3 April, 2009
bio-battery is 3 times more power than lithium battery
Here's an exciting news from the world's smartest people in Boston, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT): A new bio-battery based from a virus (M13) is three times more powerful than today's lithium (Li) batteries in gadgets.
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.
Such an electrode can produce more power faster than lithium batteries, which currently power most gadgets.
Batteries that last longer, isn't that wonderful?
news source: Battery built out of virus could power iPods, cars - MIT (news.com.au, 3 April 2009)
(BTW, Don lives in beautiful Boston.)
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Posted by Antony on 3 April 2009 9:53 PM
And what happens when M13 mutates into something that can infect humans, and some curious little kid eats a battery?
I think battery powered toddlers would be great. At least you could switch them off to stop their screaming!!
Are we are getting closer to having humaniods?
So the little kid eats current lithium battery will be fine compared to environmentally friendly bio-battery?
If a little kid eats a lithium battery, whatever happens to him isn't contagious.
Don't you think the very smart people in Boston would of course keep the virus safe.
A virus stops being "safe" the minute it meets the public, unless it can somehow be prevented from replicating and then prevented from ever mutating. That would, of course, make it difficult to culture the virus on any large scale.
I am sure the experts in Boston can figure out a way to prevent these unnecessary concerns.
What makes you so sure that the people in Boston are "experts," or "the very smart people," or for that matter have intelligence above that of Sydney (if such a thing can be accurately measured)?
Those academics and students in the very famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology are, without a doubt.
And what makes them so much smarter than students at, say, ANU or the University of Sydney, as you seem to be suggesting?
The name "MIT" is simply world famous. Many many smart ideas were from the world famous MIT in Boston.
So you base your understanding of a school's performance based on its recognition on a worldwide scale? You don't think that you should use a more resistant measure than that?
Also, why is "Boston" bolded? I already know where I live.
It is well known that getting accepted into the world famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston is very very challenging. Hence, it is safe to conclude that students and researchers at MIT are very smart.
In bold typeface to show my basic respect.
An extremely selective admissions department doesn't guarantee a good school, you know. Anyway, I didn't even bother applying to MIT; my SAT scores were way out of the ones published on their Admissions Statistics
page. It's also interesting to note that their furthest-away traveler is from Melbourne
There is no need to show respect just because I'm from Boston.
Extremely selective is a result of highly popular. In other words, many top kids want to go there, hence they simply pick the bests out of the bests. Which in other words, people in MIT are extremely smart as everybody would agree.
You really don't know that blacks have to be polite and courteous to all whites? Same apply to anything Boston.
And after that last paragraph, you still wonder why I call you racist?
I wasn't born white like you, and I am a victim, how many more times do I have to tell you?