A team of scientists in Switzerland fired a car-sized laser into the sky during a thunderstorm 1,000 times near a tower that is struck by lightning around 100 times every year. Their goal was to try to make lightning strikes miss the tower, and they say the experiment from June to September worked…sort of.
Researchers say they diverted four lightning strikes from the tower over six hours of using the laser. It’s not a new idea, as scientists have been working on it for over 40 years, but this was the first time it was proven to work in a real-world setting.
Source: Daily Mail