Pop goes the weasel. No. This isn’t poetry. For those of you who love future technology which is happening now, ever hear of a tree that can literally light up your life? A new tool which literally mimics the branches and leaves of a cottonwood tree and uses the sway to generate electricity!
Micheal McCloskey of Iowa State, the university that came up with the engineering, led the design efforts, and though this isn’t a large scale turbine that will wipe other generation efforts anytime soon, but it may at least push the first step forward in small scale electricity generation for communities which traditionally have little or no access to them or are off the grid. For more information on plants that grow electricity, Google the Flappy Leaves! Or better yet read this really long journal paper here.