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A team of engineers is seeking $348,000 in funding on Kickstarter to build the world’s largest Tesla coils, capable of spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet. The Lightning Foundry, the brainchild of high voltage engineer Greg Leyh, will stand ten stories high (the original plan was 20 per cent higher) and will be …

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Wardenclyffe #2

more than 100 years after Tesla's.

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Coat

So it's not current research then.....

Mines the one with "Kane" written on the back

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Anonymous Coward

Nikola was just ahead of his time

a long way ahead

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Alien

now this sound like fun

right then, bring on the 8000 cubic miles of Krell machinery

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All well and good

...but how is it at frying Allied tanks and people called Tanya?

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I like the electric car bit. One of these would be a splendid way of dealing with the Middle Lane Owners Club.

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Ten stories?

I thought this was going to be a partwork in installments.

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Anonymous Coward

Shocking!

Quite!

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You should be ashamed.

Just go ohm.

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sigh

God I envy those folks!

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"spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet"?

All it would take is a single Miss. Misaka Mikoto....

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Oh Yeah

Tesla Ironman;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPoomwdNZeY

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Anonymous Coward

I'll personally help the funding only if they turn it into the worlds largest Zeusaphone!

moar arc attack: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Qm-e00Scy0

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Trollface

But can it re-animate the dead?

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I was under the impression

That there never was anything unworkable about Tesla's wireless power station, apart from the charging people money bit, given there's no way to disconnect a user, or know how much power they are drawing.

Still good to see a project like this being built though.

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Daily Mail headline 23 November 2041

"Does wireless power cause cancer?"

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I think your spell-chucker needs enlightning

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The world needs more...

... Tesla coils, and bigger. !00 stories high at least.

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Some could say that this is just repeating 100 year old experiments. However Tesla was on to something and it bugged him until the day he died.

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"capable of spitting artificial lightning for hundreds of feet."

Sounds like a certain base structure in Red Alert.

Remember to keep your tanks away and blow up the power stations!

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Mushroom

Just team up!

...With Arc Attack!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdrqdW4Miao

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Gerlach

Transported to Nevada ey? ... let me guess, it'll be tested around the last weekend in August/first week in September!

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Nearest thing

to blue sky research we get these days.

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Boffin

Blue sky?

You mean, researching bolts from the blue?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lightning#Positive_lightning

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Be sure to switch it on for the first time on

21 Dec 2012

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JDX
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Besides being really cool to look at, ... have a serious scientific point to the project

I think they just wanted the coil, and found some science to justify it :)

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Anonymous Coward

The Prestige.

is all...

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Paris Hilton

“Lightning uses around a tenth of the power per foot of energy to send electricity through the air compared to man-made examples,”

Eh?

I admit that back in school, I never fully managed to distinguish Watts from Volts from Amperes from all the rest, but "foot of energy"? What's that?

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Childcatcher

They do not know how lighting works

Well I can give you a pretty good description (but you will be glad to know not here). It is all to to with charge making voltage and voltage making the air break down. There is very little power in it until it creates an ionised path to earth then wham all the current flows.

It has absolutely nothing to do with power through the air devices which are horribly inefficient and will always be so. Have you ever stood under a high voltage pylon and held a fluorescent tube over your head? It will light up due to the EM field round the line which you are grounding. The transfer efficiency is low of course, otherwise the current would kill you. People who work in high strength fields such as live line workers have to wear conductive suits to prevent the fields from interfering with voluntary muscle control.

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Childcatcher

Location

I assume this will be an outdoor installation. There is no way you could make a building large enough to contain that monster.

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Childcatcher

"Arc of power"

Now what the hell is that?

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