Danny Powell-Thomas

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Prepare to Be Shocked

Four predictions about how brain stimulation will make us smarter<p>Several years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency got wind of a technique called transcranial direct-current stimulation, or tDCS, which promised something extraordinary: a way to increase people’s performance in …

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Earth’s Ozone on Bumpy Road to Recovery

Weather effects surprisingly shape the Antarctic ozone hole.<p><b>Last year the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica was surprisingly small. But don't get used to that, say atmospheric scientists. Rather than signaling a speedy recovery, the shrinkage was likely a sign of variable weather.</b><p><b>The ozone</b> …

Unraveling the Mysterious Impacts of Lightning on the Human Body

Scientists in South Africa also hope to improve safety education in the "lightning capital of the world."<p><b>In the self-proclaimed lightning capital of the world, Johannesburg, South African researchers are conducting experiments to understand how the human body reacts to a lightning strike. Their</b> …

The predictions through the years that turned out to be spectacularly wrong

As George Osborne confounds the economists who doubted his austerity measures, we look at confident predictions through the years that turned out to be spectacularly wrong.<p><b>Stock Market Crash</b><p>American economist Irving Fisher confidently predicted that "stocks have reached what looks like a …

What Would Happen If Everyone Peed In The Ocean At The Same Time?

A thought experiment<p>Lauren Wolf, an associate editor at Chemical & Engineering News and self-described ocean-urinator, recently took it upon herself to find out the scientific truth about what really happens when humans pee in the ocean.<p>She first turned to the internet, of course. As she …

Proposed Floating Power Plant on Hudson River Could Save Hospitals During Outages

A floating power plant that could provide vital backup energy in the event of a power outage or natural disaster may soon be coming to the Hudson …

Hudson River

Nano Water Chip Could Make Desalination Affordable for Everyone

With freshwater declining throughout the globe, desalination looks increasingly attractive, but current technologies are expensive, demand far too …

Space Wind Really Does Exist

We detect a plasmaspheric breeze.<p>More than 20 years ago, researchers proposed the existence of a space wind--a steady flow of charged particles--inside the Earth's magnetosphere, the region of space governed by our magnetic field. After years of theoretical work, Iannis Dandouras, an astrophysicist …

Earth is steadily leaking plasma out into the universe

Earth looks like such a solid and stable blue marble from outer space. But looks can be deceiving. Our planet is actually quietly leaking the equivalent of about 90 metric tons of plasma into outer space every day, according to new data collected by the European Space Agency's Cluster mission. …

Atlas of True Names, Maps That Replace Location Names With Their Original Meanings

Kalimedia has created the Atlas of True Names, a collection of maps that use etymology to translate the names of places into their original meanings. …

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Why do fireflies light up?

A firefly’s familiar glow is caused by a chemical reaction. Explanation here, plus many wonderful firefly photos.<p>Fireflies are sometimes called</i> …

The worst TV subtitle gaffes: http://bit.ly/141623X The UK's media regulator, Ofcom, said it would crack down on gaffes such as asking for 'a moment's violence' during the Queen Mother's funeral. So, we asked you to send in any subtitling errors you've spotted. Here is a selection of the best (or worst) Photograph: Callum MacLeod

Neoliberalism has spawned a financial elite who hold governments to ransom, argues Deborah Orr for Comment is free 'The crash was a write-off, not a repair job. The response should be a wholesale reevaluation of the way in which wealth is created and distributed around the globe' http://bit.ly/14lEjgl Photograph: Boris Roessler/DPA FILE

More Oklahoma twisters!? Latest outbreak fits Tornado Alley's pattern

Friday's tornado emergency sent a chill through Oklahoma City and its environs, in large part because it came less than two weeks after a powerful twister drove through the same area. The attention given to the weather pummeling America's midsection plays off the devastation left behind on May 20 …

Born in June? Here’s your birthstone

Happy birthday June babies! Your month has 3 birthstones – pearl, moonstone, and Alexandrite.<p><b>Pearl</b><p>Unlike most gemstones that are found within the …

Noctilucent cloud season is here!

Adrian Strand caught these noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds over Whitehaven, England on May 30, 2013.<p>Our friend Adrian Strand was able to …

Astronomy

Aurora over Oregon’s Mt. Hood this weekend

Beautiful aurora seen in Oregon on Friday night (May 31-June 1). Ben Coffman was at Trillium Lake, near Mount Hood, when he captured it.<p>Ben Coffman …

Astronomy

No 'Universal' Best Practice To Save Yourself From Tornadoes

Friday's tornadoes came less than two weeks after an F-5 tornado destroyed a large section of Moore, just south of Oklahoma City. Both episodes raise two sides of one question: When caught in a tornado's path, should you run or hide?<p>For <i>Morning Edition</i> the day after the powerful tornado on May 20, …

Bacteria Found Growing In Subzero Arctic Frost, Which Is Good News For Mars Life

Bacteria discovered at –15ºC, the coldest temperature bacteria have ever grown in, could indicate bacteria survive under similar conditions on Mars.<p>A team of researchers in the Canadian Arctic is reporting on an interesting find: bacteria that thrive at –15 degrees Celsius. That is the coldest …

Video: Earth’s atmosphere is escaping

It’ll be billions of years before it’s gone, but this video explains it in two short minutes!<p>Eleanor Imster has helped write and edit EarthSky since …

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New insights on climate change and species interactions

Scientists provide important new details on how climate change will affect interactions between species as temperatures continue to rise.<p>UCLA life …

Climate Change

When is the next supermoon?

We’ve just passed a series of 3 full supermoons. The next supermoons of 2018 will be the new moons of June, July and August.<p>A supermoon is a new or …

The Moore, Oklahoma Tornado, From Space

What the destructive tornado looked like from satellites high above.<p><i>Click to launch the gallery.</i><p>Satellites from NASA, NOAA, and others captured the devastating tornado that this week destroyed many towns and houses and claimed the lives of several (the exact death toll is still unclear) in …

Was The Oklahoma City Tornado The Worst In History?

A disaster by the numbers.<p>Monday's tornado in the Oklahoma City area killed at least 24 people and leveled a massive number of homes and businesses. The <i>L.A. Times</i> quoted weather officials as saying the twister "was at least in the same league" as the harrowing tornado that struck the same area in …

Why Are Tornadoes So Hard To Predict?

People in the path of a tornado typically get only 10 minutes of warning. Why?<p>Sixteen minutes before a tornado touched down in Newcastle, Okla., yesterday, the U.S. Storm Prediction Center sent a warning to the area. That heads-up was longer than the average warning time of 8 to 10 minutes.<p>Why are …

Climate Change Will Increase Heat-Related Deaths In NYC, Study Says

Summer in the city could get a whole lot more miserable in the coming decades, according to a new report.<p>Warming weather could make summer in the city deadly in the next few decades, according to a study published this week in <i>Nature Climate Change</i>. By the 2020s, New York City will see 22 percent …