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Rocketing solar winds may spark lightning as they buzz Earth

The activity of the sun may have more of an influence on lightning storms on Earth than was previously thought, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of Reading in England found that when an especially fast-moving solar wind washed over the Earth, there was a corresponding uptick in …

Beautiful, Golden Jellyfish Invading Fisher's Nets Is a New Species

Hundreds of golden jellyfish that clogged fishing nets off the coast of Venice, Italy, are in fact a new species, experts say.<p>Last fall, fishers in the Adriatic Sea (map) near Venice, Italy, pulled up nets full of hundreds of two-inch-wide (five centimeter), golden jellyfish. Having never seen the …

DNA from skull links Ice Age girl to Native Americans alive today

The divers called her Naia, for "water nymph," because they discovered her teenage remains in a dark, underwater cave in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.<p>She had been hidden there for more than 12,000 years — along with the bones of dozens of extinct Ice Age beasts — and divers quickly spotted her skull …

Pulsing Stars Called 'Cepheid Variables' Help Map Milky Way's Outer Reaches

New observations of five young variable stars reveal a strange thickening in farflung regions of the Milky Way galaxy.<p>Known as Cepheid variables, the stars are positioned above and below the plane of the galaxy's disk. That position, combined with the stars' young age, indicates a warp to the arm …

California fire tornadoes catch the eye, but just what is a 'firenado'?

While crews continue to battle raging wildfires in San Diego County, many on social media have been highlighting the tornado-like flaming vortexes captured in photos from the front lines.<p>Known in the science community as a fire whirl, on social media they've become popularly known as "fire tornado" …

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The complex controls of an F1 steering wheel revealed

The modern Formula 1 car is among the most amazing machines ever made. And when you're going wheel-to-wheel with someone like four-time world champ …

UN: Crimes Against Humanity In South Sudan

By Michelle Nichols<p>UNITED NATIONS, May 8 (Reuters) - The United Nations accused both government and rebel forces in South Sudan on Thursday of committing crimes against humanity, including murder, rape and other sexual violence, during almost five months of fighting that has left thousands of …

5 reasons Slack will change the workplace

“Viral socializing,” or word of mouth, is how Slack founder and chief executive Stewart Butterfield described his startup’s marketing campaign.<p>No money spent on PR. Zero on advertising. No buses in San Francisco touting Slack banners. In other words, let the technology speak for itself, Butterfield …