Frank Jacob

Clouds are made up of air and water. When light passes through a cloud, the water droplets scatter the light reflected from the sun. (Photo: PxHere)

Why Are Clouds White?

We “see” color based on what wavelength of light is being reflected off objects and into our eyes. Therefore, the answer to the question “Why are clouds white?” lies in how different-sized particles scatter the light that passes through clouds.

The USS Maine was a United States battleship that sank in Havana Harbor in February 1898, resulting in a US offensive that led to the Spanish–American War. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/National Museum of the US Navy)

Remember The Maine, To Hell With Spain!

Controversy still surrounds the explosion and sinking of the USS Maine in 1898, which signalled US intervention in the Cuban War of Independence with the rallying cry “Remember The Maine!”

Lightning storm (Photo: Wikimedia/Jan Bambach)

Dark Lightning: A Cosmic Force on Earth

Mostly invisible to the naked eye, dark lightning produces enormous bursts of gamma rays that create showers of electrons and positrons, the electrons’ anti-matter equivalent.