The electric hum of life may have originated with primordial lightning

There’s an electrical hum in most animals, including ourselves. No one knows where it came from or why exactly it exists. Now, new research suggests this electric hum came from primordial lightning.  In most vertebrates and invertebrates, there is constant background cellular electrical activity, often coursing through the nervous system, with a small frequency range […]

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 […]