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Lightning Strikes and Gammas Follow?

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Science  02 Apr 2004:
Vol. 304, Issue 5667, pp. 43
DOI: 10.1126/science.304.5667.43

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MONTREAL, CANADA-- More than 6000 physicists braved an early spring freeze here from 22 to 26 March for the American Physical Society's largest-ever March Meeting. Nuclear reactions fizzing in the atmosphere may be the source of gamma rays that shoot out of the sky minutes to hours after lightning strikes, researchers reported at the meeting.