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Ball Lightning Caught On Video and Spectrograph 120

symbolset writes "Ball lightning has been reported for hundreds of years, and experimentally produced, but for the first time a natural will 'o wisp has been captured on video and amazingly, spectrograph, accidentally by researchers studying ordinary lightning."
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Ball Lightning Caught On Video and Spectrograph

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  • Re:link to video? (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Rick in China ( 2934527 ) on Tuesday January 21, 2014 @01:02AM (#46021583)
    Yes, it's a ripoff of youtube from 2006. It's also one of the largest (the largest perhaps?) video portals on the internet. It's sad that you're stuck in a little bubble of "everything from China is terrible", and that _is_ the video, even though it sucks. Your name is deceiving, "noh8rz", yet your comment reeks of nothing but hate -- someone asked for the video, this is the f'in video, from "the" video portal from the country this article's team is from, I'm being helpful - you're just being a douche bag.
  • Re:link to video? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by AthanasiusKircher ( 1333179 ) on Tuesday January 21, 2014 @01:18AM (#46021683)

    (groan) ... seems there are publications much slower than /. - this was supposed to be news one year and a half ago.

    To be fair, ball lightning sightings and claims to have photographed it or caught it on video are quite frequent, with a very high rate of hoaxes or mistaking other phenomena for it. (Almost as bad as UFO sightings and "evidence.")

    It wouldn't surprise me at all if a few extra months were added to the researchers' analysis and to the peer review just to substantiate that this is what it says it is, and all the analysis is correct. Ball lightning is just one of those things that so many people have claimed to see, and it seems odd that scientists have so much trouble catching evidence of natural occurrences... so when you finally think you've got it, you want to be sure.

    Not saying it explains the whole delay, but maybe part of it.

  • Re:link to video? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jimshatt ( 1002452 ) on Tuesday January 21, 2014 @04:12AM (#46022279)
    So, just for my understanding, you were science-minded at first, and then you saw something that scientists are actually researching and now you're all into paranormal stuff? Why? Just because something that *you* can't explain, does not mean there is no explanation for it. That's what science is all about!
  • by germansausage ( 682057 ) on Tuesday January 21, 2014 @10:04AM (#46024031)
    Interesting theory on the origin of the word gyp, but around here gyp no longer has any trace of that connotation, and is in no way associated with any racial or ethnic slur.

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