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High-speed camera captures amazing lightning flash

Super-slow-motion footage from recent Florida storm From the FLORIDA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY MELBOURNE, FLA. — Scientists at Florida Institute of Technology used a high-speed camera to capture an amazing lighting flash from a May 20 storm near the university’s Melbourne campus. The flash was recorded at 7,000 frames per second (FPS). The playback speed seen…

This map shows the total increase of photosynthesis and carbon uptake by forests caused by all hurricanes in 2004. The dotted gray lines represent the paths of the individual storms. CREDIT Lauren Lowman, Duke University

Surprise: Hurricanes create carbon sequestion – exceed carbon emissions by American vehicles each year

Hurricanes key to carbon uptake by forests Increases in carbon uptake by southeast US forests in response to tropical cyclone activity alone exceed carbon emissions by American vehicles each year From Duke University: While hurricanes are a constant source of worry for residents of the southeastern United States, new research suggests that they have a…

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Eskimo’s ’50 words for snow’ challenged

From the UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA – BERKELEY, and ‘your tax dollars at work’ department: Fresh look at trope about Eskimo words for snow Researchers take on urban legend about Arctic vocabulary That old trope about there being at least 50 Eskimo words for snow has a new twist. Researchers at UC Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University…

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Study: Ocean temps predict US heat waves 50 days out

Pacific pattern often forms in advance of hot days in eastern US From the NATIONAL CENTER FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH/UNIVERSITY CORPORATION FOR ATMOSPHERIC RESEARCH BOULDER — The formation of a distinct pattern of sea surface temperatures in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean can predict an increased chance of summertime heat waves in the eastern…