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Japan harnesses new bio-energy: electric eels!

The shocking feel-good environmental story of the season — a Japanese inventor has figured out how to light a Christmas tree using an electric eel:

Two aluminum panels inside the eel’s tank work as electrodes to catch its power. Cables attached to the panels supply the lights on the nearby tree with electricity.

Inventor Kazuhiko Minawa said it took him more than a month to devise a system that would effectively harness eel power.

“If we could gather all electric eels from all around the world, we would be able to light up an unimaginably giant Christmas tree,” Minawa told Reuters Television.

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Eels are widely eaten in Japan, especially in the summer….

I confess that eel is my favorite sushi — I may have to rethink that.

Fun Factoid: “The eel is able to generate up to 800 watts of energy every time it moves.”