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I noticed in Season 3, Episode 16 "You Don't Know Jack", that in the background setting of the locked-down lab, there is a type of multi-colored display of swirling plasma/smoke. I was wondering if anyone knows what this actually is, if its a screensaver I can download, or if it has a name - scientifically or artistically?

The design is really cool and I would like to get something similar for myself and would just like some information on it or things resembling it.

I assume it is a prop and not just a green-screen effect. Here is the closest visual i could find:

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custom made most likely. – dkuntz2 May 27 '11 at 2:28
Really Slick Screensavers ( has some that look vaguely similar. – user1787 Sep 11 '11 at 5:31
It is very blurry but it seems to be in the range of electricsheep – aquaherd Sep 28 '11 at 18:56
I am pretty sure it isnt electricsheep, beacuse of way of the movement (yes I have seen the episode). – WizardOz Nov 4 '11 at 10:42
I haven't seen the series, but that picture looks like the Northern Lights to me – Kevin Feb 3 '12 at 1:44

The one I found is not quite the same, but it looks like an aurora borealis. For Windows 7, you can get it here.

And it looks like this.

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