A Shocking Fractal
A Pratt Institute student, Melanie Hoff, attached cables carrying 15,000 volts to what looks like plywood planks. One would expect the wood to immediately catch fire or burn a circle. Instead, the contact area snakes outward in tendril forms like those seen in DLA (Diffusion Limited Aggregation) patterns.
I found the fractally wood-lightning demonstration on Colossal, a site that says it’s dedicated to "art and visual ingenuity." I just thought OT’s readers would find this particular scientific foray to be cool.
The video below allows you to watch the process dramatically unfold in slow motion.