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Reinventing the wheel – and then some via NOTCOT.

In the quest for alternative energy, there’s a source many may have overlooked. Not Narberth resident Bill McHugh, though. He’s been exploring it ever since he built and moved into his Sabine Avenue home 46 years ago. You could call it “squirrel power.”

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.


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  1. MadRat says:

    I imagine you could create a squirrel catapult that would throw a squirrel safely into a net where it could climb up the net and get a free meal. It would be interesting to see how many squirrels would be willing to put themselves into a squirrel launching device and be thrown across the yard to a free meal. The scientific and entertainment possibilities are endless. Imagine a warm, Summer day, relaxing on a chase lounger, sipping an ice cold drink and watching squirrels flying over head and recording the result for science! The question is how would you calibrate, power and reset the squirrel launcher?

  2. k4gdw says:

    I like the idea of the hurl-a-squirrel. However, odd are that if they could reach the free meal reward by being hurled through the air they could also reach it easier by merely climbing, thereby bypassing the hurl-a-squirrel.

  3. Zool says:

    I don’t like the idea of throwing squirrels, as landing would be dangerous even if its into a tree (random branch collisions etc..).

    But other than that idea, his garden looks like a fairground full of rides for squirrels. :)

    Squirrels probably travel miles to visit him. :)