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Flooring that generates electricity step by step

from The Wall Street Journal

In a promising twist on the idea of power walking, researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the U.S. Forest Service have combined cutting-edge nanotechnology with some venerable science to produce flooring that generates electricity when you step on it. The scientists pulled this off by exploiting what they call triboelectricity. We have all seen it in action by scraping our feet on a wool rug and touching a doorknob or by rubbing a balloon against our head and making it stick to a wall. more


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