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A Giant Natural Battery

February 27, 2010

Scientists have previously developed commercial applications from bacteria to produce biofuels and electricity. Now, comes word of natural bacterial batteries. A recent article published by Danish researchers in the journal Nature describes bacteria that use tendrils as nanowires to form a giant natural battery.

A research team led by Lars Peter Nielsen of Aarhus University in Denmark looked at bacteria that live in marine sediment and use nanowires and oxygen reactions to create giant batteries that process organic material.

We’ve been hearing about nanotechnology for a few years. Replicating on a large scale, microbial systems found in nature might be the best and quickest way to commercialize beneficial nanotechnology.

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