Week 15 Journal 10 Paint has existed for many years as a way for humans to change the appearance of their surroundings either to make them more livable or as a form of expression. But what if paint could be more than just a cover for walls and exteriors? That is the goal of researchers at Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, the Korea Institute of Science and Technology, and the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute. These scientists have developed a new paint that does much more than just make things look more pleasing. This new thermoelectric paint is able to capture heat energy and convert it to usable electricity. This is not far off from my journal topic from last week (Paris Navigating Gym). Both projects aim to harness wasted energy and put it back into the electrical grid to reduce the amount of fuel that must be used to create this energy in the first place. The paint is able eliminate any heat loss that occurs with other types of thermoelectric technology because the paint can completely cover any surface even if it is irregularly shaped. This allows the paint to be even more effective than its predecessors. This allows for more opportunities to incorporate energy recycling technology that could help to reduce the effects of pollution. The recycling of energy may very well be the goal of the future being that just recycling materials is not quite the solution to pollution we were hoping for.