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There’s so much potential energy lying dormant there, and last night’s awards ceremony teaches us that the voice always speaks more clearly than the body.
There are a few methods to go about this, but even those that seem extremely powerful to us, such as nuclear fission or fusion, still only convert a tiny amount of the potential energy of mass (.08% and .7%, respectively).
Warm water Hurricanes feed off of warm water at the surface of the ocean—the greater the temperature difference between the surface and the mid-levels of the atmosphere, the more potential energy a storm has.
Ferguson’s civil unrest was both sudden and violent, but the potential energy was always there.
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physics : the energy that something has because of its position or the way its parts are arranged
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