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Scientists generate electricity with viruses

Posted on Wednesday, 16 May, 2012 | Comment icon 7 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

Scientists have developed a means with which to use viruses to power small electrical devices.

In the ever-expanding world of nanotechnology, scientists in the US are working on using harmless viruses to power small electronic devices such as LCD displays. The method for creating this energy is known as piezoelectricity, the accumulation of charge through mechanical stress such as pressure or vibration.

The work could one day lead to the development of tiny electric generators that would fit into your shoes and allow you to charge a cell phone while you walk. They could also be used to light staircases as you apply pressure to the steps while walking up them.

"When people get a cold or the flu, they tend to experience a lack of energy."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by King Fluffs on 16 May, 2012, 18:52
Comment icon #2 Posted by HawkLord on 16 May, 2012, 22:37
Very promising, just so long as they don't accidently create a flu that electrocutes you when you sneeze.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Xanthurion2 on 17 May, 2012, 7:48
strange but interesting
Comment icon #4 Posted by S I N on 17 May, 2012, 8:49
So they can make nanobotss that do stuff in your body but they had no way to power them till now......just think about that
Comment icon #5 Posted by esperwolf on 17 May, 2012, 14:29
Fasinating finaly viruses come in handy for something.
Comment icon #6 Posted by cenobite on 17 May, 2012, 18:53
bang tidy
Comment icon #7 Posted by BaneSilvermoon on 20 May, 2012, 0:41
Probably way to small a charge, but I wonder how viable it would be to try and make the power it generates cause the vibration that initiates it. Make it self sustaining.

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