Ter­mi­na­tor: rise of the roaches

Element - - Clean Technology -

Fi­nally, a use for cock­roaches. A bio­fuel cell im­planted into a Mex­i­can cock­roach has con­verted the bug’s body chem­istry into electricity as Amer­i­can sci­en­tists take a step to­ward cre­at­ing in­sect “cy­borgs”. The electricity – which doesn’t rely on move­ment, light or bat­ter­ies, just nor­mal feed­ing – could po­ten­tially pro­vide power for sen­sors, record­ing de­vices or to con­trol the bug. The re­searchers are minia­tur­is­ing the fuel cell so that an in­sect can run or fly nor­mally and even broad­cast sig­nals. Jour­nal of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety

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