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Old 06-27-2012, 05:40 AM
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Default Virus created high efficiency batteries and solar cells?

This is a very short article, but it might inspire some conversation and comments from our Graduate Chemists, Biologists, and engineers.
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BBC - Future - Science & Environment - Using nature to grow batteries

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Also ironic as I don't even pay the license fee, which doesn't cover their website anyway
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Old 06-28-2012, 12:30 AM
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Also ironic as I don't even pay the license fee, which doesn't cover their website anyway
No problem, HNM here it is straight from your "Friends Across the Sea. :-)

nspired by an abalone shell, Angela Belcher programmes viruses to make elegant nanoscale structures that humans can use. Selecting for high-performing genes through directed evolution, Belcher has produced viruses that can construct powerful new batteries, clean hydrogen fuels and record-breaking solar cells. Here, she shows us how it's done. Talk recorded 14 January 2011.
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Angela Belcher looks to nature for inspiration on how to engineer viruses to create extraordinary new materials. With a bachelors in Creative Studies and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, Angela Belcher has made a career out of finding surprising and innovative solutions to energy problems.

As head of the Biomolecular Materials Group at MIT, Belcher brings together the fields of materials chemistry, electrical engineering and molecular biology to engineer viruses that can create batteries and clean energy sources. A MacArthur Fellow, she also founded Cambrios Technologies, a Cambridge-based startup focused on applying her work with natural biological systems to the manufacture and assembly of electronic, magnetic and other commercially important materials. Time magazine named her a climate-change hero in 2007.
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Sounds interesting... I wonder what the structure of them is like.
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Also ironic as I don't even pay the license fee, which doesn't cover their website anyway
Funny.. I can see it just fine from finland
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There is a video at the link that is interesting to watch to.
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So it's available to anyone not in the UK?

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What if we can convince them to not be an antibody that does something like HIV?
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