Simulated ball lightning gives clues to actual phenomenon

08/19/2013 | BBC

To better understand ball lightning, researchers at the U.S. Air Force Academy have created a form of the phenomenon in the lab, maintaining them for nearly a half second. Building on previous research, the team manipulated conditions to get the balls to last as long as possible. "Our research showed that there was still room to increase the lifetime and we're in the process of further reaching those conditions," said Mike Lindsay, who led the study.

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