15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair

June 6, 2014 by  
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From a sleeping bag that charges your gadgets to entire buildings warmed by body heat , scientists are harvesting the heat emitted by humans as a source of renewable energy. But the latest development in thermoelectric energy generation doesn’t come from a high-tech lab at MIT; it comes from Ann Makosinski, a 15-year-old Canadian girl who developed a flashlight that is powered by the heat from a human hand . With the aim of reducing the number of single-use batteries that are thrown in landfills, Makosinski developed the innovative flashlight, which can be developed cheaply and deployed to populations that can’t afford electricity to light their homes. Read the rest of 15-Year-Old Develops Flashlight Powered by Body Heat, Wins Top Prize in Google Science Fair Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 15 year old , Ann Makosinski , Google , Google Science Fair , Hollow Flashlight , human heat , human-powered flashlight , renewable energy , science fair , teenager , thermal energy , thermoelectric flashlight

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Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day

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Poetry has been used for ages as a tool to critique the social anxieties du jour. Now, for the first time ever, a poem is being used as a physical remedy to one of modern society’s biggest challenges – air pollution . The poem by Simon Armitage has been printed on a 10 meter by 20 meter piece of material coated with microscopic pollution-eating particles of titanium oxide. According to the University of Sheffield , the institution that invented it, the material is capable of absorbing pollution from 20 cars every day. Read the rest of Roadside Poem by Simon Armitage Devours Pollution from 20 Cars Each Day Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: absorbing pollution , billboard that fights pollution , in praise of air , nitrogen oxide pollution , poem , poem that fights pollution , pollution from 20 cars , simon armitage , titanium oxide , tony ryan , university of sheffield

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