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(io9)   A story that makes you realize you really ARE living in the gee-whiz science-fiction future you dreamed about in childhood: Scientists achieve a major breakthrough in Lithium battery manufacture using a bioengineered virus   (io9.com) divider line 36
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2013-11-14 09:39:59 PM
This can only lead to the zombie apocalypse.
 
2013-11-14 09:40:18 PM
fark YEAH NANOSCIENCE.

Not related to the work I'm doing, but MOTHER OF GOD I love this field.

/shiat better make sure my APS membership is up to date...
 
2013-11-14 09:42:40 PM
So by the time I'm 90 I will have a cell phone that I don't have to charge every 2 hours?
 
2013-11-14 09:48:42 PM
Greeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt...so the Puppeteers have unleashed their room-temperature-superconductor-eating virus on Earth, thereby destroying our incipient space-faring culture. We are so boned.
 
2013-11-14 09:48:45 PM
M13... Ice-9 ?
 
2013-11-14 10:06:28 PM
But we'll never have immortality or live in space...
 
2013-11-14 10:09:25 PM

Stone Meadow: Greeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt...so the Puppeteers have unleashed their room-temperature-superconductor-eating virus on Earth, thereby destroying our incipient space-faring culture. We are so boned.


Louis Wu, Chmeee, and I see what you did there.
 
2013-11-14 10:28:54 PM

Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Stone Meadow: Greeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt...so the Puppeteers have unleashed their room-temperature-superconductor-eating virus on Earth, thereby destroying our incipient space-faring culture. We are so boned.

Louis Wu, Chmeee, and I see what you did there.


Sorry, it was the first thought that popped into my head. BTW, do you pronounce the "ch" in Chmee like the "ch" in "beach", or like the German name, "Bach"?

/actually kind'a excited about this development
 
2013-11-14 10:29:08 PM

Fano: But we'll never have immortality or live in space...


Immortality could be possible soon, thanks to recent advances in 3D-printing replacement organs.
 
2013-11-14 10:47:40 PM
But engineers have struggled to to create the durable materials required for the batteries' electrodes, and increase the number of charging-cycles the batteries can withstand.

upload.wikimedia.org

Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.
 
2013-11-14 11:00:33 PM

Stone Meadow: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Stone Meadow: Greeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt...so the Puppeteers have unleashed their room-temperature-superconductor-eating virus on Earth, thereby destroying our incipient space-faring culture. We are so boned.

Louis Wu, Chmeee, and I see what you did there.

Sorry, it was the first thought that popped into my head. BTW, do you pronounce the "ch" in Chmee like the "ch" in "beach", or like the German name, "Bach"?

/actually kind'a excited about this development


<nerd> German ch, mentioned at the beginning of Ringworld Engineers. </nerd>
 
2013-11-14 11:31:30 PM
SearchN:

Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.

That's ok, the Slovenia a capella version is stuck in my head which reminds me, there are a couple of hot women in that group. Mmmmm... hot women.
 
2013-11-14 11:51:24 PM

SearchN: But engineers have struggled to to create the durable materials required for the batteries' electrodes, and increase the number of charging-cycles the batteries can withstand.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x310]

Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.


Stupid rains down in Africa.
 
2013-11-15 12:00:57 AM

Dr Jack Badofsky: SearchN: But engineers have struggled to to create the durable materials required for the batteries' electrodes, and increase the number of charging-cycles the batteries can withstand.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x310]

Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.

Stupid rains down in Africa.


Why did you have to name the song?!?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! !!!!!
 
2013-11-15 12:18:59 AM
now if only we could bioengineer a virus to create electricity with biochemical processes, we'd be all set
 
2013-11-15 12:23:02 AM
I feel it every time I Skype. I always geek out and say " Welcome to the world of tomorrow!"
 
2013-11-15 12:26:01 AM

Dr Jack Badofsky: SearchN: But engineers have struggled to to create the durable materials required for the batteries' electrodes, and increase the number of charging-cycles the batteries can withstand.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x310]

Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.

Stupid rains down in Africa.


You know you love it. Some random jackass over the internet can easily put an ear worm into someone elses head.
 
2013-11-15 12:28:54 AM
But two of them escaped

www.blessedharlot.net
 
2013-11-15 12:31:56 AM

SearchN: Dr Jack Badofsky: SearchN: But engineers have struggled to to create the durable materials required for the batteries' electrodes, and increase the number of charging-cycles the batteries can withstand.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 300x310]

Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.

Stupid rains down in Africa.

You know you love it. Some random jackass over the internet can easily put an ear worm into someone elses head.


Maybe I should have said Chicken Dance?
 
2013-11-15 12:34:45 AM

DubtodaIll: now if only we could bioengineer a virus to create electricity with biochemical processes, we'd be all set


Would you settle for electric bacteria?
 
2013-11-15 12:37:18 AM

LordOfThePings: But two of them escaped

[www.blessedharlot.net image 350x260]


That's okay, they'll just mate and create dilithium.
 
2013-11-15 01:08:30 AM

Ivo Shandor: DubtodaIll: now if only we could bioengineer a virus to create electricity with biochemical processes, we'd be all set

Would you settle for electric bacteria?


that's in the right direction.  ideally we could find a way to feed a virus or bacteria garbage from plastic to banana peels and it turns it into useable energy.
 
2013-11-15 02:05:31 AM
We are not living in the future I dreamed about.

If anyone dreamt of rampant government surveillance, eternal corporate ownership of culture, patent trolls, an "internet of things" that increasingly makes data about your private life a commodity for sale, drone warfare against civilian populations, and an unceasing bombardment of advertising that worms its way into every facet of your life, I hope they were having farking nightmares.

