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    01st May 2024

    Interesting Facts About Electricity

Electricity is a form of energy resulting from the presence and the flow of electrons. This energy powers just about everything you own, from your mobile, lightbulbs to everyday appliances. Knowing more about how electricity works, and its various properties helps you better understand the world around us. It also allows you to comprehend the functioning of electrical appliances and devices and ensure their safe usage daily.

There is no dearth of information available online to understand the science of electricity, however once in a way it is also good to learn something new and uncover astonishing facts – from the incredible speed electricity travels to our body’s electrical system – there are many facts that’ll leave you amazed. In this post, we run you through five interesting facts on electricity to keep you amazed.

Electricity travels as fast as light

In a typical electrical circuit, such as those found in household wiring or electronic devices, electricity moves at nearly the speed of light, which is approximately 299,792 kilometers per second (about 186,282 miles per second) in a vacuum. However, the speed at which electricity travels can vary depending on the medium through which it’s traveling and the type of electrical signal.

Water in human bodies cause electric shock

Human bodies are made up of sixty percent water which makes us fantastic conductors of electricity. High-powered electricity is always on the lookout for the path which offers the least resistance and when it comes in contact with our body it causes an electrical shock. When electric current touches or flows through the body the muscles tighten and the lungs narrow, causing an instant and dangerous reaction.

Also electricity is present in our bodies and our nerve cells use it to communicate with our brain. The membranes of nerve cells allow charged molecules to flow in and out of our cells and pass signals to our muscles.

Electric eels can produce up to a 600-volt shock

While this may seem peculiar, electric eels can produce electric shocks. A type of fish, eels are born with around 6,000 specialized cells known as electrocytes. When triggered for self-defense against a predator, hunting prey, or communication with other electric eels, their cells can produce an enormous electrical charge of up to 600 volts.

The shock produced by an electric eel can range from a mild numbing sensation to a powerful jolt, depending on varied factors such as the size of the eel and the distance from which the shock is delivered.

Lightning is caused by the discharge of electricity in the atmosphere

Lightning is indeed caused by the discharge of electricity in the atmosphere. This typically occurs during thunderstorms when there are strong upward and downward air currents within clouds. As these air currents move, they can cause collisions between ice particles and water droplets, leading to the separation of positive and negative charges.

Eventually, these charges become so great that they lead to the rapid movement of electrons in the form of lightning bolts. You’ll be intrigued to know that these bolts carrying millions of volts of electricity can heat the air around them to temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun.

We hope these mind-blowing facts about electricity have left you thinking more about this interesting field of science.

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