A few weeks ago, the design mag Dezeen reported on a lecture by the Danish architect Bjarke Ingels at the Royal Academy in London. During the lecture, Ingels nonchalantly described a plan to turn an aging power station’s smokestacks into tesla coils—if only London would let him.
Nigel Stanford's song Cymatics is named for the study of visible sound vibrations, and we see sound made visible in this music video. In fact, this video is a treasure trove of science, with ferrofluid, Chladni plates, Tesla coils, and a fiery Ruben's tube.
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you sent a metal-cage-enclosed quadrotor soaring between two Tesla coils? Of course you have. And here lies your answer in all its highly dangerous, lightning-spewing, nightmare-inducing glory.
In the 2072 remake of Deliverance, the vacationing clone of Ned Beatty will have his data cloud unlawful breached by a duo of mutant, retro-obsessed hackers who will demand that he "squeal like a Commodore 64." Also Burt Reynolds will be reprising his role, as Burt Reynolds is more of an ideal than a man, and you…
You don't have a Tesla coil? And you call yourself a mad scientist. You should take a lesson from electrical engineer Greg Leyh and build yourself a pair of 118-footers. That'll show those fools who laughed at you in evil medical school, that will show them all!!! MUAHAHAHAHA!! *Lightning Crash*
This is MIT student Tyler Christensen's Tesla coil hat, which — in the name of sheer comedy — he programmed to play the theme from Mortal Kombat (recently) and Harry Potter. Sadly, strapping a Tesla coil to one's head isn't always the best idea — the hat blew up before he could show it off on Halloween.
Insane. There's no other adjective that can describe this mad project. A mad project that is perfectly doable: two 10-story Tesla Coil towers separated by 260 feet. They will be capable of unleashing the energy of natural lightnings.
Everyone loves a Tesla coil. Photographer Rob Flickenger is such an aficionado that he photographed one blazing à la "bullet time" from The Matrix. 100+ Tesla coils blasting in the background of every other scene would've improved the sequels immensely.
At the 2011 Bay Area Maker Faire, Adam Savage of Mythbusters teamed up with Tesla coil musical troupe ArcAttack for some freestyle cage dancing. This is definitely one of those "Don't Try This At Home" moments.
When you've got hacked Kinect and two Tesla coils at your disposal, you're just an evil cackle away from being a fully credentialed evil genius. The 50Hz-200Hz coils here have been rigged to respond to your (sinister) hand movements, giving you the illusion of pure madness. Or just nicely accentuates the madness…
As we end Mad Science Week here at io9, here's an excerpt from The Mad Scientist Hall Of Fame by Daniel H. Wilson and Anna C. Long, focusing on Nikola Tesla, the Electrical Genius. Test your Tesla knowledge!
A study in incongruity: ArcAttack, the Tesla-coil playing musical act adored by geeks everywhere, rocking out for Sharon Osbourne, Howie Mandel, and That British Guy Who Isn't Simon Cowell on America's Got Talent. But something else is amiss...
I hope Santa's careful around Peter Terren's Christmas tree, because it's a Tesla coil with some color filters set up to make all the sparks, zaps, and electric arcs look oh-so-pretty. Yes, it's oh-so-pretty and oh-so-potentially-deadly.
If you visited the Giz Gallery this year, you might have witnessed the electrifying (and slightly terrifying) musical spectacle that is ArcAttack. Well, now they have an emulator on their website that allows you to make music of your own.
When Nikola Tesla invented his coil in 1891, he probably never imagined the ominous structures taking the place of the violin or French horn. But with time, anything's possible. Music trio ArcAttack adds its own spin to Tesla's dream machine.