Science: Man Made Lightning

Lightning is a serious menace to electrical apparatus. Temperamentally it is unsuited to laboratory experimentation. One cannot lasso the lightning and cage it in a condenser for study at leisure. But the General Electric Company can now make it to order. Last week Physicist Frank William Peek Jr. announced in his address to the regional convention of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers that artificial lightning of 3,600,000 volts had been produced by a new generator in the high voltage engineering laboratory at Pittsfield, Mass.

Just as the positive and negative electric charges...