Friday Futures: giant thunderstorms, giant squid and fusion

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Welcome to Friday Futures, our weekly guide to the latest visions of The Future from around the web. This week: mega thunderstorms; giant squid chasing; thinnest ever paper; fusion power; climate change and a total eclipse.

These thunderstorms will blow you away, literally

For the past decade, photographer Mitch Dobrowner has spent a few weeks every summer pursuing extreme weather across the midwestern United States with veteran storm chaser Roger Hill. Read more…

Watch how they found that giant squid

Greenland’s ice sheet is disappearing – fast

Surface melting across Greenland’s mile-thick ice sheet began increasing in the mid-19th century and then ramped up dramatically during the 20th and early 21st centuries, showing no signs of abating, according to new research. Read more…

Here’s how the Japanese make the thinnest paper, ever

The barriers to fusion power keep tumbling down

One promising approach to nuclear power is a type of reactor called a tokamak, which uses powerful magnetic fields to trap super-heated plasma in a bagel-shaped torus. Read more…

Climate change is affecting you, now

It’s striking to learn (according to Yale’s climate survey program) that 74 percent of women and 70 percent of men believe climate change will harm future generations of humans, but just 48 and 42 percent, respectively, think it’s harming them personally. Read more…

China is going to the dark side of the moon

If all goes according to plan, that will soon change. China’s space agency is launching a space probe on December 8 intended to land on the Moon’s far side. Read more…

You have to watch a total eclipse

(Compiled by Alex Leslie, edited by John C. Tanner)

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