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2011-12-20 07:15:00

SANDY, Utah, Dec. 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Living Planet Aquarium is shocking visitors with its Christmas display which uses an electric eel to flash the lights on its tree. A Christmas display in the "Journey To South America" gallery is blinking by using the energy generated by an electric eel in a nearby tank. "We took the voltage produced by the eel via stainless steel electrodes and used it to power a sequencer," said Terry Smith, Project Manager at Cache Valley Electric. "The...

2010-12-23 00:01:08

An aquarium in Utah is lighting its Christmas tree with the help of an electric eel. Electrodes in the water pick up the eel's voltage, powering the tree's multi-colored lights. Sandy, UT (PRWEB) December 22, 2010 The Living Planet Aquarium is shocking visitors with its Christmas display which uses an Electric eel to flash the lights on its tree. A Christmas display in the 'Journey To South America' gallery is blinking by using the energy generated by an electric eel in a nearby tank. "We...

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2008-10-03 13:22:05

Engineers long have known that great ideas can be lifted from Mother Nature, but a new paper* by researchers at Yale University and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) takes it to a cellular level. Applying modern engineering design tools to one of the basic units of life, they argue that artificial cells could be built that not only replicate the electrical behavior of electric eel cells but in fact improve on them. Artificial versions of the eel's electricity...


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2007-05-21 06:18:54

The Electric eel, Electrophorus electricus, is a species of fish. It is capable of generating powerful electric shocks, which it uses for both hunting and self-defense. It is a top predator in its South American range. Despite its name it is not an eel at all but rather a knifefish. Taxonomy The species is so unusual that it has been reclassified several times. Originally it was given its own family Electrophoridae, and then placed to a genus of Gymnotidae alongside Gymnotus....

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