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If there ever was a corporate stunt that deserved a ‘do not try this at home’ warning, this is it. Working with scientists from the University of Southampton — translation: people who know what they’re doing — Nokia has successfully charged a Lumia 925 using lightning generated in a laboratory. All of a sudden that knock-off smartphone charger you’ve been using doesn’t seem so dangerous, does it?
The makers of the ChargeCard — that wallet-friendly credit card-sized sync cable for smartphones — are back with a new product called the ChargeKey that’s instead designed to hang out on your keychain.
It’s no secret that finding yourself outside and exposed during a thunderstorm greatly enhances your risk of being struck by lightning. But it turns out there are some simple tricks you can use to increase your chances of survival if the clouds do decide to strike you from above.
Scientists have finally worked out how to reproduce ball lightning — sometimes referred to as St. Elmo’s fire — in the lab. They have developed a new technique which allows them to generate clouds of plasma which float in the air for nearly half a second.
Imagine standing on the beach, watching the largest and most terrifying storm you’ve ever seen in your life rapidly roll towards you. That’s the scene that one smartphone snapper caught on camera a few days ago. The end result is beautiful and terrifying.
Though most of us know that lightning bolts striking planes aren’t too much to worry about these days, seeing the actual bolt go through the plane is always a frightening sight. There are hundreds of people in that flying tube! And they’re getting zapped by lightning! Of course, there probably unaware of it and it’s only us on the ground who see the terrifying image.