Pools of hot water like this are the home to bacteria that can eat and breathe electricity. Photo cresit: WSU
Bacteria that eat waste and breathe electricity - interesting science news

Researchers visited the Yellowstone National Park for an entirely different reason. To capture bacteria from the hot springs that eat and breathe electricity. The scientists left a few electrodes submerged in the pools of hot water and came back after a month to collect these electrodes and analyze them. Surprisingly, they were able to capture these heat-loving bacteria.

These bacteria could be our answer to our current existential crisis, mainly pollution and energy. These bacteria can ‘eat’ the pollution causing toxins and, in the process, produce electricity. The electricity produced can be used for low-power applications.

A potentially world changing discovery, don’t you think?

Read the full story: Washington State University
Scientific publication: Journal of Power Sources


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