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Magnetic Bacteria might help build future bio computers

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posted on May, 9 2012 @ 05:04 AM
Researchers are using the bacteria called Magnetospirilllum magneticum, to build and research future computer components.

As it is become harder and harder to produce smaller and smaller electronics on the nano scale, researchers are turning to nature to help them.

The bacteria eats iron, and as they ingest them, create tiny magnets inside themselves.

So where do we find these wonderful critters?

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.


Researchers have also managed to create tiny biological wires, which, in future could be used to transmit information in computers, just like the human body does.

I think these advances in science and technology is brilliant, and the fact that they use biological organisms, to obtain the results, makes it even more fantastic.
Maybe all the answers are indeed right here on earth, we just have to find it, and use it.


edit on 9-5-2012 by VreemdeVlieendeVoorwep because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 19 2012 @ 12:09 PM
what wud we need to feed these bio computers?

posted on May, 19 2012 @ 12:18 PM

Originally posted by TheKestrel04
what wud we need to feed these bio computers?

oxygen and sunlight i'd assume on some type of nurition/sustanence since we can assume they would be partially organic

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