Tesla: The Forgotten Scientist, Part II
Have any of you seen a Tesla Coil? They are terrible weapons of war! Luckily, they've only been used a few times. What a Tesla Coil does is it throws a storm of electricity at an enemy object, like an airplane, a tank, or even regular infantry! Its only disadvantage was that it couldn't concentrate the electricity into a beam, it just sent the electricity flying about! And of course, this electricity just fries them into a pile of nice crispy ashes! Scary, isn't it? One of his smaller Tesla Coils shot out 12 million volts of electricity!
Want to hear something else scary that Tesla made? He also made a Death Ray!! This machine concentrated huge amounts of electricity into a single beam that could destroy enemy aircraft. The range of this device was 250 miles! Luckily though, the designs to this plan were lost after the government took over Tesla's papers, and no one knows where they are now.
One of Tesla's most destructive creations wasn't the Tesla Coil or even the Death Ray. His most destructive weapon was the Earthquake Machine! The principal was, you could send powerful vibrations through anything and bring it to the ground. Once, Nikola Tesla actually did this to a New York building, and almost brought the block down by accident. It was found later that he tried to stop the machine, but it was jammed! They were finally able to stop it.
Tesla wrote later, “In a few minutes I felt the building beginning to tremble... ten minutes more and I could have laid it in the street. And, with the same device I could have dropped the Brooklyn Bridge into the East River in less than an hour.” If you want to see what Tesla could have done, just find a video of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, Washington, in 1940. You will see it swaying and crumble from the powers of a natural earthquake.
Tesla also invented the Satellite dish. In fact, he claimed that he could receive messages from outer space! Nikola Tesla also invented a remote controlled boat. This invention was revolutionary for its time. This technology is used in many modern things like satellites, robots, and military drones.
We also have Tesla to thank for Solar Power! He was the first person that wrote down ideas to harness the infinite power of the sun. Even though he never made a solar plant, but he did write down plans for one. Also, he had plans and ideas for harnessing Geothermic Energy. That is, he had ideas to harness the natural power of the Earth, like volcanic activity.
Tesla's Death and Beyond
No one actually knows the exact time of when Nikola Tesla died, but the year was 1942. Once he was dead, the government took over his private papers and kept them for some years. During that time, WWII was going on and the government wanted to make sure no enemies got his secret inventions. Years later though, the government finally released the papers to the public. Even though Tesla is dead, modern day scientists are testing out many of his inventions and are coming out with success.
Finally, one day we will see what Nicola Tesla dreamed of and wanted for the world. “Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to their work and accomplishments. The present is theirs, the future for which I really worked, is mine.” -Nikola Tesla