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June 4 2012

Berkeley Lab Scientists Generate Electricity From Viruses
     Dan Krotz Berkely Lab (May 13 2012)

What if you could convert the mechanical energy of shutting a door or climbing stairs into useful electricity, say to charge one of your electronic devices? You might be able to one day, thanks to self-assembling, harmless viruses that arrange themselves into an orderly film.

Scientists are working on harnessing this natural ability to create personal power generators and nano-devices. Video shows how harnessing the piezoelectric properties of the virus assembly works.

Tomorrow's paper-thin chargers vs. today's bulky accessories? No contest. Puts a new spin on "going viral."

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Categories: May 2012, Cool!
Topic: Microorganisms