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Slow motion time-lapse of crazy lightning

On November 21, 2015, following an intense heatwave and prolonged drought here in Mutare, Zimbabwe, a band of moist tropical air originating from Angola and the Democratic Republic of Congo brought some welcome rain. Its arrival in Mutare was accompanied by much thunder and lightning. In the evening, spectacular discharges could be observed running from cloud to cloud …

Report from Zimbabwe: Second rain

More than two weeks after the first rain of the season, another rainfall. Peter Lowenstein in Mutare, Zimbabwe reports.

How a year in space changes bodies

Astronauts are spending a year aboard the International Space Station, and researchers are looking at what happens to their bodies at the molecular level.

6 million years of human evolution in 1 minute

Yale Press originally released this 1-minute video in 2013, but it has now resurfaced. It’s the vision of paleoartist John Gurche of his own direct ancestry, essentially the face of human evolution over the past six-million years.

Video: Why your body is amazing

Some fun for a Friday, from the guys at AsapScience.

Pluto’s moons spinning wildly

The orbits of Pluto’s four smallest outer moons are even more chaotic than scientists had expected, according to results from the New Horizons mission, which made a close flyby of Pluto on July 14. Scientists discussed the findings yesterday (November 9, 2015) at the meeting of the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society (AAS).

What is El Niño?

A big El Niño is developing in 2015, say scientists. This NASA video explains El Niño and its impact on the marine food web.

Peeling back layers of a warm Neptune

Astronomers have discovered an immense hydrogen cloud evaporating from a Neptune-sized planet 30 light years away. It’s atmosphere is evaporating, say scientists.

SOHO’s thousands of doomed comets

The Solar and Heliospheric Observatory – SOHO – orbits the sun at 932,000 miles (1.5 million km) from Earth. The space observatory has just discovered its 3000th comet — more than any other spacecraft or astronomer. NASA released a new video about SOHO, which you’ll find above, on October 25, 2015. The video explains that just about all of SOHO’s comets have been destroyed.