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8 hard-to-believe facts about energy

8 hard-to-believe facts about energy

Electricity is a mysterious force - you can’t actually see an electron, you can only measure its effects. The invention of electronics has been one the most important developments in human history. Although it is all around us and we use it almost constantly, it is easy to forget just have magical and strange it really is that we are so wired up.

Here are some cool titbits to help remind you of the complex world of electricity:

1. Most microwave ovens consume more electricity powering the digital clock than they do heating food

2. So many British people make a cup of tea after the TV show “Eastenders” finishes, that backup power stations go on standby to cope with the increased usage

3. Coordinated power shut off events like Earth Hour may actually increase carbon dioxide emission as power companies struggle to cope with fluctuating usage

4. In 2005, an Australian man wearing a nylon jacket and wool shirt built up 40,000 volts of static electricity, resulting in burned carpets, melted plastic, and a massive evacuation

5. For about 10 percent of electricity in the United States, it’s fuel from dismantled nuclear bombs, including Russian ones

6. All the batteries on Earth would store just ten minutes of the world’s electricity needs

7. Brazilian inmates can reduce their sentences by pedalling stationary bicycles that provide electricity to a nearby city

8. The annual electricity cost of running the Large Hadron Collider is about $23.5 million, using the power to accelerate protons to nearly the speed of light (pictured)


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