2011

  • Climate's influence on European history

    (About a comprehensive archive of climate data in Europe for the past 2,500 years established from tree-rings.) - Der Spiegel, January 13, 2011.Translated by Ami de Grazia We have all heard of the story of Hannibal crossing the Alps - but is it accurate? In 218 BC the Carthaginian general crossed the highest mountain range of Europe with 37 elephants, thousands of horsemen...
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  • Ball-lightning hits German tourist bus

    (Der Spiegel, Aug. 11, 2011)It was a shock for a German tourist group: a ball-lightning hit their bus in the vicinity to the city of Kaliningrad in Russia. The rare natural phenomenon destroyed the entire on-board electronic - the passengers got away with the scare of their lives.MOSCOW: An extremely rare natural phenomenon has brutally interrupted the trip of a German...
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  • Cometary fragments may have triggered ball-lightning

    (Der Spiegel, December 1st, 2010)Green balls of fire lit up the night sky over Australia - evoking thoughts of alien visitors to many. Now a scientist has come up with another sensational theory: fragments of a comet may have triggered the heavenly show and sent a ball lightning down the slope of a mountain.It was an evening which many inhabitants of the Australian federal...
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  • Ball-lightning: why it still puzzles us

    Zeus hurling a plasmoid (thunderbolt)

    "Greek Zeus-Jupiter hurling a lightning-bolt. Juergens suggest that this 'unreal' bolt may be all too real, a plasmoid of electricity of immense power, well beyond the bi-dental fork that represents Jovean lightning in the typical artistic sublimations." (Alfred de Grazia, Chaos and Creation, 1981). Of all the phenomena...
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