Scientists at the University of Missouri have devised a new way to create and control plasma that could transform American energy generation and storage.
Randy Curry, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Missouri’s College of Engineering, and his team developed a device that launches a ring of plasma at distances of up to two feet. Although the plasma reaches a temperature hotter than the surface of the sun, it doesn’t emit radiation and is completely safe in proximity to humans.
While most of us are familiar with three states of matter – liquid, gas and solid – there is also a fourth state known as plasma, which includes things such as fire and lightning. Life on Earth depends on the energy emitted by plasma produced during fusion reactions within the sun.
The secret to Curry’s success was developing a way to make plasma form its own self-magnetic field, which holds it together as it travels through the air.
“Launching plasma in open air is the ‘Holy Grail’ in the field of physics,” said Curry.
“Creating plasma in a vacuum tube surrounded by powerful electromagnets is no big deal; dozens of labs can do that. Our innovation allows the plasma to hold itself together while it travels through regular air without any need for containment.”
The plasma device could also be enlarged to handle much larger amounts of energy, he said.
Uhhh… so… this is new…
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What’s happening exactly?
i imagine what happened was a whole lotta disappointment one minute after this instagram.
This is my favorite Internets ever.
President Obama comforts a woman in New Jersey whose marina was damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
As the Wall Street Journal’s Jeff Yang put it, “If enough people see it, this is the photo that singlehandedly re-elects Barack Obama.”
[Twitter via AP]
Look, I don’t think Obama’s a perfect president. But as a dude? I think he’s pretty fuckin’ awesome. And I’d rather have a theoretically so-so president in office with a good heart than a devil I don’t know who literally doesn’t give a shit about my rights.
^Reblogging this again for the above comment because that is EXACTLY how I feel about Obama too, I just could not come up with a better way to say it
obama is just comforting this cry-lady and fucking chris christie just has this sour fucking look on his face
he’s the governor of that state, what’s his fucking problem? like he’s thinking, “i can’t believe i’m here with this fucking guy” or “why won’t this lady just shut up” or something.
what a piece of shit
Paul Stuart F/W 2012. The stuff that dreams are made of..