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Two Hours Of Thunderstorm Siege Made Budapest An Electrifying City

Hungarian photographer Zoltán Vanik captured this stunning panoramic image of Budapest, enlightened by dozens of lightning bolts during a severe thunderstorm a few days ago.


Planes Get Struck By Lightning Once A Year On Average

There’s a moment in the Truman Show, when Jim Carrey tries to travel to Fiji (and escape his creep-o TV show island) and this poster pops up at a travel agency. It’s funny because lightning strikes are such rare occurrences it couldn’t happen that often. Surely, not often enough to necessitate a poster.


Here's The First-Ever Picture Of Thunder

During a thunderstorm, it’s normally the lightning bolts that take over Instagram — after all, it’s a little difficult to apply the X-Pro II filter to a soundwave. That is, if you’re a heliophysicist armed with rockets, your own lightning bolt, and some heavy science.


Watch An Awesome Lightning Bolt Get Captured In A Box

What we’re seeing is Lichtenberg Figures form from an electron beam getting zapped into an acrylic prism. The electric trail of the lightning strike is so badass. It’s like trapping a lightning bolt in a glass box forever, a force of nature on display.


An Absolutely Massive Volcano Is Exploding In Chile Right Now

Calbuco, a stratovolcano in southern Chile, began erupting yesterday at 7pm local time. First spewing massive ash clouds, then, at 10pm, erupting explosively as its fragile structure collapsed inwards. Here’s all the stunning imagery and video. You can see it from space!


Skyscrapers Are Causing Bizarre 'Thundersnow'

Your typical thunderstorm strikes in summer, when the atmosphere is full of warm, moist air. So when lightning strikes in the middle of a winter blizzard, there is something strange going on. Thundersnow involves an entirely different type of lightning, and our skyscrapers are a key part of it.


GM Is Developing Smarter Headlights That Will Follow A Driver's Gaze

There are already cars on the road with intelligent headlights that can sweep left or right to improve visibility as a vehicle steers into a turn. But Opel/Vauxhall, a European subsidiary of GM, are developing next-generation headlight systems that can keep track of where a driver’s looking, and automatically re-direct the lights in that direction.


Rare Video Captures Volcanic Lightning From An Exploding Volcano

Video: Volcanic lightning is one of those crazy, Old Testament-type phenomenons that makes you think that maybe hell is hidden under Earth. We’ve seen crazy photos before, but here it’s captured on video by Marc Szeglat. He was chasing down the Sakurajima volcano as it was erupting in Japan and got this awesome footage.


This Tiny Multi-Function Cube Can Save A Dying Smartphone

There is no shortage of tiny USB charging and sync cables available for your smartphone, but the makers of the aptly-named WonderCube have managed to squeeze a surprising amount of functionality into a tiny one-inch cube you’ll never want to leave home without.


Seek's Smartphone Thermal Camera Can Now Zoom In On Your Target

Just a few weeks ago at CES FLIR announced an updated version of its FLIR ONE thermal camera for smartphones with a compact new form factor similar to the Seek Thermal. And to keep the smartphone thermal camera arms race going, Seek Thermal has now returned fire with its new Seek XR that introduces an optical zoom feature letting you spot targets up to 600m away.