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Scientists have long studied bacteria that can clean up toxic waste by eating it. Other bacteria have been employed to produce electricity.
Now scientists have found a two-for-one deal in bacteria that will eat toxic chemicals 24/7 and make electricity to boot.
"The bacteria are capable of continuously generating electricity at levels that could be used to operate small electronic devices," says Charles Milliken of the Medical University of South Carolina, who conducted the research with colleague Harold May. "As long as the bacteria are fed fuel they are able to produce electricity 24 hours a day."
The findings were to be presented today at the 105th General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology.
The new study involved Desulfitobacteria, already known for their ability to breakdown and detoxify some of the most problematic environmental pollutants, including PCBs and some chemical solvents.
Originally posted by TheJeSta
Now thats a cool idea. Think, we could use these things in the places of AA or AAA batteries in pollution dense areas, like LA.
This could really revolutionize pollution regulations if we could just have it cleaned up fast. Also no more global warming.
[edit on 7-6-2005 by TheJeSta]
Originally posted by muzzleflash
such a discovery only means a clean, safe , earth-friendly future
its worth more discussion than is being done
i saw a program on PBS the Scientific American w/ Hawkeye from Mash
they did a report on the bacteria that eats pollution and generates electricity
it was a very interesting report
hawkeye and one of the engineers actually drank a glass of water with the bacteria in it to prove how safe it was
this is being overlooked by everyone right now but i assure you
w/ Hawkeye from Mash