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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


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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