Oct 13 2010   8:20AM GMT

Now, to debug the bacteria…

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Science magazine is reporting that nanowires made by bacteria can carry electrons, thus potentially giving farmers a run against Intel once the bugs have been worked out.
It’s been common knowledge since at least 2006 that bacteria make nanowires, but this is the first time they have been shown to carry a current. This is interesting to people who make fuel cells and who clean up waste dumps and disease.
But it should also interest people looking for a more organic way of doing computing.Training the world’s bacteria, currently the most profilic life form, to process data should at last give us the computer power to predict accurately whether it will rain next Tuesday. That would be something.

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