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Here's What California's Thick Blanket Of Wildfire Smoke Look Like From Orbit

NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS, records what’s happening on the surface of the Earth every day or two. That means recording dust storms, hurricanes, typhoons — and, as was the case this week, a thick layer of smoke over California.


Rainbow Lightning Is A Rare Sight

A stunning photo of a rainbow arcing over a lightning strike in Tucson, Arizona took the Internet by storm last week, garnering nearly 4000 retweets on Twitter. And there’s a good reason the image went viral: Rainbow lightning is a spectacular — and spectacularly rare — phenomenon.


A Simple Magnetic Adaptor Gives Your Charging Cables MagSafe Powers

A magnetic power connector didn’t seem that revolutionary when first revealed, but over the years the Apple MacBook’s MagSafe connector has proven itself to be an invaluable feature. And as the Znaps magnetic adaptor shows, it would be just as useful for your mobile devices too.


A Lightning Storm Captured In Slow Motion Is Like An Electric Ballet

Video: Even as a little kid who wanted lightning to strike me so I could get superpowers, I’ve always loved seeing the electric bolts get speared down from the clouds. Seeing lightning was always cool, it was the lagging and crackling thunder that was the scary part of any storm. That’s why this video of slow motion lightning is great, no thunder, just bolts of lightning tagging the ground.


A Silicone Strap Turns Your Phone's Camera Flash Into A Bedside Lamp

Your smartphone’s camera flash doubles as a half-decent flashlight, but it’s incredibly bright and can be a little harsh on the eyes. Unless you strap this silicone Travelamp diffuser around your device, turning your smartphone’s camera’s flash into a soft bedside nightlight.


This Tiny iPhone Charger Has 128GB Of Extra Storage Built Right In

Leaving home without your smartphone’s charging cable is as disastrous as forgetting the device itself. That’s why ultra-compact charging cables are suddenly so popular, and with 128GB of extra storage onboard, PhotoFast’s new MemoriesCable might be the only one iPhone users will want to consider.


Ford's New Headlights Spot And Turn To Illuminate Hazards At Night

Self-driving smart cars might still be years away, but the technology that makes them so smart is already benefitting drivers. Ford is currently perfecting a headlight system that uses infra-red cameras to illuminate unexpected curves and hazards on the road ahead that might be invisible to drivers otherwise.


A Death Star Nightlight Guarantees A Good Night's Sleep

When the ultimate weapon in the galaxy — even one that’s far, far away — is casting a soft glow on your slumbers, how could you possible have a bad night’s sleep? A Death Star night light will not only keep the Rebellion out of your dreams, but also the bogie man and that monster living under your bed.


Spectacular Lightning Strike Hits While Fireworks Explode

Video: Mother Nature threw down a rather impressive lightning strike to light up the sky and remind everyone who’s boss. Matthew Pennington took slow-motion footage of the fireworks show in Brandon, Florida and you can see the electric spike of lightning spread all across the sky. Pretty cool.


Can Lightning Strike An Indoor Pool?

Two swimming pool weather policies have surprised me in recent years. One was when I showed up to swim laps at an outdoor pool as it was beginning to drizzle. “Come on in,” I was told; as long as there was no lightning, the pool was still open. So I had one of my weirdest swims ever: you turn your head out of the water to breathe, but your face is still wet. Thanks, rain.


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