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A colony of ants is housed inside a metal sphere, supported by insulated rods which also serve as paths for the ants to travel to and from their nest. The base of this contraption houses some food for the ants and a device which charges the little critters.
As they carry food to the nest, they carry
charge, too, and so the metal sphere eventually reaches many millions of volts.
Since there is no charge within the sphere, those leaving on forays do not carry charge with them.
This generator has the advantage that the ants will forage for their own food, consuming the insects, birds etc which get struck down due to contact with the high voltage.
If they can carry charge, they can make it, too, shirley? [neelandan, Sep 24 2008]
This one resembles more closely the pelletron, but that name is not so widely known. [neelandan, Sep 24 2008]
||It's ok, but too similar to Wagster's prior effort for me.