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Researchers Advance Development of Organic Batteries
4/11/2013

Researchers have found that they can create an electrical current when proteins on the surface of bacteria(like shewanella oneidensis, shown here) touch a mineral surface. The researchshows that it is possible to develop microbial fuel cells.(Source: University of East Anglia/Alice Dohnalkova)
Researchers have found that they can create an electrical current when proteins on the surface of bacteria
(like shewanella oneidensis, shown here) touch a mineral surface. The research
shows that it is possible to develop microbial fuel cells.
(Source: University of East Anglia/Alice Dohnalkova)

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Rob Spiegel
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Watch out for antibiotics
Rob Spiegel   4/11/2013 8:43:55 AM
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This one is a new one on me, Elizabeth. Like the Matrix, only the slaves are bacteria. I wonder if this will start a "free bacteria" movement. Others may argue that creating electricity may give meaning to the life of individual bacterium.

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Elizabeth M   4/11/2013 10:15:58 AM
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Ha, Rob, yes, it's quite an interesting development, isn't it? Not something I would have come up with, but that's why I'm a writer and not a scientist. It is quite interesting and I wonder if it could have any implications in the future for the treatment of bacteria-related illnesses or other applications.

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naperlou   4/11/2013 10:27:27 AM
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Rob, that's what I was thinking.  What if these guys "escaped"?  Would they be dangerous?  Will they attack?  Could be scary.

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Recharge
tekochip   4/11/2013 12:30:56 PM
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It would be interesting if you could recharge the cells by simply adding food to the cells.

Rob Spiegel
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Rob Spiegel   4/11/2013 3:42:26 PM
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I agree, Elizabeth, it will be interesting to see if there are further developments with the use of bacteria. A lot of new technology seems to be coming out of the natural world or being inspired by the natural world. Growing algae as an energy source, modeling robot movements on insect movement -- these are just a couple recent examples. There's a zillion.

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Rob Spiegel   4/11/2013 3:53:02 PM
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Yes, Naperlou, I can see all kinds of plots. Attacked by your battery's bacteria. The bacteria decide to revolt, leaving the car owner stranded in the Navada desert. This could be fun.

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Charles Murray   4/11/2013 7:50:13 PM
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It seems that would be the case, tekochip. It says that "electricity could be generated by the breakdown of domestic or agriculural waste products." Sounds like a variation on Mr. Fusion from Back to the Future.  

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Gorski   4/11/2013 9:01:03 PM
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I also wonder if you could vary teh amount of electricity generated by the kind of food fed to them. Do you think Wonder Bread would work?

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Gorski   4/11/2013 9:01:04 PM
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I also wonder if you could vary teh amount of electricity generated by the kind of food fed to them. Do you think Wonder Bread would work?

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Re : Researchers Advance Development of Organic Batteries
AnandY   4/14/2013 9:00:06 AM
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@Elizabeth, thanks for the post. Its fascinating to know that electrical current can be generated by touching proteins on the surface of bacteria to a mineral surface. What kind of metal or mineral was used for this experiment ? 

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