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Lightning Strikes...

2:00 PM -- NewScientistTech reports on a new cellphone that could save your life... really...

    It could become an indispensable safety device for outdoor enthusiasts - a cellphone that warns you to take cover if lightning is heading your way.

Cellphones: Saving you from lightning while giving you brain cancer. Gotta take the good with the bad, I s'pose.

    Lightning can pose a major risk to people taking part in outdoor pursuits, such as golfing. So Nokia proposes a warning system that uses the fact that a lightning bolt is an electric current that emits radio waves. Each bolt produces frequencies between 10 hertz and 5 gigahertz, and the distribution of these signals depends on how far away the lightning is.

Fantastic news! Especially since the odds of being struck by lightning are 576,000 to 1. Gosh, now that we have this lifesaving tool how will we ever manage the spike in population?

— Red Panda, Outdoor Enthusiast, Light Reading

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