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Apr 07 2014

For My Evil Lair: Lasers that can Aim Lighting Strikes

Albuquerque_lightning_DavidAragonUniversity researchers and evil scientists have a lot in common if you think about it. They like to work on morally questionable projects, no one is quite sure where they get their funding, and they minions who will do whatever they ask so long as they can get their card punched.

Well now, researchers at the University of Arizona and the University of Central Florida are working on a laser that could potentially aim lighting strikes.

Researchers have developed a way to transmit a powerful laser beam further than previously possible—and have proposed the idea of using it to control lightning.

In lab tests, the new beam traveled a distance of seven feet, which is much further than the undressed versions.

Because the beam generate ionized molecules as they travel through the air, the new technology could be used as a high-tech way to control lightning strikes. The ionized particles create an easy path for lightning to follow, and the beams could be used to divert the lightning bolts to less populated areas.

Ok, so that was less impressive than I’d hoped. I didn’t really want to have to stand within seven feet of a lighting bolt just so I could direct it to the right nemesis to strike. Seems kinda dangerous to me. Call me when you’ve got the distance up to 1000 feet.

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