The European Parliament is fed up with e-waste—in particular, charging cables. To fix the problem, lawmakers are debating a binding measure that would force gadget makers to use a standardised charging port.
There is nothing on Earth quite like volcanic lightning. Witnessing chaotic towers of tumbling ash emerge from an explosive convulsion at the apex of a mountain is already jaw-dropping enough. The emergence of purplish daggers of light shooting out from that column, however, elevates it to something more otherworldly.
In the scheme of things, a freak lightning storm near the North Pole probably isn’t the biggest concern about the rapidly warming Arctic. But it’s yet another sign that the Arctic continues to have an abnormal one this season.