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Marieke Staps Soil Clock is powered by DIRT!
Posted By Haily Zaki On July 5, 2009 @ 3:00 pm In Design,Green Home decor,Green Kitchen,Green Products,Innovation | 1 Comment
Did you know you can power a clock with dirt? Dutch designer Marieke Staps  has figured out a way to grow time, instead of killing it. Her soil-powered bio-clock  (is that like a biological clock?), showcased at Dutch Design Week  in 2008 and most recently at Dwell on Design ‘s Kitchen Ecology Show last week, keeps time by plugging into mud!
The clock works with copper and zinc electrodes  that plug into the soil. The soil functions as an electrolyte, or conductive medium through which an electrical charge can flow. The natural metabolism of biological life produces enough electricity to keep the clock working. The trick? One has to remember to water the plants in order for the clock to keep working. The principle is quite poignant, keep the plant alive and time continues. If the plant dies, so does thyme. Er, time.
Staps has also designed a soil-powered LED lamp  for those who love this green principle.
+ Marieke Staps 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://www.inhabitatshop.com/Bamboo-Soil-Clock.html
 Marieke Staps: http://www.mariekestaps.nl
 Dutch Design Week: http://www.dutchdesignweek.nl/programma.php?showjaar=-1
 2008 : http://www.likecool.com/Soil-powered_Clock--Clock--Home.html
 Dwell on Design: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/06/29/dwell-on-design-features-more-brilliant-green-design-than-ever/
 copper and zinc electrodes: http://www.miniscience.com/link/make_electricity.html
 soil-powered LED lamp: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/03/11/soil-lamp-is-powered-by-dirt/
 Marieke Staps: http://www.mariekestaps.nl/
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