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Lightning Rod at Work - One World Trade Center

Lightning Rod at Work - One World Trade Center STEM Visual Arts

On the 23rd of May, 2014, Ben Franklin's lightning-rod idea was put to good use high above New York City's One World Trade Center. 

This spectacular photo—by Gary Hershorn of Insider Images—shows that lightning rods are still protecting buildings, just as Franklin envisioned back in 1750.  

The lightning rod above One World Trade Center measures 16 feet, according to CTBUH (the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat).

A note about Franklin's lightning-rod invention.  He never sought a patent for it (or for any other of his numerous inventions).  He had a reason for that:

As we benefit from the inventions of others, we should be glad to share our own...freely and gladly.

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Photo—taken on May 23, 2014, by Gary Hershorn of INSIDER IMAGES—online via Twitter.

 

 

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