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UK Scientists Find Evidence that High-Energy Solar Particles Trigger Lightning on Earth


According to a new study by scientists at the UK's University of Reading, Empedocles, an ancient Greek philosopher may have been on to something back in the 5th century, BC when he said that lightning was created in the clouds by the rays of the Sun. The British researchers say that they've found evidence that lightning strikes on Earth may be trigged by the high-energy particles generated by the Sun and sent toward our atmosphere by the powerful solar wind. We'll talk with the study's lead author in our One on One Segment. Also… Some hopeful news for those who are afraid to smile because of damaged teeth.  Scientists are now saying that someday a laser may help re-grow human teeth ... giving us all reason to smile. Three new crew members have been rocketed up on another fast-track six hour launch-to-docking mission to the International Space Station We've had several reports in the past about the health dangers of sitting still... and the benefits of exercise or even simply increased motion.  Today we'll hear how sitting less and getting a little more exercise can even help some people who suffer with chronic back, muscle and joint pain. President Obama this week hosted the White House Science Fair, which once again featured extraordinary science projects and experiments from some of America’s most innovative students There are now about 2.1 billion obese people in the world. A new study finds that global obesity rates are climbing. The greatest gain in weight is found in developing countries. These stories and more are coming up for you on VOA's science, health and technology magazine, "Science World."

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