That wacky idea from last week? Turns out the background science I had in mind was from two unrelated sources; I was mixing up C. L. Stong with David E. H. Jones, and a demonstration of a physical principle that would go on to have widespread applications with a plausible (not) scheme involving a somewhat-related physical effect.
But... the latter seems to have gone unpursued; while the particular scheme in question was gloriously ludicrous, the effect might have practical uses.
I need some free time and lab space.
Meanwhile, I've come up with another silly idea; this one involves water beads (Orbeez), water, oil, specific organic dyes (not yet identified), and some high-intensity blue LEDs. Yes, it's a goofy sort of lamp, inspired by a Beyond the Press video featuring Orbeez and 10kg of red-hot steel. My idea is less dramatic, but better suited to a living room, and doesn't need a lunk of steel reheated every few minutes.
Dang! Jones just died this summer? And he'd published a second volume of plausible schemes, now out of print and expensive.