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Geplaatst op 19 april 2012 - 09:25

Living batteries? How clams can power up an electric motor

The blood sugar of the clams served as the energy source for the biofuel cells.

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GO GO CYBORG CLAM BATTERY: A clam is hooked up to electrodes to form part of a living battery. (Photo: Journal of Energy & Environmental Science/Clarkson University/Ben- Gurion University of the Negev)

Animal cyborgs have already begun their rise as scientists transform creatures into living batteries capable of powering tiny spy gadgets or sensors. A lab has taken a new step toward that world of tomorrow by harvesting energy from clams to power an electric motor.

The same group previously showed how cyborg snails could survive hosting the first fully implanted biofuel cells. This time U.S. and Israeli researchers put implants in three living clams and then hooked the clams together as a battery to create enough electricity to turn an electric motor — a step toward the scenario in the 1999 film "The Matrix" in which Morpheus compares a human being to a Duracell battery.

"The challenge of the work with clams was in assembling individual cells in batteries," said Evgeny Katz, a professor of chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.


Lees verder: http://www.mnn.com/e...-electric-motor

Bron: Mother nature network

Artikel: http://pubs.rsc.org/...2/ee/c2ee21626d

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