PROGRESS: Squirrel-Powered Electric Light

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Only days after word from France of a new portable device which transmits pictures over telephone or telegraph wires in only four minutes, there is more exciting news from France which could “revolutionize electric lighting,” according to the Washington Post. Swiss inventor François Dussaud says he “has discovered a means for the production of what he terms ‘cold light’,” so efficient that it “requires 100 times less current than the ordinary lamp.  It can be worked by a tiny battery or sufficient motive power can be obtained from a jet of water from an ordinary faucet, or even a squirrel turning a cage.” When reading at night, one certainly hopes one need not tell the squirrel:  “Faster, please.”

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