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(NEWSER) – If your smartphone suddenly dies, you may be tempted to toss it and get another one, but Danielle George is aiming to change that. The University of Manchester engineering professor uses household hacks like sending wireless messages via barbecue and surfing the Internet with a torch, the Telegraph notes, and she wants to let people know how easy it is.

She's talking about it in this year's Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures(broadcast today through Wednesday on BBC) in an attempt to underscore that today's generation will simply replace broken devices with new ones rather than attempt to fix them. "I want young people to realize that that they have the power to change the world right from their bedroom, kitchen table, or garden shed," she tells theTelegraph. The reason under-40s shy away from fixing what's broke: We live in a "disposable" world now, George says.

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