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Scientists have started steering lightning with lasers – here's how

By Ian Whittaker, Senior Lecturer in Physics, Nottingham Trent University
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Lightning may look beautiful but every year it kills thousands of people, does huge amounts of damage to buildings and infrastructure, and causes power outages.

The only protection we have is lightning rods, which were invented 300 years ago and only protect a small area.

The cost of damage from lightning strikes to buildings is hard to determine globally, but insurance company payouts to cover repairs to homes and businesses were roughly US$2…The Conversation

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