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Something in the Air — Ionisation as a Solution to Static

In 600BC the philosopher and mathematician Thales of Miletus reported that after rubbing a piece of amber on the fur of a cat the amber attracted and held feathers — the first account of static electricity. David Rogers at Meech discusses how generating a controlled static charge has positive applications in some manufacturing scenarios; however, in many operations across a multitude of industries, uncontrolled static electricity causes serious production problems.