One small step for mankind, one huge leap for future cyborgs

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http://gizmodo.com/5556243/nanowires-convert-rats-heartbeat-into-usable-electricity

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Nanowires inside a rat can convert the power of breathing and heartbeats into electricity, according to researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Technology Review reports these nano-generators could conceivably lead to nano-scale implants and sensors powered by the body. The same GIT team proved five years ago that zinc oxide nanowires could produce electricity from a running hamster, for instance, or from tapping fingers. The wires produce electricity when under mechanical stress, called the piezoelectric effect. But now, it's been proven to work inside a living animal.

Zhong Lin Wang, a materials science and engineering professor at Georgia Tech, led the team that attached the nano-generator to a rat's diaphragm.

Researchers put a zinc oxide nanowire onto a flexible polymer and encapsulated it into a polymer casing to protect it from bodily fluids, Tech Review reports. When attached to the rat's diaphragm, the animal's breathing stretched the nanowire, and it generated a tiny amount of electricity — about four pico-amps of current at two millivolts. When it was attached to the rat's heart, the nano-generator produced about 30 pico-amps at about three millivolts.

The rat generator operates at the femtowatt scale — a pico-amp is a million millionth of an amp, so it is a tiny amount of current — so not very much power. But the technology has potential to power nano-sized devices, Wang says in a paper on the results published in the journal Advanced Materials.

Wang's team is already building on the rat findings, Tech Review reports. The team has a device that integrates hundreds of nanowires into an array, giving an output current of about 100 nano-amps at 1.2 volts. The next step is to connect the higher-powered nano-generator inside an animal, Wang says.
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They just created a indoor gas station for our future nanobots, who'll be keeping our tubes clean!
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That, or they could now in theory make humans into batteries...
 
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I'd volunteer to be a cyborg... if it meant diplomatic immunity.
 
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How would you get diplomatic immunity for being a cyborg?
 
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Credulous juice earns its keep.
 
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Credulous juice earns its keep.
Please don't spam the thread. This topic is interesting.

Tell me more about this diplomatic immunity, Synth.
 
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I'm pretty sure you'd be more like JC Denton, though, and he doesn't need diplomatic immunity. Give him a combat knife and he's good to go.
 
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No. We're not bringing that meme to this forum.
 
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[video=youtube;tKHlCsfQzyA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKHlCsfQzyA[/video]
 
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