Helicopter Sparks Draw a Beautiful Galaxy on the Night Sky

It is always a pleasure to see the Kopps-Etchells Effect in such perfect form. The sparks from this U.S. Marines helicopter form a starry ring around the edge of the blades—a the result of static electricity created by friction between the dust and the metal blades moving through the air. » 3/31/15 11:45am Yesterday 11:45am

I Never Knew Indigo Smoke Bombs Could Be So Mesmerizing

The video description says it's a 60 second experiment with the color Indigo but that's sort of underselling the beauty of it. There is indigo, yes, but also beautiful smoke, dyed colors and sparks! I don't know why but I've watched it 10 times already. [Paul Octavious via Mappeal] » 2/26/11 6:00pm 2/26/11 6:00pm

Crystal Lamp, or Mini Comet?

I always imagined fairies as pansy Disney cartoons. But Gwenael Nicolas' 'Sparks' lamp paints a different picture—one of a brazen, orbicular creature of light that leaves sharp crystals in its wake. [designboom] » 4/22/10 7:00pm 4/22/10 7:00pm

Apple's Sparking Power Supply Lawsuit Settled (Verdict: They're Paying)

The class action lawsuit brought against Apple for PowerBook and iBook power bricks with the potential to spark has been settled. If the final approval for the settlement goes through, Apple will pay $25 to $79 to customers who "bought an adapter made by Apple or another company to replace a failed one." [LA Times,… » 5/09/08 6:26pm 5/09/08 6:26pm