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DCS# 5A10.11NWU# ES19 Location:    10 C 3
title: Amber
aka: Greek Static source

A sample of amber, which can be rubbed to produce a static charge.
   The ancient Greeks were aware of the effect of static charge, although they had no model for it.   This property, first recorded by Thales of Miletus, suggested the word "electricity", from the Greek word for amber, ēlektron.
Google triboelectric series to determine the type of charge.
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