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Utah chemist studying how to generate electricity from exercise

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ANNIE KNOX | The Salt Lake Tribune

A University of Utah chemist says there is a renewable energy source more abundant than sunlight that should be used to power phones and homes around the globe.

The only problem, says Luisa Whittaker-Brooks, is that it’s tough to create electrical power with heat — from our bodies, the sun or other sources.

“What if, instead of burning calories just for the sake of losing weight, you could convert that power into electricity for your iPod or your iPhone while you’re running?” the researcher said Monday. “We don’t have any heat-conversion technology. It’s a difficult problem to tackle.”

But Whittaker-Brooks is doing it anyway. And she is getting $50,000 worth of help from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, which wants to kick-start the research careers of female scientists. The group on Thursday awarded the grant to Whittaker-Brooks and three other female chemists at U.S. universities. (…)

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