Gallery: Researchers One Step Closer to Capturing Electricity Out of Th...

 

Electricity’s most fundamental riddle: How does it form in nature? Even centuries after Ben Franklin so famously harnessed lightning, recreating this natural phenomenon has remained an unsolved mystery to the scientific world. That is until now. Recent laboratory tests conducted by Brazilian scientists at the University of Campinas have shown that water vapor picks up a charge much like the way solar cells capture energy from sunlight. While this discovery sounds slight, it’s a finding that will actually bring us a step closer to capturing electricity from thin air.

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