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Hawaii lava flow inspires student innovation

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HONOLULU (AP) - Lava flowing from a Hawaii volcano is inspiring innovative ideas from schoolchildren on how to deal with the effects of the molten rock.

Students from Pahoa's Hawaii Academy of Arts and Science charter school came up with an idea for a vog air scrubber. The scrubber pulls volcanic smog out of the air with a fan and neutralizes acidity with a compound similar to baking soda.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports starting Monday, Pahoa's ACE Hardware is selling the parts of the scrubber for $100. A scrubber assembled by the students goes for $150.

The students are in a community the slow-moving lava is threatening. The lava entered Pahoa last month and has since burned down a house. County civil defense officials say the lava flow has been sluggish recently.

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