Hamsters Will Now Solve the Energy Crisis
Georgia Tech wants to know whether hamsters can help solve the world’s energy crisis. "Probably not," it turns out, "but a hamster wearing a power-generating jacket is doing its own small part to provide a new and renewable source of electricity."
Nanogenerators "can be driven by irregular mechanical motion, such as the vibration of vocal cords, flapping of a flag in the breeze, tapping of fingers or hamsters running on exercise wheels." So, Georgia Tech has worked to generate electrical currents from a tapping finger, thereby moving the users of BlackBerrys, cell phones and other handhelds one step closer to powering them with their own typing, as well as harnessing hamsters.
But beyond the finger-tapping and hamster-running, researchers believe modules could be implanted into the body to harvest energy from such sources as muscle movements or pulsating blood vessels. "In the body, they could be used to power nanodevices to measure blood pressure or other vital signs," according to Georgia Tech.
The research team encountered a number of obstacles related to its four-legged subjects, though. This was the first time researchers outfitted a rat with a power-generating jacket, but it found that the creature wasn’t very interested in running. Apparently, hamsters are night owls.
Upstreamism advocate Rishi Manchanda calls us to understand health not as a "personal responsibility" but a "common good."
- Upstreamism tasks health care professionals to combat unhealthy social and cultural influences that exist outside — or upstream — of medical facilities.
- Patients from low-income neighborhoods are most at risk of negative health impacts.
- Thankfully, health care professionals are not alone. Upstreamism is increasingly part of our cultural consciousness.
A plan to forgive almost a trillion dollars in debt would solve the student loan debt crisis, but can it work?
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren has just proposed a bold education reform plan that would forgive billions in student debt.
- The plan would forgive the debt held by more than 30 million Americans.
- The debt forgiveness program is one part of a larger program to make higher education more accessible.
America isn't immune to attempts to remove books from libraries and schools, here are ten frequent targets and why you ought to go check them out.
- Even in America, books are frequently challenged and removed from schools and public libraries.
- Every year, the American Library Association puts on Banned Books Week to draw attention to this fact.
- Some of the books they include on their list of most frequently challenged are some of the greatest, most beloved, and entertaining books there are.
In most states, LGBTQ Americans have no legal protections against discrimination in the workplace.
- The Supreme Court will decide whether the Civil Rights Act of 1964 also applies to gay and transgender people.
- The court, which currently has a probable conservative majority, will likely decide on the cases in 2020.
- Only 21 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws effectively extending the Civil Rights of 1964 to gay and transgender people.
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