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Could hamsters be the answer to developing clean energy in the future..? Well, not exactly, but they could hold the key. Scientists have managed to harness the energy-producing power of hamsters, and this could be a vital first step in satisfying the energy needs of tomorrow.
Energy cannot be created or destroyed, this is the inspiration for scientists who know we could solve the problems of energy creation and maybe even global warming, if only we could capture a small amount of the energy emitted by living creatures
Here comes the nerdy bit. The hamsters were fitted with tiny detector jackets which capture the biomechanical energy they release as they move and exercise. Dr Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia University’s Nano Research Group developed the flexible jackets, which are fitted with wires plugged into a nanogenerator that produces energy when they are bent and stretched. It is the first demonstration of a live animal producing current with nano-generators. Experts believe the technique could one day be used to capture power produced by humans. The technology could be ready to be fitted into clothes within five years. It would capture energy produced not only when humans are active, but also from smaller movements such as when people are sat at computers.