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Living snail batteries – and backyard spies.

Entered By: grant on April 6, 2012 No Observations

Science Daily creeps us out with a military-funded project that’s turning snails into living batteries:

The electrified snail, being a biotechnological living device, was able to regenerate glucose consumed by biocatalytic electrodes, upon appropriate feeding and relaxing, and then produce a new portion of electrical energy.

The snail with the implanted biofuel cell will be able to operate in a natural environment, producing sustainable electrical micropower for activating various bioelectronic devices.

That’s a fancy way of saying that once the snails’ metabolisms are harnessed to generate electricity, the resulting energy can be used to run sensors, cameras and wireless transmitters.

They could be creeping through the marigolds now. Watching you.


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