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Virus battery could power Ipods, cars

By T.K. Randall
April 3, 2009 · Comment icon 13 comments



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A new battery has been proposed based on an engineered virus that collects negatively charged particles. The virus could be used to make a battery three times more powerful than today's conventional equivalents.
Scientists have engineered a virus that could form a battery three times more powerful than those found in gadgets today. The bio-battery could conceivably power mp3 players, mobile phones, and possibly even a car. The genes in the virus, dubbed M13, were modified to collect negatively charged particles and build a powerful, tiny electrode out of metal compounds and carbon nanotubes. "


Source: News.com.au | Comments (13)


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Comment icon #4 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
The date above the article says 03 April. I suspect it was first announced on 01 April, though. I hope so, the idea of a virus in a battery is a bit scary, what if the battery bursts or leaks? Being exposed to a virus may lead to bad things. Very bad things.
Comment icon #5 Posted by BiffSplitkins 14 years ago
I hope so, the idea of a virus in a battery is a bit scary, what if the battery bursts or leaks? Being exposed to a virus may lead to bad things. Very bad things. from the news article: The original virus was common type which infects bacteria but not humans. Well, at least as far as they know right? I can see this headed down the path of smart robots taking over the world. They will infect themselves with this virus and humans will never be able to shut them off. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!
Comment icon #6 Posted by Legatus Legionis 14 years ago
I smell zombie outbreak... on the serious side: that's great but isn't that taking a bit too far?
Comment icon #7 Posted by schizoidwoman 14 years ago
I smell zombie outbreak... on the serious side: that's great but isn't that taking a bit too far? Battery powered vampires... it's a new concept!
Comment icon #8 Posted by Legatus Legionis 14 years ago
Battery powered vampires... it's a new concept! bet they'll make a new movie or tv series bout this.. ( i hope so, a tv series on zombies.. xD )
Comment icon #9 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: 14 years ago
from the news article: Well, at least as far as they know right? I can see this headed down the path of smart robots taking over the world. They will infect themselves with this virus and humans will never be able to shut them off. Aaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!! Haha, even so, it was said the same thing with the Titanic and being unsinkable. We all know how that ended up.
Comment icon #10 Posted by BaneSilvermoon 14 years ago
Wouldn't that more or less be a Bacteriophage?
Comment icon #11 Posted by wil 14 years ago
That would be exactly a bacteriophage. Which would not be able to infect humans any more than non-mutant bacteriophages can.
Comment icon #12 Posted by stance 14 years ago
http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/1171541v1
Comment icon #13 Posted by Arcanus. 14 years ago
Great! 1000 years ago it was human slave, and 1000 years later we enslaved viruses. ... what could be cooler than that?


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