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How to squeeze electricity out of crystals - Ashwini Bharathula

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It might sound like science fiction, but if you press on a crystal of sugar, it will actually generate its own electricity. This simple crystal can act like a tiny power source because sugar happens to be piezoelectric. Ashwini Bharathula explains how piezoelectric materials turn mechanical stress, like pressure, sound waves and other vibrations into electricity, and vice versa.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Ashwini Bharathula
  • Script Editor Eleanor Nelsen
  • Animator Ricky Earl, Henry Chung, Noel Yenki Wong
  • Designer Nicola Coppack, James Hing, Tom Jordan
  • Composer Tom Jordan
  • Associate Producer Jessica Ruby
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Pen-Pen Chen

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