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Fish recognize their prey by electric colors

The African elephantnose fish generates weak electrical pulses to navigate its environment. This localization sense apparently shows an astonishing similarity to vision, as a study by the University of Bonn now shows. The study demonstrates that different objects have different electrical “colors.” Fish use these colors for instance to distinguish ...

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The Science Behind Lightning’s Electric Shows

The star of thunderstorm theatrics, booming and flashing, is lightning: ever-gorgeous and destructive. Flashing four million times a day around the world, lightning can transform landscapes—starting wildfires in remote forested areas. It can also bring cities to their knees, as when a lightning strike to a power station in Brazil caused a blackout ...

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In California, Electric Cars Outpace Plugs, and Sparks Fly

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Electric vehicles charging in Mountain View, Calif. Scarcity of charging stations has led to fierce competition for available spots. By MATT RICHTEL October 10, 2015 SAN FRANCISCO — Of all the states, California has set the most ambitious targets for cutting emissions in coming decades, and an important pillar of its plan ...

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