Science: Light on Lightning

Occupants of Manhattan's Empire State Building, world's tallest structure, have quailed many times at a brilliant bolt of lightning accompanied by an immediate clap of thunder. Many of them have not realized that the building itself is often struck, that since the steel frame of a big building acts as a lightning rod, carrying off the charge, its occupants are well protected.

Because the Empire State Building is struck so frequently, researchers of General Electric Co., looking for light on lightning (to help them protect transmission lines) began to photograph it from another...

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