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GLOBAL BRAINS

Global Brains: The Illuminating Effect of Playing Football

More than 25 percent of children across the planet lack access to electricity. A much higher percentage enjoys playing football.

Two students from Boston, Jessica Mathews and Julia Silverman, put two and two together and developed a football that transforms energy into light. It takes just half an hour of playing football to produce three hours of light. The plan is to have the football manufactured in countries where lack of light is an acute problem.

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