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Trained Viruses?!?! What's Next?

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by RideTheFire, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. RideTheFire

    RideTheFire Member

    Joined: Jul 5, 2005 Messages: 617 Likes Received: 1
    :shakehead::shakehead::shakehead::shakehead:


    MIT Builds Batteries with Viruses

    By Ed Oswald, BetaNews

    April 7, 2006, 12:49 PM

    Normally, one would associate the word virus with something negative, whether it is a malfunctioning desktop computer or a sickness. However, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have "trained" viruses in a lab to create a miniature battery.


    By manipulating a few genes within the virus, researchers were able to get the organism to grow and then assemble itself into a functional electronic device. They hope to be able to build a battery that could be as small as a grain of rice. Two opposite electrodes -- or conductors -- form the structure of a battery, called an anode and a cathode. These are separated by something called an electrolyte, a liquid of gel-like substance that contains ions and can conduct electricity.


    In the process created by MIT researchers, the viruses were engineered to create the anode by collecting cobalt oxide and gold. Since these viruses have a negative charge, they are then layered between oppositely charged synthetic polymers to create thin sheets.


    Batteries made with this process could store two to three times the energy of traditional batteries that size, meaning a longer-lasting charge. While the researchers did not specify any early applications of the technology, it would likely first appear in Defense Department work. The project was funded by the Army Research Office, MIT said.
    The group's work is expected to appear in this week's issue of Science.



    http://www.betanews.com/article/MIT_Builds_Batteries_with_Viruses/1144427306
     
  2. RideTheFire

    RideTheFire Member

    Joined: Jul 5, 2005 Messages: 617 Likes Received: 1
    I personally don't think this is going to be a good idea...
     
  3. Gat Bush

    Gat Bush Veteran Member

    Joined: Jul 23, 2003 Messages: 9,817 Likes Received: 129
    so they can kill you with the touch of a button
     
  4. Kr430n5_666

    Kr430n5_666 Banned

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  5. Mainter

    Mainter Veteran Member

    Joined: Sep 7, 2003 Messages: 5,450 Likes Received: 1
    keep it on the computer thread


    little thread posts like this dont go far most of the time.:shakehead:
     
  6. 1/4FareMetrocard

    1/4FareMetrocard 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Feb 6, 2006 Messages: 12,962 Likes Received: 690
  7. scott la rockwell

    scott la rockwell New Jack

    Joined: Apr 9, 2006 Messages: 3 Likes Received: 0
  8. metronome

    metronome Veteran Member

    Joined: Apr 7, 2006 Messages: 6,029 Likes Received: 185
    this isn't a computer virus mainter
    it was just built by computer nerds.
    technically virii aren't biological, they just are.
     
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