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Alternatives to Electricity?

Postby Floridian Dream » Thu Jan 22, 2015 4:17 pm

I believe the reason why electronics are named so is because our technology is powered by electrons, and I wonder: could alien technology be based on atomic particles other than electrons? Could there be technology powered by protons or neutrons? Perhaps I simply need to study how electrons were chosen for our electronic technology, why it's called electronic.

But just imagine, could there civilizations out there that use particles other than electrons to power their devices?
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Re: Alternatives to Electricity?

Postby Bmat » Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:54 pm

This is one I have no idea about. Possibly a physicist would?
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Re: Alternatives to Electricity?

Postby Boikat » Thu Feb 12, 2015 10:38 pm

Out technology is based on electrons because electrons can move from atom to atom. Protons and neutrons are located in the nucleus of atoms, and are pretty much stuck there under normal conditions.
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