All Special Effects In This Music Video Show Off Scientific Concepts

Nigel Stanford's song Cymatics is named for the study of visible sound vibrations, and we see sound made visible in this music video. In fact, this video is a treasure trove of science, with ferrofluid, Chladni plates, Tesla coils, and a fiery Ruben's tube. » 11/15/14 5:00pm 11/15/14 5:00pm

When played on Tesla coils, "Dueling Banjos" sounds even more ominous

In the 2072 remake of Deliverance, the vacationing clone of Ned Beatty will have his data cloud unlawful breached by a duo of mutant, retro-obsessed hackers who will demand that he "squeal like a Commodore 64." Also Burt Reynolds will be reprising his role, as Burt Reynolds is more of an ideal than a man, and you… » 3/14/12 5:45am 3/14/12 5:45am

Proof that Tesla coils make for dapper hats

This is MIT student Tyler Christensen's Tesla coil hat, which — in the name of sheer comedy — he programmed to play the theme from Mortal Kombat (recently) and Harry Potter. Sadly, strapping a Tesla coil to one's head isn't always the best idea — the hat blew up before he could show it off on Halloween. » 11/15/11 10:05am 11/15/11 10:05am

If Tesla coils appeared in the Matrix, they'd look like this

Everyone loves a Tesla coil. Photographer Rob Flickenger is such an aficionado that he photographed one blazing à la "bullet time" from The Matrix. 100+ Tesla coils blasting in the background of every other scene would've improved the sequels immensely. » 6/29/11 4:35pm 6/29/11 4:35pm

See a Mythbuster cage dance to the Dr. Who theme while being blasted by…

At the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire, Adam Savage of Mythbusters teamed up with Tesla coil musical troupe ArcAttack for some freestyle cage dancing. This is definitely one of those "Don't Try This At Home" moments. » 5/23/11 7:30am 5/23/11 7:30am

The Mad Scientist Hall Of Fame: Nikola Tesla!

As we end Mad Science Week here at io9, here's an excerpt from The Mad Scientist Hall Of Fame by Daniel H. Wilson and Anna C. Long, focusing on Nikola Tesla, the Electrical Genius. Test your Tesla knowledge! » 9/26/10 7:28pm 9/26/10 7:28pm

Playing the Doctor Who theme with lightning. LIGHTNING!

Two Tesla coils, a Faraday suit, and 500,000 volts of electricity are all that ArcAttack needed to stage a positively shocking performance of the Who theme at the Bay Area Maker Faire. [Topless Robot] » 5/27/10 7:30am 5/27/10 7:30am

Lightning On Demand - With Drinks!

Greg Leyh spends his time proving lightning can indeed strike in the same place twice. Now, Leyh is planning to tackle the Zeusian task of creating a facility that can create lighting strikes on command - and serve cocktails. » 8/15/09 3:00pm 8/15/09 3:00pm