/computers do amazing things, but I'm really starting to resent the effects of integrating them into everything we do
 
2013-11-15 02:25:44 AM

Cthulhu_is_my_homeboy: We are not living in the future I dreamed about.

If anyone dreamt of rampant government surveillance, eternal corporate ownership of culture, patent trolls, an "internet of things" that increasingly makes data about your private life a commodity for sale, drone warfare against civilian populations, and an unceasing bombardment of advertising that worms its way into every facet of your life, I hope they were having farking nightmares.

/computers do amazing things, but I'm really starting to resent the effects of integrating them into everything we do


So...Johnny Mnemonic?
 
2013-11-15 04:42:38 AM
Meh. I realized I was living in the future a couple days ago, when I was walking home one evening. I passed by a modern looking house in a nice neighborhood, and the street was almost totally dark due to the placement of the streetlights.

   Standing in the door of a open garage, a middle-aged man was looking at his smartphone while smoking, his face under-lit buy the glow of the screen. The appearance of him standing in a bubble of light, while looking with mild interest at his tabletphone; crystallized the dull, quiet ennui of modern technology and the mild interest we have at its advancement.
 
2013-11-15 04:54:54 AM

katerbug72: I feel it every time I Skype. I always geek out and say " Welcome to the world of tomorrow!"


Shut up, Terry.
 
2013-11-15 05:14:15 AM

SpdrJay: So by the time I'm 90 I will have a cell phone that I don't have to charge every 2 hours?


This.

Let me guess, this battery technology should be on the market in a few years? Just like every other battery advance that has been claimed yet failed to materialize in practical reality.

Let me know when there's a cell phone battery that can last 12 solid hours of actual use (12 hours of constant video, wifi streaming, etc) at full screen brightness and with radios on. Until then, I don't want to hear about pretend advances that are really just pleas for grant money.
 
2013-11-15 06:38:24 AM

taurusowner: SpdrJay: So by the time I'm 90 I will have a cell phone that I don't have to charge every 2 hours?

This.

Let me guess, this battery technology should be on the market in a few years? Just like every other battery advance that has been claimed yet failed to materialize in practical reality.


Yeah, battery technology hasn't improved at all over the past 10-15 years.
 
2013-11-15 07:10:51 AM
But, but, genetic engineering is bad cause a website said it's to blame for making my Tater Jr fat and stupid. We need to git back to nature by using homeopathic medicine, and growing our own food, and not using any technology.
 
2013-11-15 07:19:17 AM

Felgraf: fark YEAH NANOSCIENCE.

Not related to the work I'm doing, but MOTHER OF GOD I love this field.

/shiat better make sure my APS membership is up to date...


Behold the true eloquence of science.
 
2013-11-15 09:43:29 AM

Dansker: taurusowner: SpdrJay: So by the time I'm 90 I will have a cell phone that I don't have to charge every 2 hours?

This.

Let me guess, this battery technology should be on the market in a few years? Just like every other battery advance that has been claimed yet failed to materialize in practical reality.

Yeah, battery technology hasn't improved at all over the past 10-15 years.


My sarcasm meter just went through the roof.


amindofiron: Stone Meadow: Nicholas D. Wolfwood: Stone Meadow: Greeeeaaaaaaaaatttttttttttt...so the Puppeteers have unleashed their room-temperature-superconductor-eating virus on Earth, thereby destroying our incipient space-faring culture. We are so boned.

Louis Wu, Chmeee, and I see what you did there.

Sorry, it was the first thought that popped into my head. BTW, do you pronounce the "ch" in Chmee like the "ch" in "beach", or like the German name, "Bach"?

/actually kind'a excited about this development

<nerd> German ch, mentioned at the beginning of Ringworld Engineers. </nerd>


Right there with you, much love for the Ringworld.
 
2013-11-15 09:59:34 AM

amindofiron: Stone Meadow: BTW, do you pronounce the "ch" in Chmee like the "ch" in "beach", or like the German name, "Bach"?

<nerd> German ch, mentioned at the beginning of Ringworld Engineers. </nerd>


~www.legalproductivity.com

LOL...thanks!
 
2013-11-15 10:12:02 AM
I think I read this story before.  IIRC, it ends with the virus making the leap to humanity and turning us all into a shapeshifting techno-organic gestalt.
 
2013-11-15 10:28:31 AM

ARNOLD.HART: Dansker: taurusowner: SpdrJay: So by the time I'm 90 I will have a cell phone that I don't have to charge every 2 hours?

This.

Let me guess, this battery technology should be on the market in a few years? Just like every other battery advance that has been claimed yet failed to materialize in practical reality.

Yeah, battery technology hasn't improved at all over the past 10-15 years.

My sarcasm meter just went through the roof.


Well, I'm not giving you a new one. This is a sarcasm rich environment, and you should have lowered the sensivity before coming in.
 
2013-11-15 01:45:39 PM

SearchN: But engineers have struggled to to create the durable materials required for the batteries' electrodes, and increase the number of charging-cycles the batteries can withstand.



Not even going to bother putting the song in, it's already stuck in your head.


I was thinking "Hold the Line..."!

/I came for the Iron Man reference. you guys are slacking.

//grass on! GRASS!!! OFF!!!
 
2013-11-15 02:17:57 PM

Ivo Shandor: Fano: But we'll never have immortality or live in space...

Immortality could be possible soon, thanks to recent advances in 3D-printing replacement organs.


No need, with AI and mind uploads. Until a Failure of Friendliness when someone asks an AI for a cure for cancer, and it converts the Solar System's matter into a computer to answer the question.
 
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