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September 01, 2007

"Alright, who left their cell phone on?"

Over at Gizmodo, there's a gif of lighting striking a plane taking off from Osaka. As the fellow says, this happens all the time; the lighting just passes around the plane.

He asks a question that I've always wondered about:

Now, can anyone explain to this ignorant (me) person how 100 trillion (million million) watts can hit a plane and nothing happens to the electronics inside, while my cell can wreak havoc emitting just a few microwaves?

I'm sure someone here knows, so, what gives?

(Oh, and yeah, I'm sure that gif is a zillion years old. Don't start with me. It's late.)


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posted by Gabriel Malor at 02:24 AM

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