John Abrahamson

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The slow (diffusion-limited) oxidation of metal nanoparticles has previously been proposed as the mechanism for ball lightning energy release, and argued to be the result of a normal lightning strike on soil. Here this basic model of networked nanoparticles is detailed further, and extended to lightning strikes on metal structures, and also to the action of(More)
The observations in the first section of this paper were sent to John Abrahamson in response to the publication of a recent paper on ball lightning, with the correspondents either reading the original paper, or reports of it in popular science articles. A selection of the cases has been made, including those which showed interesting detail possibly useful(More)
A compilation of 17 observations of ball lightning showing the most energetic effects is presented along with estimates of their energy content. These observations were chosen from several thousand for the much stronger interaction of each ball lightning on its surroundings, and the method of energy estimation outlined. The case is put that some of the(More)
The ubiquity of elongation factor Tu (EF-Tu)-dependent conformational changes in amino-acyl-tRNA (aa-tRNA) and the origin of the binding energy associated with aa-tRNA.EF-Tu.GTP ternary complex formation have been examined spectroscopically. Fluorescein was attached covalently to the 4-thiouridine base at position 8 (s4U-8) in each of four elongator tRNAs(More)
Adenosine 5'-phosphor(adamantyl)amidate (5), an analog derived by linking the antiviral drug amantadine to 5'-AMP is transported through a model membrane system in a discontinuous periodic-catastrophic fashion. The system was composed of a glass cell containing two aqueous buffer phases separated by a chloroform layer. A more lipophilic, but structurally(More)
We have investigated the formation of the aa-tRNA X EF-Tu X GTP ternary complex spectroscopically by monitoring a fluorescence change that accompanies the association of EF-Tu X GTP with Phe-tRNAPhe-F8, a functionally active analogue of Phe-tRNAPhe with a fluorescein moiety covalently attached to the s4U-8 base. With this approach, the protein-nucleic acid(More)
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