By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer
Scientists have developed a means with which to use viruses to power small electrical devices.
In the ever-expanding world of nanotechnology, scientists in the US are working on using harmless viruses to power small electronic devices such as LCD displays. The method for creating this energy is known as piezoelectricity, the accumulation of charge through mechanical stress such as pressure or vibration.
The work could one day lead to the development of tiny electric generators that would fit into your shoes and allow you to charge a cell phone while you walk. They could also be used to light staircases as you apply pressure to the steps while walking up them.
"When people get a cold or the flu, they tend to experience a lack of energy."
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Source: Mother Nature Network
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