400-mile-long lightning bolt over Brazil is biggest in recorded history

On Halloween in 2018, the sky tore open above Brazil. A single gargantuan lightning bolt sliced through the atmosphere over the country’s southern tip, stretching more than 440 miles (700 kilometers) from the Atlantic coast into the edge of Argentina. According to a new analysis from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), this epic “megaflash” was […]

Incredible time-lapse video shows 10 years of the sun’s history in 6 minutes

What does 10 years mean to our 4.6 billion-year-old sun? Probably about as much as the last millionth of a second meant to you. Still, every decade that our old sun burns on is a decade of turbulent, sometimes violent change — a fact that becomes beautifully evident in a new time-lapse video from NASA’s […]

Siberian town records 100 degree F day — the hottest in Arctic history

Siberia — the land of black snow, blood rain and spontaneous solar eclipses — may have just set a dire new climate record. On Saturday (June 20), temperatures in the far-north town of Verkhoyansk broke 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) for the first time, according to news reports. If verified, that makes Saturday’s high […]

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13 Significant protests that changed the course of history

Political protests have a rich past, with varied degrees of success in accomplishing what they originally set out to do. The following historically significant political protests include a decisive event in the Civil Rights movement, two history-changing moments that occurred within one year and the medieval defiance of one man. We added to the list […]

The fury in US cities is rooted in a long history of racist policing, violence and inequality

The protests that have engulfed American cities in the past week are rooted in decades of frustrations. Racist policing, legal and extra-legal discrimination, exclusion from the major avenues of wealth creation and vicious stereotyping have long histories and endure today. African Americans have protested against these injustices going back as far as the post-Civil War […]

Magnitude-6.5 quake in Nevada has a long history of temblors

A magnitude-6.5 earthquake rattled western Nevada just before sunrise today (May 15), waking up people at 4:03 a.m. local time (11:03 UTC), well before their morning alarms went off, according to news reports.  This is the strongest earthquake to shake Nevada in 65 years. As of 5 a.m. local time (12:00 UTC), six magnitude-4 or […]