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Lightning


— Computers

PhotoFast flashdrive speedily shuffles data between Lightning and USB 3.0 devices

By - July 19, 2015 7 Pictures

When it comes to portable gadgets, small, fast, and capable are ideal attributes to look for. Devices that are compatible across multiple platforms also provide users the added benefits of convenience and consolidation. PhotoFast's latest accessory, the i-FlashDrive Max USB 3.0, merges those desirable features into an ultra-small, ultra-speedy flash drive for fast data transfer between Mac, iOS, Windows, and Linux systems.

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— Science

First optical spectrum taken of ball lightning

By - January 22, 2014 2 Pictures
A scientific team in China fortuitously recorded the first optical spectrum of an example of ball lightning. The ball lightning, which was accompanied by a cloud to ground lightning strike, appears to have consisted at least partially of vaporized soil from the location of the strike. While ball lightning may result from a variety of sources, this observation provides considerable evidence that the vaporized silicon explanation is valid, although possibly not unique. Read More
— Environment

Lightning used to recycle concrete rubble

By - October 8, 2012 2 Pictures
There are many subjects more interesting than concrete. But the substance is key to structures all over the world. Present concrete recycling methods yield degraded – and inefficient – results. A group of German researchers have taken it upon themselves to dramatically improve on those methods, and the secret to their approach is truly electric. Read More
— Military

U.S. Army weapon shoots lightning bolts down laser beams

By - June 28, 2012 1 Picture
Thought that title might get your attention, but shooting lightning bolts down laser beams is just what a device being developed at the Picatinny Arsenal military research facility in New Jersey is designed to do. Known as a Laser-Induced Plasma Channel, or LIPC, the device would fry targets that conduct electricity better that the air or ground that surrounds them by steering lightning bolts down a plasma pathway created by laser beams. Read More
— Electronics

Tesla Gun jumps out of graphic novel and into reality

By - May 16, 2012 17 Pictures
If you listen to your elders, electricity is a dangerous, often fatal, medium that shouldn't be toyed with. If, like Rob Flickenger, you decide to completely ignore such sage counsel, then electricity is awesome and a whole bunch of fun – especially if you build yourself a working battery-powered Tesla Gun that handles some 20,000-volts and 2,000 amps of current and shoots out bolts of lightning! Read More
— Science

World's largest Tesla coils being built to unlock the secrets of natural lightning

By - November 30, 2011 4 Pictures
Calling all Tesla fans! Electrical engineer Greg Leyh and his team at the Lightning on Demand organization (LOD) in California are raising the funds necessary to build the world's largest twin Tesla coils (ten stories high, about 120 ft/37 m) that will be capable of generating electric arcs more than 200 feet (60 m) long. Dubbed the "Lightning Foundry," the project currently consists of a working 1:12 scale prototype. When complete, a towering pair of coils will fill a football field-sized area with massive electric bolts that researchers hope will reveal some of the mysteries of this beautiful but deadly force. Read More
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