03 Apr '12, 6pm

Biofuel cells powered by snails. We kid you not.

Biofuel cells powered by snails. We kid you not.

Sometimes I think researchers design experiments specifically to win an Ig Nobel prize . How else do you explain a paper titled “Implanted Biofuel Cell Operating in a Living Snail “? But regardless of the intention, that’s what a team of Israeli and American scientists has managed to do, according to a paper published comfortably in advance of April Fools’ Day in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The paper’s abstract states that “extraction of electrical power from small living creatures … has not been achieved to date.” Well, we certainly can’t let that stand! Start extracting electrical power from small living creatures immediately! Igor, throw the switch. Basically, the biofuel cell runs off the snail’s blood glucose (“Partial restoration of the electrical output in real time was observed upon feeding the snail”). In other words, the battery is basically pow...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/power-source-of-the-future-snails/

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