Wednesday, November 23, 2011

nerd alert

Since I'm swamped with both work and homework today, I just thought I'd share with you a fun little diddy. A science diddy.

See this guy?:
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Does he look smart to you? He is. Well, he also isn't. His name is Alessandro Volta and he invented the battery. Pretty smart, right? WRONG.

Count Volta was the first guy to document auditory perception as a result of electrical stimulation (think cochlear implants). How did he discover this phenomenon? He took a 50V battery stack, connected some wires to it, connected conductive metal rods to the other ends of the wires, and stuck one rod in each ear at the same time. He reported experiencing a "boom within the head" followed by the sensation of a sound similar to that of "boiling, thick soup." According to the literature I read this in, "he immediately terminated the experiment and did not repeat it." I can't say I blame him.

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