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Laser ‘lightning rod’ diverts strikes excessive within the Alps


Hearken to the newest science information, with Benjamin Thompson and Shamini Bundell.

On this episode:

00:45 Laser-guided lightning

Scientists have proven {that a} specifically designed laser can divert the course of lightning strikes in a real-world setting. The staff fired the laser into the sky above a communications tower excessive within the Swiss Alps and altered the course of 4 strikes. In future they hope that this type of system may very well be used to guard giant infrastructure, equivalent to airports.

Analysis article: Houard et al.

Information: This rapid-fire laser diverts lightning strikes

09:36 Analysis Highlights

The crabs that lean on micro organism to detoxify sulfur from hydrothermal vents, and the way someone’s’ nasal microbes may exacerbate their hay fever.

Analysis Spotlight: Crabs endure a hellish setting — with assist from associates

Analysis Spotlight: Affected by hay fever? Blame your nasal microbes

12:02 Briefing Chat

We talk about some highlights from the Nature Briefing. This time: how “sizzling mixing” has helped historic Roman concrete stand the check of time, and the primary vaccine for honeybees exhibits promise.

Ars Technica: Historical Roman concrete may self-heal because of “sizzling mixing” with quicklime

New York Occasions: U.S.D.A. Approves First Vaccine for Honeybees

Nature Video: 3D printing provides a twist with a novel nozzle

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