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Our Electric Future

Over two hundred years have passed since Ben Franklin ventured out into that storm with his kite and his hypothesis. Tremendous progress in the study of electricity has been made since then. However, there is still more to understand. Even today, scientists still study and experiment to learn more about electricity.

Think about how many times you use electricity in just one day. Electricity makes our lives easier. The technology of the future, like modern technology, depends on electricity.

Right now, most of our electricity comes from burning fossil fuels (oil, natural gas, and coal). The combustion of the fuel generates the flow of current electricity. The problem is that fossil fuels are nonrenewable resources and will eventually run out. If we want to keep using our televisions, air conditioners, microwave ovens, and computers, we need to find another way to make electricity. Scientists today are experimenting with alternate fuel sources like the sun, wind, water, and radioactive elements.

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