Atoms are not solids.Their behaviour is very like that of ball lightning but in miniature. They are tiny spirals of pure electrical energy. The universe is electrically-driven, fractal and composed of a hierarchy of electrical flat spirals. Terrestrial ball lightning, at a few feet in diameter, is between galaxies and atoms in size. But despite the disparities, it shares the physical and electrical characteristics of both: their spirality, their stability and independent, self-contained nature and their capacity to generate energy.