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These naturally magnetic microorganisms usually live in aquatic environments such as ponds and lakes, below the surface where oxygen is scarce. We are quickly reaching the limits of traditional electronic manufacturing as computer components get smaller...
Nature has provided us with the perfect tool to [deal with] this problem” Dr Sarah Staniland University of Leeds They swim following the Earth's magnetic field lines, aligning in the magnetic field like compass needles, in search of preferred oxygen concentrations.
When the bacteria ingest iron, proteins inside their bodies interact with it to produce tiny crystals of the mineral magnetite, the most magnetic mineral on Earth.