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Who would’ve guessed that a bold-flavored Bordeaux could double as a battery? Researchers at Intel recently ran an experiment in which they drew enough power from a glass of red wine to run a low-power computer. The exercise was part of the chipmaker’s focus on future electronic devices that will be able to draw what little energy they need from ambient light, a human’s body heat, or the contents of a liquor cabinet.
Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.