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(National Geographic)   How electric fish developed their current capacitance. The research is sure to shock you, try not to resist   (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com) divider line 17
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2014-06-27 03:34:54 PM
Great article.

I had no idea that electric eels could grow that huge and put out 600 volts.

DAMN, NATURE! YOU SCARY!
 
2014-06-27 04:09:10 PM
"First of all, that's not its nose-it's actually an elongated chin. The scientific term for this specialized organ is the Schnauzenorgan"


The  Schnauzenorgan. LOL
 
2014-06-27 04:17:51 PM

strangeguitar: I had no idea that electric eels could grow that huge and put out 600 volts.


Ohm my
 
2014-06-27 04:25:29 PM

lousyskater: strangeguitar: I had no idea that electric eels could grow that huge and put out 600 volts.

Ohm my


It's not as scary as it amperes.
 
2014-06-27 04:36:41 PM
Some day I'm going to successfully electrify my penis.  Until then, I'm just going to have to be satisfied with sticking it in a dead socket.
 
2014-06-27 04:37:46 PM

strangeguitar: Great article.

I had no idea that electric eels could grow that huge and put out 600 volts.

DAMN, NATURE! YOU SCARY!


They produce that at about 1 amp, so it's not quite as bad as you'd get from a 120v electrical outlet at 15-20 amps.  Definitely a shock though.

The special cells they mentioned, electrocytes, work by selectively pumping free ions in or out of the cell (which all cells do, but these specialize in it), and the cells are arranged in a row along their bodies, back to back like a row of batteries, and they build a positive charge at one end and a negative charge at the other with these selective ion gates.
 
2014-06-27 04:39:17 PM
Hey guys, watts up? Electric eels are revolting.
 
2014-06-27 04:40:04 PM
What was their previous capacitance?
 
2014-06-27 04:46:04 PM
What a re-volting development...
 
2014-06-27 04:54:32 PM
According to crossword puzzle makers, all eels are electric.
 
2014-06-27 04:59:16 PM
Could electricity be a life form? A sentient life form? Already is, in a way, so maybe those lightening bolts really are out to get you.
 
2014-06-27 05:22:29 PM

worlddan: Could electricity be a life form? A sentient life form? Already is, in a way, so maybe those lightening bolts really are out to get you.


I'm thinking of a number between "one" and "no".
 
2014-06-27 05:40:23 PM

Cpl.D: worlddan: Could electricity be a life form? A sentient life form? Already is, in a way, so maybe those lightening bolts really are out to get you.

I'm thinking of a number between "one" and "no".


Potato?
 
2014-06-27 05:41:19 PM

worlddan:  so maybe those lightening bolts really are out to get you.


What if they were coming from inside the sapience? Sort of like a 'deadmans switch', so thought would be less likely to halt a specific pathway... Most certainly illogical because dead people do not equal energy in that sense, so frankenstein was more about superficial sacrifice for the entrapment of life in a humanoid form, rather than the overclocking of what life is after death, to create a secondary substandard form of living equal in a specific attribute sense to human life.

Anyway, to an hornet snippet: hey can then store and convert back into heat when it cools down.  Like a horse?

 the hornet thing I liked, something about 'warm blooded' invertebrates sounds awesome. The thing with the wings though, with how bee colonies are disturbed by noise, it almost sounds like the UV on the wings could be like McD's coffee in the 'lap' of the hornet, at least when they're partially passive in activity at the worst, or it might be like the sound of amplified plastic grocery bag to a cat because of dragon flies and their temperature requirements for wing stability an such. they're a lot larger than dragonflies, maybe that type of thing is or used to be a common parameter to enable insects to support their large masses way back when. That'd be a pretty cool parameter for a dinosaur trip, I wonder if the first nuclear weapons were piles of bee-like insects shedding their coats. Nocturnal insect battles might've looked like a spaceship war, with stars and nebulas in the background and all, i'd still probably look out for the one with a BFG on mars though...
 
2014-06-27 06:58:53 PM

chrylis: Potato?


Yeah, but it's not counting to potato if you cheese out by getting there through rhubarb.
 
2014-06-27 08:37:30 PM
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2014-06-28 02:30:23 AM
My hovercraft is powered by eels.
 
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