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Science Explains: 6 Common Fantasy Tropes

By Steven Romano Nov 14, 2013

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Shooting Lightning from the Hands

While we’re still on the subject of wizards, their ability to fire bolts of pure lightning from their hands is also steeped in science... sort of. In order to emit electricity, our wizard would need to have a negative charge resulting from excess electrons. Next, he needs a conductor to transfer these electrons—like, say, the positively charged metal armor of marauding goblins. Coming into contact with the wizard’s electrons, the ugly guys get the shock of a lifetime. Okay, maybe that’s a bit of an overstatement when an irritating jolt would be more accurate.

Tags: science, slideshows, fantasy, genres, explanations, tropes

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Steven Romano

Like Captain America, Steven Romano is just a boy from Brooklyn. When he isn't contributing to The MindHut and other geeky websites, Steven's hard at work writing his first novel and comic book scripts. Follow him on Twitter @Steven_Romano, and swing by his blog: stevenromano.tumblr.com

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