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OU on the BBC: Science Shack - How can I survive a lightning strike?

Updated Friday, 2nd June 2006

Adam Hart-Davis and the team take on the elements, as part of the BBC/OU's Science Shack series.

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Lightning strikes a thousand people a year and kills thirty per cent of them. We are more likely to be struck by lightning than win the lottery. Isn't it time we started to take this stuff a bit more seriously?

Adam and the team answer the question by braving the elements and the statistics (men are four times more likely to be struck by lightning than women) in the name of science.

Is there anything that we can do to save ourselves when Thor throws his bolts in our direction?

First broadcast: Friday 2 Nov 2001 on BBC TWO

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