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Written By: grant on April 2, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment wards off bad weather with a new finding… that lasers can be used to divert lightning strikes:

Currently, high-intensity lasers, produced with modern technology essentially disappear over distances greater than a few inches or several feet at best when focused tightly, due to diffraction – the same effect that makes a stick seem to “bend” when dipped [...]

Written By: grant on March 11, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily says “aerosols produced by human activities” – that is, soot and exhaust fumes and all that great air pollution – definitely has an effect on the weather. It’s just not the one you might expect:

Renyi Zhang, University Distinguished Professor in Atmospheric Sciences at Texas A&M, and colleagues Yuan Wang, Keun-Hee Lee, Yun Lin and Misty Levy [...]

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Written By: grant on October 16, 2013 No Comment

Pennies from Heaven? P’shaw! Nature looks over the vastly overvalued weather report on Saturn and Jupiter:

…Mona Delitsky of California Specialty Engineering in Flintridge, and Kevin Baines of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, now say it is possible. They are laying out their argument this week at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society’s Division for Planetary Sciences in Denver, Colorado.

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Written By: grant on November 5, 2012 No Comment

SONG: “Cloudbusting” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: This is a penitential cover. I was late with the last song. This is a song about Wilhelm Reich’s tragic life (through the eyes of his son), written by Kate Bush, although I kinda favor Gemma Hayes’ version.

ABSTRACT: I was never that big [...]

Written By: grant on September 23, 2012 No Comment

SONG: “Particle.” (To download: double right-click & “Save As”)

ARTIST: grant (with apologies to Antonio Vivaldi).

SOURCE: Based on “How Fungi Create the Amazon’s Clouds”, Time, 5 September 2012, as used in the post “Mushrooms that make the weather.”

ABSTRACT: Unlike the last few songs, this one has nothing to do with a SongFu prompt; we’d [...]

Written By: grant on September 14, 2012 No Comment

Time travels to the Amazon to reveal the fungi that creates the clouds:

The clouds in the Amazon, just like everywhere else, consist of water vapor clinging to tiny clumps of carbon compounds. In forested areas, the carbon compounds are byproducts of plants’ metabolism; in populated areas, they are often from human pollution. Most of the time, atmospheric chemists [...]

Written By: grantb on May 19, 2011 No Comment

MIT’s Technology Review takes an interesting look at some atmospheric findings – hot flashes in the air, basically – that could help predict earthquakes:

Dimitar Ouzounov at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre in Maryland and a few buddies present the data from the Great Tohoku earthquake which devastated Japan on 11 March. Their results, although preliminary, are eye-opening.

They [...]

Written By: grantb on April 13, 2011 No Comment

This video was shot out of the window of a night flight from San Francisco to Paris, one frame every two miles:

[via Yahoo!News]

Written By: grantb on September 14, 2010 No Comment

Hurricane Igor, from the International Space Station.

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