National Static Electricity Day

January 9 is Static Electricity Day. Static electricity is different from the electricity that turns on our lights and appliances. For a clear definition, we’ll quote Wikipedia. “Static electricity is an imbalance of electric charges within or on the surface of a material. The charge remains until it is able to move away by means of an electric current or electrical discharge. Static electricity is named in contrast with current electricity, which flows through wires or other conductors and transmits energy.”

Static electricity occurs when the positive and negative charges of an atom are out of balance. When two insulators, such as cloth or plastic, are rubbed together they transfer electrons causing positive and negative charges. To rebalance these charges, static electricity is discharged when an insulator comes into contact with a conductor like a piece of metal. This release is what causes the shock from static electricity.

There are a few things you can do to help prevent getting shocked. During the Winter months, the air is drier than the humid air of the Summer months. Use a humidifier in your home to put moisture back in the air. Moisturizing your skin before getting dressed will also help. Synthetic fibers are better conductors than natural fibers. Wearing cotton will have less of a charge than polyester. Holding a key or metal pen will help discharge the buildup of static without shocking you. And finally, wear leather-soled shoes instead of rubber-soled.

Now that you know some new things, go rock down to Electric Avenue.

Remembering Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla was born at midnight on July 10, 1856. To celebrate his birthday, I would like to share 10 things most people probably don’t know about Tesla. These things were pulled together from David J. Kent, author of Tesla: The Wizard of Electricity. He shared these exciting things on his own website where you can read further these fun things about Nikola Tesla. The first were published on January 4, 2013.

  1. Tesla was a showman, but also a recluse.
  2. Tesla inspired Google’s Larry Page to become an inventor.
  3. Nikola Tesla was a proponent of renewable energy.
  4. Tesla was from Venus (not really).
  5. Wardenclyffe Lives!

You can read more by following this link. 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Kent listed five more things about Tesla on his website on July 10, 2017.

  1. He was actually born on the cusp of July 9th and 10th.
  2. He was fond of practical jokes.
  3. The sight of pearl earrings would make him nauseous.
  4. He invented robotics.
  5. He was a science fiction star.

You can read more by following this link. 5 More Things You Didn’t Know About Nikola Tesla.

Nikola Tesla is one of my favorite historical figures. As the world remembers who he was, more and more information about his life is surfacing. He was almost forgotten to time and history. I’m happy people, not just me, are making an effort to remember him. There was a great show on the History Channel where a few scientists search for Tesla’s missing trunks and documents titled The Tesla Files. Happy Birthday Nikola Tesla!