First Ever Image of X-rays Around a Bolt of Lightning Captured by Scientists

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Using a custom-built camera the size of a refrigerator, Florida researchers have made the world s first crude pictures of X-rays streaming from a stroke of lightning

It might look like an homage to the iconic 80s gameshow Blockbusters hosted by Bob Holness.  But this crude image is actually the world’s first picture of X-rays streaming from a bolt of lightning.

 

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High Voltage Line Robot

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Go Go Gadget High Voltage Robot!

Fiddling with high-voltage power lines is certainly a dangerous job, especially for humans. With that in mind, a Tokyo-based company, HiBot, is working with western Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. to test a new robot next year that can inspect several power cables at once, and we’re fairly sure that no humans will be hurt in the process. We’re fairly sure that these robots don’t have any fear of heights either.

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Electrifying Photography

Electrifying Photography

  Robert Buelteman uses high voltage photography

Forget the notion of a reverent nature photographer tiptoeing through the woods, camera slung over one shoulder, patiently looking for perfect light. Robert Buelteman works indoors in total darkness, forsaking cameras, lenses, and computers for jumper cables, fiber optics, and 80,000 volts of electricity. This bizarre union of Dr. Frankenstein and Georgia O’Keeffe spawns photos that seem to portray the life force of his subjects as the very process destroys them.

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