Can we control lightning?

The ability to control the power of lightning can be mimicked by very powerful lasers.  These lasers, which require van-sized power sources, are used to heat and ionise the air.  Heating and ionising the air clears a path for lightning by freeing electrons from particles in the air allowing a current to flow. However, harnessing lightning from nature is still out of our reach as we can’t predict which thunderclouds will form lightning.

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