Sure, you can get power from the sun and the wind and other things you could paint on the wall of a child's bedroom -- if you don't mind being a hippy. But aren't there any forms of alternative energy that are more, you know, metal? Enter James Auger and Jimmy Loizeau, British designers who have developed appliances that run on bugs and vermin: The appliances are powered by microbial fuel cells, which take in organic matter (flies, mice) and convert it into electrical energy. Auger says the gadgets aren't really intended for mass production, and that's probably for the …
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