Popular Science News | Tapping a Virus Gives off Energy

A strange method of creating energy has been developed by scientists at the US Berkeley Lab. Scientists coated a postage stamp sized electrode with harmless viruses and when it was tapped enough energy was generated to illuminate a small liquid-crystal display. What had happened was that the viruses had converted the energy from the tap into electrical energy.

This principle could be developed further by coating the soles of running shoes to create energy while you jog, perhaps to power your iPod. Coating surfaces which crowds of people walk on each day is yet another application where this otherwise wasted energy could be harnessed.

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