Mini ‘wind farm’ could capture energy from microbes in motion

Chaotic swirling becomes synchronized swimming to rotate turbines, simulation shows

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PINT-SIZED POWER  Computer simulations show how the motion of swimming bacteria could be harnessed to generate power using a device like the wind farm shown above — but on a microscopic scale.

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