October 1, 2013
Scientists use lightning bolt to charge mobile phone
Some 200 years after Mary Shelley used lightning to breath life into Frankenstein's monster, scientists have copied her idea to power a phone. The BB reports.
The proof-of-concept experiment was conducted at the University of Southampton in collaboration with Nokia. Using a transformer, the team recreated a lightning bolt in the lab by passing 200,000 volts across a 30cm (11in) air gap.
The mobile firm warned users "not to try this at home".
Harnessing nature in this way could provide power sources where electricity is in short supply, said experts.
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