Batteries Powered by a Virus
Batteries powered by...a virus?
It sounds like something out of a comic book, but scientists are working on a mixture of a harmless, genetically engineered virus that will provide cheap, easy to produce power sources.
While it would be creepy wearing a watch powered by a virus, I think the reality is we live with viruses and bacteria around us (and in us) all the time, and controlling them might be a positive step to take.
By pouring a mixture of the harmless, genetically engineered M13 virus and the metal cobalt over stamped silicon film, Angela Belcher and her colleagues created a flexible, microscopic battery that could be cheaply mass produced.
In theory, it could turn virtually any surface -- from large computers to tiny implanted detectors for cancer or heart disease -- into an energy-storing device.