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The bursts of light are pure electricity. Inside a thunder cloud there are lots of small bits of ice that bump into each other as they move around. All these collisions cause a buildup of electricity charge. Lighter, positively charged particles form at the top of the cloud, and heavier, negatively charged particles sink to the bottom of the cloud.

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A US research team published in Science in 2014 that global warming significantly increases the frequency of lightning strikes. Warmer weather and increased precipitation lead to more thunderstorms and they become more energetic.

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In the early 1750’s Franklin turned to the study of electricity. He thought electricity and lightning were the same thing and he wanted to prove it. He further hypothesized that metal objects could be used to draw lightning in order to protect homes from being hit.

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Once in a while a person can get lucky and catch shooting stars make a spectacular sight in the night sky. Legend has it that wishing upon a shooting star makes the wish come true.

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A handful of nuts a day for healthier life, but tree nuts are very costly. Good news is that a study published recently puts the humble peanut squarely in the same nutrition league as pricier nuts like almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios and other tree nuts.

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Two long-running Harvard studies showed that people who ate nuts every day lived longer and healthier lives than people who didn’t eat nuts. The report showed that eating nuts seven or more times per week (that’s a healthy handful daily) had a 20% less chance of dying during the study period than those who didn’t eat nuts.

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