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- Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a new way to biologically split water into hydrogen and oxygen using sunlight - with a kind of virus.
The virus was engineered specially for the project. It is shaped as a wire, and can bind with molecules of catalyst (iridium oxide was used) and a biological pigment (zinc porphyrins was used).
The process copies the way plants split up water, using natural pigments to absorb sunlight, and catalysts to promote the water splitting.
Originally posted by doctor j and inmate c5779
My first thought was, the virus gets released into our oceans and dries up all our water and turns it into the gases hydrogen and oxygen.
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John finds Felix Hoenikker's son, Frank, in San Lorenzo, where he has managed to obtain a high-ranking government position from the dictator in exchange for a piece of ice-nine. At the time Jonah arrives, the dictator is badly ailing, however, and states his intention to make Frank his successor. Feeling guilty and afraid of the offer, the latter abruptly hands the presidency to John, who begrudgingly accepts.
The dictator later uses ice-nine to commit suicide as he lies dying from inoperable cancer. Consistent with the properties of ice-nine, the dictator's corpse instantly turns into a block of solid ice at normal room temperature.
During John's inauguration festivities, an airplane crash into the dictator's seaside palace causes his still-frozen body to tumble into the ocean, after which all the water in the world's seas, rivers, and groundwater also turns into ice-nine, causing the death of almost all life forms in a matter of days.
Originally posted by ararisq
I smell conspiracy.
President Obama Visits MIT to Promote Clean Energy. "During his visit to MIT, President Obama met with several leading researchers in new energy technologies, among them Prof. Angela Belcher."
This virus research is led by none other than Prof. Angela Belcher.
Originally posted by danj3ris
Anything can be used for nefarious purposes. You can "weaponize" a solar panel if you use it to charge a taser.
Originally posted by Nutter
Could this become an ice-nine scenario?
Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Cat's Cradle
Then further searches show some interesting borrowings of the term;
ice 9 cia