Watch the scary power of a microwave oven make plasma and burn things

Yowza. Here’s a crazy rigged contraption that uses microwave energy from cavity magnetron to generate plasma and burn the heck out of things faster than you can warm a Hot Pocket. We can see it squeeze out plasma in a lightbulb, shatter glass and make basically anything burn. It’s a neat exercise to show how powerful… »9/14/15 8:45pm9/14/15 8:45pm


Video: Making plasma by microwaving a grape is the coolest thing

The Backyard Scientist’s slow motion series is always fun because they’re just quick and easy experiments that show off cool tricks you can do at home (don’t do it at home). This time he makes plasma with a microwave oven transformer (which creates a super cool arc of plasma around the blue bolt of electricity) and… »8/11/15 3:00am8/11/15 3:00am

World's Tiniest Plasma Transistor Can Make Supertough Electronics

The pink glow you see above is coming from the world's smallest plasma transistor, an unfathomably miniscule device 100 times smaller than the width of a human hair. It's not just tiny, it's tough, and theoretically able to withstand brutal environments. And it could massively change consumer electronics. »3/20/14 3:40pm3/20/14 3:40pm

Reuters: Panasonic Is Going to Kill Off Its Plasma TVs by March 2014

According to Reuters, Panasonic is going to stop production of its fantastic plasma TV sets by March 2014. That sucks. But also not surprising since previous reports had hinted at Panasonic planning to cut its TV production and that the TV market has been overtaken by seemingly every other technology not named plasma. »10/08/13 10:55pm10/08/13 10:55pm