Dropsondes may just look like paper towel tubes, but they're responsible for predicting hurricane patterns and saving lives.
The announcement comes a day before a Paris gathering called the "One Planet Summit" co-hosted by the U.N. and the World Bank.
Some participants also voiced concerns about potential cuts in federal funding for science and research. Others wanted an opportunity to move science out of labs and academia.
Nighttime storms have baffled scientists for years. Now, a very large group of scientists is pulling all-nighters to solve the mystery.