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Tuesday December 18, 2007 5:15 pm

Eel Powers Up Tree Lights


Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Misc. Tech, Science


Eel-TreeAn aquarium in Japan lit up their Christmas tree with the help of a fishy friend. It took inventor Kazuhiko Minawa about a month to design the system. Two aluminum panels were placed in the eel’s tank as electrodes to harness the power, then cables were attached to them to supply electricity to the tree.
 
“If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree,” Minawa said.

Funny, we were thinking the same thing and wondering if, after the holidays, we could use one to run some of our home appliances. You can see the slimy fellow in action on MSNBC.


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