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Microwave Ovens a Key to Energy Production From Wasted Heat


September 20, 2011

image of a microwave with molecules More than 60 percent of the energy produced by cars, machines and industry around the world is lost as waste heat--an age-old problem--but researchers have found a new way to make "thermoelectric" materials for use in technology that could potentially save vast amounts of energy.  And it's based on a device found everywhere from kitchens to dorm rooms: a microwave oven. Full Story

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