Today in the Things We Thought We Understood But Really Don’t file, a Northwestern University researcher has upended what was previously thought to be a pretty good understanding of how static electricity works. Static electricity goes beyond the usual theory that it's a simple imbalance of charges caused by the exchange of ions, the researchers’ paper says. Rather, it is the result of an actual transfer of material.
The problem with forced-air heating is that as it gives (heat), it also takes away (humidity).
By Suzanne Kantra Kirschner & Michael Moyer
Posted 01.15.2002 at 3:10 pm 0 Comments
The problem with forced-air heating is that as it gives (heat), it also takes away (humidity). The result: chapped lips, parched furniture, and lots of static electricity. So why not add moisture back at the source? The Humidifier Register replaces your floor-vent cover; fill it with water periodically and it sends moist warm air into the room when the furnace kicks in. Price: $15.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.