Looking for inspiration in these dark times? Meet the conductor.
In most respects, the conductor is a pretty ordinary bundle of atoms. Peek through the insulating rubber, and you’ll notice him hard at work inside your local lamp cord or power line. The conductor is a transporter—his job is to usher electricity as quickly as possible from where it’s made (say, a power plant) to where it’s meant to be (sizzling through the filament of that local lightbulb). The conductor is able to do this fairly quickly and efficiently, thanks to the arrangement of his electrons. Each of his atoms has an outermost electron level that isn’t completely full, which means those further-out electrons can easily jump between atoms from beginning to end, like square dancers twirling through a line of partners. Full Article »