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A microburst drops heavy rain over Austria’s Lake Millstatt, a time lapse

See a microburst or downburst drop heavy rain in a thunderstorm over Austria's Lake Millstatt. The time lapse was captured by photographer Peter Maier from high above the scenery, allowing a clear view of the burst. F...

Why do we confuse weather and climate?

Weather and climate are not the same things, yet we might get confused between the two. What is weather and what is climate? And how is climate like the game Plinko? In this episode of PBS Digital Studio's Hot Mes...

The SUSTAIN Lab’s Hurricane in a Box

Brian Haus watches as the still air stirs into over 150 mph winds. The flat turquoise water suddenly churns a series of endless crashing waves of white frothy foam. Thankfully, Haus does not have to actually weather t...

Percussive thunderstorm simulations inspired by the Kearsney College Choir

At the World Choir Games in 2008, South Africa's Kearsney College Choir of school boys, aged 13 -18, performed their simulation of a thunderstorm before a pop choral performance of Toto's Africa. The storm sound effec...

Life With Snow: Clearing a rooftop full of snow in the Japanese Alps

Heavy snowfall (yuki oroshi or 雪下ろし) is common in Japan's snow country, a section of Honshū along the Sea of Japan and into the Japanese Alps. In snowy Nagano Prefecture, circa March of 2013, Seiji Yamada and Taku...

Transient – Lightning storms captured in 4K at 1,000 fps

Traveling over 20,000 miles around Arizona and the Great Plains in just 30 summer days, filmmaker and photographer Dustin Farrell captured some incredible bolts of lightning with a Phantom Flex4K high-speed camera. Th...

NASA simulates how dust, smoke, and sea salt have traveled the planet

Watch as sea salt, dust, and smoke—aerosol particles traveling on the winds—have moved across our planet in 2017. This animated simulation, "based on both satellite observations and computer models that use physical e...

An incoming storm delivers a world full of color

An incoming rainstorm brings a rainbow of sound and color to a little girl's world. Nieta, which means "granddaughter" in Spanish, is an award-winning animated short by Argentine filmmaker Nicolás P. Villarreal.

Engines of Destruction: The Science of Hurricanes

Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katrina, Maria, Sandy. Hurricanes have been major news stories in 2005 and 2012, and continue to be in 2017, starting in August when Harvey crossed the Caribbean and made landfall in Texas. What ca...

Catching fog to help combat Peru’s water shortage

Along the foggy coasts of Peru, where millions of people don't have access to clean water, Abel Cruz Gutiérrez helps catch 200 to 350 liters (around 50 to 100 gallons) of water per day with each 'fog catcher' he sets ...

Hummingbirds fly, shake, and drink in slow motion

First shared in the National Geographic feature A Mesmerizing Look at Hummingbirds in Flight, this high-speed video footage by Anand Varma captures these "perfect flying machines" as they fly, shake, and drink. The sl...

An ‘Awesome’ 360° View At America’s First Offshore Wind Farm

At 5:30am on May 1, 2017, the Block Island Wind Farm replaced a local diesel generating plant and became America's first offshore wind farm. According to Business Insider, "it will emit about 40,000 fewer tons of gree...

Why Most Rain Never Reaches The Ground

In our planet's constantly moving water cycle, our oceans, lakes, puddles, and other collections of water evaporate, or water transpires from plants. That vapor travels upwards into the atmosphere and can form clouds....

The Arctic vs. the Antarctic

If you're first learning about them, the Arctic and the Antarctic might be a bit confusing. Which one is which? Where are the penguins and where are the polar bears? Which is made of melting ice and which is a desert?...

The scientist that grows ‘identical twin snowflakes’

Snow crystals form when humid air is cooled to the point that molecules of water vapor start sticking to each other. In the clouds, crystals usually start forming around a tiny microscopic dust particle, but if the wa...

Tents that turn into jackets: Humanitarian fashion by designer Angela Luna

In 2016, Parsons School of Design graduate Angela Luna designed a utilitarian collection of transformable outerwear to help address the shelter, flotation, and visibility challenges that confront refugees, "people who...

Climbing Wind Turbines for a Living

Converting kinetic energy into electrical power as they spin, wind turbines are a growing part of the world's renewable energy solutions. Rock climber and wind turbine technician Jessica Kilroy inspects, maintains, an...

Here’s Where the Juice That Powers Batteries Comes From

Atomic number 3 on the periodic table, lithium is the 'li' in the li-ion batteries that are inside of our smartphones, laptops, digital cameras, and electric vehicles. Above, Alejandro Bucher gives Bloomberg's Ashlee ...

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