Author Topic: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery  (Read 874 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Online Buster's Uncle

  • Through art, I
  • Transcend
  • *
  • Posts: 45905
  • €469
  • View Inventory
  • Send /Gift
  • Someone thinks a Winrar is You!  Because there are times when people just need a cute puppy  Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur  
  • AC2 is my instrument, my heart, as I play my song.
  • Planet tales writer Smilie Artist Custom Faction Modder AC2 Wiki contributor Downloads Contributor
    • View Profile
    • My Custom Factions
    • Awards
Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« on: March 15, 2012, 04:43:59 PM »
Quote
Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
By Jeremy Hsu | LiveScience.com – Tue, Mar 13, 2012...

 
A snail transformed into a living battery has moved the world one step closer to having tiny cyborg spies underfoot.
 
The pioneering experiment harnessed a snail's blood sugar to "recharge" an implanted battery — the first time researchers have shown sustainable generation of electricity in a living creature's body over several months. If the snails' bodies can create enough electricity to power microelectronics, they could act as living sensors or detectors for the U.S. military and Homeland Security.
 
"In this [direction] the biofuel cells are expected to operate in small creatures (snails, worms, insects, etc) providing sustainable electrical power for various sensors and wireless transmitters," said Evgeny Katz, a professor of chemistry at Clarkson University in Potsdam, N.Y.
 
Katz and his colleagues implanted the snail with electrodes made of thin sheets of carbon nanotubes — called Buckypaper — that could conduct electricity. Those electrodes, coupled with certain enzymes, created electricity by using glucose sugar and oxygen circulating in the snail's "hemolymph" blood.
 
Such a setup allowed the snails to roam freely and live life almost as normally as possible — resting and eating allowed the creatures to build up glucose levels to "recharge" the battery. A new study describing the results is detailed in the March 8 online edition of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
 
"Our snail was living for a few months with the implanted electrodes, eating, drinking, moving, etc.," Katz told InnovationNewsDaily. "The snail was fixed for a few minutes to make the electrical measurements and then it was released again to move."
 
The amount of electricity created was still far below that of just one AAA battery, but Katz's team and its Israeli colleagues at Ben-Gurion University hope to boost the flow of electricity in new experiments. They have also begun testing different substances in the bodies of such small creatures that could power the battery.
 
The U.S. military's own DARPA research arm has funded research into piezoelectric generators that convert pressure or material stress from the motion of a cyborg beetle's wings into electricity — a tactic that relies upon constant motion from an insect. By contrast, implanted biofuel cells could theoretically keep going as long as the tiny creature's body has enough fuel.
 
Implanted biofuel cells that run on glucose might also someday power new medical devices inside the human body, Katz explained. But the latest paper focuses more on the animal possibilities.
 
As a next step, Katz's team plans to hook the living batteries up to microelectronic devices attached to the outside of the creatures' shells or exoskeletons. A cyborg snail or insect could carry video cameras or gas sensors to collect information before beaming it to the home base through wireless transmitters.
 
"In the future setup the implanted bioelectrodes will be connected to a microelectronic device (sensing and wireless transmitting) fixed at the snail body, and the snail will be released to move as much as it wants," Katz said.
http://news.yahoo.com/cyborg-snail-turned-living-battery-152201298.html

Offline Unorthodox

Re: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 05:29:26 PM »
Insert matrix picture here I'm too lazy to go get. 

Seriously freaky. 

Maybe one day we'll have implanted cell phones our bodies recharge themselves. 

Online Buster's Uncle

  • Through art, I
  • Transcend
  • *
  • Posts: 45905
  • €469
  • View Inventory
  • Send /Gift
  • Someone thinks a Winrar is You!  Because there are times when people just need a cute puppy  Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur  
  • AC2 is my instrument, my heart, as I play my song.
  • Planet tales writer Smilie Artist Custom Faction Modder AC2 Wiki contributor Downloads Contributor
    • View Profile
    • My Custom Factions
    • Awards
Re: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 05:31:19 PM »
Yeah; The Matrix had a little internal logic problem, didn't it?

Some of the kids these days couldn't possibly power all the phone/toys they use, even free-range.

Offline Unorthodox

Re: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 05:37:33 PM »
True...

And I guess implanting a phone these days doesn't make much sense anyway.  People don't have 'phones' anymore, but those portable all in one devices "smart phones".  I'm still in the stone age with my cell phone that does nothing but make phone calls.  (have to specially order them these days, but mandatory for the job)

Online Buster's Uncle

  • Through art, I
  • Transcend
  • *
  • Posts: 45905
  • €469
  • View Inventory
  • Send /Gift
  • Someone thinks a Winrar is You!  Because there are times when people just need a cute puppy  Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur  
  • AC2 is my instrument, my heart, as I play my song.
  • Planet tales writer Smilie Artist Custom Faction Modder AC2 Wiki contributor Downloads Contributor
    • View Profile
    • My Custom Factions
    • Awards
Re: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 05:46:02 PM »
Mom has one of those, but I have no intention of ever making it that easy for people to bother me...

Offline Unorthodox

Re: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2012, 06:00:36 PM »
The only ones that call me is family. 

Normally it's the kids/wife with something important.  I regret ever giving the rest of the family the number...

Online Buster's Uncle

  • Through art, I
  • Transcend
  • *
  • Posts: 45905
  • €469
  • View Inventory
  • Send /Gift
  • Someone thinks a Winrar is You!  Because there are times when people just need a cute puppy  Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur  
  • AC2 is my instrument, my heart, as I play my song.
  • Planet tales writer Smilie Artist Custom Faction Modder AC2 Wiki contributor Downloads Contributor
    • View Profile
    • My Custom Factions
    • Awards
Re: Cyborg Snail Turned Into Living Battery
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2012, 06:14:44 PM »
My whole family dislikes phones.  Probably something to do with lingering fear of daddy, but none of us were as bad when he was alive.  Dunno - people ain't got no &^%$#@! phone manners anymore, that's for sure. 

 

* User

Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.
Did you miss your activation email?


Login with username, password and session length

Select language:

* Community poll

SMAC v.4 SMAX v.2 (or previous versions)
-=-
19 (7%)
XP Compatibility patch
-=-
9 (3%)
Gog version for Windows
-=-
78 (29%)
Scient (unofficial) patch
-=-
30 (11%)
Kyrub's latest patch
-=-
14 (5%)
Yitzi's latest patch
-=-
85 (32%)
AC for Mac
-=-
2 (0%)
AC for Linux
-=-
5 (1%)
Gog version for Mac
-=-
10 (3%)
No patch
-=-
13 (4%)
Total Members Voted: 265
AC2 Wiki Logo

* Random quote

Look at any photograph or work of art. If you could duplicate exactly the first tiny dot of color, and then the next and the next, you would end with a perfect copy of the whole, indistinguishable from the original in every way, including the so-called 'moral value' of the art itself. Nothing can transcend its smallest elements.
~CEO Nwabudike Morgan 'The Ethics of Greed'

* Select your theme

*