A Personal Lightning Rod And A Stylish Accessory

Ezzat G. Bakhoum won't get his face on the $100 bill. But he has one-upped Benjamin Franklin another way--by patenting one of the biggest improvements in lightning rods since Franklin invented them. Bakhoum, president of ESD Research Inc. in Durham, N.C., says a small version of his device could be worn on the wrist to drain charges into the air. That way, static electricity on factory workers wouldn't damage the electronic parts they're making.

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