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 6:20am 3/05/13 6:20am

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 3:56pm 2/25/13 3:56pm

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 6:40am 11/05/12 6:40am

Genetically engineered viruses could someday make typing-powered…

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 10:50am 5/13/12 10:50am

Watch drops of water in space 'orbit' a knitting needle like tiny planets

Ever wonder what planets would look like orbiting a cylindrical sun? Now, thanks to the magic of electric charge, microgravity, and awesome astronaut Don Pettit, you can see for yourself. Watch tiny liquid planets 'orbit' a knitting needle, and find out why they do. » 3/09/12 3:40pm 3/09/12 3:40pm

This is what your skin looks like after you've been struck by lightning

Lichtenberg figures (sometimes called lightning trees) sometimes occur when an electrical charge is introduced to an insulating material, representing the branching electrical discharges. They can occur in resin, glass, grassy fields, and, if you're unlucky enough to be struck by lightning, human skin. » 3/03/12 8:00am 3/03/12 8:00am