Over the past few years, there have been several stories about people getting struck by lightning that was somehow "attracted" by their mobile phone -- with the Great Wall of China being a popular location. While the stories are generally pretty sketchy and the science doesn't add up, some boffins at Nokia are trying to help stop the problem from ever occurring, by developing a lightning detection system for mobile phones. A patent application for the system says that special software the company has developed analyzes signals that are caused by lightning and received by a mobile phone's radios, then calculates how far away they are and warns users of imminent danger. That sounds useful, but will it be able to ward off the media stories that blindly accept the claims that mobile phones attract lightning, or are to blame for other ills?
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