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The next big source of alternative energy could be the air itself

From CurrentTV web site, Tech | August 26, 2010

“There’s electricity in the air all around us, formed as water vapor comes into contact with dust particles. For centuries scientists have dreamed of tapping into this source of power – and we finally might be able to do it.

The knowledge that water vapor creates electricity goes back to the industrial revolution, when workers noticed the steam escaping from boilers created sparks of static electricity – and, for anyone foolish enough to touch the steam, a powerful electric shock. We’ve known the basic components of this form of electricity for a while – when water vapor and microscopic dust particles mix, somehow electricity is the result. But replacing that “somehow” with an actual scientific process has proved a seemingly unsolvable mystery.”

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