A New Kind of Soft Battery, Inspired by the Electric Eel

In 1799, the Italian scientist Alessandro Volta fashioned an arm-long stack of zinc and copper discs, separated by salt-soaked cardboard. This “voltaic pile” was the world’s first synthetic battery, but Volta based its design on something far older—the body of the electric eel.This infamous fish makes its own electricity using an electric organ that makes […]

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