Could You Charge an iPhone with the Electricity in Your Brain?

Ever since Morpheus explained how the machines use humans as batteries in The Matrix, we’ve been fascinated by the idea. But can the human body actually generate enough current to do anything useful? We decided to find out, by asking experts how long it would take a human brain to charge an iPhone. »8/12/15 12:22pm8/12/15 12:22pm


The Flying Boy Experiment Entertained Audiences By Electrifying a Kid

In the late 1700s scientists were making great strides in the manipulation of electricity and the public wanted in on the fun. Demonstrations of electricity were one of the most popular events of the age. For the audiences members, they were fun and amazing. But for the boys in them, there were just painful. »1/15/15 11:00am1/15/15 11:00am

This is what happens when you run 15,000 volts through wood

Pratt student Melanie Hoff was curious to know what would happen to a sheet of wood when blasted with 15,000 volts of electricity. So, she decided to run the experiment — with the results being something quite unexpected. Rather than causing it to catch fire or blow up, the electricity created intricate fractal… »3/05/13 9:20am3/05/13 9:20am

The Most Futuristic Electrified Devices of the 1920s and 30s

In early twentieth century America, the craze for new and futuristic devices was going at full tilt. Instead of lusting after the latest Nexus, you'd crave the latest electrified refrigerator or radio for your home. Here are a few of the items that enraptured people in the 1920s and 30s who were seeking high tech… »2/25/13 6:56pm2/25/13 6:56pm

Watch two warriors battle it out with massive bolts of electricity

Holy crap this is excellent. Many of you are probably familiar with the intimidating crackle and flash of electricity-generating Tesla coils — but watch what happens when you combine them with wearable suits that behave like Faraday cages. It's like watching a shootout between Raiden and Emperor Palpatine. »11/05/12 9:40am11/05/12 9:40am

Genetically engineered viruses could someday make typing-powered gadgets possible

There have been quite a few efforts to harness people power, by putting specially designed energy harvesters in exercise machines, yo-yos, or right inside your shoes. But none of them have been quite as thin or just downright cool as a new device that uses a paper-thin electrode packed with viruses to turn mechanical… »5/13/12 1:50pm5/13/12 1:50pm