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2006-02-12
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Israelis Cast Fireballs

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Researchers in Israel have created an equivalent of nature's elusive 'ball lightning.' Its origin surrounded in mystery, scientific speculation assumes ball lightning is a form of plasmoid material. The most commonly accepted theory for ball lightning's formation involves a combination of factors triggered by the intense, catalytic power of lightning channeled into an aggregation of elements.

Eli Jerby and Vladimir Dikhtyar from Tel Aviv University use a technique technique involving a 600 watt magnetron focusing energy through a pinpoint in order to melt a substrate of glass, silicon, germanium, alumina or other ceramics into molten slag. When the pinpoint is removed, the slag turns into a three centimeter, floating fireball persisting for mere milliseconds.

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