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It used to be science fiction first, science reality second

But nowadays they’re not waiting for science fiction authors to come up with the crazy ideas; let’s just go ahead and do it for real before it’s even been thought of yet.

MIT researchers build tiny batteries with viruses

“By manipulating a few genes inside these viruses, the team was able to coax the organisms to grow and self-assemble into a functional electronic device.”

Holy freaking batshit.

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2006-April-13 UPDATE:

Trevor (my next-door neighbor) just looked at this post; thought about it for a second, and then said: “Actually, they have done that in science fiction – in The Matrix. They use organisms as batteries. Sure, they’re humans, but that’s like viruses on a larger scale …”

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