Saturday, April 27, 2013

Saturday Short

What happens when 15,000 volts of electricity go through plywood? Pratt Institute student Melanie Hoff decided to find out and, in the process, discovered the patterns shown in the video below; the effect, Hoff says, is "like lightning made from molasses." The grain of the wood affects both the pattern and its direction.

My thanks to Open Culture where I first watched the fascinating video.

Note: The music is "Aire de Zamba" by Augustin Barrios Mangore.


healthy life said...

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Louise Gallagher said...

That is fascinating -- I love how she reversed the process at the end. The art of this is amazing.