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Extreme Woodburning

Extreme Woodburning

From the “don’t try this at home” file, Brad Russell shows off what happens when a 2000-volt transformer from a microwave oven is applied to wood painted with sodium bicarbonate. The result is beautiful, tree-like patterns known as Lichtenberg figures.

Working Protosaber Blade

Working Protosaber Blade

While the idea of a real-world lightsaber sounds awesome, the amount of power required makes the idea impractical. But to celebrate the release of Star Wars: Jedi Fallen Order, The Hacksmith came up with the next best thing, a battery-powered version of the predecessor of the weapon, known as a Protosaber. Demo at 14:03.

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Captured Lightning

Captured Lightning

Artist Bert Hickman creates amazing organic works of art by firing a multimillion volt electron beam into acrylic. The powerful electrical jolt creates lightning bolt patterns inside the plastic. In addition to flat art, he also makes cubes, spheres, and even guitar bodies.

Lock Picking with Electricity

Lock Picking with Electricity

There are lots of videos out there which show you how to pick basic padlocks, but most of them don’t involve running 900 amps of current through them. This is that video, courtesy of LockPickingLawyer, who connected an ordinary Master lock between the electrodes of a powerful transformer. That sound is terrifying.

Could Your Phone Hurt You?

Could Your Phone Hurt You?

There’s been a long-held concern that the electromagnetic radiation that emanate from cell phones, power lines, and other devices could cause harm to our bodies. But is there any truth to this concern? Kurzgesagt attempts to separate the fact from fiction in this controvertial topic.

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

Tesla Coil Rhapsody

There’s quite literally something electric in the air with this high voltage performance of Queen’s rock opera. Electronics wiz Fabrício H. Franzoli programmed a duo of solid state Tesla coils to “sing” a portion of the track. His take on Daft Punk is pretty awesome too.

Could Batteries Power The World?

Could Batteries Power The World?

There’s more demand to move away from fossil fuels and towards electric power than ever. MinutePhysics and Real Engineering teamed up to explore some of the challenges of using batteries to power everything, and the theoretical limitations of battery tech.

ElectroBOOM: The Battery Man

ElectroBOOM: The Battery Man

ElectroBOOM’s Mehdi Sadaghdar debunks the outlandish claims of Biba Struja, aka “The Battery Man,” who says he’s not only impervious to electric shocks (which Mehdi knows all about,) but that his body actually generates a meaningful amount of power.

Steel Chain vs. Electricity

Steel Chain vs. Electricity

The power-mad minds at PhotonicInduction decided to see what would happen if they attached a length of steel chain to some high-current transformers. At first, all they were able to muster was a few sparks, but with a higher output power source, it glowed bright orange.

How to Erase a CD-ROM

How to Erase a CD-ROM

While you probably have moved on from storing your data on CD- and DVD-ROMs, chances are you still have some lying around with sensitive files on them. Photonic Induction is here to show you the proper way to permanently wipe all the data from your discs.

High-Voltage Minion

High-Voltage Minion

Mad scientist Grant “The King of Random” Thompson took a cute looking minion toy and transformed it into a deadly and destructive force, thanks to 12,000 volts running through its body. Well, that’s one way to toast marshmallows.

Powerline Fireball

Powerline Fireball

Multiple transformers exploding was quite a sight but Huw Griffiths saw an electrical fireball up close as it blasted through a powerline in his Montreal neighborhood. Maybe we can harness this power to punish vertical video takers now.

15,000 Volts

15,000 Volts

Melanie Hoff injected 15,000 volts into a sheet of plywood, with each electrical charge burning a fractal-style pattern into the wood, resulting in a unique, organic work of art. (Thanks Dion!)

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Tesla Electricity Fight

Tesla Electricity Fight

(Some audience language NSFW) At the Belfast Festival at Queen’s in Ireland, two performance artists put on a mesmerizing stage fight using special suits and tesla coils. (Thanks Rachit!)

Electrified Plants

Electrified Plants

By zapping 80,000 volts of electricity through plants, photographer Robert Buelteman captures extraordinary images of nature and science through his painstaking and dangerous process.

SOS in a Box Solar Generator

SOS in a Box Solar Generator

A portable generator made of flexible thin film solar panels, a charge controller and a battery. It can produce up to 2500W of electricity and has a built-in 120V AC outlet and 12V car adapter.

Music for Deaf People

Music for Deaf People

German designer Frederik Podzuweit has created Music For Deaf People, a concept collar that uses electricity to transform sound into vibrations felt in the user’s neck, shoulders and collarbone.

Arc Attack: Dr. Who Theme

Arc Attack: Dr. Who Theme

Listen and watch in amazement as this Faraday-suit wearing DJ takes on a half-million volts of electricity from a pair of Tesla coils in this performance by Arc Attack at Maker’s Faire 2010.

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