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Researchers are finding innovative strategies to turn the human body into a power source.

Students at Northwestern University have developed a rechargeable battery that harvests kinetic energy from wearers in motion. “myPower” can capture enough energy from a 45-minute cardio workout to extend the battery in a smartphone or electronic device by more than 6 hours—reducing charging requirements as well as the risk that electronic devices will run out of battery power mid-run.

At Kansas State University, researchers are developing technologies for spacesuits that can use astronauts’ body heat to power electronics, including medical sensors to monitor the wearers’ health.

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