Could Lasers Change the Weather One Day?

CBS St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – It sounds like science fiction, but could lasers one day change the weather?

Physicists are meeting at the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva this week to discuss just that.

“Basically it’s cloud seeding only using lasers?” News 4 Chief Meteorologist Steve Templeton says.

Cloud seeding is a method of weather modification that has been going on scientifically and systematically for nearly a century since 1915.

It works by spreading either dry ice, or more commonly, silver iodide aerosols, into the upper part of clouds to try to stimulate the precipitation process and form rain.

Researchers in Geneva will explore using lasers to create clouds, induce rain and even trigger lightning.

It works by “stripping atoms from the atmosphere” to create seeds that clouds then form around.

Templeton says while this is still in the very early stages, it may be possible one day for scientists…

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Some mushrooms in Missouri look like huge balls of puff

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ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — A man driving down the highway in St. Joseph noticed some strange ‘puff balls’ off the pavement and had to get a closer look.

Richard Crumley, a former Missouri Western State University professor knew the balls of puff were actually mushrooms. One was more than a foot tall.

Crumley said they would have been edible when they were young, but they’re not now. He says mushrooms this size are actually very common in Missouri and throughout the Midwest.

“Now, these are not. Now there are some puffballs that you don’t want to eat, they kind of look like this, but if you cut it them open and if they have purple in the inside, you don’t want to eat those. They’re nasty,” said Dr. Crumley

He warns people to do their  homework before eating mushrooms.

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Virgin Galactic: The Hour is Nigh For Tourists in Space

Science & Space

The astronauts ate muffins in the Mojave Desert this morning. They needed a whole lot of muffins, mostly because there were a whole lot of astronauts—300 or so, enough that they had to be brought in aboard a caravan of busses. They were here to see their spacecraft—known by the prosaic name SpaceShipTwo—and hear from the man who dreamed it up, known by the far more familiar name Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Galactic, a company built from the ground up for the principle purpose of democratizing space.

The crowd that gathered to listen to Branson today was an eclectic group: There was John Graves of Bethesda, Md., a 59-year old grandfather and the CEO of Netcomm, who wants to go into space for the famed “overview effect”—the ability to see the Earth in a way you never have before and perhaps appreciate it in a new way too…

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