Watch These Scientists Catch Lightning on Top of the Empire State Building
By Connolly Jurkiewicz – Electrical storms and lightning have been around since Earth’s infancy – possibly even sparking first life. Yet 4.5 billion years later we still understand strikingly little about how they work, including such basics like what causes lightning and how it travels.
That’s not exactly reassuring, given an estimated 100 lightning bolts hit the surface of the planet every second, each carrying between 100 million to 1 billion volts.
In the 1920s, GE set up the High Voltage Engineering Laboratory in Pittsfield, Mass., to study lightning. The work included a “special project” exploring the phenomena from a room on the 102th floor of New York City’s Empire State Building. (The skyscraper still gets struck 100 times per year, on average.) more> http://tinyurl.com/op5z7d5
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By Lawrence Lessig – Real reform will require changing the way campaigns are funded — moving from large-dollar private funding to small-dollar public funding.
.. Either approach would radically increase the number of funders in campaigns, in that way reducing the concentration of large funders that especially typifies congressional and senatorial campaigns right now.
Solving the crisis in our democracy will not be cheap or easy. We won’t end the corruption of a system beholden to the funders until we, the citizens, are the funders.
That truth takes courage to utter. This election needs that courage. more> http://tinyurl.com/q7fawkj
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