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LOS ALAMOS, N.M. – They’re deceptively simple-looking detectors: one an antenna with built-in GPS, the other electronic sensors inside a large, upside-down metal salad bowl.

The sensors are the basis of a Los Alamos National Laboratory project studying lightning inside a hurricane to improve the accuracy and timeliness of forecasts for people in a storm’s path.

The effort is in the second of three years of research. The team is gearing Read the rest of this entry »