More Machine & Life Convergence

One technology that has been slow to evolve, when comapired to the rest of the electronics industry, is energy storage (batteries). So any news indicating even incremental inprovement to the current state of the art is really important. This news is a big big deal!

Ultra-small batteries powered by viruses

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are using viruses to create tiny batteries that can store up to three times as much energy as conventional power systems.

“Once we have altered the genes of the virus to grow the electrode material, we can easily clone millions of identical copies of the virus to use in assembling our batteries,” said Professor Belcher.

The whole process can be done at normal room temperatures and pressures, so there is no need for expensive pressure-cooking technology to create this tech, nor maintain any ultra low temperature to use the tech.