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This looks relatively easy to make;
A stream of water is split into two streams and falls through two bottomless cans into two buckets. The falling water creates opposite electrical charges in the buckets, and high voltage arcs jump between them periodically.

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sam (author)2007-04-05

Awesome. I wonder if this would be adaptable as a hydro-electric power source. (instead of turbines)

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LasVegas (author)sam2007-04-05

Not any more than a Van de Graaff generator could replace an electric generator. While the process is cool, it's static electricity being generated.

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sam (author)LasVegas2007-04-06

I thought as much.. none the less, it could be an interesting twist on Chinese water torture.. drip, drip, drip, ZAP!

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BoomGuy (author)LasVegas2007-04-05

What do you think lightning is?

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trebuchet03 (author)BoomGuy2007-04-05

Sporadic, chaotic, very low average power and not repeatable by man on the same magnitude :P

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LasVegas (author)BoomGuy2007-04-05

It's also useless for powering your home.

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photozz (author)LasVegas2007-04-06

Speak for yourself. Everything I do is powered by lightning. Booya.

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LasVegas (author)photozz2007-04-06

So... What exactly do you do? Executioner? Dr. Frankenstein?

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westfw (author)2007-04-06

I tried to make one of those "Kelvin Generators" a couple of times in my youth, but I never got them to work... Here is a two hour presentation by the same professor on The Wonders of Electricity and Magnetism, which includes his hints on the secret of making one work (perhaps I need to try again!)

So did you MIT crowd have this guy as a prof?

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Trans_Am (author)2007-04-05

Very sweet. That guy's a good prof. He actually sounds interested in what he's teaching. Is there a sequel, with the students explaining how it works?

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