Scientists Redirect Lightning With A Laser For First Time

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At a glance

  • Scientists in France have created a way to divert lightning strikes using a weather-controlling super laser.
  • Researchers with the Polytechnic Institute of Paris guided the strikes from thunderclouds to places where they don’t cause damage. The team says the new technique could save power stations, airports, launchpads, and other buildings from disaster.
  • The system creates a virtual lightning rod, metal conductors that intercept flashes and guide their currents into the ground.

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