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Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses

 
withoutatrace
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Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
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Summary: Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have developed a method for generating power using harmless viruses that convert mechanical energy into electricity.

The same means of generating a charge that allows scanning probe microscopes, cigarette lighters, and push-start propane barbecues to function can now be harnessed from viruses.

Researchers at Berkeley Lab have developed a way to generate power using a virus called M13 bacteriophage to convert mechanical energy into electricity.

The technology could one day lead to gadgets like smartphones that harvest energy from everyday movements, such as walking.

The newly created generator is the first to produce electricity by harnessing the piezoelectric properties of a biological material, according to a news release. Piezoelectricity is the accumulation of a charge in a solid in response to mechanical pressure.

LESS THAN 50% RULE USED, see the rest at either of the above sources.

Sounds pretty creepy to me. Thoughts?
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
Here's link to the actual scientific journal paper on it:

[link to www.nature.com]
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
Perhaps not many realize the potential for such technology. The article actually states:

Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe.

Don't you find it interesting the possible things that could be powered without us even knowing about it?

Oh, I don't know.... tracking transmitters, GPS, microphones.
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And I'm sure the government will find a way to tax the hell out of us for using this technology lol.
The truth is out there.
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
Perhaps not many realize the potential for such technology. The article actually states:

Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe.

Don't you find it interesting the possible things that could be powered without us even knowing about it?

Oh, I don't know.... tracking transmitters, GPS, microphones.
 Quoting: withoutatrace


agent 86 would have been thrilled
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"It also points to a simpler way to make microelectronic devices. That’s because the viruses arrange themselves into an orderly film that enables the generator to work. Self-assembly is a much sought after goal in the finicky world of nanotechnology."
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
Cool. Now I can just stick my iPhone down my pants and charge it with my herpes!
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And I'm sure the government will find a way to tax the hell out of us for using this technology lol.
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More like make sure it never sees the light of day...
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
THE MATRIX, then you'll be given an Uber Euthenasia pass to the generator pods.

COMBINES THE PROFIT-BASED NEEDS OF THE RICH AND THE USEFULNESS OF THE POOR.

aka sick fucking world.
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
THE MATRIX, then you'll be given an Uber Euthenasia pass to the generator pods.

COMBINES THE PROFIT-BASED NEEDS OF THE RICH AND THE USEFULNESS OF THE POOR.

aka sick fucking world.
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matrix
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Humans are fucking awesome.

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This will cause the Zombie apocalypse... mark my words...
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seems pointless. inorganic crystals should be more durable than organic viruses
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
The Borg had this technology since they assimilated species 1143
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bump
Way out in the middle of Nowhere, USA.
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We can generate energy from a multitude of different sources. It's only the sources that the government can charge for AND tax for are the ones we are "allowed" to use. So, if this can't be taxed and provided by our heroes in D.C. then it will never be allowed to progress past the term "breakthrough".

Just my 2 cents
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We can generate energy from a multitude of different sources. It's only the sources that the government can charge for AND tax for are the ones we are "allowed" to use. So, if this can't be taxed and provided by our heroes in D.C. then it will never be allowed to progress past the term "breakthrough".

Just my 2 cents
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MY BAD.. forgot to login when I posted this!
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THE MATRIX, then you'll be given an Uber Euthenasia pass to the generator pods.

COMBINES THE PROFIT-BASED NEEDS OF THE RICH AND THE USEFULNESS OF THE POOR.

aka sick fucking world.
 Quoting: Free Planet 15824021


matrix
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yep, that was my first thought too... people batteries

ohyeah
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
In this case, the average rock star could supply the world's energy for decades

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And I'm sure the government will find a way to tax the hell out of us for using this technology lol.
 Quoting: TRU


This. The Government parasite is one of the biggest counter weights holding back human progress. it's like having a safe tied to our ankle.
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As soon as this happens, I'm going to find a way to store my energy and sell it, that way I can get paid to exercise all the time
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This is how the Zombie apocalypse will come to be.
damned
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Cool. Now I can just stick my iPhone down my pants and charge it with my herpes!
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lol


That you, Gunt?
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"harmless".... Ha!
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Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
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Wait....they´re making energy out of Banksters, lobbyism hooker politicians and warmongers etc. ? Hah, that energy would be sufficient to travel to the Restaurant at the end of the Universe and back only for a Cheeseburger, every friggin day. ohyeah

Btw. 5* OP

Last Edited by Trickster on 05/15/2012 10:32 AM
And Miles to go before I sleep, miles to go before I sleep....
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
Here's link to the actual scientific journal paper on it:

[link to www.nature.com]
 Quoting: withoutatrace


Sorry to burst your bubble but Nature journal sucks now. It used to be very good one with solid science. Lately, it seems that a lot of activists mostly write propaganda hit piece trying to prove CO2 is a main driver and we should shut down coal plants, natural power plants , etc.
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Re: Scientific Breakthrough: Scientists Generate Usable Electricity From Viruses
Perhaps not many realize the potential for such technology. The article actually states:

Imagine charging your phone as you walk, thanks to a paper-thin generator embedded in the sole of your shoe.

Don't you find it interesting the possible things that could be powered without us even knowing about it?

Oh, I don't know.... tracking transmitters, GPS, microphones.
 Quoting: withoutatrace


agent 86 would have been thrilled
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 16031795


1rof1
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wow

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