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A Flash of Lightning

There are some wonderful things you could do if you had  millions or electron volts lying around and Bert Hickman at Stoneridge Engineering has done some.

I just bought this beautiful piece of scientific art from "Teslamania", his website.  It is called a "Lichtenberg Figure" and was made by charging up a piece of lucite with a high-power electron beam and discharging it suddenly by whacking a grounding nail into the side.  The effect is dendritic, fractal and simply beautiful.

I also have a quarter that they shrunk to the size of a dime in a violent explosion done with an energized coil.  The coil explodes at the same time the coin shrinks.

Bert's work is truly a flash of lightning.


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