Ever wondered why birds do not get electrocuted when sitting on a power line?
Naked Scientist Chris Smith explains why.
When a bird sits on a power line, it is not connected to energy at two different potentials. The reason electricity flows from a power line through your house , through your gadgets, is because the gadget you have connected to the power line is offering the electricity a path from a high potential (the power line) to a low potential (earth).— Chris Smith, Naked Scientist
If a bird is just sitting on a power line, the bird is not offering the electricity a path to anywhere.— Chris Smith, Naked Scientist
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