David Blaine's Electrical Stunt Could Create Harmful Ozone
One million volts of electricity could zap the magician as well as the lungs of onlookers
Flickr user seanP says this 2006 image shows 1 million volts creating arcs of electricity discharging through the air. The on-stage event was meant to reproduce of a lightening strike. Audience members in the front row could smell ozone, seanP wrote. Image: Flickr/seanP
For three days and nights, Blaine plans to stand atop a six-meter-tall pillar while Tesla coils, controlled by spectators, zap him with electricity. Paul Hoffman, chief executive of the Liberty Science Center, where Blaine is magician-in-residence, estimates one million volts will reach Blaine at any time. The Brooklyn-based endurance performer hopes to survive the Tesla coils—worth about $5 million and donated by software giant Intel--with a protective steel chain-mail suit and metal head cage, which will direct the flow of current around, not through him.
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Record-Breaking Supersonic Skydive Attempt Delayed to Tuesday
by SPACE.com Staff
Date: 05 October 2012 Time: 07:24 PM ET
|Pilot Felix Baumgartner of Austria seen before his jump at
the first manned test flight for Red Bull Stratos in Roswell, New Mexico
on March 15, 2012.
CREDIT: Jay Nemeth/Red Bull Content Pool
Felix Baumgartner was slated to leap from a balloon nearly 23 miles (37 kilometers) above southeastern New Mexico on Monday (Oct. 8), breaking the sound barrier as he plummeted to Earth in a harrowing freefall.
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The Physics of the First-Ever Supersonic Skydive
Natalie Wolchover, Life's Little Mysteries Staff Writer
Date: 04 October 2012 Time: 12:59 PM ET
Veteran skydiver Felix Baumgartner, 43, will make the jump, thereby becoming the first person ever to freefall faster than the speed of sound. His skydive will also be the highest ever, superceding a record set in 1960 by U.S. Air Force Captain Joe Kittinger by more than 3 miles (5 kilometers).
But what's the physics of this situation?
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