:44:50 PM PDT · by mkleesma · 41 replies
    NHL.com ^ | 5/29/2015 | David Satriano
    The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the New York Rangers 2-0 in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final on Friday to advance to the Stanley Cup Final for the second time. The Lightning, who won the best-of-7 series 4-3, either will host the Chicago Blackhawks, who have won the Stanley Cup twice in the past five seasons, or visit the Anaheim Ducks, who won it in 2007, in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday (8 p.m. ET; NBC). Tampa Bay defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games to win the 2004 Stanley Cup.
  • Watch: Incredible Moment When Lightning Strikes This Church Caught On Camera

    05/28/2015 6:13:25 PM PDT · by lbryce · 11 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | May 28, 2015 | Staff
    Video contains brief strong language. Viewer discretion is advised. Several years after witnessing a bolt of lightning strike a church near his home, Grand Isle, Maine, teen Carl Bouley grabbed his camcorder during a recent storm in hopes of capturing a similar event. Sure enough, the lens was trained on St. Gerard-Mount Carmel Parish – the same church hit in 2007 – at the precise moment lightning struck its steeple.
  • Amazing picture of brothers with hair on end minutes before they were hit by Lightening

    01/11/2015 5:22:14 PM PST · by Coleus · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | July 30, 2013
    This frightening picture of two brothers with their hair on end was snapped just minutes before they were struck by lightning at Moro Rock, California, leaving the younger boy with third-degree burns and another man dead.  Electrical charges in the atmosphere just before a strike can lift hair into the air, providing nature's last warning of a bolt from the blue.These boys, 18 and 12, didn't know that, and the image has spread rapidly across the web this month.  The story behind the classic 1975 picture has come to light on the blog of Michael McQuilken, the teenager on the...
  • Gone in a flash? The moment car explodes into pieces (truncated title)

    12/20/2014 2:00:14 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 13 replies
    MAILONLINE ^ | 11/20/2014 | SADIE WHITELOCKS
    A hair-raising video has emerged that a car full of masked robbers exploding moments after they raided a church in Russia - and witnesses insist they were hit by lightning. The dash cam footage uploaded by YouTube user World News TV, shows a vehicle speeding along with a police siren sounding in the background. All of a sudden the car bursts into flames and explodes, sending debris all over the road.
  • Biden Promises Obama Will Strike GOP with 'Lightning' via Executive Amnesty

    09/22/2014 9:50:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 55 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/22/14 | Tony Lee
    On Monday, Vice President Joe Biden promised that President Barack Obama would "do an awful lot" for illegal immigrants with executive actions toward amnesty. He said if Republicans don't "see the lord" on immigration after the midterm elections, then they will feel some "lightning." According to pool reports, Biden spoke at a Hispanic Heritage Month reception at his residence and reportedly called up a student who had received temporary amnesty due to Obama's Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Biden then said that Obama is going to enact executive amnesty before the end of the year if Congress does...