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You may think a Marx Generator is a device for spitting out strident communist rhetoric, but it’s actually a type of high-voltage circuit for spitting out HV pulses.

This is probably one to put in the “Don’t Try this at Home” or “Touch = Die” file as we are dealing with current here that can kill. Nice photos of the pulses.

Build a simple Marx Generator

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.