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Zen-Ichiro Kawasaki (University of Osaka), 
Takatoshi Shindo (Cental Research Institute of the Electric Power Industry, Tokyo), 
Jean-Claude Diels and Xin Miao Zhao (University of New Nexico) 
are preparing experiments to use laser beams to control lightning, 
using techniques shown in the 80k gif image below, 
according to an article by Hazel Muir 
on pages 26-30 of the 7 October 1995 issue of the 

New Scientist.

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