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(Slate)   Biological engineer genetically modifies viruses to create batteries that can be recharged thousands of times, then decay harmlessly. If these batteries don't release clouds of fatal toxins and/or enslave humanity, this could be a great advancement   (slate.com) divider line 29
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2014-03-10 06:58:09 AM  
So this is how The Matrix begins, I always thought humans would make an ineffective power supply, perhaps we get infected.
 
2014-03-10 07:18:44 AM  
"Top Ten Things Overheard in a GE Test Lab"

This guy has created a light bulb that never burns out

Kill him.

And :AIEEEEEEEE THE SQUID IS NO LONGER RESPONDING TO THE MIND CONTROL!!!!
 
2014-03-10 07:49:02 AM  
What is on her cheek?
 
2014-03-10 07:49:21 AM  

img4.wikia.nocookie.net

 
2014-03-10 07:52:29 AM  

libranoelrose: What is on her cheek?


Flesh colored earbud microphone I think. Looks like a scar at first but nope...
 
2014-03-10 07:56:53 AM  
Nature's already done 3.5 billion years worth of R&D for us. We're dumb if we don't take advantage of it.
 
2014-03-10 07:59:36 AM  
Next weeks headline: Biological engineer disappearance remains a mystery
 
2014-03-10 08:02:42 AM  
I can't be snarky about this.

I wish humanity all the best.


/was this bought by the Umbrella Corporation?
//I lied
///hello Alice
 
2014-03-10 08:03:26 AM  
TFA: We improved the power performance of electrodes made from iron phosphate nanowires by finding a genetic sequence for a virus that favourably binds to carbon nanotubes (CNTs), which are highly conducting

Bullshiat like typing detected.

TL;DR:

They are experimental, can't power anything more than a watch, and can only be recharged "hundreds of times".

The entire article is a venture capital hail Mary.
 
2014-03-10 08:03:56 AM  
Hope he works for Goodyear Tires next.
 
2014-03-10 08:04:06 AM  
Our new overlords keep going and going and going...
 
2014-03-10 08:14:23 AM  
FTFA: "Don't viruses usually make us sick?"

And I stopped reading.
 
2014-03-10 08:16:31 AM  
This will increase the release of smug into our atmosphere exponentially. We must stop it now before its too late.
 
2014-03-10 08:17:04 AM  
And all this time, he should have been working on a de-icing system for aircraft.
 
2014-03-10 08:21:08 AM  

mike_d85: FTFA: "Don't viruses usually make us sick?"

And I stopped reading.



Humans are the only real thing on this planet. Everything else is made in China.
 
2014-03-10 08:26:50 AM  
The batteries aren't going to enslave humanity.  They're going to POWER the robots that will enslave humanity.
 
2014-03-10 08:30:25 AM  

mike_d85: FTFA: "Don't viruses usually make us sick?"

And I stopped reading.


You shouldn't have. As science journalism goes, this is pretty good. That was a question for the goons, so they don't go "I AINT CHARGIN MAH PHONE WITH NO AIDS VIRUS BATTERY HURR."
 
2014-03-10 08:35:45 AM  
Cell phone batteries?

stuffmonsterslike.com
 
2014-03-10 08:36:30 AM  

labman: The batteries aren't going to enslave humanity.  They're going to POWER the robots that will enslave humanity.


 ♫ GE, we bring good things to life!
 
2014-03-10 08:38:22 AM  
Here's her TED talk from a couple years back.
 
2014-03-10 08:39:22 AM  
Marginally more efficient than a potato battery?
 
2014-03-10 08:45:42 AM  
I see that the "Big Battery" shills are up already.
 
2014-03-10 09:42:36 AM  
Great, great just great.  We're having a wildfire event.  Again.  Time to head for the...corn research facility.
 
2014-03-10 10:17:08 AM  
If it gets anywhere near to being viable Big Voltage will kill it
 
2014-03-10 12:07:05 PM  

EvilEgg: So this is how The Matrix begins, I always thought humans would make an ineffective power supply, perhaps we get infected.


Well, the original plan was actually that humans were squishy processing power, and better at certain tasks/processing than the machines were. Some of that processing power was fed *back* to create the matrix itself (Which was why humans could manipulate it if they were aware and strong enough mentally: You basically had root access wired to your *skull*).

But that was deemed 'too confusing' by the producing company, so they were forced to change it.
 
2014-03-10 02:27:55 PM  
Well at least they won't enslave humanity
 
2014-03-10 02:34:35 PM  

mike_d85: FTFA: "Don't viruses usually make us sick?"

And I stopped reading.


There are (apparently) 6 billion virus in every pint of sea water but they only infect bacteria that live in the sea...
 
2014-03-10 02:37:12 PM  

Felgraf: EvilEgg: So this is how The Matrix begins, I always thought humans would make an ineffective power supply, perhaps we get infected.

Well, the original plan was actually that humans were squishy processing power, and better at certain tasks/processing than the machines were. Some of that processing power was fed *back* to create the matrix itself (Which was why humans could manipulate it if they were aware and strong enough mentally: You basically had root access wired to your *skull*).

But that was deemed 'too confusing' by the producing company, so they were forced to change it.


That makes a lot more sense than batteries and eastern mysticism
 
2014-03-10 02:38:32 PM  
So when we have these batteries made from virus I wonder how long it will take before they charge themselves with the cells that make electric from an electric eel?
 
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