A cloud of nano-batteries

Ball lightning is descirbed as a cloud of nano-batteries. I haven’t had a chance yet to read the paper (pdf), but I read the summary, and this is very cool. Of course, it’s not the first time scientists have explained ball lightning as being an aerosol, but it seems we are now closer to understanding exactly how this aerosol functions. It will be interesting, I’m sure, to see what inventions and advances spring from this knowledge in the years to come. There’s a rather obvious military use for this, but what else? Energy storage for the automobile of the future? Will they be able to do a slow discharge of the energy, or will it always be an explosive release? Can I safely incorporate ball lighting into my haunted house at Halloween? 😉

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