Can Lasers Protect Buildings From Lightning?

The standard advice authorities offer when lightning starts crackling across the sky is for people to take shelter inside buildings. Through lightning rods affixed to the roof, electrical wiring, and plumbing that can direct the electricity away from occupants and into the ground, substantial structures offer protection. Read More >>

This GPS Lightning Adapter Makes Cheaper iPads Location-Aware

If you decided to save a few quid and opt for an iPad without cellular, it also means you bought yourself a tablet without GPS. Wi-Fi hotspot locations help guesstimate your locations, but if you want better results, you'll have to try for Bad Elf's tiny GPS module. Read More >>

Watch These Wind Turbines Shoot Incredible Lightning Into a Storm

We all know wind turbines can produce electricity, but have you seen them produce lightning? Read More >>

Impossibly Thin Charging Cables No Thicker Than a Pair of Credit Cards

Boosting the battery life on a mobile device is easy; they just need to get a lot thicker. But since none of us are willing to give up our svelte smartphones or tablets, we've bought into a life that involves bringing charging cables wherever we go. A hassle that's now slightly less annoying with these ultra-thin USB cables that can easily slip into the slimmest of pockets. Read More >>

Nokia's Actually Researching How To Charge Phones With Lightning

If there ever was a corporate stunt that deserved a 'do not try this at home' warning, this is it. Working with scientists from the University of Southampton (translation: people who know what they're doing) Nokia has successfully charged a Lumia 925 using lightning generated in a laboratory. All of a sudden that knock off smartphone charger you've been using doesn't seem so dangerous, does it? Read More >>

Apple's £25 iPhone Cable Cash Cow Might be Chopped by New EU MicroUSB Law

The way Apple goes it alone in offering the only smartphone on the market without a MicroUSB connector might soon be coming to a forceful end, with the EU planning a fresh push to enforce its universal charger dream. Read More >>

Pure Contour i1 Air Dock Offers the Apple Holy Trinity: AirPlay, 30-pin and Lightning

You've got a click-wheel 30-pin iPod housing your complete Bob Seger collection sat next to a brand-spanking new, Lightning connection-equipped iPhone 5S fit to burst with dub-step playlists. Is there not a single speaker dock to blare out the disperate treasures tucked away within each? Yes there is, and it's called the Pure Contour i1 Air. Read More >>

An Emergency Lightning Cable That's No Bigger Than Your House Key

The makers of the ChargeCard—that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones—are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that's instead designed to hang out on your keychain. It's almost like a stripped down version of the ChargeCard that sheds most of the plastic so it can easily sidle up next to your keys, but at the cost of being incredibly short which limits where you can use it. Read More >>

How To Improve Your Chances of Surviving a Lightning Strike

It's no secret that finding yourself outside and exposed during a thunderstorm greatly enhances your risk of being struck by lightning. But it turns out there are some simple tricks you can use to increase your chances of survival if the clouds do decide to strike you from above. Read More >>

Scientists Have Recreated Ball Lightning in the Lab

A team of US researchers has finally worked out how reproduce ball lightning — sometimes referred to as St. Elmo's fire — in the lab. Read More >>

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A Plane Getting Struck By a Lightning Bolt is Always Scary

Though most of us know that lightning bolts striking planes aren't too much to worry about these days, seeing the actual bolt go through the plane is always a frightening sight. There are hundreds of people in that flying tube! And they're getting zapped by lightning! Of course, there probably unaware of it and it's only us on the ground who see the terrifying image. Read More >>

USB Is Getting a 10Gbps Shot in the Arm

The USB 3.0 Promoter Group—honestly, there is such a thing—has finalised the next iteration of Universal Serial Bus, and it's going to run at a lightning fast 10Gbps. Read More >>

How an Astronomical Mystery Was Explained by High-Speed Photography

They stretch 80 kilometres into Earth's upper atmosphere. They shower the night sky with shimmering bursts of light. They emit a crackling "ping" over radio. And because they're so fast, scientists have only known about them for a few decades. Today, Wired Science introduces us to the world of Transient Luminous Events—and the Sante Fe astronomer who has pioneered the art of photographing them.
Thomas Ashcroft is a photographer and amateur astronomer who has captured dozens of Sprites (yep, they're named after Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream) by taking continuous long-exposure shots from his home in New Mexico. Ashcroft lists his Sprite captures by grouping them into categories: Jellyfish, carrots, columnforms, and even "Elves," a separate type of sprite caused by nitrogen molecules. Ashcroft reports that Sprites even have their own noise: Read More >>

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Here's a Scary Lightning Strike Exploding Some Power Lines

Remember how your mum/dad/legal guardian/leader of your gang of street urchins used to tell you not to stand near telephone poles in a storm? Yeah, there was a reason for that. And as you can see in the video above, that reason goes "boom." Followed by lots and lots of fire. Read More >>

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A Perfectly Timed Bolt of Lightning Makes Fireworks Even More Awesome

There's something to be said for dropping the cameras and just watching fireworks, but for Redditor AJ192, watching the pyrotechnic show through a viewfinder really paid off. Taken at an explosive celebration in New Mexico, it's definitely a one in a million shot. What a beautiful way to get lucky. [Reddit via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Slo-Mo Lightning Footage Is Why High Speed Cameras Were Invented

The odds of capturing a lightning bolt on a high-speed camera in the wild are probably pretty similar to getting hit yourself — slim to nil. So to vastly improve their chances, the slo-mo team at BBC Earth Productions visited the Morgan-Botti Lightning Lab in England where the electrifying bolts are produced every day. Read More >>


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