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New research, April 8-14, 2019

Posted on 18 April 2019 by Ari Jokimäki A selection of new climate related research articles is shown below. This post has separate sections for: Climate Change, Climate Change Impacts, Climate Change Mitigation, and Other Papers. Climate change mitigation Climate…

Guest blog – A Diet of Worms by Paul Sterry

Mark ♦ April 18, 2019 ♦ 2 Comments Paul Sterry has an academic background in freshwater biology and is a passionate conservationist. He has been writing about natural history and photographing wildlife for the last 40 years, with an emphasis…

Nature: When lightning strikes — the LOFAR radio telescope is watching closely

(Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) ) It is still unclear what exactly happens when lightning develops. Based on high-resolution data of the LOFAR radio telescope, an international team of researchers has now discovered needle-shaped structures. They might help to explain why lightning does not always discharge at once, as was thought for a long time, but can strike several times within seconds. Essential foundations for measuring lightning with the world’s largest antenna array were laid at KIT.

Why lightning often strikes twice

Scientists have used the LOFAR radio telescope to study the development of lightning flashes in unprecedented detail. Their work reveals that the negative charges inside a thundercloud are not discharged all in a single flash, but are in part stored alongside the leader channel at Interruptions, inside structures which the researchers have called needles. This may cause a repeated discharge to the ground.

Saving shelter cats with a high-five

Imagine walking into a shelter to adopt a cat. There are all sorts of kitties vying for your attention (or playing hard to get), but one particular feline comes up and gives you a high-five. Of course you’re smitten, and…

Grieving for Notre Dame Cathedral in the age of social media

When photos and videos began appearing on Monday, we watched as news of the burning Notre Dame Cathedral captivated us in horror. CNN’s Brian Stelter described a universal state of shock: “United in helplessness. Unsure of what to say. But…