These plasma swirls appear to generate short-lived Alfvén waves—the "holy grail in plasma-astrophysics."
The jets were recorded coming from sunspots—temporary regions on the Sun with reduced surface temperatures.
Plasma—which reaches temperatures of hundreds of millions of degrees—is unstable, making it difficult to control.
Rather than wasting plastics, cold plasma pyrolysis can be used to recover valuable materials, which can be sent directly back into industry.
Being able to control plasma that is hotter than the Sun is notoriously difficult.
The incredible discovery will help astronomers unlock the secrets of the universe's very first galaxies.
The experiment created an exotic form of matter that cannot be found naturally on Earth.
The weapon sounds like a ghostly radio.
While scientists had suspected plasma sheets were unstable, no one had ever managed to characterize that instability until now.
It's like lightning in a bottle—without the bottle.