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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Is your battery alive ?

TMV batteries
It is understood that over a period of time the lifeforms that we see around will tend to be cyborgs, augmented mechanically for greater functionality. In a complete flip we have seen a machine (ok battery ) augmented functionally by a biological entity. Researchers have found that the efficiency of a Li ion battery can be enhanced many times over by getting tobacco mosaic viruses to attach themselves to the electrode. Shades of Arthur C Clarke and Rama.....
Read more here.

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Solar powered lifeforms

Oriental hornet (image: Matti Paavola)

This amazing insect has been found with solar harvesting structures in its abdomen. Read more here.