Science

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.

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.

Call of the void or High-place phenomenon is experienced by around 50% of people during their lifetime. (Photo: Pixabay)

The Call of the Void and its Perilous Lure

Some people experience a compulsion to step off the edge of high places. This illogical urge is called l’appel du vide by the French but translates into English as the more ominous-sounding call of the void.

Those who suffer from megalophobia are afraid of large objects such as larger-than-life sculptures. (Photo: Pixabay/Greg Reese)

What is Megalophobia?

A fear of large objects such as statues, boats, planes, and elephants, megalophobia is an anxiety disorder that can be treated with counselling and therapy.