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Eel muscle could be the first step towards human-generated electricity

Fish with exotic powers have long captured the imagination. Alessandro Volta noted striking similarity between electric fish and the voltaic piles from which he made the first effective battery. Although structurally similar to batteries, the electric organs (EO) of the fish who wield them are operationally more like the Marx generators. New research just published in Science expands our knowledge of the basic operating principles of these fantastic electro-muscles and, if we stretch it a bit, hints at the potential to harness their power for ourselves.

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