'Bionic mushrooms' fuse nanotech, bacteria and fungi

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« on: January 10, 2019, 07:49:47 pm »
'Bionic mushrooms' fuse nanotech, bacteria and fungi

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In their latest feat of engineering, researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have taken an ordinary white button mushroom from a grocery store and made it bionic, supercharging it with 3D-printed clusters of cyanobacteria that generate electricity and swirls of graphene nanoribbons that can collect the current.

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"In this case, our system -- this bionic mushroom -- produces electricity," said Manu Mannoor, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Stevens. "By integrating cyanobacteria that can produce electricity, with nanoscale materials capable of collecting the current, we were able to better access the unique properties of both, augment them, and create an entirely new functional bionic system."
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 11:43:31 pm »
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"With this work, we can imagine enormous opportunities for next-generation bio-hybrid applications," Mannoor says. "For example, some bacteria can glow, while others sense toxins or produce fuel. By seamlessly integrating these microbes with nanomaterials, we could potentially realize many other amazing designer bio-hybrids for the environment, defense, healthcare and many other fields."
This would be amazing. Imagine living in a world with living lamps etc.

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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 03:14:09 am »
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"With this work, we can imagine enormous opportunities for next-generation bio-hybrid applications," Mannoor says. "For example, some bacteria can glow, while others sense toxins or produce fuel. By seamlessly integrating these microbes with nanomaterials, we could potentially realize many other amazing designer bio-hybrids for the environment, defense, healthcare and many other fields."
This would be amazing. Imagine living in a world with living lamps etc.

I'm no electrical engineer, but this sounded like they could be harvested for power. Maybe bionic humans are on the horizon. I'm open to it as long as their are no psychological/cognitive application or side effects ( outside of the overt, like being happy you can walk again ).
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