Scientists explain how to prevent one of the most common airplane disasters

io9: US Airways flight 1549 was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River because it was disabled after hitting a flock of Canada geese. Bird strikes cost the aviation industry more than $1.2 billion every year, and a large number of those are due to Canada geese. The problem is that birds react to a very different set of visual stimuli than humans, so it's hard to stop them from flying directly into a vehicle. But now science has an answer: Switch on the lights.

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