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RunningĀ a Current Through A Steel Chain Turns It Into An Electric Whip

Video: I don’t know what compels a person to run an electric current through a steel chain and then prance around with the glowing fire links of metal like it’s some sort of jump rope. But I’m glad such a person exists, because it’s pretty damn cool to see the steel chain transform into this fiery red hot whip that can pop off lightning sparks.


Scary Video Shows A Jumping Castle Floating Away Straight Into Power Lines

Video: This is definitely what you don’t want to see at a kid’s birthday party: A jumping castle flying away straight into the power lines after being swept up in the air by a big gust of wind. You can actually see it first fly away from the power lines but then suddenly make a quick U-turn straight into the transmission tower. After it makes contact, sparks fly and a mini-explosion could even be heard. Scary.


Watch Electromagnets Explosively Shred A Soft Drink Can In Half

Video: Everyone knows you can do some crazy stuff with magnets, but things get really insane when you start playing with electromagnets. When you run an electric current through a coil of wire to create a magnetic field, you can chop soft drink cans in half in epic explosions and send discs flying up in the air that will smash into the ceiling.


5 Things I Learned From Sitting Through A Blackout

Strong winds and rain on Australia’s east coast over the weekend knocked out power to thousands of houses, including mine. I’m very much an early adopter, so I stream almost all of my entertainment — whether it’s through Netflix, through Apple Music, or through Kindle. When you don’t have a TV or internet or a charger for your phone, living a high-tech life gets a lot more difficult.


A Simulation Of What 100,000 Volts Does To Human Flesh

Besides shooting an actual human or a pig carcass, the best way to determine the efficacy of a projectile — like a bullet — is with ballistic gel, which has almost identical density and viscosity to human muscle tissue. But how does it fare against extraordinary voltages? According to this experiment caught on video, the short answer is: not well.


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.


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