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Watch Musical Tesla Coils Electrify An Audience In Glorious 360 Video

Anyone who attended this year’s Maker Faire Austin had the joy of catching electrifying live performances by Arc Attack, a team that makes music with two gigantic transformer coils (AKA “Tesla coils”). They’re a popular staple of the festival circuit. Now Caleb Kraft, senior editor for Make, has captured one of those live performances in full 360 degree video, letting you watch in any direction — up, down, at the crowd or smack between those massive coils. It’s like being plopped down right in the middle of all the action.


Pumping Electricity Through A Drill Bit Makes It Melt Into A Fiery Mess

Electricity is powerful and astonishingly noisy. But why does electricity make this steel drill bit go up in flames?


How Did This Escaped Chimp Not Get Zapped Into Oblivion?

In a scene eerily reminiscent of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, an escaped chimpanzee sought refuge on the power lines of a Japanese suburb. The chimp was eventually subdued after a frantic two-hour police chase, but you have to wonder: Why didn’t he get zapped by the power lines? Here’s the answer.


Train Tracks Are The Most Dangerous Way To Charge A Phone

Video: Did I mention it’s illegal too? Because it’s super illegal.


Morocco Switches On First Phase Of The World's Largest Solar Plant

This week, Morocco switched on the first section of its new Ouarzazate solar power plant. The new installation already creates 160 megawatts of power and is expected to grow to cover 6000 acres by 2018 — making it the largest in the world.


There Will Be A Second Tesla Powerwall In 2016

You probably never stood a chance of getting Tesla’s Powerwall home battery first time round. But don’t worry: According to Elon Musk, a second model will be ready to buy later in 2016.


This New Incandescent Bulb Uses Nano Mirrors To Match LED Efficiency

Energy-saving bulbs may have some competition in the shape of an ageing technology. Scientists have developed a new kind of incandescent light bulb that uses modern science to ramp up its efficiency, almost matching that of commercial LED bulbs.


Australia To See World's Biggest Drop In Hydropower Thanks To Climate Change

Research into climate change has shown that more frequent droughts and heatwaves could reduce the ability of electricity plants to generate power by the middle of the century. But for Australia in particular, switching from coal-fired power plants to higher efficiency gas fired plants could help to mitigate the changes, researchers say.


Tips And Tech To Make Your Australian Home Energy Smart

Turn off the lights when you’re not in the room, unplug devices on standby and run appliances at off-peak power times — we’ve heard all these tips for lowering your power bill before. With all the power-saving apps, services and gadgets that are now on the market, there are so many more options for making your home energy smart.


Researchers Have Made Socks That Use Urine To Create Electricity

Your urine may be of more use kept about your person. At least, that’s what a team of researchers from the University of the West of England think, because they have made a pair of socks that use the liquid to generate electricity.


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